Guns N’ Roses Get Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
December 7, 2011
The hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys were among this year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the hall announced on Wednesday.
Joining the acts were posthumous inductees, 1960s singer-songwriter Laura Nyro and producer Don Kirshner, who died earlier this year. Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan will also be inducted.
The choices will ensure a wide-ranging show this year as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony returns to its home in Cleveland for its 27th annual event, when 11 music business giants will be honored.
Guns N’ Roses are the only group to be inducted on their first year of eligibility. The original line-up hasn’t performed together since drummer Steven Adler left the band in 1990. During an interview last month with VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, Axl Rose didn’t completely rule out a reunion. “I don’t know what it means in terms of me with the old band and the old lineup,” he said. “If we were to be invited, I don’t know what they would ask of me. It’s up in the air.”
Guns N’ Roses blazed on the rock scene in 1987 with their official debut, Appetite for Destruction. Fronted by siren-voiced singer Axl Rose, with Slash and Izzy Stradlin on guitars, Duff McKagan on bass and Steven Adler on drums, the group dominated music with its aggressive rock grooves. Early in their career they were criticized for lyrics in the song “One in a Million” deemed as homophobic, misogynistic and racist. They were also defined by their dysfunction, gleefully embodying the mantra of sex, drugs and rock and roll.
The band sold millions and millions of albums, providing a sharp contrast to a pop world defined by the likes of Madonna and Michael Jackson. But the group’s turmoil, often on display before the whole world, would cause the core to fall apart by 1996. Their induction should lead to talk once again of a possible reunion, at least for the induction ceremony.
The big question now, of course, is whether the original Guns N’ Roses lineup — singer Axl Rose, guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler — will reunite to play at the ceremony April 14 in Cleveland. While various members of the camp are still in touch, Rose and Slash haven’t spoken in years, and the mercurial singer has appeared to harbour a major grudge against his former guitarist. Perhaps McKagan, who has a foot in both camps — he plays with Slash in Velvet Revolver and was onstage with Rose’s current version of GN’R earlier this year — can broker a settlement
Adler remains skeptical that Axl will be willing to perform with the original lineup. “You figure that time heals all wounds,” he tells Rolling Stone. “But some people just REALLY hold a crazy grudge. I just had lunch with Slash two days ago. He loves Axl. He holds no grudges towards him. Twenty years of great music wasn’t created because of some stupid grudge… Can’t we just be fucking people who played music and accomplished a huge goal in their life and just play a couple songs? It’s only rock & roll, my god! It’s not rocket science.”
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