Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Performers and an Additional Presenter for the 2012 Induction Ceremony

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April 12th, 2012

via press release:

CLEVELAND, April 12, 2012 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced an additional presenter and some artists who will perform at the 2012 inductions. The 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place Saturday, April 14 in Cleveland and debut Saturday, May 5 (9:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. In addition, HBO Signature will present a 24-hour marathon of the HBO special, beginning at midnight that same day, and concluding Sunday, May 6 at midnight.

The following artists are the newest additions to this year’s show:

Faces (Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood) to perform.


Donovan to perform with John Mellencamp.


Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform.


Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, along with Joe Bonamassa and Derek Trucks, to perform for Freddie King.


Darlene Love to perform for Don Kirshner.


LL Cool J, along with Chuck D, to induct Beastie Boys.


The full updated list of performers, presenters and inductees, with the newest announcements noted, includes:

Beastie Boys will be inducted by Chuck D (new addition: LL Cool J to present).


Donovan will be inducted by John Mellencamp (new addition: both to perform).


Faces will be inducted by Stevie Van Zandt (new addition: Faces to perform).


Red Hot Chili Peppers will be inducted by Chris Rock (new addition: Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform).


Laura Nyro will be inducted by Bette Midler.


Freddie King will be inducted by Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill (new addition: Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill to perform).


Don Kirshner will be inducted by Carole King (new addition: Darlene Love to perform).


Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns will be inducted by Robbie Robertson.


The Blue Caps, the Comets, the Crickets, the Famous Flames, the Midnighters and the Miracles will be inducted by Smokey Robinson.


More details about performances, additional presenters and special guests will be announced at a later date.

Leading up to the April 14 ceremony, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is hosting more than a week of special events, including: the grand opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s new Library and Archives; tours of the newly-redesigned museum interior space; the unveiling of the exhibition Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip; a Rock My Soul gospel tribute honoring Kirk Franklin; a free concert for Cleveland, featuring inductee George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, plus Kid Cudi and Kids These Days; live performances from inductee Bootsy Collins, as well asGirl Talk; and a special series of education programs designed to teach students across the nation about the history and impact of rock and roll.

  • Hillbilly

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Axl Rose, the mercurial front man for rockers Guns N’ Roses, has declined his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week saying he does not feel wanted or respected at the ceremony.

  • Melanie

    I read that about Axl, now it looks like the entire GNR group won’t be inducted at all according to this press release.

  • AppleStinx

    @Axl Rose

    Welcome to the jungle, sweet child o’mine. Or perhaps it’s Paradise City? Patience, there’s always the possible induction for your “solo career”… :lol: Why not do like Sally Field and pretend that they like you, really like you?

  • joel

    Boycott the self-appointed priests of the temples of syrinx.

  • lethargic

    Why do these releases always ignore the GnR part? They’re the big get of this year’s class and yet I’ve never seen then mentioned in any of the PRs. For those wondering, Green Day is inducting them.

  • Voltron

    I like the Chili Peppers and all, even though i still think they’re too recent to be inducted already, but there’s no way the Chili Peppers are in and KISS isn’t. it’s not even like more popular or commercial bands are bumping KISS out as if KISS wouldn’t bring interest or ratings for their broadcast. This seems very personal and there must be some relevant reason for their annual snub. Geez, we’re already inducting bands from the 90’s?

  • Melanie

    @Voltron, the Chili Peppers started back in the late 80’s, around 1985 or so is when their first album was released. I am happy for their induction, but I do agree that many others have been overlooked that should’ve already been in years ago. Seems like just about every year, especially in the last few, the inductees are always the subject of debate.

    Yes, I remember reading about Green Day inducting GNR, so I thought that was weird their names were not mentioned in this press release.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Since the H.O.F. ceremony moved to Cleveland, is “Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band” still the ‘house band’?

  • Ralph Hahn

    This will frighten you far more than any other Friday The 13th tale.

    In 17 years, Brit-Brit will be eligible for the R&R HOF.

  • Joseph

    I wonder why the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony isn’t broadcast live.

    Or are the TV people worried about a four-letter word being uttered??

  • Dan

    I think its crap that its not broadcasted LIVE! Its coming May 5th on HBO. they can broadcast all other shows with the four-letter-word/ What the Hell?

  • Hillbilly

    Axl Rose, frontman for 1990s band Guns N’ Roses, earlier this week refused to be honored by the Cleveland-based Rock Hall after years of bitter feuding with his former “Appetite for Destruction” bandmates, and his name earned catcalls from the crowd when it was mentioned.

    Read more here.

  • AppleStinx


    I was looking at some recent photos of Axl Rose. Dark glasses (hiding more plastic surgery?) and he looks bloated. I think that’s the real reason he didn’t go.

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