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After a tumultuous few weeks that saw both Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin and then Rod Stewart (from strep throat) bail from attending Guns N’ Roses and Faces/Small Faces inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, the band members who showed up to accept the honors did it with style.
The show kicked off with Green Day, who did a version of the 'American Idiot' track 'Letterbomb.' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame co-founder Jann Wenner followed shortly after addressing the crowd, saying: "I believe in the magic of rock and roll. That magic can set you free. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight you've entered a place where magic happens."
Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top inducted the first honoree of the evening, the late blues guitarist Freddie King. King's daughter, Wanda, spoke warmly and shared stories about her father. "He inspired so many young blues artists," she said. "I remember going to a show when I was 14 and meeting Stevie Ray Vaughan for the first time. He said to my dad, 'How can I play the blues like you?' My dad said, 'If you don't feel the blues, you'll never play the blues.'" Joe Bonamassa, Billy Gibbons and Derek Trucks followed, jamming on the King songs 'Hideaway' and 'Going Down.'John Mellencamp inducted Donovan next, saying, "He was my inspiration. I wouldn't just listen to Donovan. I would live Donovan, which means I was stealing all my shit from Donovan. Other artists – and you know who you guys are – called that being inspired." Donovan accepted his induction, reading a short poem, then played "Catch the Wind" and "Sunshine Superman" before duetting with Mellencamp on "Season of the Witch."
Bette Midler then inducted Laura Nyro, with Sara Bareilles honoring Nyro with 'Stoney End' on the piano. In the non-performer catagories Carole King inducted Don Kirshner, who in her early days was her boss and mentor during her days as a Brill Building songwriter in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Darlene Love perfomed 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,' with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra, who she had a familiarity with due to her many performances on 'Late Show With David Letterman.' Robbie Robertson also presented the Award For Musical Excellence to Cosimo Matassa, Glyn Jones and Tom Dowd later in the evening. Mid-show Smokey Robinson inducted the Blue Caps (who backed Gene Vincent), the Comets (Bill Haley), the Crickets (Buddy Holly), the Famous Flames (James Brown), the Midnighters (Hank Ballard) and the Miracles, who backed Robinson for the first two decades of his career. The surviving members of all six groups took the stage together, giving credit to these deserving legends for their huge role in rock history.
Chuck D of Public Enemy and LL Cool J both inducted the Beastie Boys. "They still are one of the greatest live acts in music. They challenged the conventions in the music business and made up their own rules about what it means to be world class hip-hop cats...They always insisted (on) maturing as musicians and human beings," said Chuck D. LL Cool J said that he owes his entire career to the Beasties. "I wouldn't be here today without them. The Beastie Boys actually played my demo for Rick Rubin in his NYU dorm room. A lot of people don't know that."
Adam Horowitz read the audience a letter from Yauch. "I'd like to dedicate this to my brothers Adam and Mike," he wrote. "They walked the globe with me. It's also for anyone who has ever been touched by our band. This induction is as much ours as it is yours."
The lengthy introduction of Guns N' Roses from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong did include a reference to Rose, and although he didn’t actually say his name, the inference made the crowd boo. “No, shut the f–k up, shut up, shut up!” Armstrong chided the 7,000 people in attendance. “This man’s a bad ass f–king singer. He’s one of the best frontmen to ever touch a microphone … Hey, most singers are crazy — I can vouch for that.” Slash said, “The fans are the ones who made it possible for us to get together tonight with all the adversity and everything that was going on."
Slash admitted that all the drama almost caused him to stay home as well. He then thanked his wife for talking him into attending, saying, “I was like f-k it, but she said ‘Go and do it with the guys,’ and I said ‘You’re right.’” McKagan declared himself “overwhelmed” at the honor of the induction and added, “I don’t know if it matters who’s here tonight because it’s about the music that band created.” Sorum, who gently teased Adler for somehow managing to get fired from GnR for a drug addiction, said, “I want to thank the other bandmates that aren’t here tonight [and tell them] that I love and respect them and I’m honored to have been on stage playing music with them.” And Adler’s very brief speech quoted a key line from Queen‘s ‘We Are the Champions’: “You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it, and I thank you all.”
