In a recent interview for Offstage With DWP, Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy talked about the time he was singing for Guns N’ Roses at their Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2012.
As you might remember, Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place before the reunion of Guns N’ Roses. Also, the conflict between the band’s frontman Axl Rose and the guitarist Slash wasn’t over yet at the time of the show. Before the ceremony, Axl Rose announced that he wasn’t going to be attending and added it wasn’t ‘somewhere he was actually wanted or respected.’
Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy took Axl’s place for three songs performance with five former members of Guns N’ Roses, Slash, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum, and Gilby Clarke.
During a recent interview on Danny Wimmer Presents Youtube channel, Myles Kennedy talked about his experience of sharing the stage with Guns N’ Roses legends. Kennedy explained how he felt performing in Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony instead of Axl Rose by stating:
“That was such a unique set of circumstances. I really did – deep down inside, I thought that at one point that Axl would actually show up.
When I got there, the day before, whatever it was, I thought, ‘Well, I’m here, but I can see maybe things will turn out differently once the performance actually starts.’
I’ll never forget standing behind the curtain and they were accepting their award, and I started to see them all head towards to grab their instruments, and I looked one more time at the backstage entrance, and I was like, ‘I think this is gonna happen. I guess I should go out there.’
I don’t remember a lot of it because there was a lot of gravity with the situation, and I didn’t want to let those guys down, to be honest with you, I didn’t want to let the fans down because they wanted to hear those songs, so I just did the best I could.
The moment I remember more than anything, it’s pretty heavy actually, I looked about at about two tables back, my wife knew the pressure and the weight of it, and I remember seeing her sitting at the table, we were playing ‘Paradise City,’ we’re almost done, and I just remember seeing her face, like, ‘You made it. It’s OK.’
That was heavy, like, I’ll remember that on my deathbed – that moment, seeing her, like, ‘You made it.'”
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