GUNS N’ ROSES is among the artists that will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at its 27th annual ceremony 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. Like the 2009 inductions, which were also held in Cleveland, the event will be open to the public; tickets go on sale for Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame + Museum members at 10 a.m. on December 16, and to the general public at 10 a.m. the next day. Tickets are $50 and $100, with a two-ticket limit on all orders. More information is available at www.rockhall.com.
GUNS N’ ROSES was nominated in its first year of eligibility.
“It’s a great honor,” former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke told The Plain Dealer. “The band deserves it. It was a long time coming.”
Acts become eligible 25 years after the release of their first record.
Eccentric singer Axl Rose is the only original member of the current GUNS N’ ROSES lineup, and while he has recently been on friendlier terms with guitarist Izzy Stradlin and bass player Duff McKagan, he and guitarist Slash are not on speaking terms.
Asked about what the former bandmates will do if they are inducted, Axl told VH1 Classic‘s “That Metal Show” in October, “I don’t know what it means in terms of me with the old band and the old lineup. If we were to be invited, I don’t know what they would ask of me. It’s up in the air.”
Drummer Steven Adler told Rolling Stone magazine that he remains skeptical that Axl will be willing to perform with the original lineup. “You figure that time heals all wounds,” he said. “But some people just REALLY hold a crazy grudge. I just had lunch with Slash two days ago. He loves Axl. He holds no grudges towards him. Twenty years of great music wasn’t created because of some stupid grudge… Can’t we just be fucking people who played music and accomplished a huge goal in their life and just play a couple songs? It’s only rock and roll, my god! It’s not rocket science.”
Earlier this year, former GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan spoke to MusicRadar.com about the possibility of the band being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
“My only experience with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was when VELVET REVOLVER played it and we were inducting VAN HALEN,” he said. “That whole band was supposed to be there, including David Lee Roth — we were going to do a song with him. It all started falling apart in the two weeks leading up to the gig. It was sad to watch…
“We were just the innocent band that was there to play VAN HALEN songs, and we saw their whole thing crumble. To see Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar show up, when it was supposed to be everybody… Michael and Sammy were really cool guys and good sports about it, but they took all the heat over the situation. A lot of heat.
“I don’t know if I want to set myself up for heat. It’s going to be a debacle, isn’t it? A press debacle. I just don’t know what else to say about it.”
Asked about what the former bandmates will do if they are inducted, Slash said, “We’ll cross that bridge when we get there . . . If they’re gonna pass you over, I don’t think it’s worth worrying about too much.”
Slash said that he was glad to see Alice Cooper going in this year, and as for who has been overlooked, the guitarist said, “The one that comes to mind right off the bat — and it’s not even a band that I’m a huge fan of but definitely is eligible — is KISS. And I know that they’ve been passed over every fucking year.”