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GNR singer will be a no-show at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

By Mark C. Brown Apr 11, 2012 3:10PM
Axl RoseNo surprise: Axl Rose isn't going to show up for a Guns N' Roses show. Big surprise: This time, he notified everyone in advance.

Speculation has been rampant among fans whether Rose would show for Saturday's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland -- and was even more feverish about whether he'd deign to perform with his new bandmates, his old bandmates or both.

The answer: Neither. Rose released an "open letter" Wednesday in which he not only declined to attend, he asked that his name be withdrawn and not inducted, even though he's the only one out there touring under the Guns N' Roses moniker anymore. Green Day is scheduled to induct the band - Rose included anyhow - in Saturday's ceremony.

Everyone figured a performance wasn't in the cards -- Rose has been estranged from his former bandmates for nearly two decades, and guitarist Slash has already gone on record saying he'd love to reunite but knew it wouldn't happen. But in his open letter sent to the Los Angeles Times and later posted on Facebook and his official website, Rose went far beyond that. Some highlights:

...no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn't appear to be somewhere I'm actually wanted or respected.

...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.

...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.

...Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn't owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another's, or in this case several others', expense.

So much for having "Patience."

The Associated Press reported that the Hall of Fame will go ahead and induct the band anyway, Rose included. In the past artists have refused to show up, most famously the Sex Pistols and Van Morrison, both of whom were inducted in absentia. Rose appears to be the first artist to attempt to refuse the honor outright.

The Hall may not have had much to say, but fans sure did. At the band’s official Facebook page, some fans were delighted at Rose’s middle finger to the Rock Hall, but far more were outraged.

 

Pro:


"leave the guy alone, it is his right to do whatever he wants to do."


"Intelligent, articulate, concise, respectful and very human... Well done!!!! Now leave the man be and let him breathe."


"That man stuck up for what he believes in, you should support him, not mock him."

 

"Love him or hate him....when it comes down to it, Axl Rose don't owe us (expletive)."


Con:


"(expletive) Axl for doing what he did. 50 years old and he can't grow up. Really?"

 

"what a self absorbed bastard!!!!!!!!"

 

"Why am I not surprised...just like in 1992 in Montreal, Axl still concerned with himself. Yeah, you know what i'm talking about you selfish (expletive)!"

 

"For over 7 years a reunion show was all I wanted... Now...my dreams have been crushed."


"(expletive) you Axl! Your band sucks! You must love pissing off the fans...and your so good at it."


"What a self centered cry baby egomaniac sniveling lil sissy!! Punk. Can't sing a few songs with the guys he made it to the hall with or even attend. Who acts like this, and at his age?? Grow up and get over yourself"


"aww heck, Slash, Izzy, Duff, and Steven can put on a good show without this fat, botox-faced, wig-wearin' (expletive)!"


"This is as much of a disappointment as Chinese Democracy..."

The full text of Rose's letter is below:

To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N' Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,


When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N' Roses were to be inducted it'd be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.

 

Since then we've listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N' Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists' comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.

 

Under the circumstances I feel we've been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N' Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in "our" induction (that for the record are decisions I don't agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things... no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn't appear to be somewhere I'm actually wanted or respected.


For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It's their show not mine.

 

That said, 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".

 

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.

 

The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of "for the fans" or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and DJ Ashba.


Izzy came out with us a few times back in '06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in '06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in '11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that's enough.

 

There's a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn't room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.

 

Maybe if it were you it'd be different. Maybe you'd do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We're there for each other when the going get's rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.

 

So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn't owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another's, or in this case several others', expense.


But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the "no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn't care about the fans" crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let's move on. No one's taking the ball and going home. Don't get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we've endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball's never been in our court.


In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I'd like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns' induction. More importantly I'd like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we've had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N' Roses music.

 

I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!

 

Sincerely,

Axl Rose

 

P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III



 

The recently released 40th anniversary super deluxe edition is the definitive version of the classic album

By MSN Music Partners Apr 9, 2014 8:30AM

MSN Music is teaming up with Universal Music Group to give away a copy of the lavish anniversary update of Elton John’s classic 1973 album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" autographed by Sir Elton himself.  


To win this one-of-a-kind package visit our Facebook page and share the post announcing this contest with your friends. After you share the post, let us know by contacting us at msnmusicfans@microsoft.com. The lucky winner will be notified via e-mail, and we'll arrange shipment of the autographed super deluxe edition "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" set. Submissions need to be made on or before midnight PT Monday, April 14.


