Axl Rose: 'I'm not signing stuff for awhile'
Axl Rose of Guns N'Roses performing live in concert at the Liverpool Echo Arena. Liverpool, England, May 20, 2012. (WENN.com)
Axl Rose has joined Ringo Starr in turning down autograph requests from fans, because he's sick of seeing his signature on auction site eBay.
The Guns N' Roses star has told devotees to stop asking him to sign stuff because he's not interested in helping opportunists get rich by using his name.
The singer, who is currently on tour with AC/DC, made his intentions known in a new tweet, writing: "Can't take da ebayers so un42nutzly I's won'tz b signing things 4 awhile."
His decision comes on the back of a new ABC News article about the autograph business, with one top dealer telling the outlet selling celebrity signatures has become a "$50 million-a-year industry", with some collectors earning "six-figure salaries" for selling on the stars' scrawls.
Axl and Ringo aren't the only rockers tired of the get-rich-quick traders posing as fans - Kid Rock, Ted Nugent and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme have also expressed their concerns about the industry, while Taylor Swift insists real fans aren't big autograph hunters anymore.
In an article for The Wall Street Journal, she wrote: "The only memento kids these days want is a selfie. It's part of the new currency, which seems to be how many followers you have on Instagram."
Can't take da ebayers so un42nutzly I's won'tz b signing things 4 awhile. Much Love 2 the real fans!!❤️⛔️❎🔚— Axl Rose (@axlrose) May 31, 2016