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 on 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.
Fan-filmed video footage of the entire performance can be seen below.
“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.”
Comedian Chris Rock, during his introductory speech for GN’R‘s fellow inductees RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, stated about Axl Rose towards the end of the night, “A lot of people are disappointed that Axl Rose isn’t here. But let’s face it, even if he was going to be here, he still wouldn’t be here yet.”
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.”
Clarke played guitar with GN’R in the 1990s but was not inducted.
Some 6,000 fans packed Public Auditorium for the sold-out event.
Check out photos of the event:
* Wire Image – Inside
* Wire Image – Show
* Wire Image – Arrivals
* Wire Image – Press Room
* Film Magic – Show
* Film Magic – Press Room
* Getty Images – Show
* Getty Images – Press Room
* Getty Images – Arrivals