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.
When asked how his involvement with the GN’R Rock Hall induction came about, Kennedy told Revolver TV (see video below), “It was brought up at the [Revolver] Golden Gods awards on April 11 in Los Angeles]. [Slash and I] were getting ready to [perform at the event] and Duff [McKagan, former GUNS N’ ROSES bassist, who was presenting an award at Golden Gods] brought up the idea of perhaps playing at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. At first I was hesitant. I felt like… The magnitude of its was so huge and I just didn’t feel like I could step into that. But the more I thought about it, they just wanted to play for their fans and just have a good time. And I was like, ‘You know, they don’t wanna let their fans down and I don’t wanna let them down.’ So I just tried to kind of sing with the melodies and sing the lyrics the best I could and just stay out of the way. It was about them, it wasn’t about me. . . It took about 24 hours for me to man up [and decide to actually go ahead and perform with them at the induction]. ‘Cause, obviously, you can’t step into those shoes — you just can’t — so I just did the best I could.”
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.”
In addition to singer Axl Rose, who announced earlier in the month that he would not attend and was not accepting his induction, other missing members included original guitarist Izzy Stradlin and longtime keyboardist Dizzy Reed, who still plays in the current version of the band.
The 27th Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame aired on HBO on May 5.