Former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash spoke to the Associated Press about the band’s upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. You can check out a short video report below.
The 27th annual ceremony will be held on April 14, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio, home to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum. Also scheduled to be inducted are RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, BEASTIE BOYS, THE SMALL FACES/FACES, Donovan and Laura Nyro. Freddie King well enter the Hall Of Fame as an Early Influence, while the late producer and TV host Don Kirshner will receive the Ahmet Ertegun (nonperformer) Award and producers Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns will receive the Award For Musical Excellence.
The ceremony will be taped for broadcast by HBO, which plans to air it in early May.
When asked if fans can expect to see a performance by the reunited classic lineup of GUNS N’ ROSES at the induction ceremony, Slash said, “It’s definitely an honor and I have no idea what’s going to happen on that day. It’s hard for me to even… I’m not really necessarily anticipating anything in particular. It’s on the 14th and I’ll go down there and see what happens. With all this, sort of, lack of unity on the subject, it’s hard to really look forward to it, ’cause I don’t know what to anticipate. So it’s more like going into it with blinders on and just see what happens.”
The 46-year-old guitarist also spoke about his favorite memories as a member of GUNS N’ ROSES — recording the band’s debut album, “Appetite For Destruction”, and touring behind it.
“The first tour, all that stuff, was really a great experience,” he said. “I was in my early twenties and it was just a great adventure. [Laughs] So that was all a lot of fun, and then it got crazy in the ’90s and obviously when I left the band or parted ways with the whole thing.” He added, “[It’s been] 25 years since the album came out — [it] doesn’t seem like a long time ago, but at the same time … so much has happened in that time.”
Ex-GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan told RollingStone.com that there has been “no communication” about the original members of the band performing together when the group is inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Asked if he knew what was going to happen at the ceremony, McKagan answered, “I don’t. I know I’m going to go. I can’t, at all, speak for anybody else. And won’t. I’ll be there with bells on.” But he added, “There’s been no communication about anyone playing. There was probably a day in the mid-1990s where I would have tried to gather the troops, but I’m just not that guy anymore. It’s too frustrating to change anyone else . . . I’m not even sure I’d want to change how anyone else sees a situation.”
On whether he hoped that the original lineup would perform together at the event, McKagan said, “I think it would be killer. Do I hope to? That’s a tricky question. It would be awesome. You have those day dreams like, ‘We’ll go up and play ‘Nightrain’ and ‘Brownstone’ and throw down the microphone and drop off! That’ll be killer!’ But I doubt that’ll happen.”
McKagan, singer Axl Rose, guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin, and drummer Steven Adler will all be inducted into the Hall, along with later members, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Matt Sorum.
The biggest question concerning a reunion revolves around whether Rose would be willing to perform alongside Slash. The two have not spoken in years and Rose continues to hold a hostile stance toward his former bandmate.