Former GUNS N’ ROSES members Slash, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke performed three “Appetite For Destruction” songs with Myles Kennedy at the band’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony earlier tonight (Saturday, April 14) in Cleveland, Ohio. Kennedy, who handles lead vocals in Slash‘s solo band and ALTER BRIDGE, sang “Mr. Brownstone”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City”, with “Use Your Illusion”-era member Sorum sitting behind the drum kit on “Brownstone” and the man he replaced in GN’R, Adler, pounding the skins for the other two songs.
“I am overwhelmed,” McKagan said of the honor. He also addressed singer Axl Rose‘s absence during his acceptance speech, saying, “I don’t know if it matters who’s here tonight because it’s about the music that band created.”
Slash said, “We have new fans who have never seen the original lineup and they’re pulling for us.”
Adler quoted QUEEN‘s “We Are the Champions”: “You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it, and I thank you all.”
GREEN DAY‘s Billie Joe Armstrong delivered the induction speech for GN’R, saying, “The first time I saw GUNS N’ ROSES on MTV, I thought, ‘One of these guys could end up dead or in jail,'” He raved about “Appetite For Destruction”, calling it “the best debut album in the history of rock and roll. Every song hits hard. It takes you a trip to the seedy world of Los Angeles. The thing that set them apart from everyone else was guts. They never lost their edge for one second.” He also praised each of the GN’R members, before saying, “Let’s see, who am I missing?” to a round of boos. He then referred to Rose as “one of the best frontmen to ever touch a microphone,” and added, “And you’re fucking crazy. Most singers in bands are, I can vouch for that.”
Clarke played guitar with GN’R in the 1990s but was not inducted.
As for the other inductees, Chris Rock inducted the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, Chuck D did the honors for the BEASTIE BOYS, Bette Midler inducted Laura Nyro, ZZ TOP was on hand for Freddie King, Carole King inducted Don Kirshner, John Mellencamp paid tribute to Donovan and Steve Van Zandt handled duties for the SMALL FACES/FACES.
Some 7,000 fans packed Public Auditorium for the sold-out event.