Next year’s inductees include the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, the Small Faces/Faces (which included Rod Stewart and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood), Donovan, and Laura Nyro.
Freddie King will enter the Hall of Fame as an Early Influence, while the late producer and TV host Don Kirshner will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
Producers Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd, and Glyn Johns will receive the Award for Musical Excellence.
The ceremony will be held on April 14, 2012 at Cleveland’s Public Hall. The event will be broadcast on HBO in early May.
Guns N’ Roses exploded onto the rock and roll scene in 1987 with their debut album, “Appetite for Destruction”. The original lineup featured Axl Rose on vocals, Slash om lead guitar, Izzy Stradlin on rhythm guitar, Duff McKagan on bass, and Steven Adler on drums.
The group quickly dominated the rock genre with hits like “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, “Welcome to the Jungle”, and “Paradise City”.
The band sold millions of albums, but their inner turmoil caused the core of the legendary band to collapse by 1996. Axl Rose would pick up the pieces and create a new version of the Gunners, with himself as the only original member, that would release the long-awaited “Chinese Democracy” in late 2008. The album failed to live up to the hype on many levels.
Their induction should lead to more speculation on a possible reunion, if nothing else, at least for the induction ceremony itself.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers had obstacles of their own to overcome, including the drug-related death of guitarist Hillel Slovak and the departure of guitarist John Frusciante.
The funk/alt rock band, featuring Anthony Kiedis on vocals, Flea on bass, Chad Smith on drums, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, released its 10th album, “I’m With You”, earlier this year.
In a statement on the band’s official website, Flea expressed his excitement about being inducted.
“I feel an infinite energy from what we are doing and looking forward to taking this togetherness we are forging out on tour…So hearing this news about the hall of fame really seems like it has extra significance for me. To be recognized this way seems especially full and profound,” he said.
The Beastie Boys (Adam Yauch, Mike Diamond A.K.A. Mike D., and Adam Horovitz) are among the pioneers of rap music. They were the first white band to really break through into the emerging rap scene.
At first, they were known only for sophomoric party tunes, but would develop into a critically-acclaimed group.
Guns N’ Roses and the Faces were inducted their first time on the ballot. The Red Hot Chili Peppers had to wait until their second try, and the Beastie Boys and Nyro were twice denied before making the cut this year.