Boy, howdy…the drama just doesn’t want to quit at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. After Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose’s public snubbing of the ceremony earlier this week, Rod Stewart is the latest bloke to say he’s not coming—dashing fans’ hopes of a true Faces reunion show at tonight’s festivities in Cleveland.
Okay, so this time there’s not quite as much drama as Axl’s online temper-tantrum. Rod Stewart is apparently ill, and is staying in LA to recover. (To each his own—if I were being inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame tonight, I’d at least show up, no matter how bad I felt. But that’s me.)
Anyway, the deed is done, and Stewart has backed out—which means he won’t be there with his old band Faces when they perform tonight. All is not lost, however. Apparently, Faces has previously “reunited” without Stewart, and Mick Hucknall of Simply Red has been handling the vocals on their “reunion” tour. So Hucknall will do the honors tonight in Stewart’s stead.
So…tonight, the “old” version of GNR will perform sans Axl, and Faces will perform sans Stewart. Anyone else care to bail? (Someone might ought to keep an eye on Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Beastie Boys, to make they are all accounted for.)
Incidentally, if you want to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction show, you’ll be able to—if you have cable, that is. HBO is planning to air the event on May 5.