Axl Rose, the mercurial frontman for rockers Guns N’ Roses, has declined his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week, saying he does not feel wanted or respected at the ceremony.
In an open letter to The Los Angeles Times, he said that other members of the band were welcome to attend and be honoured at Saturday’s event, but not the lead singer of the band that gained fame in the late 1980s with smash hit album Appetite for Destruction.
“I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame,” Rose wrote in the letter. “I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorised or permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf,” he said.
He further added, “No offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.”
Guns N’ Roses reigned over the hard rock scene from 1987 to 1993, selling close to 100 million albums with its potent mix of metal and punk showcased in epic anthems “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine”. The band’s last album of original material was released in 1994. Rose remains the only original member of the group, which was formed in Los Angeles in 1985.
Other former band members — including guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum — have joined ex-Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland to form the band Velvet Revolver.
(with additional information from AFP)
Published in The Express Tribune, April 13th, 2012.