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THE FACES, GUNS N' ROSES, DONOVAN, & RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS ENTER ROCK HALL

4/16/2012

Three-fifths of the original lineup of Guns N' Roses, along with two latter-era members, performed at the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night (April 14th) in Cleveland. Founding guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler were joined by later drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Gilby Clarke for three songs -- "Mr. Brownstone," "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Paradise City" -- from the band's classic 1987 debut, Appetite For Destruction. Providing vocals in the absence of Axl Rose was Myles Kennedy, the singer for Alter Bridge and Slash's current solo band.

 

  • Sorum played drums for "Mr. Brownstone," while original drummer Adler took over for the other two songs.
  • In addition to Rose, who announced last week that he would not attend and was not accepting his induction, other missing members included original guitarist Izzy Stradlin and longtime keyboardist Dizzy Reed, who still plays in the current version of the band.
  • Stradlin issued a statement last week, thanking his bandmates, the Hall of Fame for "the acknowledgment of our works over the years," and the fans who "have supported Guns N' Roses from day one."
  • McKagan addressed Rose's absence during the band members' acceptance speeches, saying, "I don't know if it matters who's here tonight because it's about the music that band created."
  • Slash admitted that all the drama almost stopped him from attending, saying, "The fans are the ones who made it possible for us to get together tonight with all the adversity and everything that was going on . . . I was like f*** it, but (my wife) said 'Go and do it with the guys,' and I said 'You're right.'"
  • Guns N' Roses were inducted by Green Day, who performed to open the evening's festivities. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said in his induction speech, "The first time I saw Guns N' Roses on MTV I thought, one of these guys could end up dead or in jail . . . The thing that set them apart from everyone else is guts, heart and soul. And most importantly, they told the truth and painted a picture of the mad world that they lived in."

Pioneering New York rap/punk trio The Beastie Boys were inducted by LL Cool Jay and Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D., but it was bittersweet because Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch was unable to attend. Yauch was diagnosed with cancer of the salivary gland in July 2009, keeping a low profile ever since, and a representative for the band told Rolling Stone earlier in the day, "Mike (Diamond), Adam (Horovitz) and Adam are truly grateful for the honor but with only two of the three Beastie Boys attending, they will unfortunately not be able to perform at the ceremony."

  • Horovitz, known as King Ad-Rock, starting his acceptance speech with "We're the Beastie Boys from New York City. This is f***ing weird, everybody." He went on to thank his wife, his family and artists such as Bad Brains, Run DMC and Jam Master Jayfor inspiring him.
  • Diamond, a.k.a. Mike D., joined Horovitz in praising New York City -- with a special tip of the hat to Brooklyn -- while also thanking early producer Rick Rubin. Horovitz also read a letter of thanks from Yauch.
  • Although the Beasties were joined by longtime DJ Mixmaster Mike, they could not perform without Yauch. Instead, Kid Rock, Travie McCoy from Gym Class Heroes and the Roots' Black Thought-- clad in matching green tracksuits -- performed a medley of Beasties hits backed by Mixmaster Mike and the Roots, including "No Sleep Till Brooklyn," "The New Style," "So What'Cha Want," "Rhymin' & Stealin'" and "Sabotage."
  • Rock said before the show that the Beasties' first album, 1986's Licensed To Ill, was the soundtrack of his teenage years: "I used to say back when I was a kid, when people would say it was a fad and it was just a novelty, that I thought they were the -- I compared them to like the Led Zeppelin of my day and age, and I still stand by that. I think their music's gonna live a long, long time, I think there's still a lot of nooks and crannies in it to discover, when I listen to it I discover something new and great every time. It's just great music."

Chris Rock inducted the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the last act of the night to be inducted, saying, "If George Clinton and Brian Wilson had a kid, he'd be ugly -- but he'd be Red Hot Chili Peppers." He also recalled the first time he ever saw the band, saying, "They came out and I couldn't understand a f***ing word they said, and they had socks on their d***s!"

