This week Axl Rose tried to throw a wrench into the plans of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct him and the classic lineup of Guns N' Roses when he released a statement requesting that he not be inducted into the Rock Hall, saying: "Please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf."
The problem, of course, is that the Rose and Slash, Steven Adler, Duff McKagan, and Izzy Stradlin have been feuding for nearly 20 years. The hope was that Rose would get over all that for a few hours, but instead he rejected induction entirely. The Hall, however, maintains that it will still induct him this weekend.
This isn't the first time this kind of thing has happened. There is a long history of inductees not attending the ceremony because of issues with other members of the band or because it conflicted with a tour date. However, Rose is one of only two bands or artists that have rejected the induction outright. The other was The Sex Pistols who, in 2006, wrote a scathing, explicative-filled open letter denouncing the entire Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a sham.
Axl's letter, though significantly politer, holds the same level of disdain for the Rock Hall. Yet one wonders if he'd hold this opinion if the old GN'R were still together. It seems as if this is one of those times that calls for that ages-old question: "Can't we all just get along?" I guess Axl thinks the answer is no and has tried to keep himself as separate as possible from the old Guns, going as far as to stop his name from being written alongside the rest of the band.
It won't work, though, because as another saying goes, "The show must go on." The Hall will still induct him with the rest of the group and most of the band will accept the award.