Axl: Leave me the Hall alone

Posted: April 12, 2012

AXL ROSE does not have an appetite for induction.

The Guns N’ Roses co-founder announced Wednesday through his publicist that he will not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday in Cleveland, according to a letter received by the Los Angeles Times.

The note was written under the greeting, “To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern.”

The band, born in L.A. in 1985, was announced to join Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and Donovan, among others, as new entrants into the hall, leading to what some hoped would be the long-awaited reunion of the 1993 lineup.

Ain’t gonna happen.

“I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Rose wrote. “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.’ ”

So what gives?

“He hates my guts,” guitarist Slash told Rolling Stone earlier this month. “It’s over a lot of different stuff; I don’t even know. There’s just no communication between us. I talk to Duff and Steven , but when it comes to old Guns N’ Roses, there really isn’t anybody that makes decisions.”

Grammy-winning gospel singer Kirk Franklin was honored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “Rock My Soul” celebration in Cleveland as part of the festivities leading up to this year’s induction ceremony.

Axl Rose missed this one also.

Performing during the two-hour event Tuesday night at the Playhouse Square State Theatre were gospel greats Donnie McClurkin and Fred Hammond.

Also taking the stage were the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church Ensemble, the Mount Zion Oakwood Village Praise Team, Mark T. Jacksonand Final Call and Yarbrough & Company.

Hall of Fame president and CEO Terry Stewart told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that gospel is “an integral part of our music.” Without gospel, he says, there’d be no rock ’n’ roll.

‘X’ marks Britney

We’re still not sure how a woman who can’t sing without the aid of an auto-tuner is going to judge other singers, but the Wrap.com reports that Britney Spears has reached an agreement to serve as a judge on “The X Factor.”

She’ll get in the neighborhood of $15 million for the gig, which is a lot more than real judges make.

All that’s allegedly holding up the announcement is Britney’s X — or the signature of whoever is running her affairs — on the contract.

Failed call dooms Whitney

Here’s a tip: If you call for help, speak.

People magazine reports that after Whitney Houston was found facedown in a bathtub, hotel security received a call from a woman in Whitney’s room about “an unconscious female.” Security got through to an emergency dispatcher but when the dispatcher, asked if he could be patched through to the room to provide CPR instructions, the security official said, “No, because she keeps hanging up on us.”

Could a more attentive caller have saved Whitney?

“There are too many unknown variables for me to comment on that,” said L.A. Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

Tattbits

Groundbreaking jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, who turns 72 this week, has a deal with Viking to write his memoir. Viking announced Tuesday that the book, currently untitled, is due in 2014.

Financial terms for the book were not disclosed. Hancock was represented by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, whose clients range from President Obama to Barbra Streisand.

Gil Scott-Heron was right: “The Revolution” will not be televised.

Although “The Chew” and “General Hospital” somehow avoided the ax, ABC chose not to renew Ty Pennington’s daytime improvement-fest yesterday.

TMZ.com reports that Marc Anthony has filed for divorce from Jennifer Lopez.

Marc cited “irreconcilable differences,” but it was really the truck Jennifer bought her boy toy for his birthday. n

– Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

Email gensleh@phillynews.com

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