Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation, was interviewed by “That Metal Show” co-host Eddie Trunk on yesterday’s (Monday, December 19) edition of “Eddie Trunk Live” on SiriusXM satellite radio.
After Trunk tweeted that Peresman indicated during the interview that “all [members of GUNS N’ ROSES] have RSVP’d that they will show” at their upcoming Rock Hall induction in April, former GN’R guitarist Slash responded with the following message: “For the record, I didn’t RSVP, or in any way commit to attending the RRHF. I don’t appreciate people putting words in my mouth.”
GUNS N’ ROSES will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next April in Cleveland, prompting speculation about whether the event could lead to a reunion of the band’s original lineup.
Former GN’R bassist Duff McKagan admitted last month in an interview that he had a hard time imaging such a possibility, saying, “I can’t. I can’t picture it. Your guess is as good as mine. There is no picture.”
In his latest SeattleWeekly.com column, McKagan addressed the upcoming induction, writing, “Music to me has never been a competitive sport. We do what we do, and if you connect with an audience and write the songs that feel good to you in the process, that is reward enough. Getting a Grammy or an American Music Award seems a little bit weird in this whole context. I mean, are you BETTER than all those other bands? No. You are just doing YOUR thing, and they theirs. It’s not a competition.
“But it became very apparent to me that fans of GN’R felt very motivated for our band to ‘get into the Hall.’ All of those fans ARE very important to me, and thus getting this Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nod was a victory for them. And so I am deeply honored and feel very good about this whole deal. Thank you all.
“I spent a lot of time revisiting my past in the book I just wrote. Living in the past, or just revisiting it, is something I hadn’t done until I was in the process of writing that book. The process became personally poignant in how much I appreciated and loved most of the characters in my past, especially the guys in that little band from Hollywood that we formed just after I moved there in 1984.
“I’ve done my best to avoid doing any interviews that pertain to our induction, and maybe this column will serve as all I really need to say for now. I am a grown-up now, and hope that we can achieve some grace and class when that ceremony comes. But in the end, I am only responsible for myself.”
Singer Al Rose was ambivalent in a recent interview about the Hall Of Fame, and told Billboard.com in 2009 that he could never see himself playing with original GUNS guitarist Slash again, saying, “One of the two of us will die before a reunion. However sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is.”