While Guns N’ Roses’ “Greatest Hits” made an eye-popping gain on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week (No. 3, thanks to 25-cent pricing at digital retailers), the band’s original lineup won’t be performing those hits when they’re inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14. Or so says Slash, quite assuredly.
Slash’s remarks, which he made to Canada’s newswire QMI Agency after some proding (via NME), left little room for interpretation. “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. “And we’re not playing. I would imagine that they asked us to play but I know that we’re not playing.”
On the other hand, former GN’R drummer Matt Sorum told Billboard, “there’s no real plans” for the seven members who will be inducted to perform together – but he’s hopeful, noting that the uncertainty of it all is “in tradition, Guns N’ Roses style.”
“We’re all sitting at the same table, so it should be cool,” Sorum said last week. “After we get a little bit of food in us, hopefully someone will get up and want to play, but I don’t know. I’m not the guy to ask. I just hope it works out.”
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