Axl Rose is an Ungrateful Asshole

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In February, it was announced that Guns N’ Roses were being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  For most artists, it’s an honor to be among the group of inductees for that year, but that wasn’t the case for GNR frontman Axl Rose.  On Wednesday, Axl sent an open letter to the L.A. Times music blog:

To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,

When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N’ Roses were to be inducted it’d be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.

Since then we’ve listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N’ Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists’ comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.

Under the circumstances I feel we’ve been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N’ Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things… no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.

For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It’s their show not mine.

That said, 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.

I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of “Guns N’ Roses”.

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 offense (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. 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 lineups, I’ve publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing’s changed.

The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of “for the fans” or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and DJ Ashba.

Izzy came out with us a few times back in ’06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in ’06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in ’11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that’s enough.

There’s a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn’t room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.

Maybe if it were you it’d be different. Maybe you’d do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We’re there for each other when the going get’s rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.

So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another’s, or in this case several others’, expense.

But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the “no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn’t care about the fans” crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let’s move on. No one’s taking the ball and going home. Don’t get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court.

In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I’d like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns’ induction. More importantly I’d like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses music.

I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!

Sincerely,

Axl Rose

P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III

Within a matter of hours, fans of Rose and Guns N’ Roses reacted to the GNR frontman’s letter.  Some were outraged by Rose’s decision while others defended his choice.

My opinion on Axl Rose is that he should have swallowed his pride for one night.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were honoring the Guns N’ Roses that had both Axl and Slash.  The fans were the ones who made Guns N’ Roses a success back in the late eighties and throughout the nineties.  The way that Axl Rose acted towards the idea that his fans wanted to see him back together with the original Guns N’ Roses was that of an ungrateful asshole.  Sure people hoped that there would be an amicable truce between Axl and Slash which would lead to a reunion tour but at the most that was a pipe dream.  Axl owed it to the fans to put aside his differences with Slash for one night to bring a memorable performance.

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7 Replies to “Axl Rose is an Ungrateful Asshole”

    1. Cathy,
      Maybe he doesn’t owe anybody anything but he did come off as ungrateful for his recognition in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It wouldn’t have hurt him to swallow his pride for one night and perform with the original GNR including Slash. The fact of the matter is he disappointed a lot of his fans with his childlike behavior. I don’t see anything wrong with expecting him to be the better man and take the stage for a very brief reunion with the original band that helped launch his career.

      1. I would have loved to see him perform with the original GN’R, don’t get me wrong, but I’m so sick of everyone calling out Axl, when Izzy didn’t show up either, and I’ve seen not ONE person calling him an asshole, or saying half the things about him they have about Axl. I think Axl made it clear he considers GN’R to be the band he is in now. Maybe one day if they’re all inducted in, yeah, I could see him showing up then. But he made it clear he doesn’t want much to do with the original lineup. I support him fully for it.

      2. Yes, Izzy didn’t show up as well but at least Izzy had the class to keep quiet about not coming and he did not refuse his induction. As for calling Axl an asshole, he’s been called worse things and by more important people. Axl may consider the current lineup to be GN’R but that is not the incarnation of the band that was inducted nor was it the one that made Axl famous. By acting the way he did and then publicly announcing his intentions, Axl brought this negative attention on himself. If he just quietly refused to attend, this article and all the other negative articles would be moot. Then again he could have set aside his differences for one night and again no one would be verbally attacking him. Other bands have set aside their differences to go on reunion tours: Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles.

  1. So, by letting everyone know he didn’t plan on attending, Axl doesn’t have “class”? No. And it shouldn’t matter what other bands have done, it’s not about what other bands have done. Axl doesn’t owe anyone anything, like I’ve said before. You know what I think? I think if he had written the letter or not, people would’ve still given him shit for not attending. If people are calling Axl names for not attending some stupid award show, then I don’t think they’re very much his fans at all, because real fans don’t do that crap.

    1. Whether you like it or not, Axl is a celebrity and with being a celebrity comes the price of fans feeling as if a celebrity “owes” them because it was partially through the fans’ support that said celebrity became a success. It wasn’t just that he announced that he wasn’t attending his own induction ceremony but also the fact that he wanted his name taken out of the induction. That, in my opinion, is very disrepectful to the music industry and the fans. Axl wants to revise history and act like the original lineup of Guns N’ Roses doesn’t matter but it was that lineup that made him a star. As for your statement “real fans don’t do that crap” (calling an artist names), that’s not entirely true. We live in a society that holds celebrity to high status and if that celebrity does one thing wrong, society turns on them. Maybe those people are not true fans but you cannot blame society for turning on a celebrity if that celebrity does something so unforgivable.

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