While in Austin for the premiere of the film Sunset Strip, former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum said that though all seven of the to-be-inducted band members are going to be present at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 14, the band members themselves are unsure if they will be playing any music.
“After we get a little bit of food in us, hopefully someone will get up and want to play, but I don’t know,” Sorum told Billboard. “I’m not the guy to ask. I just hope it works out.”
Of course, Axl Rose has been long estranged (PUN!) from most of the other six Gunners being let into the Hall. Use Your Illusion-era keyboardist Dizzy Reed still plays in the current incarnation of the band, and both Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan have been on stages with Axl this century, but Slash, Sorum, and original drummer Steven Adler have had limited contact with Mr. Rose.
As Sorum notes, it would be pretty strange if a band as dysfunctional as Guns N’ Roses actually had a plan, and it’s true that literally anything could happen once everybody gets in the same room, has a few cocktails, and feels inspired by bald jester Paul Shaffer. Here are some of the most likely (not really) scenarios.
1) Axl gives the same speech Fiona Apple gave at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. Night ends awkwardly for everyone.
2) At the last minute, Axl decides he does want to perform with his old band, except he only wants to play “Madagascar.” And there’s no way Slash knows how to play that one.
3) Axl sends a Native American in his stead. Which would be, like, totally meaningful and stuff.
4) Scott Weiland takes Axl’s place, reminding the selection committee that Velvet Revolver happened. GNR’s induction is immediately canceled.
5) The whole band bonds again, ditching the ceremony to hang out at a fine Cleveland strip club. In a pinch, Gilby Clarke ditches his catering uniform and plays some solo versions of songs from The Spaghetti Incident?
6) Everybody puts past differences aside, gets on stage to play through all of Appetite for Destruction.As Gorilla Monsoon loved to say, “Highly unlikely.”
7) Axl secretly invites everybody who has ever been in Guns N’ Roses (including the orchestra from the “November Rain” video) for a 46-minute version of “Paradise City.” Will Bumblefoot and Buckethead be able to coexist? These and many other questions will be answered on April 14.