Singer Myles Kennedy (Slash/Alter Bridge) took the mic for the three-song Guns N' Roses set with Slash, Gilby Clarke and drummers Matt Sorum and Steven Adler. They jammed on the Guns classics ‘Mr. Brownstone,’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and ‘Paradise City.’
Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, who has performed with a reunited Faces on tour, joined the band on 'Ooh La La' and 'Stay With Me.' Ron Wood rocked like he is ready for a Rolling Stones tour right now and was joined by keyboardist Ian McLagan and drummer Kenny Jones.
The Roots, along with Kid Rock and Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes performed a medley of Beastie classics, including 'Sabotage' and 'So What'cha Want.' Rock, Black Thought and McCoy all wore matching green Adidas track suits.
Comedian Chris Rock took the stage at 12:30 a.m. to induct the last act of the night, Red Hot Chili Peppers and he couldn’t resist poking fun at Rose’s notorious habit of tardiness. “A lot of people are upset that Axl didn’t come tonight,” Rock said. “But let’s face it. Even if he was coming tonight, he wouldn’t be here by now.” He went on to explain that he first saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers when he tried to see Grandmaster Flash in Philadelphia, but walked into the wrong club. "My friends and I were like, 'What the fuck is this shit? There's a lot of white people in here,'" Rock said. "They came out and I couldn't understand a fucking word they said, and they had socks on their dicks! I had never been to a white show before, so I thought all white groups put socks on their dicks. Years later, they're one of the biggest groups in the world and getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have black ties on their dicks tonight."
Former drummers Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez were part of the induction, and 1:00 a.m., the group (with three drummers) did a three-song set of 'By the Way,' 'The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie' and 'Give It Away.' "I haven't played with Cliff in 25 years!" Flea said to the crowd. "He's a beautiful man."
At the end of 'Give It Away,' Anthony Kiedis invited everyone back to the stage. Slash, Ron Wood, Billie Joe Armstrong, Kenny Jones and even audience member George Clinton packed the stage for Stevie Wonder's 'Higher Ground.' The five-and-a-half hour show wrapped up at 1:30 a.m. A condensed two and a half hour broadcast of the show will air on HBO on Saturday, May 5th.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the presenters for this year's induction ceremony. Rollingstone.com has reported that Chris Rock will induct the Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mellencamp will induct Donovan, Steve Van Zandt will induct the Small Faces/Faces, Chuck D will induct the Beastie Boys, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill from ZZ Top will induct Freddie King, Carole King will induct Don Kirshner and Bette Midler will induct Laura Nyro. They is no announcement as of yet to announce who will induct Guns N' Roses.
The Hall of Fame's induction ceremony on April 14 will be held in Cleveland for only the third time in it's 26 year history, and will air on HBO May 5th.
The ceremony will also feature Robbie Robertson inducting Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns and Smokey Robinson inducting The Blue Caps, the Comets, the Crickets, the Famous Flames, the Midnighters and the Miracles.
Slash talked to the Associated Press about the band's upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 14. Slash says he really doesn't know what to expect at the induction ceremony, and he's going to go in with 'blinders on' and just see what happens. He also talks about his favorite memories as a member of Guns N' Roses. Check out the interview clip below.
Also being inducted this year at the 27th annual ceremony are Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Small Faces/Faces, Beastie Boys, Donovan and Laura Nyro. Freddie King will be inducted as an Early Influence, while the late producer and TV host Don Kirshner will receive the Ahmet Ertegun (nonperformer) Award. Producers Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns will receive the Award For Musical Excellence.
HBO will tape the ceremonies, and plan to air it in early May.
