Slash: GN'R Played Rock Hall Due To Axl's Letter

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash spoke to Madison.com about being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

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According to Blabbermouth.net, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash spoke to Madison.com about being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and the fact that the band's lead singer, Axl Rose, refused to be inducted along with the rest of the classic GN'R lineup.

"It was a really nice event all around, and it was a special moment for all the guys that showed up," Slash said. "It was a nightmare going into it, but when it actually happened it was like, 'This is pretty cool.'"

He added, "Going up there you feel very much part of something that is bigger thanall the stories, drugs, the fights and this and that and the other. There was a body of a music that had a significant impact. When you think about where we come from, which is really like sort of the back alleys of Hollywood and being just scourges of the neighborhood... it was like, 'Wow. It was a pretty big thing we ended up doing.'"

When asked what his initial reaction was after reading Axl Rose's open letter to the Rock Hall in which the frontman refused induction, Slash said, "The funny thing is we never would have played had he never written it. I think at one point he alluded he was at least going to go, and so we hadn't really prepared to play at all. We were just going to show up as almost an obligatory thing - more for the fans than anything. But that letter set a fire that was like, 'Okay, (bleep) it. We're going to go play.' So it really almost didn't happen. And if it hadn't been for that special letter, it wouldn't have."

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    Battman1993
    all I care about is that I'll be seeing Slash play guitar up close and personal on Sunday
    nickzippelli
    lars17 wrote: dewitt wrote: In what way was this an ultimate middle finger? Despite what everyone says, it's not like this proves they would have been just fine without Axl. Sure, Myles kept his [kind of annoying] thin voice in key more often while he sang Axl's & Izzy's songs better that night than he (Myles) usually does, and Slash played less sloppy than he usually does, but the rest was pretty average. And without at least Izzy there, it really means nothing to me. Those 3 guys (Slash, Duff, and Matt Sorum) played two of those three songs together for years with Velvet Revolver. Myles Kennedy has been singing those songs for years with Slash. And Gilby Clarke has virtually no significance to the GNR band, at all -- he was on one tour with them, and he re-recorded Izzy's guitar tracks on a covers album. My point is, without Axl & Izzy to write songs, the band that performed that night would have gone nowhere. Myles Kennedy cannot write songs for shit, Duff is way past his songwriting prime, and Slash isn't the riff writer everyone thinks he is -- and he most certainly can't write a song. Gilby Clarke would have been the key songwriter in the band. That's kind of saying something.are you high?
    You do realize that DeWitt is 100% correct in Axl/Izzy being the major songwriters in Guns N' Roses right? In the case of new GnR the major songwriters would be Axl/Dizzy
    Motorhed95
    im FUCKING SICK OF THIS BIAS! "the band's lead singer, Axl Rose, refused to be inducted along with the rest of the classic GN'R lineup." rest of the classic lineup? izzy wasn't there either, stop showing axl as the bad guy all the time when he isn't. also, chinese democracy was amazing, axl and izzy were gnr's best songwriters and slash has been doing the same thing musically for 25 years. i like them all, but this 'lets hate on axl' bandwagon's flaps are wearing thin and wheres the point trying to push it for more mileage ?
    lars17
    dewitt wrote: In what way was this an ultimate middle finger? Despite what everyone says, it's not like this proves they would have been just fine without Axl. Sure, Myles kept his [kind of annoying] thin voice in key more often while he sang Axl's & Izzy's songs better that night than he (Myles) usually does, and Slash played less sloppy than he usually does, but the rest was pretty average. And without at least Izzy there, it really means nothing to me. Those 3 guys (Slash, Duff, and Matt Sorum) played two of those three songs together for years with Velvet Revolver. Myles Kennedy has been singing those songs for years with Slash. And Gilby Clarke has virtually no significance to the GNR band, at all -- he was on one tour with them, and he re-recorded Izzy's guitar tracks on a covers album. My point is, without Axl & Izzy to write songs, the band that performed that night would have gone nowhere. Myles Kennedy cannot write songs for shit, Duff is way past his songwriting prime, and Slash isn't the riff writer everyone thinks he is -- and he most certainly can't write a song. Gilby Clarke would have been the key songwriter in the band. That's kind of saying something.
    are you high?
    captainperoxide
    Battman1993 wrote: all I care about is that I'll be seeing Slash play guitar up close and personal on Sunday
    Same for me, but in a week Also, this is epic.
    thepopdog
    Miles Kennedy sings better than Axl and doesn't act like a baby. No one needs Axl any more.
    dewitt
