Good night at Hall Of Fame despite three high profile no shows

By | Published on Monday 16 April 2012

Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame

In the end Axl Rose wasn’t the only no show at the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony this weekend, though Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, who has been battling cancer in recent years, probably had a better reason for pulling out of the event.

The rap trio had hoped to perform at the Hall Of Fame bash, but issued a statement confirming Yauch would not be able to attend shortly before the show. The statement said, simply: “Beastie Boys regret that Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch will be unable to join Mike ‘Mike D’ Diamond and Adam ‘Adrock’ Horovitz at the band’s induction into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame. Mike, Adam and Adam are truly grateful for the honour but with only two of the three Beastie Boys attending, they will unfortunately not be able to perform at the ceremony”.

At the event, Diamond and Horovitz, joined by longtime DJ Mixmaster Mike, read out a statement from their absent bandmate which thanked the Beastie Boys fanbase, noting “this induction is as much yours as it us ours”.

Also not in attendance was Rod Stewart, whose old band The Faces were also being inducted. He had planned to perform with his former bandmates at the induction but had to pull out due to illness. Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall who, as previously reported, has been performing with a reformed Faces in the last couple of years, flew in to take Stewart’s place.

Rose, of course, announced last week that he would not attend the Hall Of Fame bash, nor did he want to be inducted in his absence, seemingly unhappy that the awards show’s bosses expected him to appear on stage with other members of his band’s original line-up. In the end three fifths of that original line-up (Duff McKagan, Slash and Steven Adler – Izzy Stradlin was also a no show, though he issued a thank you via McKagan’s blog) joined ‘Use Your Illusion’ drummer Matt Sorum to accept the Hall Of Fame honour, even if the band’s eternal frontman didn’t want any part of it.

While some have criticised Rose for knocking back the Hall Of Fame induction, he did have one supporter this weekend in the form of Kiss drummer Eric Singer, who told “I don’t know Axl that well, but he should do what he wants. I don’t always agree with the choices he makes or how he goes about it… [but] I think it’s pretty cool that he’s not only thumbing his nose at [the Hall Of Fame bosses], but that he’s giving them the middle finger. I think it’s cool. It’s like: ‘Who the fuck are you guys to dictate what should and what shouldn’t be?’ He kind of has a voice for a lot of people who think the whole thing is kind of a joke”.

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