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Axl apologises to Cleveland for not apologising

By | Published on Thursday 19 April 2012

Axl Rose

Axl Rose has written a second letter following on from last week’s announcing that he would not be attending Guns N Roses’ Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame induction last weekend, and that he did not want to be inducted in his absence. The letter, published on the official Guns N Roses website, thanks those who showed support for his decision, and apologises to Cleveland.

On the latter point, he wrote: “I would like to apologise to Cleveland, Ohio for not apologising to them beforehand for not attending [the induction ceremony] in their city. I think they know how much I genuinely love performing there. Cleveland does in fact rock”.

So that’s that sorted. As for the response to his no-show decision, he said: “It took a lot of focus and soul searching to be sincere and informative while making a genuine effort to be somewhat diplomatic … 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?”

He continued: “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’d point out that concerns about the running of the Hall Of Fame weren’t what Rose was complaining about last week, but apparently that’s just me being out to get him, or something. To the naysayers, Rose said: “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”.

You can read the letter in full here.

In other Guns N Roses news, former drummer Matt Sorum has revealed that he is in talks about a possible biopic about the band. He told VH1: “I’ve talked about doing a screenplay, and that’s actually something that I’m in talks about with a couple of pretty big people”.

He added: “If you look at rock and roll movies, they’ve never been done right… If there was a film about Guns N Roses, the thing about Guns N Roses that was different than all the butt rock bands in Hollywood was that it was down and dirty and punk rock and real. As much as anyone wants to say they want to try to lump it in with hair metal, it never was, because it was a different kind of energy. There was a more street, dark undercurrent happening that could be great on film”.