The Rock Hall is the sort of boomer pageantry that younger music fans tend to sweep aside like, say, the Grammys. That is until the Rock Hall starts actively honoring/shafting the artists you remember from their first time around, before reunions, and contemporary microgenre reappropriation, and post-mortem renaissances. That is to say, until younger music fans are no longer so young. Bands are eligible for the RRHOF 25 years after their first release, which means this year, Readers Of A Certain Age saw the artists of their youth up for nomination.
And congrats, Readers, many of your youths are now part of the pageant: per that headline, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, and Red Hot Chili Peppers are amongst the Rock Hall’s official list of inductees announced today. (This was the first time eligible for GN’R and RHCP and the second year eligible for the Beasties.) Other inductees include Donovan, The Small Faces (and the Faces), and blues dude Freddie King, amongst others you may not know/remember. Notably shafted were the Cure, Eric B. & Rakim, Joan Jett, Donna Summer, War, and Rufus with Chaka Khan.
This leaves the business of April’s Cleveland-situated induction ceremony, and the prospect of a full-on Guns N’ Roses reunion performance. Axl, you have four months to get into fighting shape. Izzy, you have four months to remove that call-block on Axl’s cell number. Do it guys.
The full list of inductees:
Guns N’ Roses
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Small Faces/The Faces