The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Class Of 2012 Has Been Announced


Congratulations are in order for a select group of rockers today as the 2012 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is announced. Earlier this year, a list of eligible possible inductees was announced and today we learn which of those folks made the grade for induction into the Rock Hall. Beastie Boys, Guns N’ Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers are among the inductees this year … but The Cure, Heart and Joan Jett were among the bands/musicians that were passed over. Click below to find out who else made the cut this year and read more deets about the 2012 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

More than a quarter century after they brought hard rock back to the top of the heap, the original lineup of legendary Los Angeles band Guns N’ Roses will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Guns were among the acts named on Wednesday as the Class of 2012, which includes fellow L.A. rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers, iconic New York rap trio the Beastie Boys, 1960s pop singer Laura Nyro, the Small Faces (and their later Rod Stewart-led incarnation, the Faces), as well as mellow 1960s singer Donovan. Also on the roster for the induction ceremony, which will take place on April 14 in Cleveland and air on HBO in early May, is early influence blues guitarist Freddie King and nonperformer Don Kirshner, who created the Archies and Monkees and hosted the long-running live-music TV show “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.” Among those passed over? this year were the Cure, Joan Jett, Heart and hip-hip duo Eric B. & Rakim. Acts become eligible for the Hall 25 years after the release of their first single or album, so this year’s crop all started releasing music in or before the year 1986. Led by the mercurial lead singer Axl Rose, GN’R re-invented hard rock with 1987’s Appetite for Destruction, which featured such indelible glam-punk hits as “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City,” “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “It’s So Easy.” The band splintered a decade later amid a clash of egos, disagreement over musical direction and drug issues that resulted in Rose soldiering on alone with a parade of replacement sidemen. Before their induction was announced, buzz had already begun to build around a potential reunion between legendarily unfriendly co-founders Rose and guitarist Slash as well as the rest of the classic line-up, which included rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler. Rose is currently on the road with the new Guns. The Beastie Boys have been mixing rock, rap, soul, punk and funk for more than 30 years, helping to cross hip-hip over into the mainstream in a major way with their bratty 1986 full-length debut, License to Ill, rap’s first #1 album. After providing drunken anthems for a generation thanks to “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To) Party,” and “Brass Monkey,” they followed up with 1989’s head-tripping Paul’s Boutique, which set a new standard for artistry in sampling. They’ve continued to rock the mic over the course of five more studio albums, including this year’s Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. Funk-punk lifers the Red Hot Chili Peppers formed in Los Angeles in 1983 and released their self-titled debut the next year. Formed around the core of hyperkinetic singer Anthony Kiedis, high-energy bassist Flea, late guitarist Hillel Slovak and former drummer Jack Irons, the band made a name for itself with a spastic combo of funk, punk, hard rock and hip-hop, graduating from an underground fanbase to worldwide stardom and Grammy-winning albums thanks to such landmark tracks as “Give It Away,” “Under the Bridge” and “Scar Tissue.”

First off, lets send all of our congrats to the well-deserved inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Being chosen for inclusion is no small feat as only a small group of musicians get inducted each year (as the list of eligible musicians continues to grow longer with each passing year). I am quite happy with the rockers that were chosen for induction this year. Naturally, I’m unhappy with the folks who did NOT get chosen for induction but, again, only a small group of musicians get chosen each year. I would’ve loved for The Cure, Heart, Duran Duran, INXS (the list goes on) to get in the Rock Hall as well but … ah well, mebbe next year. I’m quite looking forward to the Rock Hall induction ceremony that will take place next April. I’m curious to see which of the inductees will show up … and, yes, I’m referring specifically to the fragmented remains of GNR. In any event, congrats to the Rock Hall Class of 2012 … Woot!!


  • Cristina_Isis

    I’m bummed out that The Cure didn’t make it :( I have loved that band since I was really small and my older cousin would listen to them in the 80’s. Well, maybe next year.

    • Claire

      That really surprised me, they have been such an influential group for other artists.

    • ChristineLA

      Yeah, I’m a little confused as to how The Cure could possibly have been passed over, as well.

  • SuzieB

    Hmm wonder if that total a-hole Axl Rose will be late for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction. Recently went to see GNR (or what’s left of them)….and had to wait for HOURS for Axl to feel like the time was right to perform!! Would be nice if they could reunite for one night, but you know that they won’t. I also am bummed about The Cure & Duran Duran. Hopefully next year!!!

  • Mr. Gyllenhaal

    Seriously I was so obsessed with the RHCP when I was growing up! I so wanted that wierd star shaped symbol they had put on body somewhere! I used to draw it on all the time in 7th grade with a pen. Thank god I didn’t do it! Love the BB too!! I like this year of inductees!!

  • Krissy

    I think the honorees are totally deserving…but it does kind of make me wonder about Heart and Joan Jett. Those artists made impacts on music history LONG before the honorees….It makes me wonder if they are biased against women.

  • I can’t imagine the trainwreck if Axl showed up. He probably won’t, especially if Slash is going to be there.

  • Jodi

    I cannot believe The Red Hot Chili Peppers made the cut and HEART did not. Seriously?

  • MrMe

    G O D D A M M I T a bunch of no names , Guns N roses, no Heart No Joan Jett and the blackhearts, but oh great some chick and some random dude make it in, and worst of all no CURE. IF I EVER find one of these judges I am going to beat his face in over and over and over again util he is dead, seriously don’t let me find you MFers in a dark ally.

  • paul

    Duran Duran didn’t make it again!!! jesus!! .. who ever is in charge of all this is not doing there job. Really duran is been around for like 30 years?, had countless hits on top of hit- they proven themselves time 7 time again. They been around longer then most bands of today and yester years!.. plus still going strong in 2012!!. please put them in hall of fame! the most well deserve it! it’s very upsetting to see other bands get in?? ..and have not been around as long?. sucks big time!!.