Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has revealed that he has refused the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s invitation to be inducted this Saturday (April 14).
The singer, who had not previously spoken about the possibility of reuniting with his former bandmates at the ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio this weekend, has now come out and said that he wishes to take no part in the whole thing.
Rose, who seldom gives interviews, made his decision public via a lengthy letter to a number of media outlets.
In the letter, he hits out at media coverage of the build-up to the ceremony and “jabs from former members of Guns N’ Roses” and tells the group’s fans “‘Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending”.
Speaking about why he has made this choice, Rose wrote: “This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp’s perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I’m sure there will be those who take offence (God knows how long I’ll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision.”
He continued: “Since the announcement of the nomination we’ve actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, ‘damned if I do, damned if I don’t’ scenario all the way around. In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite… or Illusion… line-ups, I’ve publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing’s changed.”
Former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler and Matt Sorum are all still likely to intend the ceremony this weekend, but are unlikely to perform at the show.
You can read Rose’s letter in full by visiting Latimesblog.com.