Former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash spoke to Loudwire about the band’s upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
The 27th annual ceremony will be held on April 14 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.
Slash told Loudwire, “I would love to play. It’s just, one of those things where I know that it’s not going to happen, so… I just did an interview and said, ‘I don’t think we’re playing.’ [Laughs]. I mean I think it would be cool to play, but very early on when the whole thing came up, it became apparent that it wasn’t going to happen — and you know, that doesn’t surprise me. We’ve been at odds for… well, not at odds, but we just haven’t had any sort of communication in a long time so… that’s basically it. That’s all I can tell you.”
Ex-GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan told RollingStone.com that there has been “no communication” about the original members of the band performing together when the group is inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Asked if he knew what was going to happen at the ceremony, McKagan answered, “I don’t. I know I’m going to go. I can’t, at all, speak for anybody else. And won’t. I’ll be there with bells on.” But he added, “There’s been no communication about anyone playing. There was probably a day in the mid-1990s where I would have tried to gather the troops, but I’m just not that guy anymore. It’s too frustrating to change anyone else . . . I’m not even sure I’d want to change how anyone else sees a situation.”
On whether he hoped that the original lineup would perform together at the event, McKagan said, “I think it would be killer. Do I hope to? That’s a tricky question. It would be awesome. You have those day dreams like, ‘We’ll go up and play ‘Nightrain’ and ‘Brownstone’ and throw down the microphone and drop off! That’ll be killer!’ But I doubt that’ll happen.”
McKagan, singer Axl Rose, guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin, and drummer Steven Adler will all be inducted into the Hall, along with later members, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Matt Sorum.
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