Saturday nights Hall of Fame induction was preceeded with much hype and chatter, mainly centered around the ‘will they, won’t they‘ speculation over Guns n Roses reforming the original lineup to performing live at the event. Axl Rose had already made it clear he would not perform nor even attend the event although one man’s loss is another man’s gain. Although the remaining members of the band took the high ground and declined to mention Axl, the crowd took it upon themselves to boo and jeer the mention of the lead singers name which made for an uncomfortable introductory speech by Green Days Billie Joe Armstrong who made a stand for Rose by shouting at the crowd “Shut up. This man’s a bad-ass fucking singer–one of the best frontmen to ever touch a mic“.
All pomp, ceremony and controversy was soon forgotten once Slash, Gilby Clarke, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler took to the stage to perform awesome versions of Paradise City and Sweet Child o’Mine and Mr Brownstone with Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge providing much needed vocals.
Guns n Roses perform Sweet Child o’Mine with Myles Kennedy at the Hall of Fame induction 2012