In a note sent from his publicist to the Los Angeles Times Wednesday (April 11), Rose stated that he’s staying home from the event and, what’s more, declining his “induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses.”
In Rose’s note, written to “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,” Rose explains his reasoning. “I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing,” Rose states, while also admitting that sitting down with the guys of GN’R would make for “somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.”
Rose then explains that based on what he has seen and heard from the Rock Hall induction committee and remarks made by some of his ex-GN’R band mates, “the ceremony doesn't appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.”
Even so, he doesn’t want to take away from his former band mates’ honor: “For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It’s their show not mine.
“That said, I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame…. I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!”
Rose also thanks the Rock Hall for the GN’R nomination and GN’R’s fans “for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses music.”