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Latest Guns N’ Roses Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame News: Green Day to deliver induction speech, Matt Sorum says Izzy Stradlin won’t be in attendance, Slash says Axl “hates my guts”
There's been much buildup to a possible Guns N' Roses original reunion onstage at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony on April 14 in Cleveland. I'm sure the Hall is happy with all the publicity that's been surrounding it, but it's just not going to happen. Izzy Stradlin apparently won't be in attendance, so even if Axl Rose found a way to make his peace with Slash, the lineup would not be complete. Axl hasn't even confirmed that he will be there as of yet.
One thing that was confirmed is that Green Day will deliver their induction speech. Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirst are sure to deliver an epic speech, and quite possibly a performance of Guns N' Roses songs, hopefully joined by former members.
Here's some of the recent quotes from former band members in regards to the Hall:
"Everyone has been asking me what's going to happen [at the Hall of Fame]," Slash told Rolling Stone earlier this week. "And they know as much as I do. I feel you're totally obligated to be present and I would love to fucking play, but it's just something that's not gonna happen for whatever reason." Relations between Rose and Slash remain, to put it mildly, strained. "He hates my guts," says Slash. "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."
Dave Basner of VH1 Radio Network recently chatted with drummer Matt Sorum, who replaced Steven Adler behind the kit in 1990, and asked what he expects from the ceremony.
“Well, I don't expect really anything to happen," he said. "I think we're gonna go and accept the award, is what it's looking like. If anything, I might play drums with [fellow inductee] Donovan. I offered my services to Donovan because I played with him one time before and 'Hurdy Gurdy Man' was a song he recorded that John Bonham played drums on and Jimmy Page was the guitar player and I offered Donovan that me and Slash could play that maybe, but I haven't heard back if he wants us to do it or not.”
Basner asked Matt why he can't just call singer Axl Rose and find out.
"I thought about it, but, you know, I don't think I'm the guy to do it," he said. "I asked Slash if he would do it, and Slash's answer to me was that he spoke to [guitarist] Izzy [Stradlin] and Izzy wasn't planning on coming. So I think that was like, if Izzy's not going to come and it's not all the original guys, then it doesn't make sense. I'm not sure, man. Like I said, I'm just going to go and obviously Steven's gonna be there, so I always thought, if they were going to play, they'll probably do 'Appetite' stuff and if they wanted me to play on something off 'Use Your Illusion', I would be happy to do that. If it was a perfect scenario, I would say the track list should go something like this: Go up there and play 'Welcome To The Jungle', play 'Sweet Child O' Mine', and then finish it up with 'November Rain'."
Original Gn'R drummer Steven Adler said last week that the band's lead singer, Axl Rose, is driving the GN'R name "into the freakin' ground" by continuing to tour with a bunch of "hacks" that "shouldn't even be [called] Guns N' Roses."
"[Slash is] my brother. I know he's up to it," Adler told Loudwire in an interview conducted on Thursday (Mar. 29). "He wants to do it. I want to do it. Just from what I hear, Izzy [Stradlin]'s not gonna show up and Axl will probably want to play with his hack band — his band of hacks. 'Axl and His Hacks' — it shouldn't even be Guns N' Roses. He's just driving that name into the freakin' ground. 'Axl and His Hacks.'"
Adler told Loudwire, "My grandmother always said, 'Time heals all wounds.' Slash and Axl are one to each other. It's not like one of them slept with one of them's wives or anything — and even that's forgivable after a while. There is no reason to be upset."
On Mar. 30th, Adler released a statement in which he apologized for his comments, explaining, "Sometimes my emotions get the best of me when talking about my former band. It's hard to see your ex in bed with somebody else. We created one of the biggest-selling debut albums of all time and it's no secret that I want to finish what we started 25 years ago and play together at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The guys that Axl has put together are all great players. They're not hacks in the sense that they can't play, they're all incredible musicians. I just meant that they are not the original lineup. I would like to apologize to Axl, Bumblefoot, D.J., Tommy, Dizzy, Richard, Frank, and Chris for my statement."
After reading Adler's apology, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal responded on his Facebook page, "All good, bro. Thanks so much. We all just want to make music and make people happy. As far as all the GN'R hoopla, I'd rather it be what connects us than what separates us. You and I played together in Chicago a few years ago (I was jammin' with Lita Ford) and you guys were great. I won't be at Hall Of Fame. If you go, please give everyone a big hello for me."
