I personally don’t get the whole Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame thing. Countless of bands as well as individuals have been inducted who have absolutely nothing do to with Rock ‘n’ Roll. But on the other hand, there are many who would certainly deserve to get honored, yet, the makers behind the scenes seem to have a different point of view. And then there is the never ending drama around Guns ‘n’ Roses and their never ending story which in my opinion borderlines megalomania.
I am biased, I will admit that. I was never a Guns ‘n’ Roses fan and I’m not even sure why. At least when they started back then and when “Paradise City” was blasting out of all speakers everywhere, they produced some solid Rock. But there was something that just always turned me off big time and to this day I cannot help but just shake my head whenever I read another one of their drama episodes. I will say this though, I saw Slash a few times in interviews and he seems to be a very nice, authentic and knowledgeable guy.
So as far as I know, the whole Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame thing should be over by now, even though it will take another four weeks until the official footage of the event will be aired on HBO. There is a little bit of action available on youtube, a fan had taped the Guns ‘n’ Roses performance – oh wait, is that Guns ‘n’ Roses? No, I think I can’t even say that. I guess it would be more adequate to call the thing a performance by some of the former members of the band, namely Slash, Gilby Clarke, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler accompanied Slash’s vocalist Myles Kennedy doing “Sweet Child o’Mine”.
Which means Izzy Stradlin and, who else of course, Mr. Axl Rose where absent. Axl had issued a statement last week already that he will decline the induction and he made it very clear to everybody that he doesn’t want to get inducted in his absence as part of the group. I actually wonder how the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame figured out what to do here technically. Can they induct the whole group if one or more of the band members declined?
On the other hand – who cares? I’m mean seriously, the hardcore fans will continue to go their performances, whether they get together as half-a-band or individuals. And to be fair, of course I don’t know all the things that went down back then between all of them, maybe singer Axl and guitarist Izzy have good reasons for their decision.
Anyway, just another episode in the ongoing Guns ‘n’ Roses saga.