    lars17 wrote: dewitt wrote: In what way was this an ultimate middle finger? Despite what everyone says, it's not like this proves they would have been just fine without Axl. Sure, Myles kept his [kind of annoying] thin voice in key more often while he sang Axl's & Izzy's songs better that night than he (Myles) usually does, and Slash played less sloppy than he usually does, but the rest was pretty average. And without at least Izzy there, it really means nothing to me. Those 3 guys (Slash, Duff, and Matt Sorum) played two of those three songs together for years with Velvet Revolver. Myles Kennedy has been singing those songs for years with Slash. And Gilby Clarke has virtually no significance to the GNR band, at all -- he was on one tour with them, and he re-recorded Izzy's guitar tracks on a covers album. My point is, without Axl & Izzy to write songs, the band that performed that night would have gone nowhere. Myles Kennedy cannot write songs for shit, Duff is way past his songwriting prime, and Slash isn't the riff writer everyone thinks he is -- and he most certainly can't write a song. Gilby Clarke would have been the key songwriter in the band. That's kind of saying something.are you high?
    That's a completely unrelated issue. Myles Kennedy's songs are shit. Duff hasn't written a good song in 15-20 years. Slash was never worth his weight as a songwriter, but even many of the riffs people think he's responsible for can be attributed to Izzy. Sure, he's written some good ones -- just sometimes the credit is misplaced. And I still don't see how it was a middle finger to Axl; they extensively used a name that he owns the rights to, and their performance of his (and Izzy's) songs will be/have been aired on national television. Axl may very well be getting paid something for all of that. It still doesn't prove they didn't need Axl, and it certainly would have been a better performance if Axl had done it. Anybody saying Myles Kennedy sings better than Axl is entitled to their own opinion, even if they are full of shit. However it's not even debatable as to whether Axl is a better performer than Myles Kennedy. Axl is physically drained by the end of his show. Myles Kennedy looks like he puts about as much into it as Barack Obama puts into a State of the Union speech. He doesn't put any energy into, and he just kneels down sometimes and claps other times. In terms of his skill, I think he's largely overrated, but he's not a bad singer, by any means; he just has a weak, unappealing voice. But in terms of performance, he is quite possibly the worst frontman I've ever seen (not to mention the fact that he dumbs down his own vocals when he performs, and I'm assuming that's a way to keep him from using even more energy).
    dewitt
    In what way was this an ultimate middle finger? Despite what everyone says, it's not like this proves they would have been just fine without Axl. Sure, Myles kept his [kind of annoying] thin voice in key more often while he sang Axl's & Izzy's songs better that night than he (Myles) usually does, and Slash played less sloppy than he usually does, but the rest was pretty average. And without at least Izzy there, it really means nothing to me. Those 3 guys (Slash, Duff, and Matt Sorum) played two of those three songs together for years with Velvet Revolver. Myles Kennedy has been singing those songs for years with Slash. And Gilby Clarke has virtually no significance to the GNR band, at all -- he was on one tour with them, and he re-recorded Izzy's guitar tracks on a covers album. My point is, without Axl & Izzy to write songs, the band that performed that night would have gone nowhere. Myles Kennedy cannot write songs for shit, Duff is way past his songwriting prime, and Slash isn't the riff writer everyone thinks he is -- and he most certainly can't write a song. Gilby Clarke would have been the key songwriter in the band. That's kind of saying something.
    lars17
    nickzippelli wrote: lars17 wrote: dewitt wrote: In what way was this an ultimate middle finger? Despite what everyone says, it's not like this proves they would have been just fine without Axl. Sure, Myles kept his [kind of annoying] thin voice in key more often while he sang Axl's & Izzy's songs better that night than he (Myles) usually does, and Slash played less sloppy than he usually does, but the rest was pretty average. And without at least Izzy there, it really means nothing to me. Those 3 guys (Slash, Duff, and Matt Sorum) played two of those three songs together for years with Velvet Revolver. Myles Kennedy has been singing those songs for years with Slash. And Gilby Clarke has virtually no significance to the GNR band, at all -- he was on one tour with them, and he re-recorded Izzy's guitar tracks on a covers album. My point is, without Axl & Izzy to write songs, the band that performed that night would have gone nowhere. Myles Kennedy cannot write songs for shit, Duff is way past his songwriting prime, and Slash isn't the riff writer everyone thinks he is -- and he most certainly can't write a song. Gilby Clarke would have been the key songwriter in the band. That's kind of saying something.are you high? You do realize that DeWitt is 100% correct in Axl/Izzy being the major songwriters in Guns N' Roses right? In the case of new GnR the major songwriters would be Axl/Dizzy
    thank you captain obvious. "Myles Kennedy cannot write songs for shit, Duff is way past his songwriting prime, and Slash isn't the riff writer everyone thinks he is -- and he most certainly can't write a song." i was referring to that
    RabidPikachu
    Axl should have just gone... even if they didnt play together and were just in the same room it would have been awesome.
    Carling_1994
    Axl is past his best, and personally i think Myles Kennedy has a better voice than axl ever has (my opinion) and also Myles is a fantastic songwriter, just listen to Alter Bridge and you'll see what i mean, besides he doesnt turn up 3 hours late an play half a show, Myles gives you the full package, he sends fans home happy...also have a listen to Slash's new solo album with Myles Kennedy in vocals....it blew me away, great record.