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Axl Rose has had a bit of a rough go since the original Guns N’ Roses heyday in the late ’80s – after the band had a major falling out that resulted in them splitting up permanently.
On top of his decade of gradually becoming known as a washed-up rocker, now he’s been robbed! Three gold and diamond necklaces were stolen from Axl in Paris, where he has been performing. The necklaces were worth approximately $200,000.
It is believed the necklaces were stolen during a private gathering following Axl’s band’s show at Bercy Stadium the night before. An investigation has been opened by Judicial police, but no leads have been found.
Obviously, Axl is furious over the theft, but the show must go on. He is scheduled to play in Moenchengladbach, Germany next, before returning to France in the tour of Europe and Israel.
In related news, Guns N’ Roses was inducted into the Hall of Fame this April – the first year of eligibility for the band – but Axl surprised many with his decline of the induction. We weren’t surprised so much that he declined (he obviously still holds a strong grudge against some of the former members, namely, Slash) but more how he declined – through a well-written and extremely polite public statement.
He clearly stated he would not be attending the induction ceremony and did not want to be inducted in absentia, did not authorize anyone to accept any induction for him or speak on his behalf.
Axl offered up the band’s rocky history and what he feels is a lack of respect as his reasons for not wanting to attend of me inducted.
"Taking into consideration the history of Guns N’ Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things… no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected," Axl wrote.
It seems that Axl may be right in his assumption. Clearly, someone at his Paris party also did not respect him enough to leave his jewelry alone. Although history has shown Axl to be a bit of an a-hole, we do feel some sympathy for the man. Not only is he a washed-up rocker now, but he has come to realize people don’t really like him and he is down three necklaces.
Axl actually put it pretty well in his written statement denying his Hall of Fame induction, "Since the announcement of the nomination we’ve actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, ‘damned if I do, damned if I don’t’ scenario all the way around."