Axl wasn’t there , but Saturday night’s (April 15) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony did feature three original members of Guns N’ Roses — Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler — who jammed with former Gunners Gilby Clarke and Matt Sorum (plus Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy stepping in to fill Rose’s shoes) on a medley of the band’s biggest hits.
Of course, there was also a cameo that only eagle-eyed fans of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” probably caught: The show’s logo, worn squarely on Adler’s chest.
Adler has appeared on “That Metal Show” before and is an avowed fan of the program — he even canceled a performance by his band Adler’s Appetite in 2010 to appear as a guest. McKagan and Slash have both also appeared on “TMS,” and, in fact, late last year, the former Guns guitarist discussed the band’s inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson (and Jamieson’s awesome Wolverine sideburns).
And “TMS” also got the most elusive prize, a sit down with Axl Rose, who explained some of what caused so many starts and stops on old Guns tours. “A lot of times, the day of show, for some reason everything goes wrong.You’re making mistakes, they are making mistakes and no one knows why. Everyone gets hit by ADD or something,” said Rose. “A lot of this goes way way back to ’91 when we were super late going onstage.” Watch the Full Interview Here
At the time, Slash was still trying to figure out how the HOF even worked, and he was sure drama would certainly follow GN’R’s induction, but he called it an honor nonetheless.
“The thing is trying to figure out exactly what the RRHOF actually is. Who put that together? Anybody could’ve come up with that,” he laughed. “Under the circumstances, I don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on it, but it’s an honor, all things considered.”
“That Metal Show” airs every Saturday at 11 p.m. ET on VH1 Classic.