Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose isn't going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland on Saturday night during which G N' R are scheduled to be inducted.
How come? Does he have some beef with the honor, because it entombs the art he made decades ago rather that celebrates the music he's making with the new bastardized version of G N' R these days? Nah. More likely, it's because he can't stand any of the guys he was in the band with back in the days when Gun's N' Roses were making music worthy of earning a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "He hates my guts," Slash told Rolling Stone last month.
Rose made clear how he feels in an open letter to the Rock Hall in which he wrote: "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.'"
Green Day was scheduled to induct the band, and Slash, Duff McKagen, Dizzy Reed and other members of who played on 1987's Appetite For Destruction and 1991's Use Your Illusion I and II were all planning to attend the ceremonies, in which the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Laura Nyro, among others, will also be inducted.