Axl Rose Turns Down Induction Into Hall of Fame, Still Really Hates Original Guns N’ Roses

April 12th, 2012 // 38 Comments
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I was going to start this post with some sort of clever quip about how getting laid immediately fills a man with a certain bravado that 100% of the time leads to him making horrible fucking decisions. But then I remembered Axl Rose has been crazy for a really long time and already hinted he wouldn’t attend the induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because he think he’s Marlon Brando. No, really:

“I think about it in terms of Marlon Brando getting up at the Academy Awards and talking about Indians … or when Michael Moore got up at the Academy Awards and said whatever about George Bush. People don’t want that associated with their awards shows, even if you have a big audience. In one way it might be right, but it usually backfires on whoever does it. So I really don’t want to spoil it for everybody else — and take the beating.”

So, of course, yesterday he sent an open letter to The LA Times (Definitely worth the read.) explaining to the Hall of Fame why he will not only skip the ceremony but doesn’t even want his name inducted and nobody better make a goddamn speech in his place because he’s Mustache Magoo, Martyred Saint of Pompous Assbaggery:

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.

Probably my favorite thing about this letter is how many times Axl Rose references his “camp” which I’m almost positive is a trashcan that Oscar the Grouch pops out of but only Axl can see during his naps in the back alley he now calls home.

AXL: What do you think, Oscar? Should I be the bigger man and do it?
OSCAR: Burn their children in their sleep.
AXL: On it.

That said, after Courtney Love claiming Dave Grohl tried to fuck Kurt Cobain vis a vis Frances Bean’s vagina, Britney Spears getting paid $15 million to judge X Factor and pretty much anything out of Mel Gibson‘s mouth at this point, this is actually the sanest thing I’ve read all day. So, congratulations, Axl Rose, you’re officially less crazy than a violent anti-Semite, a junkie on Twitter and a burden of the state who legally can’t have a checkbook. Who knew this day would finally come?

Photos: Getty, INFdaily


  1. You’re one in a million, Axl. You’re a shooting star.

  2. The copy writer for his letter should win an award. Turning a mumbling, drunken rant about “fucking Slash and those assholes” into something containing the words “in absentia” has to be on par with keeping Tara Reid sober for an entire day. A sisyphean task indeed.

  3. Oogidyboogidy

    Finally, Axl does something I agree with: telling the so-called “Rock and Roll” Hall of Frauds where to shove it. He had the balls that Ozzy lacked.

    • dooood

      i agree, rock & roll and hall of fame just don’t go together.
      art and mutual ass kissing are very separate things even if they are sometimes associated with each other.
      sports hall of fame – sure that makes sense
      music hall of fame – bullshit

      even if you take the hall of fame part out and just call it a museum, that is totally acceptable.

      i think it would be funny though if everyone except axl formed a band called ‘legally prohibited from using the band name lets say flowers plus firearms because of a grown ass man who behaves like he’s four years old’ and accept the invitation.

  4. “I think about it in terms of Marlon Brando getting up at the Academy Awards and talking about Indians …” – Axl Rose

    Do you really, Axl? My thought is that if you’re going to claim to base your batshit decisions on past examples, it might actually be helpful if you knew what occured. That way people can continue to assume you’re original crazy rather than just ass-grabbingly ignorant.

    • Alex

      Like that will be the day. This is the same rationale machine that went back and forth with Vince fucking Neil on MTV during the hair band days.

    • I think he is speaking in terms of perception, as opposed to the reality.

      • Since Brando wasn’t even at the Oscars, that “perception” is a helluva fucking stretch. Might as well just say that Dirk Diggler was just speaking in terms of “perception” that Napoleon was king during the Roman Empire, rather than realizing that the statement’s purpose was to demonstrate that he was a complete ignoramus.

      • Hey, remember that time at the Oscars when Dirk Diggler streaked the stage behind David Niven? That was awesome!

      • But since the overall cultural perception is simply that MB was at the Oscars and gave an incoherent speech about Indian land rights, AR has every right to point out that he doesn’t want to risk something similar happening to him, where Perception eventually overpowers Reality. Hell, he is essentially agreeing with everything you said, yet you’re somehow not giving him credit for making his own point.

        God know Axl provides plenty worth bitching about, but he’s making a perfectly valid point here. Your point about not how saying crazy shit might well help is taken, but his overall point is nonetheless valid.

  5. GLT

    Would he accept induction into the Douchebag Hall of Fame? He’s certainly more than earned it.

  6. Hank E. Ring

    He sure likes to wear hats these days.

  7. dooood

    i disagree fish. axl is very intelligent, has multiple personalities but make no mistake. despite being an eloquent motherfucker, the man radiates Crazy.

    those other winners, entertaining as they are, are more examples of being brain dead than crazy

  8. Confusus

    Axl is still pissed that people weren’t lined up outside record stores to buy “Chinese Democracy”.

    • EricLr

      Shh…don’t tell him that no one believes his solo career is still “Guns n Roses” just because that’s what it says on their drum set.

  9. Green Hopper

    Him and Alicia Silverstone would make a great couple.

  10. Mememe

    I love Marlon Brando

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    Put someone in the HOF that deserves to be in there like Rush or Kiss .

  12. Very interesting…
    I will have to ask him about this this afternoon, when he’s cleaning my pool.

  13. EricLr

    On the upside, I’m pretty sure he’s a shoe-in for the Douchbag Hall of Fame.

  14. Enidaj

    William Bruce Rose is an ungrateful narcissist who does not appreciate the fact that his former bandmates are part of the reason we know who GNR is/was. They are the ones who helped rocket this band to superstardom, not the existing lineup. He just does not want to share the spotlight with them and instead of just owning up to that, he chooses some barely readable rant as to his reasons why. If you read Duff McKagan’s memoir, you will see how selfish this man really is.

    • Yeah, except that when Duff’s spleen burst from boozing… Duff stated in his memoir, that Axl was the only one to call him to see how he was. So you can pick and choose which parts of the book to focus on.. there was a lot of negative and a lot of positive. Not to mention Duff explicitly says that he’s not positive he remembers things correctly since he was fucked up all the time.

  15. Bane

    Axl a childish prick that let fame go to his head.

    And the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is clueless about they induct. Always has been.

  16. Axl Rose Rejects Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame
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    I have my doubts about this whole James Franco-Spring Breakers movie, but the production qualities here are impressive.

  17. MERG

    Don’t see the problem. His choice, why the fuck does anyone care?

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  19. Axl Rose Rejects Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame
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    “IT”S GONNA BRING YOU DOWN! HUAH!” -the Predator in the audience

  20. Wink

    Man, you know Appetite was a great album, because it is still netting him wholesale ass 25 years after he was even relevant.

  21. Axl Rose Rejects Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame
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    He was never model gorgeous, but man he’s fucked his face up something big.

  22. You people are fucking idiots and no nothing about the band or its history. Slash, Duff, Izzy & Matt all quit. And btw, Duff and Matt stayed on long after Slash quit. They left, Axl and Dizzy continued on.. as they should. If you’re angry, be angry with the guys who bailed on the fans and bailed on the band. Not the guy who continues to bring you GnR 20 years later. So sick of the jackassery. Seriously, Slash & Duff had serious addiction issues, they couldn’t continue to fulfill their obligations and quit. So stick that in your loser pipes and smoke it.

  23. Axl Rose Rejects Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame
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    Apparently massive amounts of drugs, alcohol and diseased bitches makes you make life destructing decisions.

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