Nobody, it seems - including current and former band members - know whether GUNS N' ROSES will wind up playing at their April 12 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in Cleveland. But they'll certainly be in close enough proximity to talk about it.
"We're all sitting at the same table, so it should be cool," former drummer Matt Sorum told Billboard.com at the red carpet premiere of Sunset Strip, the new documentary he co-produced, at last week's South By Southwest Film Festival. "After we get a little bit of food in us, hopefully someone will get up and want to play, but I don't know. I'm not the guy to ask. I just hope it works out."
Sorum - who replaced original GN'R drummer Steven Adler in 1989 - spouted what's been the party line that, "there's no real plans," but he added that the uncertainty is "in tradition, Guns N' Roses style." He also said he'd be "fine playing tambourine" if necessary, and even just jamming with the group Paul Shaffer is putting together for the ceremony. And, Sorum noted, getting into the Rock Hall will be more than enough for him to enjoy the evening.
"I feel great about it," he said. "I`m glad I made the cut. I don't know who that secret society is that votes you into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but I'm glad I have some friends in there, somehow. The original band got in and I got in and (keyboardist) Dizzy Reed and that's it, seven of us. It'll be a great night."
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SLASH (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-Guns N' Roses) spoke to Jane Stevenson from the QMI Agency yesterdsay (Wednesday, March 21st) about the band's upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
“Either it hasn’t hit me yet or maybe it’s been so long since I had anything to do with Guns N’ Roses that I just don’t really get it,” he said while chatting about his second solo album, Apocalyptic Love, due May 22nd. “And we’re not playing. I would imagine that they asked us to play but I know that we’re not playing. It’s a formal, I hate formals,” he said.
Slash couldn’t speak to the attendance of the rest of the GN'R classic lineup, specifically GN'R lead singer Axl Rose.
“I don’t know. I would assume so but we haven’t talked about it,” he said.
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Guns N' Roses, THE SMALL FACES, THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, THE BEASTIE BOYS and DONOVAN will be part of the class of 2012 at the 27th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductions, taking place April 14th in Cleveland, Ohio.
The April ceremony will be taped for broadcast by HBO, which plans to air it in early May. Like the 2009 inductions, which were also held in Cleveland, the April event will be open to the public; tickets go on sale for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum members at 10 a.m. Dec. 16, and to the general public at 10 a.m. the next day. Tickets are $50 and $100, with a two-ticket limit on all orders. More information is available at Rockhall.com.