No onstage reunion expected for Guns N' Roses at rock hall induction
When Guns N' Roses was announced as an inductee for this year's class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the expectation was obvious: Everyone wanted the classic lineup of the band back on stage performing together again. But it looks like that's not going to happen.
"I think it would be killer. Do I hope to? That's a tricky question. It would be awesome," former GNR bassist Duff McKagan tells Rolling Stone. You have those day dreams like, 'We'll go up and play 'Nightrain' and 'Brownstone' and throw down the microphone and drop off! That'll be killer! But I doubt that'll happen."
But why not? Everyone, including Slash and Axl Rose, is expected to attend the April 14 ceremony.
"There's been no communication about anyone playing," McKagan said. "There was probably a day in the mid-1990s where I would have tried to gather the troops, but I'm just not that guy anymore. It's too frustrating to change anyone else… I'm not even sure I'd want to change how anyone else sees the situation. But I'm going."
McKagan goes on to sort of dismiss the significance of the entire event and institution.
"Is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that important to me? No. Is it something I've aspired towards? No. It's not sports. You get into the Baseball Hall of Fame, that's bad ass," he said. "But that's a competitive sport. You have stats. Look, we were a good band – but there were a lot of good bands. A lot of people liked our band, eventually."