Axl destroys fans' dreams of real Guns N' Roses reunion: commentary

April 15, 2012 

It has not been easy growing up with Guns N' Roses.

The band hit the mainstream in the late 1980s as the heir apparent to the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith.

But unlike Mick Jagger and Keith Richards or Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Axl Rose and Slash couldn't make the difficult dance between singer and guitarist work.

Not for the long run, at least.

Really, the former friends only made music for about five years before flaming out.

We were left with "Appetite for Destruction," the greatest hard rock album of my lifetime, the pretty awesome "Use Your Illusion" discs and a whole lot of disappointment.

Meanwhile, the Stones are rumored to be working on a new album and 50th anniversary tour while Aerosmith has also announced plans for a fresh, full-length release to coincide with its summer stadium trip.

The Stones and Aerosmith still feature the two main members.

Guns N' Roses is just Axl and hired guns.

But we fans still had hope.

Until Wednesday.

That's when the world learned Rose would not be attending Saturday's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction of Guns N' Roses' original lineup.

"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," reads a letter obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

"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.' "

Rose, age 50, sounded equally bratty as he discussed his run-ins with former bandmates.

Conspicuously absent from the lengthy letter is any mention of gui

tar hero Slash, whose signature solos punctuate such GNR classics as "Sweet Child O' Mine," "Paradise City" and the epic "November Rain."

Rose and Slash haven't shared a stage in nearly 20 years.

"He hates my guts," Slash told Rolling Stone magazine earlier this month. "It's over a lot of different stuff; I don't even know. There's just no communication between us."

Maybe by the time you're reading this, Axl had a change of heart and joined his old bandmates at the ceremony in Cleveland.

But I doubt it.

And doubt I will let Guns N' Roses disappoint me again.

Wade Tatangelo, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7057. Follow Twitter.com/wtatangelo.

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