The induction of Guns N' Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April gave us plenty to write about at the time. It was so controversial that, a month later, news is still coming out. Today we learned that Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, who gave their induction speech, nearly sang lead vocals in place of Axl Rose, who declined to participate on the eve of the ceremony.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which was held April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio, will be making its way to the masses via HBO this Saturday, May 5 (9:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT). The special will feature highlights from the evening including inductions, speeches, performances, tributes and so on.
For a guy who waited 15 years to unleash 'Chinese Democracy' on the public, Axl Rose is sure writing a lot these days. However, it's not new songs producing, but rather another open letter to his fans clarifying his much-publicized decision to decline his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last weekend.
For many, the induction of Guns N' Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a sort of validation of hard rock and metal. After all, it's long been a point of contention among rock fans that certain popular and influential bands of the 1970s and 1980s have been overlooked by the museum. An video interview with former Gunners Steven Adler and Matt S
Steven Van Zandt, he of the E Street Band, 'the Sopranos' and the 'Underground Garage,' made time to find his way to Cleveland to induct the Small Faces & the Faces into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last Saturday evening (Apr. 14). His speech was a bubbling spiel delivered by an obvious fan of the band(s) he was inducting.
In an open letter last week, Axl Rose made himself perfectly clear: he didn't feel "wanted or respected" by his former Guns N' Roses bandmates, so not only would he skip the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he didn't want to be inducted at all.
A couple names you may recognize said the decision was a mistake, and the crowd on Saturday night made their feelings known as well.