Axl Apologizes To Cleveland

The Guns N’ Roses frontman has more to say about the band’s induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

After posting last week’s letter about why he would miss the ceremony, now Axl Rose says he would like to apologize to Cleveland for not attending the event.

The first letter, which was addressed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guns N’ Roses fans and whom it may concern, explained that in addition to not showing up for the ceremony, Axl was “respectfully declining” the induction as a member of the band. He “strongly requested” that he not be inducted and noted that no one was authorized or permitted to accept any induction for him or speak on his behalf.

When Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong inducted the rest of the original band members at the April 15 ceremony in Cleveland, the crowd booed when he referenced the missing singer.

A second letter from Axl was posted April 17 on Guns N’ Roses’ website and Facebook page. As you’ll see in Axl’s letter, the rocker requested that media outlets reprint the full letter so his words won’t be taken out of context. Below you’ll find his complete statement.

A Letter From Axl Rose To Fans And Cleveland
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’,


Unlike my open letter to 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.