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees were announced earlier today, and although I usually always have a legitimate gripe with some of the bands inducted (disco, ABBA, ect.) and the inclusive process with which the are chosen, I am happy with all of the deserving inductees for 2012. Here they are:
•Guns N’ Roses
•Red Hot Chili Peppers
•The Small Faces/The Faces
• Freddie King
Ahmet Ertegun (nonperformer) Award:
The Award for Musical Excellence:
“We are pleased to announce this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, who represent the broad spectrum of artists that define rock and roll,” says Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “We are also thrilled this year to again be partnered with HBO, who presented the Hall of Fame’s 25th Anniversary Concerts.”
The 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in Cleveland and premiere on HBO in early May. The 2012 ceremony will again be open to the public, as it was – for the first time in the event’s history – at the 2009 Inductions in Cleveland.
“Our previous collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a landmark television event,” says Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “We are delighted to team up with the Hall of Fame again for what should be a memorable evening.”
Leading up to the April 14 ceremony, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will host more than a week of special events, including the grand opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s new Library and Archives, tours of the newly-redesigned Museum interior space, the unveiling of a major new exhibition, the Rock My Soul gospel tribute, a free concert for Cleveland and a special series of education programs designed to teach students across the nation about the history and impact of rock and roll. Once open, the Library and Archives will be the world’s most comprehensive repository of written and audio-visual materials relating to the history of rock and roll.
To learn more about the 10 days of events celebrating the 2012 Inductions in Cleveland and tickets to the Inductions Ceremony, click here.
Guns N' Roses band members weighed in on being inducted. Guitarist Slash simply tweeted “It’s quite an honor to be inducted,” and bassist Duff McKagan just re-tweeted the original announcement. Ex-Guns drummers Steven Adler and Matt Sorum, have recently weighed in on a potential reunion at the Hall of Fame ceremony. Steven Adler recently told Rolling Stone what it would mean if inducted and Axl Rose was a part of the ceremony: “It would mean so much to me, I personally just want to finish what I started with those jack-offs. We started off something, let’s end the career playing together, at least once.”
"I’d love to do a whole tour of the world,” he continued. “I personally, and I know that Slash and Duff feel the same way, we owe it to the fans to do a tour around the world. We haven’t performed for over twenty years and they’ve stuck by us and believe in us. I get tweets every day from people around the world saying how much they love the original band.”
Adler also said other former Guns members deserve to be part of the festivities. “When it comes to after I left, I do believe that Matt Sorum and Dizzy Reed both have every right to be inducted, too. Dizzy did play on ‘Use Your Illusion,’ and he’s been with Axl longer than anybody. He deserves it. Matt Sorum also played on ‘Use Your Illusion.’ I think that the seven of us deserve it.”
Sorum was recently asked if he thinks the classic lineup will ever perform together again, he responded, “I hope so. We’re about to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, which is pretty cool, but I can’t really say about another tour. It’s down to Slash and Axl to patch things up.”
Now if we can just get KISS, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Stevie Ray Vaughn, UFO, Yes, Jethro Tull, The Moody Blues, Motorhead, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Steppenwolf, Bad Company, Joe Cocker, Ted Nugent, Mountain, Rainbow, Robin Trower, Soundgarden, Robert Plant, Wings, ELO and Heart in! I'm sure there are more that are deserving, these are just the ones that come to mind.
Photo: David Cowles
The list of 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced. Let the outcry begin...again! Bands like Deep Peuple, KISS, Rush and Iron Maiden aren't on the list this year either. This year’s class is full of first-time nominees and female artists. To qualify a band must have released a single or album 25 years prior to the year of nomination.
Don't get me wrong, there is always very worthy candidates for the Rock Hall every year, including this one. Guns N’ Roses are a first time nominee. Let's hope they make it in so we may see a GnR onstage reunion.
Heart, The Small Faces/The Faces and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts are other first-time nominees. War and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are once again up for induction. The 2012 induction ceremony will take place on April 14 in Cleveland. In the days leading up to the inductions, the museum will host 10 days of special events, including tours of the new redesign of the Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame. The actual ceremony will be open to the public, with individual tickets going on sale in December.
2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees:
Eric B. & Rakim
Guns ‘N Roses
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rufus with Chaka Khan
The Small Faces/The Faces