Yesterday, Guns N’ Roses was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2012. Should they get inducted, there is a good probability that they will reunite for at least one more show at the ceremony. There is a history of groups putting aside their differences once bestowed rock and roll’s highest honor. Bands such as Cream, Led Zeppelin, the Police, and the Talking Heads have all put aside long feuds to perform one more time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
In a 2010 interview about the subject, Slash said that “if Axl, Duff, Izzy and myself start communicating, it could go one way. If we don’t, God knows.” When asked about the topic in 2008, Axl seemed to have a different view, “not to offend anyone but personally I don’t have an interest and other than inducting Elton don’t quite get what it is exactly and who decides what. It seems to mean more to some than others and more so amongst fans. It’s nice to get recognition and have some form of acceptance but in regards to joining others the price is too high and just not worth it. It’s a ways away and seems a bit presumptuous to be contemplating being inducted now.” Hopefully his tune will change when actually faced with the real situation and it isn’t so far away. Based on his history though, don’t count on Axl for anything other than craziness and cancellations.
The other 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees include the Beastie Boys, the Cure, Donovan, Eric B. and Rakim, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Freddie King, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rufus with Chaka Khan, The Small Faces/The Faces, the Spinners, Donna Summer, and War. The top vote-getters will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 14th, 2012.