Posted in music on April 17, 2012

Axl Rose @ Webster Hall in February (more by Ryan Muir)
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Earlier today we posted Matt Sorum's letter regarding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction of Guns N'Roses, along with Axl's pre-induction open letter. Today he tweeted a new letter. Check it out below...

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FROM AXL ROSE:

To: Cleveland, Ohio, Guns N' Roses Fans and everyone who's shown support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

I seriously didn't plan on or expect the overwhelmingly positive response and public support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. With such a generous outpouring of solidarity from fans, media outlets, writers and other artists, I'm truly humbled, blown away and unbelievably relieved! To be honest, I thought it would go the other way and was just hoping to weather the storm. As I said, I sincerely didn't want to disappoint anyone. It gets old being the outlaw even if "it's only rock and roll".

It took a lot of focus and soul searching to be sincere and informative while making a genuine effort to be somewhat diplomatic. We made, what I feel, are real efforts to learn about the Hall and the Board, spoke as I said with the president and various members, and though I inducted Elton John and Bernie Taupin in '94 saying something to the effect of "I'm learning what the Hall's about..."

I still don't exactly know or understand what the Hall is or how or why it makes money, where the money goes, who chooses the voters and why anyone or this board decides who, out of all the artists in the world that have contributed to this genre, officially "rock" enough to be in the Hall?

This isn't an attack. These are genuine issues I don't have enough verified information on to have more than rough ideas. Certainly not enough information to make any judgments about.

I would like to apologize to Cleveland, Ohio for not apologizing to them beforehand for not attending [the ceremony] in their city. I think they know how much I genuinely love performing there. Cleveland does in fact Rock!!

Now that the smoke's cleared a little, any desperate, misguided attacks have been just that, a pathetic stab at gossip, some lame vindictiveness, the usual entitlement crap, he's obsessed, crazy, volatile, a hater. I once bought a homeless woman a slice of pizza who yelled at me she wanted soup. We got her the soup. You can get your own.

Again: HUGE thanks to the fans and to everyone for the incredible public support. My congratulations to the other artists inducted. And my apologies to the city and people of Cleveland, Ohio. I hope you'll forgive me and we hope to see you again soon!

Keep Rockin',

Axl

Unlike my open letterto the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N' Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern this was written for GNR's official website, Facebook account and my personal twitter account and not intended as a press release. If anyone does choose to pick this up as has been done previously I'd appreciate if you'd run in full including this paragraph so as not to give a partial picture, have things taken out of context or to imply or inadvertently give the impression this was intended for other outlets.

Thanks in advance. Peace-

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Comments (45)

What kind of soup?

Posted by gargomel(!) | April 17, 2012 6:26 PM

"GET YOUR OWN DAMN SOUP"- Axl Rose

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 6:27 PM

I would actully prefer some hummus axl.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 6:32 PM

French Onion soup, bitch.

Posted by Danzig | April 17, 2012 6:36 PM

NO SOUP FOR YOU! - Soup Nazi

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 6:47 PM

Hey Axl, that wasn't a homeless woman. That was Danzig. Easy mistake, it happens at least once a week.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 6:52 PM

hey fuck you axl rose

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 6:53 PM

What kind of asshole passes up a chance to visit Cleveland?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 6:54 PM

The matching rings in that photo are a bit much.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 6:55 PM

Classic entitlement-move: "Hey journalists, if you want to quote me in your 300 word article about this barely news-worthy development, you need to quote all 500 words of my letter."

Posted by lp | April 17, 2012 7:00 PM

fat fuck...

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 7:02 PM

He is the next MEATLOAF

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 7:03 PM

He couldn't attend because he was too busy banging Lana Del Ray

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 7:41 PM

Does anyone actually give a fuck about this has been?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 8:07 PM

The question still remains - will we ever see a Velvet Revolver reunion???

