GUNS N' ROSES - Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum and Dizzy Reed - will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 14th in Cleveland, Ohio. Vocalist and sole remaining original member Axl Rose has issued an open letter (found here) declining his part in the induction:
"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."
A follow-up report issued by AP indicates that the Hall isn't listening to Rose's request:
The Hall said in a statement that it still plans to induct Rose with the rest of the group. "We are sorry he will not be able to accept his induction in person," it said.
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame kicked off the civic celebration and concerts leading up to its April 14th inductions with the unveiling recently of sidewalk "Walk of Fame" plaques honouring the newest inductees. The initial 14 round plaques were unveiled in a windswept ceremony outside the auditorium where the inductions will be held.