After writing a 1,000-word missive on why he was declining both a Guns N' Roses reunion and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Axl Rose took to Gunsnroses.com to further explain his decision and apologize to fans and the city of Cleveland.
"I seriously didn't plan on or expect the overwhelmingly positive response and public support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame," wrote Rose. "With such a generous outpouring of solidarity from fans, media outlets, writers and other artists, I'm truly humbled, blown away and unbelievably relieved! To be honest, I thought it would go the other way and was just hoping to weather the storm. As I said, I sincerely didn't want to disappoint anyone. It gets old being the outlaw even if 'it's only rock and roll.'"
In the letter, Rose raised questions on how the Hall of Fame process worked and noted that "it took a lot of focus and soul searching to be sincere and informative while making a genuine effort to be somewhat diplomatic." Axl Rose: Always the diplomatic figure.
Just short of using emojis and LOLs, Rose stressed that his decision to not attend was not a personal attack on fans or the other artists inducted. "HUGE thanks to the fans and to everyone for the incredible public support," wrote Rose. "My congratulations to the other artists inducted. And my apologies to the city and people of Cleveland, Ohio. I hope you'll forgive me and we hope to see you again soon!" Rose then posted a link to the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam and a "Hang in There" picture of a cat dangling from a tree branch. (Ed. Note: Not really.)
So let's hear it, fans. Do you accept the apology? Does our faithful writer who traveled all the way to Cleveland to see the band reunite feel better? Sound off below.