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Monday
Jun092014

Faces' Ian McLagan Recalls Wanting to Kill Green Day and Guns N' Roses at 2012 Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

Photo: Jim ChapinAcclaimed rock keyboardist Ian McLagan, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of The Small Faces and Faces, says he "not a fan of" a couple of younger bands that performed at the ceremony that year.  Speaking recently with Salon, McLagan admits he had an extremely negative reaction to performances by Green Day and the members of Guns N' Roses, the latter of whom also were inducted that evening.

McLagan recalls that he'd been suffering from a migraine that day and also had to wait an hour for the meal he'd ordered so he wasn't in a bad mood to begin with when the ceremony began.

"I'm 15 feet from the front of the stage, right in the middle, second table," he tells Salon about the event.  "Green Day come on.  If I had a gun, they'd all be dead.  And I'd be happy about it.  Horrifyingly loud and bad, two things you shouldn't be.  Especially if you're at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

He adds, "I wanted to kill Guns N' Roses as well.  Apart from that, it was nice to be inducted, it was a big honor."  Incidentally, it's worth noting that only some members of Guns N' Roses' classic lineup performed at the Rock Hall ceremony that year, as singer Axl Rose and guitarist Izzy Stradlin didn't attend the event.

McLagan partly blames his migraine for his harsh reaction, but said about GN'R's music, "I don't really get it.  It's too young for me.  It feels like kids making a lot of noise."

Meanwhile, McLagan will be releasing a brand-new solo album, United States, on Tuesday, June 17.  He and his longtime backing group, The Bump Band, will be playing a show that night at the Iridium club in New York City to celebrate the arrival of the record.

Ian also reports that the long-awaited Faces reunion looks like it's on course for next year.

"Faces is going to happen," he tells Salon.  "It's the first time Rod [Stewart]'s real positive about it, and his manager is too.  I want to do it."


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