So we know past and former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum and Dizzy Reed will be in attendance and who will induct them, but the rest is a mystery. Let's hope something epic happens! Maybe a fist fight between Axl and Slash. LOL
Slash News: Says it would be cool to play at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction, ‘Apocalyptic Love’ album samples now available
Hopefully we're getting closer to some kind of Guns N' Roses reunion at the Rock And Roll hall Of Fame Industion ceremonies coming up in just over two weeks (Apr. 14). Steven Adler is up for it, as is Duff McKagan, Dizzy Reed and Matt Sorum and now it seems Slash as well. Slash told Loudwire, "I would love to play. It's just, one of those things where I know that it's not going to happen, so… I just did an interview and said, 'I don't think we're playing.' [Laughs]. I mean I think it would be cool to play, but very early on when the whole thing came up, it became apparent that it wasn't going to happen — and you know, that doesn't surprise me. We've been at odds for...well, not at odds, but we just haven't had any sort of communication in a long time so… that's basically it. That's all I can tell you."
Looks like it's up to you Axl, can you put aside any lingering animosity for Slash... at least for one night? Let's hope.
Kevin Conklin of the 93.7 KCLB Rocks! conducted an interview with Slash (Mar. 26). Listen to the entire interview via Soundcloud:
Audio samples of all the kick ass tracks that are set to appear on 'Apocalyptic Love' are now available at www.amazon.com. These snippets reinforce the fact that we already knew- that this will be one of the top hard rock releases of the year. It's all killer, no filler!
In the U.K., "Apocalyptic Love" will be released on May 21 in exclusive Classic Rock Fan Pack form. It's a unique collectable package containing the studio album with bonus tracks alongside a specially created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content put together by Classic Rock. The Fan Pack format will also come with free gifts, including a pin badge and artwork poster and will be available to buy via more than 2000 retail outlets on newsstands nationally as well as the traditional high street and online music retailers. Roadrunner Records will simultaneously release the record digitally. Slash and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass) teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the "Slash" disc. All the songs were written together by Slash and Kennedy.
'Apocalyptic Love' track listing:
1. Apocalyptic Love
2. One Last Thrill
3. Standing In The Sun
4. You're A Lie
5. No More Heroes
7. We Will Roam
9. Not For Me
10. Bad Rain
11. Hard & Fast
12. Far And Away
13. Shots Fired
Step into the ‘Slash Box,’ check out a snippet of the new Slash track and Ali jam with Lenny Kravitz (video)
Slash has posted a fourth video documenting the recording of the new 'Apocalyptic Love'' album, due May 22nd. Check out the latest offering and find out all about the 'Slash Box,' the isolated room where Slash does his thing.
Australian hard rock station Triple M has previewed a snippet of a track from the new album called 'You're a Lie,' with the entire track expected to be available this Monday (Feb. 27).
The new album will be available a full four weeks before the regular album release, as the UK magazine Classic Rock presents the Slash (featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) - Apocalyptic Love Fanpack edition. It includes the new album in full (13 tracks + 2 bonus tracks), plus a 132-page magazine dedicated to every aspect of how this unique album was written and recorded.
The Slash Fan Pack will also give the exclusive low down on all the tracks, the band members, including Myles Kennedy, the Alter Bridge vocalist who has co-authored all the tracks with Slash, as well as the background on Slash's plans for the future.
The Fan Pack magazine is 100% Slash-approved and contains major exclusive new interviews with Slash, Myles and every member of the band, plus producer Eric Valentine and album sleeve designer, Frank Maddox.
The magazine is also packed with a wealth of rare shots of Slash and his band in action and also includes an official die-cast metal Slash pin badge and a giant poster. You can pre-order now here.
Slash has announced he will be playing live with Ozzy Osbourne as part of the 'Ozzy And Friends' European tour which has replaced all but one of Black Sabbath's summer live shows. The shows have had to be reworked because of Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi continued battle with lymphoma. Slash begins a brief US tour on May 3 in Baltimore, with dates booked throughout the month.
It was also confirmed earlier this week that the classic line up of Guns N' Roses will reunite to attend their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April. However, they are not confirmed to play live together on the night as yet. Dizzy Reed of GnR told Billboard recently "I know that all the original band is going to be there, I don’t know exactly what’s going to go down. It’s one of those things I’m sure will all come together and be really cool. I’m just going to go in with a good attitude and a clear head and a grateful heart."
Slash doesn’t deny Dizzy Reed’s claim that the band is getting back together for one night in Cleveland, but he hasn't confirmed it. “I know that there’s a lot of rumor about it, as always when it comes to GNR, out there on the Internet and stuff, but as it stands right this second, I have no idea what’s going on,” the guitarist said in an interview with Mike Jones of Washington D.C. rock radio station DC101 a few days ago. Let's hope the guys hit the stage together, as it will surely be the big story at this years induction ceremony.
Slash joined his buddy Lenny Kravitz onstage for a rendition of 'Always on the Run' at the 70th birthday celebration for boxing legend Muhammad Ali on Feb. . The 16th annual Power Of Love Gala in honor of Ali at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, celebrates the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali and his contribution to the world and raises awareness for Alzheimer's, Huntington's, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's, the disease Ali has been battling since 1984.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health's work toward enhanced treatments and research of neurocognitive disorders and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
The tribute to the legend that is Ali will air tomorrow afternoon (Feb. 25) on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes, as they will vary. The tribute also includes performances by Chris Cornell, Joe Perry, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Cee Lo Green, LL Cool J, John Legend, Kelly Rowland, Dave Koz and Hailey Reinhart. Look for appearances by former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson, David Beckham, Sean Combs, Terrance Howard, Common, Ne-Yo, Ken Jeong and more.
