This Saturday, Guns N' Roses will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, nearly 25 years after the release of the band's landmark album Appetite for Destruction.
Guitarist Slash dropped by our studios recently, and George had a chance to ask him about his reaction to the honour. Watch for the full interview with Slash when it airs next month.
Slash: It's a really great honour, but at the same time, it's ... it hasn't sunk in yet. ... I remember, I first heard about the whole Rock and Roll Hall thing, the fact that we were going to be eligible, in 2007 when Velvet Revolver played in place of Van Halen for their induction. And somebody had said, "You know you're going to be eligible in 7, or 5 years," and I was like, you know, sort of like, "Wow, yeah," right? And I put it out of my mind, so when the nomination came, it was pretty heavy. That was when it felt the most special.
George: Yeah, it's gotta be a cool place, because so much water has passed under the bridge, and there's obviously a lot of whatever personal stuff that went on, but for the public, that record meant a lot to them, right?
Slash: Yeah. And, it's sort of a drag, because we're not going to get together and play.
George: You won't do it, eh?
Slash: Well, I mean, I would, but it's just the way it's working out.
One person who's less excited about the honour is Slash's former bandmate Axl Rose. Rose wrote a letter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame declining his induction and requesting that he "not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf".
There's no word on whether this will affect the Guns N' Roses induction, but anyone holding out for a surprise reunion show should probably let that dream go.