Guns N' Roses jams way into Rock Hall
Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, left, Matt Sorum, top left, Steven Adler, top right, and Slash, right, perform with guest vocalist Myles Kennedy after induction onto the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
CLEVELAND (AP) — On their way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guns N' Roses got together for one more gig.
Axl Rose missed it.
The hedonistic hard rockers, who became the world's top music act amid endless dysfunction, members of Guns N' Roses reunited for three songs on Saturday night before 6,000 fans, many of whom were thrilled to see at least most of the band's original lineup jam on classic hits like "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Paradise City."
Rose, the band's frontman and ringmaster of the G N' R traveling sex, drugs and rock and roll circus, declined to attend the induction, saying he didn't want to be part of the ceremony because it "doesn't appear to be somewhere I'm actually wanted or respected."
Red Hot Chili Peppers' Mike "Flea" Balazary, front and Anthony Kiedis perform after induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
He was hardly missed.
While his decision disappointed some hardcore fans and ended any possibility of a full-scale reunion of the original lineup, guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steve Adler performed for the first time in nearly 20 years to the delight of the sell-out crowd inside historic Public Hall.
Guns N' Roses were one of the headliners of this year's eclectic group of inductees, which included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys, folk icon Donovan, late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro and British bands the Small Faces and Faces.
The event lasted well into the early morning with an All-Star jam featuring some of rock's biggest names closing the 5 1-2 hour ceremony with a stirring rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground."