Apr 15, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Fox News: Axl Rose said this week he was “honored” and “excited” upon hearing the news that Guns N’ Roses would be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but apparently the “awkward situation” it would create wasn’t worth it and he ultimately said “no, thanks” to the honor.
In an open letter, the singer says he will not be attending the ceremony and declined his induction into the prestigious group. Adding to this, the rocker addressed talks of a possible reunion saying, “I’ve publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing’s changed.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says they still plan to induct Rose along with the band and points out the only others to have declined the honor was The Sex Pistols.
Excerpted From The Los Angeles Times: Axl Rose kept his promise to boycott Saturday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, but his former bandmates decided the Guns N’ Roses show must go on without him, gratefully accepting their statuettes before playing several vintage GNR songs with singer Myles Kennedy handling the vocals.
Kennedy, the singer in guitarist Slash’s current solo project and lead vocalist for Alter Bridge, stepped in to round out the lineup that also included bassist Duff McKagan, drummers Steven Adler and Matt Sorum, and guitarist Gilby Clarke in three songs from GNR’s 1987 debut album “Appetite for Destruction.”
Rose’s name drew choruses of boos and catcalls from the audience of about 7,400 at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, where the ceremony took place. But Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong, who delivered the GNR introduction speech, shot back: “Shut up. He was the greatest frontman to ever step in front of a microphone.” He paused, then added: “But he is … crazy. And I can vouch for that.”
McKagan took a diplomatic tack to diffuse fans’ disappointment, saying, “I don’t think it matters who’s up here tonight, because this is about the songs that band created.” They offered up “Mr. Brownstone,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City” from “Appetite,” which Armstrong lauded as “the greatest debut album in rock ‘n’ roll history.”
It was, however, comedian Chris Rock, during his introductory speech for GNR’s fellow L.A. inductees, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who provided what perhaps was the most salient point of the evening regarding Rose.
“A lot of people are disappointed that Axl Rose isn’t here,” said Rock as the ceremony stretched toward the 1 a.m. mark for the Chili Peppers’ performance. “But let’s face it, even if he was going to be here, he still wouldn’t be here yet.”