In a brand new interview with MLive.com, legendary guitarist Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N’ ROSES) was asked what it feels like to be a member of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. “I don’t know if it feels like anything at this point in time,” he replied. “You just move on and get back to washing dishes, or whatever you do. It’s a little overwhelming. Going into it, I was very skeptical. I didn’t want to go (to the ceremony) because it was such a mess between the band members, and I’ve always had issues with the Hall because of bands that haven’t been inducted, and why. But eventually, I was inspired to show appreciation to a legion of fans, who have been loyal for so many years. When our moment came, I realized it was really bigger than the guys themselves. It was about the entity that is GUNS N’ ROSES. It finally felt legitimate and significant. But I still have issues about the people who have and haven’t been inducted. . . If you get DEEP PURPLE in there, I’ll shut up. I didn’t really pay attention to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame until VELVET REVOLVER was invited to play with VAN HALEN (in 2007). I always thought of it as a big boys’ club. There are still a lot of people who haven’t been inducted who deserve it.”
Former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler recently told Rolling Stone magazine, “It’s such an honor to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame, but then I found out that KISS isn’t in here, and then I found out the other day that RUSH isn’t in there. They’ve got to be inducted. If it wasn’t for those bands and a couple other ones, there wouldn’t be a GUNS N’ ROSES.”
Slash previously told The Canadian Press that he was honored t be inducted into the Rock Hall but also a bit turned off given that the Hall has overlooked so many other great rock bands.
“It’s sort of a bittersweet thing too because there’s so many artists that aren’t inducted, that came way before GUNS did, that really actually almost deserve more to be in there and they’re not in there,” the guitarist said, listing off Canadian band RUSH, DEEP PURPLE, CHEAP TRICK and KISS as examples. “So it’s really hard to sort of feel victorious … that, to me, just doesn’t seem right.”
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