Obwohl der Brief in einem für Rose erstaunlich diplomatischen Tonfall gehalten ist, steht Axl Rose klar zu seiner Position, dass Guns N‘ Roses nun mal das aktuelle Line-up um seine Person seien – und somit die Rufe nach einer Reunion der „alten“ Guns N‘ Roses „irreführende Versuche sind, die Bemühungen des aktuellen Line-ups in Verruf zu bringen – also mich, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron ‚Bumblefoot‘ Thal und DJ Ashba.“
Hier der vollständige Brief im originalen Wortlaut:
To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N‘ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,
When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N‘ Roses were to be inducted it’d be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.
Since then we’ve listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N‘ Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists‘ comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.
Under the circumstances I feel we’ve been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N‘ Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in „our“ induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things… no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.