Despite Axl Rose's protests, plaque installed outside Rock Hall
Guns N' Roses fans who might be contemplating a visit to Cleveland now that the band has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can breathe at least a small sigh of relief.
Earlier this week, singer Axl Rose vehemently -- and very publicily -- declined for himself to be inducted, barred anyone else from accepting on his behalf and generally dissed the whole idea of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame itself.
But as of a few hours before this year's induction ceremony was set to get underway near the shore of Lake Erie, Rose had stopped short of commandeering a jackhammer and digging up the brand-new bronze plaque embedded in the sidewalk outside the Rock Hall to commemorate its newest class of members.
Hall officials plan to install something like 270 more over the next two years to recognize all the other inductees.
The hall itself sponsored this first round of plaques, with a look replicating vinyl records. The honor of sponsoring future markers will be auctioned to the highest bidders. Proceeds covering the actual cost of making and installing them, and any revenue beyond that will help underwrite future induction ceremonies.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo: Guns N' Roses plaque outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Credit: Randy Lewis / Los Angeles Times