As the band played crowd pleasers like “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” and “November Rain,” they would also bang out heavy songs like "You Could Be Mine," “Coma,” and “Double-Talkin’ Jive” - a song which I made it a point to jump up and down hard for, and letting everyone around me know how I felt. Duff needed to know I had a punk rock fist banging along. Slash needed to know that I knew that nasty solo was coming. Axl needed to know I still understood and felt those lyrics. The band needed to know that they were still superior.
by Justin K. Hite
Guns N’ Roses are being inducted tonight to the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland.
Well, not really. Frontman and co-founder, W. Axl Rose has released a statement, stating that he will not be there, and legally barring anyone from even mentioning his name at the event, leaving lifelong fans and supporters upset, many if which are even heartbroken.
Co-founders Duff McKagan (bass), and guitarist, Slash, along with other former members of GNR can be found speaking to the press recently, welcoming the idea of a possible GNR reunion or jam session at the HOF Induction ceremony, which takes place tonight in Cleveland, OH. Former GNR and Velvet Revolver drummer, Matt Sorum thinks a phone call might have made the difference. I can’t see McKagan begging Rose to show up and play, especially after Rose’s recent address to the media, and planned no-show at the official induction, which many would regard as being a lifelong accomplishment, recognizing the band’s work and place in history of rock music.
This is likely the last-ditch effort, and the last glimmer of hope for any kind of making-up and “hugging it out” among former and members, so to speak. Unfortunately, this signifies the death of the original GNR. Twenty years have gone by, and the feud has only gotten worse. Slash has had twenty years to “apologize” for whatever wrongdoing he has been accused of. Axl Rose has had twenty years to make ammends, and bury the hatchet. I’ll bet any amount of money in the world that Duff McKagan, above all things is hurt, moving to the point of acceptance in the fact that there will never be an original Guns reunion.
Last night, McKagan played at Cleveland’s House of Blues venue, where he played the GNR song, “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory,” (Don’t try), where he was joined by Sorum. It seems fitting why he’d choose to play that selection.
As a lifelong Guns N’ Roses fan, and Axl supporter (apologist), I’ve got to say that I’m officially resigned and throwing in the towel, per se. GNR were the first band I ever loved, and believed in. It is now time to pack up and move on, accepting that the world will never see Axl, Slash, Duff, Izzy, Steven and/or Matt, together on stage again.
Axl and Slash, I hope it was worth it to you both. Twenty years wasted, hating each other, while the whole world held their breath, waiting to see the magic that was created in such timeless albums such as 1987’s Appetite For Destruction, and 1991’s Use Your Illusion’s I & II.
Duff, much love to you, my brother, for being a good sport and the true, unspoken leader of the band, through all the years. Class act, Mr. McKagan.
And Where’s Izzy? (Stradlin, original rhythm guitarist and co-founder)
The fans lost. Time to pull the plug. GNR is dead.
-Justin K. Hite, J:10 Studios