Guns N’ Roses were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland on Saturday night, as part of the Class of 2012: The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beastie Boys, The Small Faces/The Faces, Donovan and Laura Nyro.
The speculation surrounding a possible one-off GNR reunion made the most headlines leading up to the event, as fans waited to see how things would play out - on and off stage.
Green Day not only opened the Rock Hall show, but returned later in the evening to deliver a speech to induct GNR into the Hall.
“The first time I saw Guns N' Roses on MTV,” began Billie Joe Armstrong, “I thought one of these guys could end up dead or in jail. The opening riff of ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ is a descending trip into the underworld of Los Angeles. This riot was not about parties, glamor or power ballads; it was about the seedy underworld of misfits, drag addicts, paranoias, sex, violence, love and anger and the cracks in Hollywood.”
“‘Appetite For Destruction’ is the best debut album in the history of rock n’ roll,” continued Billie Joe.
Check out audio of the full Green Day speech below.
The 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will premiere on HBO on Saturday, May 5th (9:00-11:30 p.m. EST/PST).
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