Slash Says Hall of Fame Performance Was “Homage to the Fans”
Earlier this month, Guns N’ Roses was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While frontman Axl Rose and former guitarist Izzy Stradlin decided not to show up for the induction ceremony, the band’s original members -- guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKaganand drummer Steven Adler -- partnered with ex-guitarist Gilby Clarke and Alter Bridgefrontman Myles Kennedy to perform at the event.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, ex-GN’R guitarist Slash says that he initially struggled with his decision to perform at the induction ceremony. “In my heart of hearts, I wanted to have the whole original band get together and actually perform, which I sort of knew was wishful thinking,” reveals Slash. “It became apparent that that wasn't going to happen. I was sort of disillusioned with the whole thing…I thought Axl was still going to go, and it wasn't until the last minute that I heard that he wasn’t coming, and that’s when we all decided we were just going to go ahead and play anyway.”
Slash added that he felt that performing at the event “closed the book” on any hopes of a full GN’R reunion and that it was the right thing to do for the band’s fans. “We felt a sense of loyalty to the enthusiasm from the fans,” explains Slash. “I think that was really the glue that held us all together to get past whatever the differences were and just go up and be there. It wasn't because we were trying to wag our finger at anybody or try to be vengeful in any way. It was an homage to the fans.”
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