McKagan Fears Guns N’ Roses Rock Hall Induction Will Be A Debacle

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March 31, 2011 | 9:45pm EST

Rocker Duff Mckagan is beginning to worry about the possibility of Guns N’ Roses landing a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction spot in 2012 – because he doesn’t want the honour to become a debacle as warring bandmates attempt to unite in public.
The Welcome to the Jungle rockers become eligible for the hall next year and the band’s ex-bass player fears a repeat of what happened when he was there to induct Van Halen into the fabled museum in 2007, and only former members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony showed up.

McKagan tells, “I think it’s a real ‘cross-that-bridge-when-you-come-to-it’ kind of thing. I haven’t done any thorough thinking about it or reaching out to anyone about it.

“My only experience with the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame was when Velvet Revolver played it and we were inducting Van Halen. The whole band was supposed to be there, including David Lee Roth – we were going to do a song with him. It all started falling apart in the two weeks leading up to the gig. It was sad to watch.

“We were just the innocent band that was there to play Van Halen songs, and we saw their whole thing crumble. To see Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar show up, when it was supposed to be everybody… Michael and Sammy were really cool guys and good sports about it, but they took all the heat over the situation. A lot of heat.

“I don’t know if I want to set myself up for heat. It’s going to be a debacle, isn’t it? A press debacle. I just don’t know what else to say about it.”