Axl Rose Snubs Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

This weekend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will have a ceremony honoring this year's inductees, including Donovan, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Guns N' Roses. But Axl Rose, the lead singer of Guns N' Roses, has written a letter saying he won't make an appearance and he doesn't even want to be inducted. Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish have more on the controversy.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

When rock and roll's luminaries gather in Cleveland for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, one flamboyant front man will be noticeably absent.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE")

GUNS N' ROSES: (Singing) Welcome to the jungle. We got fun and games. We got everything you want.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

That's Axl Rose, lead singer of Guns N' Roses, which is set to be inducted this weekend, but Rose himself wants none of it. He will not be in attendance and insists he doesn't want to be inducted at all. Rose made his wishes known in an open letter to the Hall and to fans.

SIEGEL: He writes, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony doesn't appear to be somewhere I'm actually wanted or respected. He goes on to say the decision is personal and not intended to offend, attack or condemn. Rose has feuded bitterly for years with the band's other original members.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SWEET CHILD O' MINE")

CORNISH: Guns N' Roses is not the first band unable to put aside personal differences for its Hall of Fame induction. Paul McCartney was a no-show at The Beatles' induction.

Then there were the Sex Pistols who, in 2006, wrote an expletive-filled note to say, we're not coming.

SIEGEL: Compared to that, Rose's letter is downright polite. He closes by saying, I'd like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns' induction.

CORNISH: Axl Rose may not want anything to do with his former bandmates, but he has managed to hold onto the name, Guns N' Roses, and continues to use it on tour.

SIEGEL: So, in a strange twist, if Rose gets his way, Guns N' Roses will take the stage in Moscow next month looking nothing like its Hall of Fame roster.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "NOVEMBER RAIN")

ROSES: (Singing) Sometimes, I need some time on my own. Sometimes, I need some time all alone. Oh, everybody needs some time on their own. Do you know you need some time all alone?

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