Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony (April 14th) will see punk rockers Green Day give the induction speech for Guns N’ Roses. The presentation has long suffering fans praying for the original line-up to perform together.
The night is set to be unmissable as Red Hot Chili Peppers will also be inducted by Chris Rock, Public Enemy‘s Chuck D will introduce the Beastie Boys, Bette Midler shall be inducting the late Laura Nyro, ZZ Top will be honouring Freddie King, Carole King for Don Kirshner, John Mellencamp for Donovan and the E Street Band‘s Steve Van Zandt for Small Faces/Faces.
Alongside Robbie Robertson who will also be inducting Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns while Smokey Robinson will do the honours for Blue Caps, the Comets, the Crickets, the Famous Flames, the Midnighters and the Miracles according to Rolling Stone.
The night would be phenomenal if the original line-up of Guns N’ Roses took to the stage but it still seems unlikely. The band has a well documented history of feuds with Axl Rose damaging their reputation by continuing to tour with a replacement line-up, like his appearance at Reading Carling Weekender in 2010. Though former members of the band, McKagan and Stradlin have made the odd appearance alongside Rose.
Disappointingly for fans, former drummer Matt Sorum spoke to VH1 Radio Network about the original guitarist Izzy Stradlin saying “Slash’s answer to me was that he spoke to Izzy, 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.”
The future doesn’t seem promising but we can all hope for a double-bluff. In the meantime here’s a classic track from the original line-up to remind us why they deserve to be inducted.