Axl Rose Apologizes !Rock and Roll Baby!!

No doubt I love rock and roll, and all the while after seeing a Bruce McDonald film Hard Core Logo 2 I have been thinking what fun it would be for Bruce to just follow Axl around.

Axl and I met in Los Angeles, the day the band Guns N’ Roses where a few hours late for performance. It was not a good site or experience.

Here is an open letter to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, that Axl wanted the media to run if they wanted. So that is exactly what I am going to do.

To: Cleveland, Ohio, Guns N’ Roses Fans and everyone who’s shown support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

I seriously didn’t plan on or expect the overwhelmingly positive response and public support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. With such a generous outpouring of solidarity from fans, media outlets, writers and other artists, I’m truly humbled, blown away and unbelievably relieved! To be honest, I thought it would go the other way and was just hoping to weather the storm. As I said, I sincerely didn’t want to disappoint anyone. It gets old being the outlaw even if “it’s only rock and roll”.

It took a lot of focus and soul searching to be sincere and informative while making a genuine effort to be somewhat diplomatic. We made, what I feel, are real efforts to learn about the Hall and the Board, spoke as I said with the president and various members, and though I inducted Elton John and Bernie Taupin in ’94 saying something to the effect of “I’m learning what the Hall’s about…”

I still don’t exactly know or understand what the Hall is or how or why it makes money, where the money goes, who chooses the voters and why anyone or this board decides who, out of all the artists in the world that have contributed to this genre, officially “rock” enough to be in the Hall?

This isn’t an attack. These are genuine issues I don’t have enough verified information on to have more than rough ideas. Certainly not enough information to make any judgments about.

I would like to apologize to Cleveland, Ohio for not apologizing to them beforehand for not attending [the ceremony] in their city. I think they know how much I genuinely love performing there. Cleveland does in fact Rock!!

Now that the smoke’s cleared a little, any desperate, misguided attacks have been just that, a pathetic stab at gossip, some lame vindictiveness, the usual entitlement crap, he’s obsessed, crazy, volatile, a hater. I once bought a homeless woman a slice of pizza who yelled at me she wanted soup. We got her the soup. You can get your own.

Again: HUGE thanks to the fans and to everyone for the incredible public support. My congratulations to the other artists inducted. And my apologies to the city and people of Cleveland, Ohio. I hope you’ll forgive me and we hope to see you again soon!

Keep Rockin’,

Axl

Unlike my open letter to the Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern this was written for GNR’s official website, Facebook account and my personal twitter account and not intended as a press release. If anyone does choose to pick this up as has been done previously I’d appreciate if you’d run in full including this paragraph so as not to give a partial picture, have things taken out of context or to imply or inadvertently give the impression this was intended for other outlets.



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Rock and Roll – ‘Hard Core Logo 2’ – with Bruce McDonald

"Tiff opening 'Hard Core 2'"

Nothing should surprise you in the world of Rock and Roll.

Yes, I have seen Roy Hay of ‘Culture Club’ jump out of a moving jeep outside of The Roxy on Sunset at the mention that Canadian rocker Alannah Myles might hit on a female guitarist on stage. The prospect of a lesbian ‘Femme Fetal’ too alluring for Roy Hay, who landed flat on his face on the sidewalk of the infamous Sunset Strip.

A rocker friend of mine with residue of cocaine on his nose, a bottle of Jack in one hand, Smith and Wesson in the other attempted to explain to me about the beauty of the hand gun.

Then there are the parties, drugs, sex, girls, more girls, complex relationships, with managers, producers, and band members that can weave a rich and colorful tapestry.

I ended up at the TIFF bar with my friend actor, singer, songwriter, model Jasmine Spence who had given me the heads up that there was a good buzz about the film to meet up with Lee Bremer of Listening Duck Productions who is working with Bruce McDonald. Lee made quick introductions to Pin who had just gotten of the plane from Hong Kong, and Sam.

I was quick to point out to all that I have never seen any of Bruce McDonald films. I knew nothing about the first cult classic Hard Core Logo, or it’s story line.

Hard Core Logo 2 directed by Bruce McDonald, in which Bruce McDonald plays a documentary film-maker took me for an unexpected ride, into a world I have known too well. The world of rock and roll.

Bruce McDonald plays a much in demand director till his life fall prey to the vicissitudes of life. As any director will tell you, projects never stop coming your way they just change in scope, subject and budjet. In the case of Bruce McDonald in ‘Hard Core Logo 2’ an opportunity presents itself to film a documentary following
Care Failure (played by the real musician Care Failure), a cross-addicted emotional whirlpool and the principal creative force behind punk outfit Die Mannequin. Care Failure claims she’s channelled Hard Core Logo’s late front man Joe Dick while writing songs for her new album. Bruce accepts the gig.

The film Hard Core Logo 2 had me from the start. It started in Laurel Canyon where I had my Shangri-La, perched above Los Angels. It was at this home of mine on the seductive Elusive Drive that Val Kilmer had recorded the tracks to Oliver Stone’s homage to 1960s rock group The Doors. I was captivated. I strapped into the seat as if ready for a sonic flight and I was not disappointed. the film delivered the goods.

Hard Core Logo 2, is funny with a great cast. Care Failure is brilliant and Bruce has done a great job capturing this wound-up complex character bringing it to life on the silver screen.

I really believed this was a true story, that is how real it was for me. If you’ve partied with some big rock bands and think this is real, that’s a big deal. If you don’t get the film then you just have no grasp of the world of rock and roll or those who make films and live in the hills of Los Angeles.

After the screening I told Bruce, how real the film was. That speaks volumes for the script.

Inspired by the film my friend and I with our new found friends took off to catch a rock band leaving Bruce to have dinner. The night spun it’s magic transforming the producer, singer, director, model, banker, and artist into a cast of characters in a Bruce McDonald film Hard Core Logo 2.

There are some things you just can’t miss. This was a great discovery for me the discovery of an artist who is just having a blast doing what he likes doing. That man is none other then Bruce McDonald. Canadian talent that needs to be backed up.

Go see this film and I am certain it will cast it’s spell on you, so be prepared to party like a rock star.



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