In addition to current members Anthony Kiedis on vocals, Flea on bass, Josh Klinghoffer on guitar and Chad Smith on drums, former drummers Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez were also inducted. Ex-guitarist John Frusciante did not attend. Late guitarist Hillel Slovak's brother accepted Hillel's induction. Flea choked up during his induction speech while remembering Slovak, saying that he was the one who told Flea to take up the bass.

Kiedis told reporters at the ceremony that the band still sees itself as a "going concern" 28 years after its first record was released: "We really care about being in the moment, in the now -- all of us do -- and we're very excited about playing music right now, just like we were in 1983. So it's a strange moment to stop and reflect, but it's very meaningful, it's full of love and crazy-ass memories and...but we're going somewhere. How can we stop and take an award when really we're just halfway there?"

  • The Chili Peppers performed three hits after their induction, including 1991 chestnut "Give It Away," 2002 smash "By The Way," and 2011's "The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie" from their latest album, I'm With You.
  • The Peppers' performance led smoothly into the traditional closing jam session, which featured the Peppers, Slash, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, George Clinton, Ronnie Wood -- who was inducted earlier in the evening as part of the Faces/Small Faces -- and others blowing out a vibrant version of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground."

Also inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday night were Donovan, Laura Nyro, the Small Faces/Faces, legendary bluesman Freddie King, concert impresario Don Kirshner and a number of sidemen for other artists. An edited version of the nearly five-hour event will be broadcast on HBO on May 5th.

Although a winning night for music fans everywhere, Saturday night's (April 14th) 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Cleveland's Public Hall was marred by the absence of three major performers. The Faces' Rod Stewart, who frankly has always found an excuse to to not reunite with the band in the past decade, backed out of the brief reunion performance at the 11th hour claiming he had the flu and was ordered by doctors to remain at home in Los Angeles. The Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch has been battling cancer for the past several years and sent his regrets in missing the ceremony, and Axl Rose issued a statement last week citing personal and political problems with his former Guns N' Roses bandmates, the Rock Hall, and the music business in general.

Steve Van Zandt inducted the Small Faces and Faces -- who flew in current frontman Mick Hucknall of Simply Red to perform -- and explained how magical it was for lightening to strike twice to the same band: "Not too many bands get a second life. In this case, I'm sure, it helped having not just one, but miraculously two white soul singers in the history of rock n' roll -- Steve Marriott and Rod Stewart (applause)."

Ron Wood took time out to mention the missing Faces bandmates, Rod Stewart and the late Ronnie Lane: "Thank you very much for inducting us all, and Rod Stewart in his absence, God bless him, he's still part of the family, y'know, and Ronnie Lane, his spirit lives on and we were his family anyway, so we'll accept his award for him, alright?"

The Faces performed three songs -- the Small Faces' Mod favorite, "All Or Nothing," "Ooh La La," and their signature tune, "Stay With Me."

Backstage, we asked Ron Wood about just how sick Rod Stewart was to miss his second induction into the Rock Hall: "We met someone who bumped into him at the end of a doctor's office -- so, he's sick enough not to be here, unfortunately."

Guns N' Roses founding guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler were joined by later drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Gilby Clarke for three songs -- "Mr. Brownstone," "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Paradise City" -- from the band's classic 1987 debut, Appetite For Destruction. Providing vocals in the absence of Axl Rose was Myles Kennedy, the singer for Alter Bridge and Slash's current solo band.

  • Sorum played drums for "Mr. Brownstone," while original drummer Adler took over for the other two songs.
  • In addition to Rose, who announced last week that he would not attend and was not accepting his induction, other missing members included original guitarist Izzy Stradlin and longtime keyboardist Dizzy Reed, who still plays in the current version of the band.
  • Stradlin issued a statement last week, thanking his bandmates, the Hall of Fame for "the acknowledgment of our works over the years," and the fans who "have supported Guns N' Roses from day one."
  • McKagan addressed Rose's absence during the band members' acceptance speeches, saying, "I don't know if it matters who's here tonight because it's about the music that band created."
  • Slash admitted that all the drama almost stopped him from attending, saying, "The fans are the ones who made it possible for us to get together tonight with all the adversity and everything that was going on . . . I was like f*** it, but (my wife) said 'Go and do it with the guys,' and I said 'You're right.'"
  • Guns N' Roses were inducted by Green Day, who performed to open the evening's festivities. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said in his induction speech, "The first time I saw Guns N' Roses on MTV I thought, one of these guys could end up dead or in jail . . . The thing that set them apart from everyone else is guts, heart and soul. And most importantly, they told the truth and painted a picture of the mad world that they lived in."

