Guns N‘ Roses: Axl Rose und noch ein offener Brief


Bereits letzte Woche hatte Axl Rose einen offenen Brief verfasst und sich dazu geäußert, weshalb er der Zeremonie rund um die Aufnahme von Guns N‘ Roses in die Hall Of Fame nicht beiwohnen wolle. Bei der Veranstaltung am Samstag ersetzte ihn dann Myles Kennedy von Alter Bridge bei der Performance und das Publikum buhte den Abwesenden Guns N‘ Roses Frontmann konsequent aus.

Dennoch bedankte sich Axl Rose nun in einem zweiten Brief für das allgemein gute Feedback: „Von diesen weitreichenden Solidaritätsbekundungen von Fans,  Medien, Autoren und Künstlern bin ich wirklich geplättet, weggepustet und unglaublich erleichtert. Um ehrlich zu sein, hatte ich damit gerechnet, dass es genau andersherum laufen würde und bloß gehofft, dem Sturm dann standzuhalten.“

Weiter schrieb er: „Ich weiß oder verstehe immer noch nicht genau, was diese ‚Hall‘ eigentlich ist, wie und warum sie Geld macht, wo das Geld hingeht und wer darüber entscheidet, wer abstimmt und vor allem, wer von all den Künstlern weltweit sein Genre so geehrt hat, dass er offiziell ‚Rock‘ genug ist, um aufgenommen zu werden?“

Doch trotz allem täte es ihm Leid, sich nicht schon zuvor bei den Cleveländern für den ganzen Trubel entschuldigt zu haben und wolle das zumindest jetzt nachholen.

Axl Rose bittet am Ende des Briefes darum, diesen nicht auseinanderzunehmen, sondern in voller Länge zu veröffentlichen, damit es keine neuen Missverständnisse gäbe. Deshalb hier noch einmal der vollständige Brief:

To: Cleveland, Ohio, Guns N‘ Roses Fans and everyone who’s shown support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

I seriously didn’t plan on or expect the overwhelmingly positive response and public support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. With such a generous outpouring of solidarity from fans, media outlets, writers and other artists, I’m truly humbled, blown away and unbelievably relieved! To be honest, I thought it would go the other way and was just hoping to weather the storm. As I said, I sincerely didn’t want to disappoint anyone. It gets old being the outlaw even if „it’s only rock and roll“.

It took a lot of focus and soul searching to be sincere and informative while making a genuine effort to be somewhat diplomatic. We made, what I feel, are real efforts to learn about the Hall and the Board, spoke as I said with the president and various members, and though I inducted Elton John and Bernie Taupin in ’94 saying something to the effect of „I’m learning what the Hall’s about…“

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?

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 would like to apologize to Cleveland, Ohio for not apologizing to them beforehand for not attending [the ceremony] in their city. I think they know how much I genuinely love performing there. Cleveland does in fact Rock!!

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.

Again: HUGE thanks to the fans and to everyone for the incredible public support. My congratulations to the other artists inducted. And my apologies to the city and people of Cleveland, Ohio. I hope you’ll forgive me and we hope to see you again soon!

Keep Rockin‘,


Unlike my open letter to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N‘ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern this was written for GNR’s official website, Facebook account and my personal twitter account and not intended as a press release. If anyone does choose to pick this up as has been done previously I’d appreciate if you’d run in full including this paragraph so as not to give a partial picture, have things taken out of context or to imply or inadvertently give the impression this was intended for other outlets.


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