April 11, 2012
Guns N’ Roses mercurial frontman Axl Rose has pulled the ultimate deke on the music industry–he has decided to take a pass on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Specifically, he has declared that he will not be attending this weekend’s induction ceremony, and via a letter to the RRHOF, he is requesting that he not be inducted in absentia.
Unfortunately, this announcement will be confused as news. People will come at him from all sides, triumphantly pointing out the Orca-sized holes in his arguments and decrying his ongoing megalomaniacal delusions. This is simply pointing out the obvious with a sense of discovery. In fact, such attention will only buttress Axl’s view of himself as a tragically-misunderstood, well-meaning, regular guy, constantly fending off the unprovoked attacks of the media and his former bandmates (the ones who made the music that he sings).
There is no news here.
Anyone paying attention to the last twenty years understands that Axl’s narcissistic unpredictability is as surprising as the tide coming in. Once again, the singer is flaunting his untamed nature like an eight year-old boy sticking his thumb to his nose, saying, “Hah, hah! You can’t make me!”
The ceremony had long been destined to be as anticlimactic as Geraldo Rivera breaking into Al Capone’s secret hideout. There would never be a reunion–that much was clear from an abundance of comments from present and former members of the band. That left only the possibility of an awkward exchange at the podium, with a scattershot of thank yous from the original lineup and perhaps a smattering of paranoid innuendo from the singer. Axl’s absence will have zero impact on the festivities.
Ironically, with Axl now out of the way, maybe we’ll see the original members get together and revisit a classic or two from Appetite for Destruction. Anyone know what Scott Weiland or Corey Taylor are up to on the 14th?
For those of you interested in the letter in which Axl spells out his decision, I have taken the liberty of color-coding the text for expedited review of his comments (see below).
To all members of Guns N’ Roses, past and present, congratulations on this achievement. I thank you for your exhilarating contributions to the soundtrack of my life.