Die-hard Donovan fan John Mellencamp inducted his hero and recalled his glory days in the mid-'60s: "I bought my first Donovan record in 1965. I was in the seventh grade and back then we waited for every record and I waited for every album he made to come out so that I could learn to play those songs. I wasn't just listenin' to Donovan, I was livin' Donovan (applause)"

Donovan took the stage acoustically to perform his 1965 breakthrough hit "Catch The Wind" and his 1966 chart-topper, "Sunshine Superman" before being joined by Mellencamp for a full-band workout of 1966's "Season Of The Witch."

We caught up with Donovan backstage and asked him why the Rock Hall honor means so much: "Because music is in the life of everybody on the whole planet. Movies are not quite everywhere -- although, you might think so. But music has been my life and my music, I am so pleased to say has been the soundtrack to so many millions of people's homes and life and difficulties. And I am of the tradition that music is a healing art. And so, I've said my peace, I'm so happy to receive this."

  • Carole King inducted late music impresario Don Kirshner with the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers. King, who along with then-husband Gerry Goffin, along with such legendary writers as Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and Neil Sedaka & Howie Greenfield, got their break writing for Kirshner's publishing house, Aldon Music, fondly remembered her first boss: "Gerry Goffin and I were among the writers he signed to Aldon, and yes, we did write in cubicles, in what I call, the 'Not Brill Building' -- 1650 Broadway. When Donnie put his writers in competition to get the followup to a Top 10 hit, he knew that it would make us better writers, and make us write better songs. We all wanted to deliver the song that Donnie would call 'Great!' Which was one of his favorite words."
  • King and Darlene Love teamed up for a "Wall of Sound" rendition of Goffin & King's Shirelles' classic, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow."
  • Inductor Bette Midler raved about hearing the late singer/songwriter, Laura Nyro for the first time: "I heard that haunting imagery, that beautiful music, that beautiful sexy, little girl voice -- which had soul in it's DNA -- her inimitable piano style, I said, 'Where the hell did this come from?! Where did it come from?!' It was just unbelievable, this mix!"
  • Chris Rock inducted the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the last act of the night to be inducted, saying, "If George Clinton and Brian Wilsonhad a kid, he'd be ugly -- but he'd be Red Hot Chili Peppers." He also recalled the first time he ever saw the band, saying, "They came out and I couldn't understand a f***ing word they said, and they had socks on their d***s!"
  • In addition to current members Anthony Kiedis on vocals, Flea on bass, Josh Klinghoffer on guitar and Chad Smith on drums, former drummers Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez were also inducted. Ex-guitarist John Frusciante did not attend. Late guitarist Hillel Slovak's brother accepted Hillel's induction. Flea choked up during his induction speech while remembering Slovak, saying that he was the one who told Flea to take up the bass.
  • Kiedis told reporters at the ceremony that the band still sees itself as a "going concern" 28 years after its first record was released: "We really care about being in the moment, in the now -- all of us do -- and we're very excited about playing music right now, just like we were in 1983. So it's a strange moment to stop and reflect, but it's very meaningful, it's full of love and crazy-ass memories and...but we're going somewhere. How can we stop and take an award when really we're just halfway there?"
  • The Chili Peppers performed three hits after their induction, including 1991 chestnut "Give It Away," 2002 smash "By The Way," and 2011's "The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie" from their latest album, I'm With You.
  • The Peppers' performance led smoothly into the traditional closing jam session, which featured the Peppers, Slash, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, George Clinton, Ronnie Wood -- who was inducted earlier in the evening as part of the Faces/Small Faces -- and others blowing out a vibrant version of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground."
  • ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill inducted blues legend Freddie Kingin the Early Influences category.
  • Robbie Robertson inducted legendary producer/engineers Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd, and Glyn Johnswith the Award of Musical Excellence.
  • Smokey Robinson did the honors for the legendary backing groups the Blue Caps (Gene Vincent), the Comets (Billy Haley), the Crickets (Buddy Holly), the Famous Flames (James Brown), the Midnighters (Hank Ballard) and the Miracles (Smokey Robinson).
  • A two-and-a-half hour edited version of the ceremony will be aired on HBO on May 5th.

