Since inducting R.E.M. in 2007, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been gradually moving into a new generation, even going as far as to induct hip-hop acts Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five and Run-DMC in recent years. With the class of 2012, it looks like the Cleveland temple has finally taken the plunge into Generation X. While still featuring dad-rockers like Donovan and The Faces, this year’s inductees will also include Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Should the band perform at the April induction ceremony, it would mark the first time the classic Guns lineup has appeared onstage together since drummer Steven Adler jumped ship in 1990. But the bloodcurdling hatred that vocalist Axl Rose and guitarist Slash seem to have for each other could put a damper on things, which at one point went as far as Axl suing his former guitarist for allowing the representation of Guns in the Guitar Hero games.
At least there’s a silver lining: the ceremony should mark the first time the Beastie Boys have performed live since Adam “MCA” Yauch’s cancer diagnosis. But with MCA on the mend, it’s very likely that he takes the stage with his bandmates, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Mike “Mike D” Diamond in April. The band’s most recent album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, came out last May.
And with seemingly no controversy at all, Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis seems super psyched that his funk-punk kingpins got the call. “I called my dad and cried,” he said to Rolling Stone, “It really fills my heart with the reality of how much we love doing what we do, and how much Flea and I love each other. We have stuck together through thick and thin and we want to keep on trucking and continuing to do what it is we do.” In August, the band released I’m With You, their tenth studio album.
Also inducted were Donovan, The Small Faces/Faces, songwriter Laura Nyro, and producers Glyn Johns, Tom Dowd, and Cosimo Matassa. The ceremony will take place April 14 in Cleveland and will air on HBO in May.