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Guns N' Roses reunion off as Axl snubs rock and roll hall of fame

THERE'LL be no Guns N' Roses reunion at this weekend's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony -- Axl Rose says he will not attend and is declining his induction into the hall.

The seminal band, which ruled the rock world for years before disbanding in acrimony in 1996, could be considered the headliner among the acts scheduled to be inducted in Cleveland.

But in a letter to the hall, Rose said he would not be at the ceremony and would avoid what would probably have been a "complicated or awkward situation".

According to the rock hall, only the Sex Pistols have declined induction in the past.

"I won't be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N' Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame," his letter said.

"I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no-one is authorised nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf."

Although Rose now fronts a reconstituted version of Guns N' Roses that does not include members Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan or Steven Adler, there was hope that the band might reunite at the hall.

Even Slash seemed to give a little hope to that idea in an interview last month, saying: "I have no idea what's going to happen on that day. It's more like going into it with blinders on and just see what happens."

The hall did not immediately return requests for comment. Rose's bitterness is a cloud over the band's induction, but in some ways fitting, given the dysfunction that marked the group as it rose to become one of the world's most popular acts in the 1980s and 90s with hits including Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O' Mine and November Rain.

Besides Guns N' Roses, inductees include the hip-hop trio Beastie Boys; rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the late singer/ songwriter Laura Nyro; Donovan; and influential British rock group The Small Faces/The Faces, which included Rod Stewart and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.