Snider said: “Someone just told me that it’s official Axl is not gonna sing at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame… and I said, it’s crap. I said, if he can’t put this stuff aside for an event like that, for a recognition like that, to do the cool thing, and just in respect of what you guys have done, I think it’s totally screwed up.”
Snider made the comments during an interview with former GN’R guitarist Slash at Wednesday’s Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles. Fellow ex-Guns man Duff McKagan presented Slash with the ‘Riff Lord’ award at the ceremony.
Slash refused to comment on Rose’s Hall Of Fame no-show, but confirmed: “I’ll be there.”
McKagan, who will also be at the Hall Of Fame induction on April 14, was diplomatic about Axl’s decision in his column for Seattleweekly.com. He commented:
“My band, Guns N’ Roses, will be inducted into the so-fancy Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. And on that night, I will honour not myself or the chicken dinner they will most surely provide, but I will be honouring all those people who call themselves the fans of our group called Guns N’ Roses.
“In the end, it’s not about who does or doesn’t show up from the original band, and I back whatever reason this guy or that has for not coming. It’s all good. The songs are the important bit here… and the message they most certainly still must carry.”
Little Caesar frontman Ron Young has also joined the chorus of anti-Axl disapproval. (You might remember that Little Caesar shared a record label – Geffen Records – with Guns N’ Roses back in the day.)
Young said: “A band is like a motorcycle club. An elite group of people that would kill for each other because of the experiences that they have shared together that makes their bond unbreakable no matter what. Axl Rose ain’t no great singer… but he is a legendary frontman that leads a group of men, and together they made magic. He doesn’t deserve to have the honour of induction because he has no reverence for any of the above.”