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!!