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Rock Hall prepares to induct Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and more

Axl Rose is expected to steal the show at this weekend’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland without even setting foot in the building.

The Guns N’ Roses frontman said he won’t be showing up to the party and asked not to be inducted to the Hall via an open letter posted on Facebook, Wednesday. “The Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected,” Rose wrote, citing a long-standing beef with his former bandmates.

View Photo Gallery: The induction ceremony takes place in Cleveland on April 14.

But the show must go on. According to the Los Angeles Times, a spokesperson for Hall issued a statement that read: “We are sorry Axl will not be able to accept his Induction in person.”

The ceremony — which will also induct the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Donovan, Laura Nyro and the (Small) Faces — will take place on Saturday night. Highlights from the event will air on HBO on May 5.

Back when the inductees were announced in December, our own David Malitz searched the archives for the first drops of ink The Washington Post ever spilled on this year’s class. Read those articles from back in the day, (including a Carl Bernstein review of a Donovan gig!), right here.

Chris Richards is The Washington Post's pop music critic. He has recently written about David Bowie's legacy of reinvention, Beyoncé's Super Bowl victory, viral go-go covers and rock star death waves.

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