Slash continues his whirlwind press tour to promote the May 22 release of his sophomore solo album, “Apocalyptic Love.”
The guitarist was in Italy this past week and, amongst the questions about his new project, Slash was asked about his participation in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction of Guns N’ Roses without frontman Axl Rose in attendance.
"I specifically don't talk about [Axl]," said Slash. "But being at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, in and of itself, turned out to be a really great experience. It was a mixed feeling going into… in the months leading up to the induction. It was not necessarily positive, but once I sort of decided, 'OK, I'm gonna go, and Duff [McKagan] decided he was gonna go and Gilby [Clarke] and Steven [Adler], and all that. Actually being there, being inducted was a really positive and pleasant experience. We recruited Myles Kennedy [of Alter Bridge and Slash's solo band] to sing at the very, very last minute — like the morning of the flight [on our way to Cleveland]. It wasn't my idea this time [to get Myles involved]; it was Duff's idea."
A few days before GNR’s induction, Axl released a statement declining both his induction and participation in the event - you can read his full statement here.
Guitarist Izzy Stradlin and keyboardist Dizzy Reed also passed on attending the Rock Hall honors.
You can watch GNR perform their Rock Hall set here.
For fans who want to check out the full event, 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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