On Wednesday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its newest inductees, which will include Guns N' Roses, the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Laura Nyro, Donovan, the Small Faces/the Faces and Freddie King. Nonperformer inductees include legendary engineer, producer and songwriter types: Cosimo Matassa, Glyn Johns, Tom Dowd and Don Kirshner.
In September the Rock Hall of Fame announced a list of 15 bands who were being considered for the 2012 induction ceremony. Donna Summer, Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, The Cure, Eric B. & Rakim, Rufus with Chaka Khan, War and the Spinners, will all have to wait another year for another chance to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's the first induction nomination for both the Chili Peppers and GNR.
While RHCP frontman Anthony Keidis mentioned that his father cried with joy upon hearing the news, bassist Flea articulated the band's appreciation: “It's really nice to be part of a community of musicians we respect. I feel very emotional about it, and it makes me reflective about our career. I think back about when we just started out as this little band and we kept it going, pouring our heart and souls into it. Pride isn't the healthiest thing, but I feel proud.”
Of course, now the question on everyone's mind is just what will go down at the induction ceremony in April of 2012 at the Rock Hall in Cleveland. The members of Guns N' Roses are notoriously at odds with one another after an acrimonious split in the mid-nineties, and at press time nobody can say for sure just who will represent the group at next year's induction ceremony. It's been every '90s metalhead's dream to see the original lineup reconvene onstage, and if there were ever a fitting opportunity to bury the hatchet, this is it.