Duff McKagan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last weekend as a member of the Class of 2012 along with the other members of his former band, Guns N’ Roses.
And while singer Axl Rose, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and guitarist Izzy Stradlin never showed to accept the award, McKagan took the stage with fellow Guns ex-pats Slash, Gilby Clarke and Steven Adler to play a few G’N'R tunes with Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy.
“I don’t know that it matters who’s here tonight, because it’s about the music that these bands played,” McKagan said in his induction speech, according to Rolling Stone.
The Faces were faced with a similar issue. The British legends were inducted into the Hall without lead man Rod Stewart, performing instead with Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall.
Fellow inductees the Beastie Boys also missed a member, as Adam Yauch continues to recover from cancer.
As such, Kid Rock, the Roots and Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes tried their hand at some Beasties classics, such as “So What’cha Want” and “Sabotage.”
The event, which will be broadcast on HBO on May 5, also honored the late blues guitarist Freddie King, singer/songwriters Donovan and the late Laura Nyro, and the funk-rocking Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Backing groups the Blue Caps, the Comets, the Crickets, the Famous Flames, the Miracles and the Midnighters, were also inducted, as were non-performers Cosimo Matassa, Glyn Johns, and the late Tom Dowd and Don Kirshner.
Watch Guns N’ Roses perform “Sweet Child O’ Mine” in the fan-shot footage below: