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By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles – Guns N’ Roses co-founder Axl Rose, through his publicist, announced Wednesday morning he will not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday in Cleveland, according to a letter received by the Los Angeles Times. Written under the greeting, “To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,” Rose explained specifically why he was declining his induction into the Cleveland music institution.

The band, born in Los Angeles in 1985, was announced as an inductee in February alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and Donovan, among others, leading to instant speculation whether the five core members of Guns N’ Roses circa Appetite for Destruction would appear together for the first time since 1993. Guitarist Slash officially departed the band in 1996, followed soon thereafter by Duff…

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