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Axl Rose Has ‘Mixed Emotions’ About Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

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The elusive Axl Rose has spoken about his “mixed emotions” regarding Guns N’ Roses and their much-talked about induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rose sat down with the L.A. Times for a chat (while in Seattle) and the inevitable topic of the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction came up. Slash has gone on record via his Facebook page to say that he has not turned in his RSVP nor has he committed to attend. Rose was equally up in the air when he spoke about the upcoming April 14 ceremony, which has everyone in the rock world speculating whether or not the original lineup will take the stage in Cleveland for the first time in over 20 years.

Axl’s take is this: he is more than aware that the fans want to see the original lineup hit the stage. “I’ve got mixed emotions about what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame actually really is, but at the same time, there’s a lot of people — the fans — that it just means something to them, and they’re happy. It’s like you won the Heisman or something,” the singer said.

Rose doesn’t want to ruin this special honor for others, citing the time that actor Marlon Brando sent an American Indian activist to accept his Oscar in his stead. He said, “People don’t want that associated with their awards shows, even if you have a big audience. In one way it might be right, but it usually backfires on whoever does it. So I really don’t want to spoil it for everybody else — or take the beating.”

He finished by saying, “There is no plan yet. There really is no plan. We’re still busy with this lineup. We’re gonna be busy — we’re gonna be busy all next year. We’ll be putting out new stuff as soon as we can figure out what our deal is with labels, blah blah blah.”

So just like Slash, Axl was non-committal and would not confirm anything regarding the induction ceremony which is a mere four months away. The wait-and-see game continues.

Despite the fact that Rose’s publicist requests that interviewers do not pose questions about his former cohort Slash, it’s Rose who always ends up bringing him up. He acknowledged that the push and pull between himself and his onetime guitarist was the root cause of the split, which is no shock, since the battles between lead singers and lead guitarists are legendary when it comes to the rock band dynamic. Those struggles often yield the best music, too.

“It was really a fight with me and Slash,” Rose recalled. “Izzy was doing the same thing, but the fight with me and Slash started the day I met him. He came in, popped my tape out and put his in and wanted me in his band. And I didn’t want to join his band. We’ve had that war since Day 1.”

Perhaps the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony could be where they extend an olive branch or sign a peace treaty?

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