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 8:18 PM

I still don't what his letter is about, or who it's for, or what it means, or why he wrote, or who it's directed at, or what the message is, or how many people truly care, or what's wrong with quoting excerpts vs the entirety of the piece, or maybe the pizza wasn't exactly a healthy choice even if it is classified a vegetable by US dept of health, or maybe AXL really has a point though I will have to do some more research to fully grasp the deep meaning
contained in his public announcement.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 8:57 PM

douche bag

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 9:07 PM

the day wavves or best coast write a song half as good as November Rain, I'll stop giving a shit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 9:33 PM

Pavement > LCD Soundsystem > Radiohead

Posted by Sam | April 17, 2012 10:52 PM

GnR were never more than the poor man's Nazareth.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 10:53 PM

I read this whole post and all the comments. Can I have my dignity back?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 11:18 PM

Guns 'N' Roses: One great album - their first one - released 25 years ago. Commercially successful, yes. Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame worthy, no, sorry.

How can this band be in the pantheon of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, etc? Ridiculous.

If you admit them, then you have to admit Boston for their debut album for it was the highest selling full-length self-titled debut album before GNR's Appettitte For Destruction surpassed it and it was recorded in a BASEMENT.

The RNRHOF nowadays and for a very long time is nothing more than a place where bands get inducted more on their commercial success than achievement or cultural signifigance. I mean, what were GNR other than the bad boys of glam who put out one kickass album and two good followups which could've been one? And it's arguable if they were glam. Also they've done jack shit the past two decades besides feud with then ignore each other (Axl vs. Slash), do a cover band under the bandname (Axl), or put out subpar shit (Slash's post-GNR shit, fuck Velvet Revolver and Slash's Snakepit.)

Posted by D | April 17, 2012 11:56 PM

significance

Posted by D | April 17, 2012 11:57 PM

D 420!

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 12:27 AM

Guns and Roses fans have large dicks.
Can anyone confirm?

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 12:32 AM

Confirmed.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 9:13 AM

axl rose is smarter and more together than anyone wants to give him cred it for.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 10:07 AM

What does Jarvis think about Axl?

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 10:18 AM

My man looks like GG Allin. Let's hope he starts acting like him in the near future.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 11:07 AM

"axl rose is smarter and more together than anyone wants to give him cred it for."

You made my day, when I read your post, it was like time-travelling on acid in a parallel world where donkeys give a damn about what axel thinks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 11:12 AM

^ Agree.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 11:21 AM

Interestingly, most of GNR's good songs from Appetite & Use Yr Illusions were written before Appetite, just wouldn't fit on Appetite. the only exception was Civil War (Adler's last track) and Dust N Bones.
IMO, Use Your Illusions double CD should have been boiled down to make a good 10-song album, there's a lot of throwaway filler on those discs.

Also, the Slash & Adler autobios are pretty entertaining reads, even if you're not a GNR fan.

ok, i'm done.

Posted by the jim | April 18, 2012 11:27 AM

@11:12 - and you care what i think?

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 11:27 AM

@11:21, oops.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 11:28 AM

Anyone that clicked on this link, read this letter, and then posts "who cares about this shit?" in the comments section is seriously lacking in self-awareness.

People update their Facebook and Twitter with accounts of sandwiches they just ate and what they thought of last night's Mad Men. I think this guy is allowed to comment on his own Facebook page when something going on in his life is making headline news.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 12:13 PM

"I seriously didn't plan on or expect the overwhelmingly positive response and public support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame."

um.... hes being sarcastic, right?

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 1:19 PM

LOL - right on, 12:13.

While I have almost no opinion on his music, I support anyone saying no the RnRHOF. Just say no to LDR as well, Axl.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 1:35 PM

Homos usually hate guns & roses.
Just saying.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 3:22 PM

Meatloaf soup for the immigrants and faggots (that's right)

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 3:36 PM

We coming for Axl.

Posted by Secret Service Agent | April 18, 2012 4:04 PM

11:07 FTMFW

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 4:14 PM

So Axl is making "headline news"? you mean People? Fat Douches Quarterly? Butt?

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 8:33 PM

The Pants Pooper Monthly

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2012 12:27 AM

axel rose is amazing pure and simple

Posted by jordon | August 2, 2013 4:31 PM

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