Rock and Roll Hall of Fame responds to Axl Rose's declining his invitation

By Gina DiFalco,
Axl Rose with Guns N' Roses performs in concert at the Flilmore Miami Beach in Miami Beach on March 5, 2012. UPI/Michael Bush

Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose has declined an invitation to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The band will be inducted on Saturday, but Rose has released a letter saying he will not be in attendance with his feuding band-mates.

Rose sent a letter to The Los Angeles Times, Rose said “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.”

He added, “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.”

Although Rose does not mention Slash in the letter, he does say he’s still in contact with Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan. He notes that he was upset with comments made by Steven Adler.

Rose goes on to say, “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.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame replied “We are sorry Axl will not be able to accept his induction in person,” Entertainment Weekly reports.

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