Last week Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses refused his invitation to join the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. I didn’t know you could do such a thing, but now he’s getting a lot of backlash for ditching out on the ceremony in Cleveland and apparently for disappointing his fans.
In a letter on the official Guns N’ Roses website, Axl writes, “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…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?”
In a nutshell, Axl is just too renegade and rogue to join the Hall of Fame, he rejected it, and now in a series of elegantly composed sentences he’s trying to explain why he doesn’t “believe in” the Hall of Fame.
He’s really only apologizing to the city of Cleveland for not coming to the induction ceremony over the weekend, “I would like to apologize to Cleveland, Ohio for not apologizing to them beforehand for not attending [the ceremony] in their city.”
Uhhh, was Cleveland that worked up about it?
Oh, he also wrote something weird about feeding a homeless woman.
“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,” wrote Axl.
I don’t really know what that means, but in other news, “Keep Rockin’.” Thanks Axl.