Guns N' Roses

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
Beastie Boys
Donovan
The Small Faces/The Faces
Freddie King
Don Kirshner
Cosimo Matassa
Tom Dowd
Glyn Johns
Laura Nyro

Comments (3)
  1. Seems like he’ll have to ask Slash for his P90X DVDs. Might as well ask him to play in the induction ceremony while he’s at it

  2. Here’s how this is gonna go: the original G’n'R lineup agrees to reunite, but show up 3 hours late. When they finally make it onstage, Slash starts playing the intro to Sweet Child, but Axl throws a temper tantrum about the poor sound system and storms off the stage before ever singing a note. The audience tosses everything they can find at the stage, Izzy stands completely still but still manages to dodge everything thrown his way, Duff fires double middle fingers at every camera in a 2-mile radius, each band member sends out their own press release explaining why they knew a reunion would never work, and balance is restored to the universe. Best HOF induction ceremony ever.

    • Damn…after reading that I’ll be incredibly disappointed if it doesn’t happen. What if they all get up there, play, and shake hands after? A sign 2012 really is the end of the world?

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