The Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, Donovan, Laura Nyro and the Faces will make up the 2012 class for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Blues musician Freddie King will also join the hall’s roster as an early influence honoree.
In September the Rock Hall of Fame announced a list of 15 bands who were being considered for the 2012 induction ceremony. Donna Summer, Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, The Cure, Eric B. & Rakim, Rufus with Chaka Khan, War and the Spinners, will all have to wait another year for another chance to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
After getting the news, Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea, said:
“It’s really nice to be part of a community of musicians we respect. I feel very emotional about it, and it makes me reflective about our career. I think back about when we just started out as this little band and we kept it going, pouring our heart and souls into it. Pride isn’t the healthiest thing, but I feel proud.”
The LA Times reports that this the first year of eligibility for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns N’ Roses. It took the Beastie Boys two years to be inducted into the hall of fame, while Donovan, the Faces, and Lauren Nyro have been passed over multiple times.
Rod Stewart, a member of the Faces, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time. Stewart has already been honored for his solo career.
Rod Stewart said:
“Well it’s quite a thrill and honor to make it in the Hall of Fame a second time. We [The Faces] were always synonymous with a good party and with this list of fellow artists being inducted I’m looking forward to [it] . . . and it’s a hell of a good reason to reunite and celebrate with my old mates.”
Do you agree with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s choices for 2012? Should Heart, Eric B and Rakim, or The Cure been inducted this year?