Monday, October 31, 2011

Guns N’ Roses: Duff McKagan talks Rock Hall Of Fame

Guns N’ Roses fans await news on whether or not the band will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame next spring.

But that’s only the first hurdle in the process: the next will be figuring out everything that happens after that moment is confirmed…IF it’s confirmed.

GNR are among 15 finalists considered for induction into the 2012 edition of the Hall. Votes will be cast by a group of more than 500 musicians and industry professionals; of the 15 nominees, the five that get the most votes will be inducted into the Hall at its 27th annual ceremony on April 14, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio, home to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum.

GNR was nominated in its first year of eligibility, which happens 25 years after an artist’s debut recording is released.

Former GNR bassist Duff McKagan has been doing press interviews for his new book, “It's So Easy (And Other Lies),” which debuted on the New York Times’ Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at #17.

The Duff/GNR connection will always exist, for sure, but this week fans found out that the bassist will actually be opening up some shows for his former band (well, Axl Rose, really) on their current North American tour; Rose spilled the beans in a new interview with VH1’s That Metal Show, set to air on November 11.

McKagan recently spoke with The Nervous Breakdown about the Hall and what it means - to himself, and GNR fans.

“Yeah, it's weird, you know? I've never striven to get into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Never in my life have I thought, ‘Man, I gotta get a Grammy,’" says Duff. “In sports you try to win it all, but music's a different deal. So the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was never on my radar.”

“As a matter of fact,”
he continues, “I don't know how we got roped into it, but when we (Velvet Revolver) inducted Van Halen, it went south. I don't know if you remember that. It just went south. The band (VH) was fighting, and the only ones to show up were Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar, and it was like, 'Ohhh, boy…' So when we (GN'R) got announced, that's what I remembered. But I do understand that for the fans, it's important. It's important to the people who buy your records and come to your gigs and connect with some lyric that you wrote or a groove or something. I mean, I'm part of social media — I write a couple of columns online, and people comment on those. I have Twitter and I'm on Facebook and I read people's comments about how they feel about us being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, so then it's important to me. Only then. And I've learned to just say, ‘thank you.’"

So what does Duff think could happen on the big night, whenever it happens…IF it happens?

“I can't. I can't picture it. Your guess is as good as mine. There is no picture. It's bound to happen, but I'd love to call the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, whoever they are, and say, ‘Hey guys, why don't you put this off for another ten years? Thank you! Thanks for nominating us — it's great, but how about you put it off for ten years?’

Would a decade be enough time for the GNR members to work things out?

“You know, that's all I need to say about this. I care about our fans and that's it.”

Read more of Duff’s chat with The Nervous Breakdown here.

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Guns N’ Roses – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
With guest Duff McKagan

Original by Bob Dylan
02 Arena – London, UK – October 14, 2010

See also:

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