K, I dvr d the Hall of Fame show so I could speed up to GNR.
I thought Green Day did a good job of talking about the original members. I liked when Billy Joe told the people to shut the fuck up when they talked about Axl, although it was more than Axl having the singer ego for not showing up.
I didn't like when he said that you have to go back sometimes to move forward. I think that for the past 20 years Axl has moved forward so even if he did show up, nothing would have changed.
Billy Joe was cool mentioning each member and how amazing they were as a band. No one made a huge deal out of Izzy and Dizzy not being there. Again, Axl is always the bad guy. I guess it'll always be that way. Whatever!
Slash and Duff mentioning the drama was annoying. What drama? Axl didn't show up. He made a statement as did Izzy, so what drama was there? Did Slash and Duff mean if Axl showed up there would have been major drama? I think those two made more drama with their statements about the so called drama if they showed up, but their wives said oh go for the fans! Yeah, again, it makes Slash look like the good guy. To me they are all full of shit.
They were as much as the cause of all the drama all those years ago when GNR was falling apart due to alcohol and drug abuse, so no one is blameless.
GNR was a great band. The new GNR is a great band. ALL the original members have moved on, so why is it that Axl still gets shit for not reuniting with the original members even for one night?
Whatever happened 20 + years ago must have meant something to Axl that he just can't get passed. I totally understand that. Why can't anyone else?
I think it would have been awesome to see Axl accept his award and I missed him for that, but also respect his reasons for not showing up.
I'm just sick and tired of everyone blaming Axl for whatever goes wrong with GNR. I think Axl's moved on just fine and I'm sure he remembers his past just fine and showing up or not showing up at an award show with the original members of GNR won't change a thing in his life.
also of course it wasn't the same without Axl singing, but even the original members didn't sound all that good to me. Maybe Izzy being missing was a major factor too, but after seeing the new version of GNR, I thought the performance of the 3 original members paled in comparison. Maybe it was just me, but I think they've all lost their mojo when it comes to playing GNR songs, because without Axl and Izzy, it's just not the same!
also, when the Small Faces were inducted, missing was their amazing singer, Rod Stewart, so why wasn't anyone bitching about that? I've seen the small faces as well as when they became Rod Stewart and the Faces and the song they sang "Stay with Me" was off the album that Rod sang on, so where was he? No one was booing them. Of course they lost two of their members, but without Rod singing, it wasn't the same either. Some people you just can't replace.