Green Day has been chosen to induct Guns ‘N Roses into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and will induct whoever shows up from the group. There’s been much talk about a reunion of the original Guns ‘N Roses members, but they haven’t all agreed to even show up. Even if enough GNR members attend the induction ceremony, it’s still not clear if the band would play, and which current and former members would take the stage.
Rolling Stone speculates that Green Day could fill the performance spot if Guns ‘N Roses doesn’t play. “While Slash, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum and Dizzy Reed have all indicated they’ll be present at the April 14th ceremony in Cleveland, Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin have yet to publicly confirm their attendance.”
Original members McKagan and Stradlin have occasionally played with the current Guns ‘N Roses line-up. GNR haven’t performed with drummer Adler since 1990, and Axl Rose hasn’t played with Slash since 1993. The often explosive relationship between frontman Axl Rose and original GNR guitarist Slash is still a barrier to the two playing together. “He hates my guts,” Slash told Rolling Stone. “It’s over a lot of different stuff; I don’t even know. There’s just no communication between us. I talk to Duff and Steven, but when it comes to old Guns N’ Roses, there really isn’t anybody that makes decisions.”
Traditionally the inducted group plays live with the inductees, so we could see a serious punk take on some GNR classics. There’s also a chance for a reunion of sorts at the end of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony closing all-star jam. We’ll all get a chance to see if the band can manage to put aside their differences for one night when the induction ceremony is broadcast on HBO May 5th.
Until then enjoy these GNR classics:
Here’s GNR’s entire show at New York City’s The Ritz from 1988: