Axl Rose Rejects GN'R Hall Of Fame Induction

Guns N'Roses frontman Axl Rose has declined his entry into the New York Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame saying he does not feel wanted or respected.

Axl Rose, the only original member of the band, wrote a rather long, public letter which read: "I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia." In a responding statement, the Hall Of Fame said: "We are sorry he will not be able to accept his induction in person."

Guns N'Roses are due to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame this Saturday. Former members include Slash, Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, and although Rose has since replaced all the band members, it had been hoped the induction would bring together the original line-up.

Guitarist, Slash, has spoken about the news in recent interviews, saying:

"I have no idea what's going to happen on that day. It's more like going into it with blinders on and just see what happens."

In his letter, Rose dismissed any hope of the band reuniting, implying that he wasn't going to satisfy people's fantasies about Guns N' Roses reforming:

"for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. 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."

The singer has also requested that no one is to accept the induction for him, or speak on his behalf. However, Rose did admit that when he first heard the band were being inducted, although having mixed feelings, he was "honoured, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing."

The current line-up of the group last performed in the UK in 2010, but they were bottled off stage at a concert in Dublin after they arrived on stage nearly an hour late. According to the Hall Of Fame, the only other band to have previously declined their induction are the Sex Pistols.