JUST OUR OPINION
Good for the Guns N' Roses members that did show up for the ceremony. They turned lemons into lemonade and managed to dispel all the bad vibes created by Axl Rose's self-serving and petty refusal to attend. Sadly, however, Adam Yauch's inability to attend with the rest of the Beastie Boys does not seem like a good sign for Yauch's health. We wish him, his bandmates and his family well.

WHAT DO YOU THINK??

  • Did the members of Guns N' Roses who did show up at the Hall of Fame ceremony do the right thing by performing?
  • Or do you think it's somehow wrong that they performed without Axl and Izzy?
  • Did Kid Rock, Travie McCoy and Black Thought do the classy thing by performing for the Beastie Boys?
  • Overall, did you pay attention to this year's ceremony? Do you plan to watch the broadcast on May 5th on HBO?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth and Ultimate Classic Rock -- agree or not?

mansnam wrote: "I don't care much about the Hall of Fame, but it would've been nice to see all original members play together and put their bulls*** aside. Axl should be inducted in the Divas Hall of Fame."

reddroxx wrote: "I think those guys did the best they could with a s***ty situation."

Michael wrote: "Props to the members who understand what Rock N Roll history is about. It takes real men to represent the Original G N R. Way to go guys."

Joey Garcia wrote: "Axl, this was your last chance to redeem yourself for all of your behavior problems & bs you put everyone through over the past 20 years. You just f***ed over all of the die hard fans that wanted 1 last show. You don't deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. You are a fading star....soon to be forgotten."

Annette wrote: "well done guys you done us all proud,you dont need axl and his selfishness anyway."

Tom Incantalupo wrote: "The Beasties were hometown homies who made my younger days a lot of fun.....Congrats Beasties!"

CHECK IT OUT: Watch fan-filmed footage of the closing jam:

Here's video from Cleveland.com of the Chili Peppers taking questions backstage:

CHECK IT OUT: The Faces with Mick Hucknall performing "Stay With Me" on Saturday night:

CHECK IT OUT: Donovan and John Mellencamp performing "Season Of The Witch" on Saturday night:

CHECK IT OUT: Guns N' Roses with Myles Kennedy performing "Sweet Child O' Mine" on Saturday night:

CHECK IT OUT: The Red Hot Chili Peppers-led closing jam of "Higher Ground" on Saturday night:

2012 Rock And Roll HOF - Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis On Their Induction
2012 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame -- Kid Rock On The Beastie Boys

Ron Wood On Rod Stewart Missing Rock Hall Induction
Donovan On Music Being A Healing Art
John Mellencamp On Donovan's Influence
Bette Midler On Laura Nyro
Carole King On Don Kirshner
Steve Van Zandt On The Faces
Ron Wood Rock Hall Speech
2012 Rock And Roll HOF - Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis On Their Induction

Read more at Loudwire Ultimate Classic Rock and Rolling Stone

Read more about the Beastie Boys at Rolling Stone and Loudwire and about Rod Stewart at Rolling Stone, Ultimate Classic Rock and Spinner and The Faces at Ultimate Classic Rock and Ultimate Classic Rock

Check out Green Day's Guns N' Roses induction speech at Blabbermouth, Loudwire and Ultimate Classic Rock  See their performance at Classic Rock

Read more about Guns N' Roses and Axl Rose at Ultimate Classic Rock and Noisecreep

Read more about the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Loudwire

Ultimate Classic Rock posts Freddie King's The Faces and Donaovan induction speech

Who should be inducted into the Rock Hall?  Take the poll at Ultimate Classic Rock


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