The Week In Music: Axl Rose's Appetite For Rejection

Guns N' Roses frontman "respectfully declines" Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction
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April 13, 2012 -- 3:55 am PDT

Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is typically a cause for celebration. (OK, unless you're Johnny Rotten.) But Axl Rose, the frontman of 2012 inductees Guns N' Roses, will not be celebrating given the lengthy open letter he fired off on April 11 via the Los Angeles Times. Not only will Rose not attend the induction ceremony on Saturday, he has "respectfully declined" his induction. "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," advised Rose. While fans were hoping for a reunion of classic GNR members — Rose, bassist Duff McKagan, guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin, and drummer Steven Adler — there seems to be too much water under the proverbial bridge. "[Rose] hates my guts," Slash told Rolling Stone earlier this month. Alas, the ceremony will move forward and it seems Rose will be inducted, like it or not. "We are sorry Axl will not be able to accept his induction in person," read a statement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday. McKagan, Slash and Adler will be trekking to Cleveland to attend the ceremony. As for Rose, perhaps he has a date with Lana Del Rey on Saturday? 

Actress Betty White, who, at 90, became one of the oldest GRAMMY winners in February for her audio book recording If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't), has launched her very own Twitter account with the post: "Hello Twitter! And they said it would never happen. Oh wait, that was me." The move seems to be aimed at promoting her new reality series "Betty White's Off Their Rockers." White's account had already grown to more than 198,000 followers at post time, but no word yet on whether White is the oldest Tweeter. Her next GRAMMY-winning project may be called If You Tweet Me (And Of Course Now You Can).

Is it love or hate? Often in the world of Courtney Love it's both, although sometimes it's the former just on the basis of her name. That seems to be the case with her latest angry tweet in which she accuses Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl of sleeping with Love's daughter, by way of late Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain, Frances Bean Cobain. Love and Grohl have been feuding since Cobain's 1994 death over money and other Nirvana-legacy issues, and given Love's tendency toward shock-value postings and statements, it's hard to know where the truth lies. Grohl's publicist told Gawker that Love was "on another hateful Twitter rant. These new accusations are upsetting, offensive and absolutely untrue." Love told the New York Daily News, "Dave's a piece of s***, but he's a really good drummer." For his part, it might be best if Grohl practices some silence, patience and grace. As for Frances Bean, she’s saying “never mind” to the accusations. "Twitter should ban my mother," she told E! News.

You loved actor James Franco as a woman on the Oscars. Well, maybe you didn't, but you may love his lip-synched version of Rihanna's "You Da One," which he posted earlier this week with the self-critical message "worst lip syncher ever," to which TexasIntern replied "'BEST LIPS' ever!!!" While many turn to self-posted lip-synched videos to get discovered, Franco seems to just be in it for a good time, or maybe it's practice for his role as a drug-dealing rapper named Alien in the upcoming film Spring Breakers.

Could GRAMMY-winning Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon be changing his name to J. Vizzle soon? According to a report, the indie singer/songwriter is putting his beat-making skills to the test and joining with rapper Astronautilis, aka Andy Bothwell, to form a hip-hop-inspired band. The pair has already completed a full album, which features Astronautilis freestyling over eight hours of Vernon-made music as well as Bon Iver drummer S. Carey. "A lot of my fans are like, 'Oh this is going to be amazing — Astronautalis rapping and Justin singing choruses,'" the rapper told NME. "It's not going to be that." So what will it be? We may hopefully find out soon as the pair hope to release the new music "sooner rather than later."

Fun.'s "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monáe is tops on the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes singles charts.

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