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Friday, March 9, 2012

Paul Shaffer Says Guns N' Roses Won't Perform at Rock Hall Induction... Sort Of

Posted By on Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 10:41 AM

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Update: A reader points us toward an update on this story from last night. The tweet's been deleted and a statement has been released. Summary: Shaffer didn't send that tweet, a staffer did. And no one knows what's actually going to happen.

A tweet that was posted on the "official" Twitter account of Paul Shaffer, the longtime David Letterman musical director and sidekick, regarding GUNS N' ROSES' appearance at next month's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony did not come from Shaffer himself, according to a spokesperson for the company in control of the account.

Michael Lichtstein, the Vice President of Programming at Envision Radio Networks, which for the past five years has been producing "Paul Shaffer's Day In Rock", a daily 60-second vignette illustrating the history of rock according to Shaffer, has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

"I am writing to set the record straight on a story Blabbermouth printed earlier this evening [Thursday, March 8]. The story quoted Paul Shaffer's Twitter account as saying GUNS N' ROSES would not be performing at this year's induction ceremony. Please know this tweet did not come from Mr. Shaffer, as his Twitter account is in conjunction with his syndicated radio feature with our network, and all tweets are handled by one of our staff members. No one is exactly sure what will happen at the induction ceremony, and we apologize for the inadvertent tweet."

So, there. Maybe we'll just stop talking about GNR all together and just wait for the show.

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First, there were rumors of a reunion of the original members of Guns N' Roses at the 2012 Rock Hall induction ceremony. Then Slash put a damper on that hope when he said he had no idea what was actually going to happen when the band comes to Cleveland.

Some closure on the issue is finally at hand thanks to Paul Shaffer's Twitter account. Of course.

Shaffer, in addition to his Letterman sideshow duties, has been the musical director for the Rock Hall induction ceremonies since 1996. He was asked on Twitter how long he expects the show to run and his answer was: "Guns N' Roses will not be performing, so not as long as you think."

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We're guessing that last bit is a joke about GNR's tendency to be a little, um, late every once in awhile. Either way, barring some surprise, it looks like GNR will be AWOL on stage.

(Via Hennemusic)

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