This five-disc expanded edition includes a remastered version of the original double album plus a CD featuring new recordings of key tracks by contemporary artists picked by Sir Elton including Ed Sheeran, Miguel, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy with additional album tracks and B-Sides.  Also included is the complete "Live at Hammersmith 1973" concert on two CDs plus a DVD of Bryan Forbes’ 1973 film, “Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye To Norma Jean and Other Things.”


A 100-page illustrated hardback book featuring photos, memorabilia and new interviews with Sir Elton and longtime lyricist Taupin completes the package.


Elton John was already a Top 10 artist in the U.S. and U.K. when he, Taupin and Elton’s band began recording "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," but the project marked heightened ambitions underscored by its original release as a two-LP double set. 


This year finds Sir Elton back in the headlines with a headlining performance at this June’s Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn., a critically acclaimed 2013 album, "The Diving Board," and plans to renew his wedding vows with partner David Furnish next month.


RELATED: Writing Elton John's 'The Diving Board'


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Rocker drops the news in chat with fans

By MSN Music Partners Jan 6, 2014 12:35PM

By Miriam Coleman
Rolling Stone

 

Jack White  has a new album in the works, and it looks like it could be coming out soon. In a recent chat with fans on the message board of his label, Third Man Records, White dropped the news: "I'm producing two albums this month, and finishing them," he said. "One of them is mine."

 

The two stars, who'd recently recorded a tribute to the Everly Brothers, honor the fallen legend

By MSN Music Partners Jan 6, 2014 12:21PM

Rolling Stone

 

A day after the passing of Everly Brothers' Phil Everly, artists influenced by his incredible body of work have started to honor the vocal legend. Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, who this past November released "Foreverly," an album-length Everly tribute, passed along their thoughts about the death of the sweet-voiced singer, who died on January 3rd due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

 

Rockers will play pre-game set and during intermission

By MSN Music Partners Jan 3, 2014 11:28AM

Rolling Stone

 

Kiss are set to command a new venue: Los Angeles' first outdoor hockey game.

The "Detroit Rock City" shredders will bring their face-painted theatrics to Dodger Stadium on January 25th as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The band will perform before the game and during the first intermission. The match pits the LA Kings against the Anaheim Ducks and will air live on NBC Sports.  Other musical performers in the series will be announced in the next few weeks.

 

The record sits atop L.A.'s Forum, spins at 17 miles per hour and covers 5.7 acres

By MSN Music Partners Jan 3, 2014 10:29AM

 

By Kory Grow
Rolling Stone

 

The marketing and promotion company Pop2Life has created what they're calling the "world's largest record," a recreation of the Eagles' 16-times platinum 1977 album "Hotel California," to accompany the reopening of the Los Angeles venue the Forum and the SoCal rockers' six-concert residency. The band will be playing the venue on January 15th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 24th and 25th.

 

A close-up look at the biggest explosion in rock & roll history

By MSN Music Partners Jan 2, 2014 1:13PM

Rolling Stone

 

Fifty years ago, the Beatles landed in the U.S., generating the biggest explosion rock & roll has ever seen. In the new issue of Rolling Stone (on stands Friday, January 3rd), contributing editor Mikal Gilmore examines just how the Fab Four arrived in the States facing media disdain and a clueless record label in the wake of the devastating assassination of John F. Kennedy — and still managed to conquer America. 

 

On February 9th, 1964, Ed Sullivan famously intoned, "Tonight, the whole country is waiting to hear England's Beatles." Eight months later, the band had landed 28 records in Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart (11 in the Top 10), seen 10 albums released worldwide and been introduced to marijuana by Bob Dylan. But the band's voyage from Liverpool to New York City in '64 was filled with far more apprehension and stress than relaxation and glee.

 

His new album will stream on CBS's website on Jan. 5

By MSN Music Partners Jan 2, 2014 1:00PM

By Andy Greene
Rolling Stone

 

A little over a week after Amazon accidentally sold Bruce Springsteen's upcoming album "High Hopes" on their mobile site, CBS will offer a complete stream of the LP on their official website. It's part of a promotional tie-in with the legal drama "The Good Wife," which will incorporate the new tracks "High Hopes," "Hunter of Invisible Game" and a rerecorded "The Ghost of Tom Joad" into a January 12th episode. They will begin hosting the stream at 7 p.m. on January 5th, shortly before a preview runs for the episode with the Springsteen music.

 

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill Virgina location won't allow firearms

By MSN Music Partners Dec 31, 2013 2:12PM

WENN

 

Gun-toting fans of singer Toby Keith's fans in Virginia are taking aim at the country star over a no-weapons policy at a restaurant he owns in the state.