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By Jef Dinsmore on Apr 11, 2012 to HBO Specials

The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is fast approaching and you can bet that Cleveland Ohio and HBO are going to be rocking it! The actual ceremony, where presenters welcome to the stage the incoming inductees to the Hall, will be held on Saturday, April 14 at the Cleveland Public Hall. HBO will air an edited version of the induction & concerts premiering May 5.

What follows is a list of the 2012 Inductees and their presenters.

Guns N’ Roses – presented by Green Day; Red Hot Chili Peppers – presented by Chris Rock; Donovan – presented by John Mellencamp; Laura Nyro – presented by Bette Midler; The Small Faces/Faces – presented by Stephen Van Zandt; Beastie Boys – presented by Chuck D; The Crickets – presented by Smokey Robinson; The Famous Flames – presented by Smokey Robinson; The Midnighters – presented by Smokey Robinson; The Comets – presented by Smokey Robinson; The Blue Caps – presented by Smokey Robinson; The Miracles – presented by Smokey Robinson; Freddie King – presented by Billy Gibbons & Dusty Hill (of ZZ Top); Don Kirshner – presented by Carole King; Cosimo Matassa – presented by Robbie Robertson; Tom Dowd presented by Robbie Robertson; Glyn Johns – presented by Robbie Robertson.

Now I realize not everyone knows all of these people about to be acknowledged by the Hall of Fame but each one has left their influence on the raucous sound we call rock and roll. The more recent performers, of course, are the most recognizable. They are also the most questionable of the honorees by some. Are Axel Rose, Flea  and Adam Yauch and their bandmates worthy of the honor? That question is raised about someone every year. But I say, hey, you know their music, right?

The least known are the people behind the scenes, which in this list is Kirshner, who created  and promoted such groups as The Monkees;  Matassa, master recording technician during the birth of the music genre; Dowd, a recording artist for many a band and Johns, producer and engineer of many groups a part of the British Invasion. Then, there are the classic groups performers from the early years; Note that Smokey Robinson introduces six such acts to the Hall including the group he was front-man for, the Miracles. Donovan, Nyro and King and the Small Faces also made their musical marks as well adding their flavorings of folk, blues and jazz to the driving beat.

Now even if just a few of their songs get played at the HBO covered concert it will prove to be quite a jam. Exactly which moments get to air is unclear as Cleveland has a number of concerts appearing a throughout the week leading to the ceremony. One concert that sounds cool to me is the Appetite for Induction Concert.  Just what might we hear? Let’s see, how about “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Under The Bridge,” “Hurdy-Gurdy Man” and “Sabotage ”  for starters staged along side the classic sounds of Buddy Holly’s The Crickets and Bill Hailey’s The Comets…oh yeah…and the scorching hot guitar of Slash!

I, for one, am going to be front row with the volume up when HBO airs all the highlights on May 5th.  Who knows, if they do “November Rain” I might even break out a lighter.

Those about to rock-n-roll, we salute you!

  • Jac Roblet

    About The Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame
    I took a look at the list of inductees and there are
    many who deserve to be there and one hell of a list of people,not that their not
    worthy…BUT it does say Rock N Roll in the title…one of my biggest questions
    is how did Run Dmc get in….to me that would have been like letting someone in
    to the British Invasion club. It should ALL be Rock N Roll in the Hall in
    Cleveland….and if people would just create their own Hall of Fames….
    Rock N Roll is Rock N Roll….!!!!
    And to think that run dmc deserves to be there instead of The Moody Blues or YES
    or Rush…and many more we all Love. Cmon…

    PS…I have been told by others who write me back and say New York should not be
    included because it would be a money maker for the Cleveland Area …which it
    needs…:)Bring Rock N Roll control back to Cleveland!

    NOT in the Rock n Roll hall of Fame???? YesEmerson, Lake and PalmerThe Moody BluesElectric Light OrchestraTodd RundgrenRushKing CrimsonKissStyxChicagoPeter FramptonHeartForeignerJourneyPat BenatarFoghatJethro TullDeep PurpleBad CompanyHumble PieKansasFreeBostonPeter And Gordan
    CAN YOU BELIEVE IT???????????

  • Charlie Harwood

    “Are Axel Rose, Flea and Adam Yauch… worthy of the honor? That question is raised about someone every year. But I say, hey, you know their music, right?”

    What I like moste about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as opposed to professional sports Halls, is that artists are inducted if they have had any impact whatsoever on the music world.

    Sports Halls are all about the stats and production over years and years. Expert journalists cast their votes and only a few select players are inducted each year. This greatly enhances the overall quality of the Hall of Fame, as only the best of the best are included. As a result, some players are snubbed because they lack the overall statistics. Music is different, however, and I like the fact that they are so leanient with thier inductees.

    Beastie Boys were pioneers in the hip-hop industry. They started the trend of rapping over rock and roll music and License to Ill was the first hip-hop album to top the Billboard 200. Also, they showed the world that it was okay for white people to like hip-hop. Not to mention they were instrumental in the early success of Def Jam records. They may not hold the record for the most albums sales, but their impact is undeniable.

    The same thing goes for the other so-called “questionable” inductees. There is no set system to measure how impactful one artist is over another. This main thing is that an artist left a footprint on the music world that can never be washed away. There is no bias in the Rock Hall. If you had an impact, you’re in. That’s how it should be.

    • Agree Charlie. Can’t wait to watch the tribute. HBO tweeted that there will be a special memorial.

      • Charlie Harwood

        I saw that and i’m happy they decided to do it! The ceremony was filmed April 14 and Yauch wasn’t able to attend due to his worsening condition. Sad day for music lovers.

  • Jefd

    I will use this Comment Box to update this post. —

    Axl Rose of Guns N Roses has thrown a hissy fit and states that he will not attend the Induction Ceremony and, in fact, does not even want to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at all.

    In a quote to the LA times he says “I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf.”

    I guess HBO won’t be showing us a GNR reunion segment.

    • Hans

      AFD was such a monumentally influential album on me musically. It’s a shame that Axl can’t put the past behind and just accept the honor. If the Police did it, Gn’R can too.

    • Charlie Harwood

      I actually kind of agree with Axl. Some bands, like Rush for instance, have been criticized by the media for so long that I can see why it would be difficult for them to accept the award. Rush still hasn’t been inducted even though they are some of the most talented musicians around and have been doing it for 40 years!

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