POSTING BY JB MADDAWG
Ever since the legendary rock band Guns N Roses was slated as a 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, people began asking the same question over and over. You see, it’s customary for a musical act to also play live as part of their acceptance into the HoF. As most rock enthusiasts will agree, the issue is when a band hasn’t spoken to each other for the better part of a decade, playing together is an even larger stretch of the imagination.
Most of the question marks were dashed against the rocks as original guitarist Slash stated on the record for the folks at QMI,
“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. And we’re not playing. I would imagine that they asked us to play but I know that we’re not playing.”
That statement by the legendary guitarist was made a little over a week ago, and crushed the dreams of a legion of fans. However, it was a a known fact that Slash mentioned in February of 2011, that if GnR front man Axl Rose apologized for the way things happened, they could start a dialogue about working together again. Slash has remained mum on the subject on his Twitter account, but apparently, after more than a decade, Axl Rose has matured.
Reports are saying that Axl did indeed contact Slash on Saturday afternoon, and had a lengthy conversation. The band’s publicist has reported that the conversation was “light” and both members completely agree that an original line up for the HoF ceremony would be perfect timing for a reunion. While many of the other original “Appetite for Destruction” lineup would also be present, the one hold out is apparently long time recluse Izzy Stradlin. Even the demon-plagued Steven Adler has a spot, and Slash had confirmed several times that the original drummer “wouldn’t miss the induction”.
Whatever the two parties had to say to each other, it’s apparently set the stage for one of the biggest reunions the musical industry has seen for quite some time. At press time, it’s unclear exactly what material the band will play for the ceremony, but quite obviously, a good start to the speculation would be “Welcome to the Jungle”, or “Sweet Child O’ Mine” which was the band’s first major breakthrough single. Whatever the band chooses to play, it won’t matter. Just seeing Axl, Slash, Duff, Steven or Matt, and possibly Izzy together again will obviously be one of the debated best moments in rock history. Then again, maybe that’s why Axl and Slash finally put aside their larger than life personalities for the musical greater good.
Now, the only thing that would make it better would be if this story was actually true. :p