Here's an Artisan News Report documenting the occasion with Sammy Hagar showing his respect for the champ as well:
Guns N’ Roses teaming up with Feeding America for live concert stream tonight, expect entire original lineup at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction
Guns N' Roses are streaming their concert tonight (Feb. 19) live from the House of Blues in Chicago. The show will be available via pay-per-view live stream from GunsNRoses.com for $5.00. Guns N' Roses has partnered with Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief organization. Through the leadership of Feeding America, proceeds from domestic-based subscribers will be allocated throughout the U.S.
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, the network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. Order the show now here: http://gunsnroses.com/ppv
It now appears that the one-off reunion performance may actually go down at the Rock Hall ceremony this April. Dizzy Reed, current GN'R keyboard player and longest active member besides Axl, recently told Billboard:
"I know that all the original band is going to be there. I don't know exactly what's going to go down. It's one of those things I'm sure will all come together and be really cool. I'm just going to go in with a good attitude and a clear head and a grateful heart."
The original GN'R lineup — consisting of Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin, and Steven Adler — have not shared a stage together since April 7th, 1990
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees were announced earlier today, and although I usually always have a legitimate gripe with some of the bands inducted (disco, ABBA, ect.) and the inclusive process with which the are chosen, I am happy with all of the deserving inductees for 2012. Here they are:
•Guns N’ Roses
•Red Hot Chili Peppers
•The Small Faces/The Faces
• Freddie King
Ahmet Ertegun (nonperformer) Award:
The Award for Musical Excellence:
“We are pleased to announce this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, who represent the broad spectrum of artists that define rock and roll,” says Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “We are also thrilled this year to again be partnered with HBO, who presented the Hall of Fame’s 25th Anniversary Concerts.”
The 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in Cleveland and premiere on HBO in early May. The 2012 ceremony will again be open to the public, as it was – for the first time in the event’s history – at the 2009 Inductions in Cleveland.
“Our previous collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a landmark television event,” says Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “We are delighted to team up with the Hall of Fame again for what should be a memorable evening.”
Leading up to the April 14 ceremony, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will host more than a week of special events, including the grand opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s new Library and Archives, tours of the newly-redesigned Museum interior space, the unveiling of a major new exhibition, the Rock My Soul gospel tribute, a free concert for Cleveland and a special series of education programs designed to teach students across the nation about the history and impact of rock and roll. Once open, the Library and Archives will be the world’s most comprehensive repository of written and audio-visual materials relating to the history of rock and roll.
To learn more about the 10 days of events celebrating the 2012 Inductions in Cleveland and tickets to the Inductions Ceremony, click here.
Guns N' Roses band members weighed in on being inducted. Guitarist Slash simply tweeted “It’s quite an honor to be inducted,” and bassist Duff McKagan just re-tweeted the original announcement. Ex-Guns drummers Steven Adler and Matt Sorum, have recently weighed in on a potential reunion at the Hall of Fame ceremony. Steven Adler recently told Rolling Stone what it would mean if inducted and Axl Rose was a part of the ceremony: “It would mean so much to me, I personally just want to finish what I started with those jack-offs. We started off something, let’s end the career playing together, at least once.”
"I’d love to do a whole tour of the world,” he continued. “I personally, and I know that Slash and Duff feel the same way, we owe it to the fans to do a tour around the world. We haven’t performed for over twenty years and they’ve stuck by us and believe in us. I get tweets every day from people around the world saying how much they love the original band.”
Adler also said other former Guns members deserve to be part of the festivities. “When it comes to after I left, I do believe that Matt Sorum and Dizzy Reed both have every right to be inducted, too. Dizzy did play on ‘Use Your Illusion,’ and he’s been with Axl longer than anybody. He deserves it. Matt Sorum also played on ‘Use Your Illusion.’ I think that the seven of us deserve it.”
Sorum was recently asked if he thinks the classic lineup will ever perform together again, he responded, “I hope so. We’re about to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, which is pretty cool, but I can’t really say about another tour. It’s down to Slash and Axl to patch things up.”
Now if we can just get KISS, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Stevie Ray Vaughn, UFO, Yes, Jethro Tull, The Moody Blues, Motorhead, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Steppenwolf, Bad Company, Joe Cocker, Ted Nugent, Mountain, Rainbow, Robin Trower, Soundgarden, Robert Plant, Wings, ELO and Heart in! I'm sure there are more that are deserving, these are just the ones that come to mind.
Photo: David Cowles