There will be no Guns N' Roses reunion at this weekend's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony after Axl Rose said that he will not attend, 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 on Saturday.
But in a letter to the hall, Rose said he would not be at the ceremony and would avoid what would have probably been a "complicated or awkward situation".
"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," he said in the letter.
"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 former members Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan or Steven Adler, there was some hope that the band might reunite at the hall, a reunion that has been dreamed about by many fans from almost the moment they split.
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."
But Rose was apparently miffed by such talk.
"There's a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities," he wrote.
He added: "So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn't owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another's, or in this case several others', expense."
The hall did not immediately return requests for comment. A representative for Slash said he would still attend on Saturday but had no further comment. Green Day is scheduled to induct the group.
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 like '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.
According to the rock hall only The Sex Pistols have declined induction in the past.