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Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys Among 2012 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced it’s class of 2012 and not only did Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers make the cut after previous nominations, but first-timers Guns N’ Roses will also be inducted.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be welcoming seven of the 13 nominated acts into their establishment at this year’s induction ceremony — which is set for April 14, 2012. While some of the deserving acts were, as usual, snubbed — Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Cure, Heart — the artists we were really rooting for made the cut. Here is the complete list of inductees:

  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Beastie Boys
  • Donovan
  • Laura Nyro
  • The Small Faces/The Faces
  • Freddie King (inducted in the “Early Influence” category)

The nominations of both Guns N’ Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers raise some interesting questions — mostly surrounding the members of each band who have gone their separate ways. The biggest question mark being the GN’R situation — their original lineup have not been on the best of terms for roughly two decades. Bassist Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, and Izzy Stradlin are all on speaking terms (last we heard) with frontman Axl Rose — the same can not be said about Slash. It will also be interesting to see which members of the current GN’R lineup and other incarnations of the band (drummer Matt Sorum, guitarists Gilby Clarke, Buckethead, etc.)

RHCP had a a rebirth of sorts this year with the release of ‘I’m With You’ — it marked their first album without guitarist John Frusciante in 12 years. Flea was quick to give all the respect due to Frusciante in his reaction statement to the good news. The bassist exclaimed at the news — first addressing the band’s current situation and deceased early guitarist Hillel Slovak before mentioning the elephant in the room:

“It [the induction] also makes me think of something I think of everyday anyways. Of John Frusciante, the virtuoso musician and songwriter who gave so much to our band. Without him, we would not be going to the hall of fame. He wrote countless great things with us, played an infinite amount of stunning things, and taught us how to be a great band. He helped lift us to a much higher level, he is the greatest. We connected deeply for many years, and he left our band with many gifts. I am truly grateful for this honor. To our fans, who have supported us for all these years, given us purpose, and wildly energized us night after night, thank you.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate the entire week of the annual induction ceremony with special events, one of which being the opening of their new library and archives.  The open-to-the-public ceremony will be held on April 14th with tickets going on sale December 17th.

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