Guns N' Roses celebrate their Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for "November Rain" at the MTV Video Music ceremony Sept. 10, 1992 in Los Angeles. At the podium are Axl Rose, left, Slash. With them are Duff McKagan, at left with blond hair, and Gilby Clarke, Dizzy Reed, and Matt Sorum. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2012 includes Guns N' Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys, as well as the Small Faces/The Faces (as the Rock Hall has designated them) along with the late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro and 60s folk /pop singer – songwriter Donovan. See details.
Yesterday the current incarnation of Guns N’ Roses posted their reaction on Facebook saying: "Congratulations to all the 2012 inductees and our sincerest thanks to the Hall's organizers, committee members and voting delegates who supported the GN'R induction -- it's a humbling honor to be recognized on this first ballot…While it's so easy to get hyped up on awards and recognition of the now, let's never forget the soldiers who fight for the freedom we enjoy. ESPECIALLY on this day 70 years ago at Pearl Harbor, the lagoon in Hawaii where the ultimate price was paid. REMEMBER December 7th is the day to commemorate the Japanese attack that drew the United States into World War II."
The Beastie Boys got the nod on their first-ballot entry and released a statement that acknowledged early influences from their punk rock days. "We're in the rock and roll hall of fame? That's f----n' crazy and awesome! While we are very proud of the music we make, we have to acknowledge the inspiration from our families, friends and musicians like the Slits, Bad Brains, X-ray Spex, the Treacherous Three and too many others to possibly name. And most of all, we give thanks to New York City and the world of musical influence it provided for us."
British folkie and 60s Dylan contemporary, Donovan stated “It's a singular honor, and I'm pleased as punch, as they say in England and Scotland. It's even more special because I'm going to be there with some of my favorite artists and musicians. The Faces are my old chums. We used to hang out. The Chilis, some of them appeared on my Rick Rubin album. Guns N' Roses, who I've come to know in California and did a couple of things with. Of course, the Beastie Boys. A very touching part of this, for me, is the inclusion of the lovely Laura Nyro, who left us too soon, of course. When I was younger, I followed her rise and her extraordinary work. It will be great to see her honored too."
The 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony returns to Cleveland for a week of events beginning April 5, 2012 and culminating with the Induction Ceremony on April 14, 2012.
Tickets to the ceremony go on-sale to the public on Saturday, December 17, beginning at 10 a.m. EST. To purchase tickets, visit rockhall.com or call (877) 212-8898 (please note, this number will not be activated until 10 a.m. EST on 12/17). Individual tickets to the Induction Ceremony are available for $50 and $100. There will be a two ticket limit on all orders.
The April ceremony will be taped for broadcast by HBO, which plans to air it in early May.