On Saturday night, the class of 2012 will be inducted into the Rock & Roll hall of Fame. There are a couple of differences this year. The ceremony will be held in Cleveland, where the HOF is located, rather than New York City as in the past, and there are more than the usual amount of inductees. The HOF is making up for past omissions and inducting some famous backing bands (ie The Miracles & the Crickets) that were left out when their front man got inducted.
Some things don’t change though. It looks as if Guns & Roses will be the most controversial inductee this year as no one seems to know who is attending and if the band will perform a song or two.
The ceremony will be aired on HBO in May. These are the players:
GUNS N ROSES – inducted by Green Day
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS- inducted by Chris Rock
FACES/SMALL FACES- inducted by Stevie Van Zandt
DONOVAN- inducted by John Mellencamp
LAURA NYRO- inducted by Bette Middler
THE BEASTIE BOYS- inducted by Chuck D
FREDDIE KING (Early Influence)- inducted by Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top
BACKING BANDS: THE CRICKETS, THE MIRACLES, THE FAMOUS FLAMES, THE MIDNIGHTERS, THE COMETS & THE BLUE CAPS- inducted by Smokey Robinson
SIDEMEN (producers, promoters etc)
DON KIRSHNER- inducted by Carole King
COSIMO MATASSA, TOM DOWD, GLYN JOHNS- inducted by Robbie Robertson
Go to the R&R HOF website HERE