“We're not playing,” Slash said. “I would imagine that they asked us to play but I know that we're not playing."
So... if Slash isn't even certain that the classic GN'R lineup was asked to play, he’s clearly trying to keep himself distanced from that part of his history. Although he plans to attend, he doesn’t sound too excited about it. "It's a formal, I hate formals... Either it hasn't hit me yet or maybe it's been so long since I had anything to do with Guns N' Roses that I just don't really get it," Slash said, admitting that although the induction was an “honor” he has mixed feelings about it.
Speaking of his former hard-rocking associates, Slash said he was “positive” that Guns drummer Steven Adler would attend and “assume[s]” Axl Rose will be there.
Bassist Duff McKagan, who has also played with Slash in the Scott Weiland-fronted Velvet Revolver, told Rolling Stone that he’ll attend and that part of him secretly hopes Guns N’ Roses could put their differences aside to play the ceremony.
“I think it would be killer,” McKagan said. “You have those daydreams like, ‘We’ll go up and play ‘Nightrain’ and ‘Brownstone’ and throw down the microphone and drop off. That’d be killer! But I doubt that’ll happen.”
So for now, it seems that the best Gn’R-related news this year was that 25-cent download deal Amazon.com had on their Greatest Hits last week. I thought ahead and downloaded it 40 times for a mere $10. Now I'm totally set for this year's Christmas presents.