G uns N’ Roses will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend, despite Axl Rose’s bombshell decision on Wednesday to boycott the event due to various grievances, large and small. A spokesperson confirms with Billboard that Green Day is still scheduled to introduce the gritty rock band into the Hall’s ranks.
Also on Thursday, Hall officials announced a few new additions to the star-studded gala event, taking place Saturday, April 14 in Cleveland, including a full-fledged reunion of Faces, featuring Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan. Despite several near-reunions over the years, the four surviving members have not played together as Faces since 1993, four years before bassist Ronnie Lane died from multiple sclerosis. Steve Marriott, who fronted the earlier mod group Small Faces, died in 1991.
Stewart missed his own Rock Hall induction in 1994 due to an earthquake in Los Angeles two days prior.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers will also perform, though key former member John Frusciante has indicated he will not attend. The band launched a tour in late March to promote their 10th studio album, “I’m With You.” The tour was delayed in January to allow singer Anthony Kiedis to recover from a foot injury.
Other additions to the April 14 festivities include John Mellencamp, who has been confirmed to sing with and induct folk-rock singer Donovan; LL Cool J is a new addition to help Chuck D induct the Beastie Boys; Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top will perform for and induct Freddie King, and Darlene Love will sing for Don Kirshner.
Previously announced presenters include Steven Van Zandt for the Small Faces/Faces, Chris Rock for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bette Midler for Laura Nyro. Carole King for Don Kirshner, Robbie Robertson for producers Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns and Cosimo Matassa, and Smokey Robinson for his Motown group the Miracles along with Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps, Bill Haley’s Comets, Buddy Holly’s Crickets, James Brown’s Famous Flames and Hank Ballard’s Midnighters.
Green Day will induct Guns N’ Roses, but no performers to fete the band have been announced. Rose wrote in an open letter on Wednesday that after listening to fans and reading “various public comments and jabs from former members” of the band, as well as assorted press coverage, he has decided to “let sleeping dogs lie” and not attend the ceremony. He asked that he “not be inducted in absentia” as a member of the band he still fronts.
“We are sorry Axl will not be able to accept his Induction in person,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation said on Wednesday night.
In addition to the induction ceremony, the Rock Hall is hosting a week of special events, including the grand opening of its library and archives, concerts — including a gospel tribute — and educational programs.
The Rock Hall induction ceremony will be broadcast by HBO, debuting at 9 p.m. EST/PST on May 5.