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 get’s 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."
A short excerpt of Axl Rose’s open letter declining to be inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame. Strangely enough—perhaps due to the fact that I once wrote a complimentary paragraph on my blog about Chinese Democracy—I was included on the mailing list for this particular letter. I feel like a lot of people are focusing on the angrier or more self-aggrandizing excerpts of this particular letter when they discuss it, and the full text has seldom been included in articles about the letter (the Noisecreep article I linked above has it, though—thanks to them). But throughout, Axl takes a mature tone and never says anything I considered unprofessional or uncalled for. He’s clearly frustrated that a still-together and (debatably) functional lineup of the band he’s supposedly being honored for is treated as if they don’t exist, and while I certainly don’t think Axl should feel fully entitled to consider the current touring lineup of Guns to be the “real” band, I do respect his unswerving dedication to doing exactly what inspires him and seems worthwhile to him, regardless of public opinion.
And I particularly liked what he said in the quoted portion above. “Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending, especially at another’s […] expense.” That’s the truth. Even if the guy’s obviously never gonna make another Appetite For Destruction, I fully respect his desire to keep doing what he’s doing with the people he’s become comfortable working with. And besides, we all know the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame is bullshit anyway. So right on, Axl. Tell ‘em all to fuck off.