Last night, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong inducted Guns N’ Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Check out a complete transcript of the speech here–and an excerpt below.
“My name is Billie Joe, this is Mike and this is Tre Cool and we’re here to induct Guns N’ Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The first time I saw Guns N’ Roses on MTV I thought, one of these guys could end up dead or in jail.
The opening riff of ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ is a descending trip into the underworld of Los Angeles. This ride was not about parties, glamour or power ballads. It was about the seedy underworld of misfits, drug addicts, paranoia, sex, violence, love, anger and the cracks of Hollywood.
It was a breath of fresh air! Needless to say, I bought the record. ‘Appetite for Destruction’ is the best debut album in the history of rock and roll. You can name a few others if you want, but tonight, Guns N’ Roses owns that crown for sure.