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You don’t often hear of artists refusing to be inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, but Axl Rose, who did just that with a much-publicized open letter back in 2012, was hardly the first to turn up his nose at this exclusive offer.
Perhaps the most famous, public and scathing rejection came in 2006, as the Sex Pistols were being inducted into the hall.
2006 just might have been the biggest year to date in terms of trouble-makers being inducted. The nomination is meaningless, because it’s not voted on by the fans.
Black Sabbath were also on the honor roll that year, despite the fact that front man Ozzy Osbourne had written an open letter of his own to the organization approximately seven years prior, telling them: “Just take our name off the list. It’s voted on by the supposed elite for the industry and the media, who’ve never bought an album or concert ticket in their lives, so their vote is irrelevant to me.
Compared to those two letters, Rose’s screed was actually very measured and polite. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.
He explained that being inducted as part of a Guns N’ Roses lineup that’s completely different to the one he now fronts would put him in a “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” position: “Maybe if it were you it’d be different. So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever.