We had a blast on this Monday (Cyber Monday), as we brought out selected artwork for an online auction to raise money for the Red Cross. Big thanks to Matt Sorum, Frankie “Kash” Waddy and Stephen Perkins for the opportunity to have their work showcased in this event. It was blast, and we’re proud to see a portion of the artwork go directly to relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy through the Red Cross.
Axl Rose kept his promise to boycott Saturday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, but his former bandmates decided the Guns N’ Roses show must go on without him, gratefully accepting their statuettes before playing several vintage GNR songs with singer Myles Kennedy handling the vocals.
Kennedy, the singer in guitarist Slash’s current solo project and lead vocalist for Alter Bridge, stepped in to round out the lineup that also included bassist Duff McKagan, drummers Steven Adler and Matt Sorum, and guitarist Gilby Clarke in three songs from GNR’s 1987 debut album “Appetite for Destruction.”
Rose’s name drew choruses of boos and catcalls from the audience of about 7,400 at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, where the ceremony took place. But Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong, who delivered the GNR introduction speech, shot back: “Shut up. He was the greatest frontman to ever step in front of a microphone.” He paused, then added: “But he is … crazy. And I can vouch for that.”
SceneFour would like to congratulate Matt and members of Guns N’ Roses for their long overdue induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Check out www.mattsorumart.com, a few pieces are still available while they last.
It’s not every day that you get to mingle with half a dozen world famous rock stars. And it’s a very rare occasion indeed when the reason those rock stars have Come Together is to open an exhibition of their artwork at a gallery in Beverly Hills normally reserved for the 20th century Masters.
In fact, the Andrew Weiss gallery displays more pieces by Picasso, Dali and Chagall than most museums, which seemed to leave even these world-renowned rockers a little star-struck – several of them describing how humbled and honored they were to have their pieces displayed alongside such icons. As Page Hamilton of Helmet put it, “It’s like sharing the stage with Beethoven or Mozart.”