Hello music heads and welcome to another La Nota blog.
This week was a little slow for us. I saw some pictures of the inside of the board and it seems like someone was actually trying to repair it. So with that wish in a bottle we will see Monday how everything is running.
This weekend is The Inductions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The whole rock universe was in a buzz speculating on what will happen when Guns n Roses come up to receive their induction their first year eligible.
Is GnR going to reunite for a one off?
Well according to a quick word from Axl Rose caught by TMZ as he exited the restaurant at the Chateau Marmont in Beverly Hills with Lana Del Rey when asked by a paparazzo if there was any chance of the original line up getting together Axl was quoted saying “not in this lifetime”, then today another chapter in the Guns induction. Axl Rose wrote an open letter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame saying that he did not want to be inducted, was not showing up, and that no one was authorized to accept on his behalf in absentia. This should have been expected. Axl Rose is currently on tour with the new line up of GnR and doesn’t want to have anything to do or be associated with past line ups. The letter open letter was posted on the bands official Facebook page. This is the letter,”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.For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I nor anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It’s their show not mine.That said, I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of “Guns N’ Roses”.This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp’s perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I’m sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I’ll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we’ve actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” scenario all the way around.In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the ‘Appetite’ or ‘Illusion’ lineups, I’ve publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing’s changed.The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of “for the fans” or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thai and DJ Ashba.
Izzy came out with us a few times back in ’06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in ’06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in ’11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that’s enough.There’s a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn’t room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.Maybe if it were you it’d be different. Maybe you’d do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We’re there for each other when the going gets rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another’s, or in this case several others’, expense.
But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the “no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn’t care about the fans” crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let’s move on. No one’s taking the ball and going home. Don’t get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court.
In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I’d like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns’ induction. More importantly I’d like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses music.I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!Sincerely,
Axl RoseP.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III” So there you have it folks, let’s respect Axl’s decision after all the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a joke. It’s not voted on by fans and instead has a bunch of out of touch old coots making the decision. I’ve never agreed with the way the Cleveland based Hall has been run or how the musicians are chosen. Other artists to have snubbed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include The Sex Pistols, and Ozzy Osbourne and I believe it took Alice Cooper 13 years to get into the RnR Hall of Fame after being eligible.I did get a chance to catch a show on Thursday at Rocket town in Pompano. The bands included were The Wonder Years, Transit, the Story so far and a couple of others. The environment was cool and relaxed but once again the average age was 17 so after a couple of the bands I made my exit. Alex will be back on Monday and the chaos will start all over again. Until then keep your strings and your skins tight.
Jorge A Miranda
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