After all the speculation and controversy over their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses surprised everyone by playing live at the ceremony on April 14. Come inside to find out what songs they played – and to watch the band in action.
Slash, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke (who was not actually inducted) did three songs from Appetite For Destruction, joined by vocalist Myles Kennedy.
The songs they did were:
Sweet Child O’Mine
Sorum was on drums for Mr. Brownstone, while Adler was behind the kit for the other songs. As expected, neither Axl Rose nor Izzy Stradlin turned up.
…Check out GN’R playing Mr. Brownstone below…
…Here’s Sweet Child O’Mine…
…And finally, here’s Paradise City.
In further news from the Hall Of Fame induction, Axl Rose was jeered… even though he wasn’t there!
Rose’s decision not to attend the ceremony went down like a lead balloon with the crowd.
Axl’s name earned catcalls when it was mentioned by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, who was tasked with presenting Guns N’ Roses with their award.
Boos rang out when Armstrong asked the crowd “who was missing” as members of Guns N’ Roses were up on stage.
“Most singers are crazy. I can vouch for that,” Armstrong told the audience. “He [Rose] is one of the best frontmen to ever touch a microphone. [But] sometimes you have to look back at chapters of your life to move forward.”
Two other Hall Of Fame absentees were Rod Stewart, inducted with other band members from The Faces/Small Faces, and the Beastie Boys’ Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and couldn’t accept his award with bandmates Mike D (Michael Diamond) and Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz).
Stewart, previously inducted as a solo performer, couldn’t make it because he was ill with the flu and had to stay away under doctor’s orders.