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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame to Axl Rose: You’re Being Inducted Anyway

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In the harrowing saga regarding the on-again, off-again induction of Guns N’ Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at this weekend’s ceremony, the Hall of Fame has cast the final word, at least for now.

Despite Axl Rose’s personal (and quite lengthy) open letter in which he explains in great detail why he does not want to be inducted, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is moving forward with their plans to celebrate the band and their contributions. Coincidentally, Rose made an effort to point out in the letter that it was not “meant to offend, attack or condemn,” however it seemed to deliver on all three accounts.

Not only will Rose not be in attendance, he’s forbidding anyone to accept the induction for him, saying, “Please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf.” Lauren Bishop, a spokeswoman for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame issued a statement in response, simply stating, “We are sorry Axl will not be able to accept his induction in person,” but that the show would go on as planned. Bishop noted that other members of the band were planning to attend the ceremony including former members Slash, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler and Matt Sorum.

With fans openly upset and commenting on Guns N’ Roses’ Facebook page, partially to express their disappointment in Rose, they weren’t the only ones to speak out. Last night, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister told Slash that Axl’s decision was “crap” and “totally screwed up” while interviewing him on the black carpet of the Revolver Golden Gods Award show. Snider also tried to provoke former Guns N’ Roses drummer Adler into a response by telling him that he was “disgusted to hear about your old friend,” but neither Slash or Adler took the bait.

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