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Slash: Recruiting Myles Kennedy to Sing at Rock Hall Ceremony Was ‘Very Last Minute’

Mary Ouellette,

Guns N’ Roses were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month, and unless you’ve been living under a boulder of sorts, you already know that Axl Rose opted out of the festivities. During a press conference in Italy in support of his upcoming solo album, ‘Apocalyptic Love,’ Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash was questioned about that night and his feelings about Rose not being present.

All in all, he kept his response positive. “I specifically don’t talk about [Axl],” Slash said. “But being at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in and of itself, turned out to be a really great experience. It was a mixed feeling going into… in the months leading up to the induction. It was not necessarily positive, but once I sort of decided, ‘OK, I’m gonna go, and Duff [McKagan, former GN’R bassist] decided he was gonna go and Gilby [Clarke, former GN’R guitarist] and Steven [Adler, former GN’R drummer], and all that. Actually being there, being inducted was a really positive and pleasant experience.”

As for having Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge and Slash’s solo band step up and sing vocals with the GN’R guys that night, Slash says that was completely spontaneous. “We recruited Myles Kennedy to sing [at the induction] at the very, very last minute — like the morning of the flight [on our way to Cleveland]. It wasn’t my idea this time [to get Myles involved]; it was Duff’s idea.”

Slash’s upcoming album, ‘Apocalyptic Love,’ is scheduled for release on May 22. As for local tour dates, Slash brings his show to the Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, Mich., on May 17.

Watch Slash Talk About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction:

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