As reported by the LA Times and Spin, Axl Rose has decided that his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination is worth a thousand-word rant which, in all that fuss and fury, really stands as a gigantic “fuck you” to the Hall of Fame, his former bandmates, and anyone else who ever thought to pick up a G’n’R album. In short:
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”.
What a shame. So here’s my shorter open letter to Axl, which I hope will clear the air once and for all:
To Indiana’s most famous misanthrope:
It’s a real shame you can’t even get out of your own way long enough to appreciate something your fans have certainly long hoped for.
You don’t have to get along with everyone, Axl, but to say you don’t begrudge the other members of their moment in the sun is just backhanded, passive aggressive bullshit, especially since, by owning the name Guns & Roses, you’ve spent the better part of the last two decades begrudging your former bandmates of enjoying their moment in the sun.
Here’s a news flash: no one cares what you or your camp think about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We’re willing to let sleeping dogs lie, or whatever the hell it is you asked for in your letter. But don’t call us all revisionists just because we loved the music and hoped you’d at least respectfully accept this honor, even if you don’t choose to reunite the original lineup.
It’s about the music, Axl. You wrote these songs, but you don’t own them anymore. They’re part of history whether you like it or not. And soon they’ll be a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whether you like that or not.