Guns n' Roses, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers To Join Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
By Katey Rich 2011-12-07 07:38:00
The rule at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is that you can only be inducted 25 years after the release of your first record, which means that by the time your favorite band is eligible, you are officially old. So for those of you who were coming of age in 1987, brace yourself-- it's come time for Guns n Roses, the Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to join the pantheon.
According to CNN those are this year's inductees, or rather next year's, since they'll be officially invited to the Hall of Fame on April 14 at the museum in Cleveland. This year's class also includes The Small Faces, the 60s psychedelic rock group from England, and The Faces, the band formed when that group broke back , and that introduced the world to Rod Stewart. Rounding out the list is Donovan, the singer-songwriter who was part of the British folk scene in the 1960s, and another singer-songwriter from the era, Laura Nyro.
You can count on killer performances from a lot of these inductees at the induction ceremony-- the Beastie Boys, at the very least, have lost very little of their youthful energy-- but the real question is what we might see from Guns n Roses, the famously fractious group that hasn't played together since 1990. Rolling Stone talked to former drummer Steven Adler about the band's feat of getting in during their first year of eligibility, and asked if he thought all five band members would show up, Adler said "Absolutely not." Unsurprisingly, Adler is still rooting for a reunion, but recognizes there are some wounds left to heal:
The real shame about the ending of the Guns N' Roses when I got kicked out wasn't just that I got kicked out, but Slash and Axl stopped working together. They are the Keith Richards and the Mick Jagger! The Steven Tyler and Joe Perry! For twenty years, because of some STUPID grudge, which I guarantee you that neither of them could even tell you what it was. They don't even know! I just had lunch with Slash two days ago. He loves Axl. He holds no grudges towards him. Twenty years of great music wasn't created because of some stupid grudge. That's a shame.
While we wait to see if Guns n Roses will get it all back together in Cleveland, keep this in mind: among the groups that made this year's shortlist but weren't inducted were The Cure and Chaka Khan. Are you happy with this lineup, or do you think some of the other eligible groups were robbed?