Rock Hall announces Class of 2012 inductees

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the Class of 2012 inductees. Courtesy the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Only two of the artists who earned Goldmine readers’ votes will be inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012.

The Beastie Boys, Donovan, Guns N’ Roses, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Small Faces/The Faces will be inducted in April at a ceremony to be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Musuem in Cleveland.

In an online poll, Goldmine readers had selected Donovan and The Small Faces/The Faces, and also voiced their support for nominees Heart, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and Donna Summer — all of whom were selected on Goldmine’s official ballot.

Freddie King will be inducted in the Early Influence category, and Don Kirshner will be inducted in the sideman category as the Amhet Ertegun Award recipient.

A trio of behind-the-scenes experts will be inducted in the Sideman category via the Award for Musical Excellence. Recording engineer Cosimo Matassa, engineer and producer Tom Dowd and engineer and producer Glyn Johns all received the honor.


21 thoughts on “Rock Hall announces Class of 2012 inductees

  1. For Goldmine readers to leave off the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns N Roses is completely moronic. The Peppers and GNR are two super deserving honorees today getting elected into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Kudos too to well deserved The Faces/Small Faces, which by the way Rock Hall, is 2 different bands.

    Donovan? A boring folkie. Beastie Boys? Annoying white rappers from New Yak. Laura Nyro? Who? Really, Laura Nyro? Why?

    I’m sick of hard rock and heavy metal bands being ignored by the Rock Hall voters. Get your heads out of your asses. The following deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame effective ASAP: KISS, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Cheap Trick, Bad Company, Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, and many others.

  2. So counting the silly Small Faces/Faces combo as the two bands they really are, the Hall is inducting 7 performers this year?

    Speaking of the Faces, why are they being inducted? The Small Faces clearly deserved to be in years ago on artistic merit and influence, but I don’t get why the Faces are suddenly equally deserving of induction at the same moment in time. It also seems a bit unfair to the Small Faces as far as the induction ceremony performance goes, as their lead singer, the incomparable Steve Marriott is dead. I’d be surprised if Rod Stewart agreed to fill in for him and sing a Small Faces tune. So they could end up being inducted with no one performing any Small Faces songs at the ceremony. T’ain’t right.

  3. Dear Goldmine,

    Typographical alert: Please change the spelling to museum in the article.

    Thank you for posting the announcement.

  4. I only have 1 question: How the hell does Rush keep getting excluded for RnR HOF consideration? They more than exceed the 3 major requirements for election, so… what’s the deal?

  5. Nothing against her, but Laura Nyro, composer of few known songs and artist on fewer known discs, none of which comparably rock, is in RRHoF.

    Connie Francis, first very popular r’n’r female star, who arguably opened door for all female singles/groups and influenced many, doesn’t even receive nominations.

    “Not” to mention her history compared to sev’l current and previous supposedly r’n’r male singles and groups who have been chosen!

  6. So what is so special about Guns and roses? They were influential? They like any other hard rock hair band of the 80 and 90’s. The HOF is a joke.

  7. G & R , Chili Peppers and Beastie Boys ahead of The Moody Blues,
    Jethro Tull and Yes? No way. What a joke!
    The Moodys, Tull and Yes were ground breaking bands.

  8. Chili Peppers..? Gun’s N Roses.? Beastie Boys.? Lyra Nyro..? Please..! I think the Peppers and maybe Gun’s & Roses are HOF members of the future, but not at this time. I do believe there are other band’s that should go in first. Rush, Moodys, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Tull, Kansas, Yes, etc. etc. are among the many others that are deserving and are being bypassed, all have seniority, sells and longevity, and further more I do not believe Axel Rose deserves the honor due to his lack of respect to his fans, especially when he can not show up on time to his shows just for the spite of it…! I do not believe the Beastie Boys out rank any of the bypassed either, and Laura Nyro really is not a Rocker (But I respect here). That being said, I do congratulate all the inductees save for Axel for there place in history. Come on Hall… get it right… Please…!

  9. Once again, canadian rockers, The Guess Who and/or Burton Cummings have been overlooked. This current list is really a joke, in my humble opinion.

  10. At the induction ceremony, Rod Stewart should limit his lead vocal contribution to just Faces. With Marriott at the helm, Small Faces was an altogether different band, even with 3 common members between the two bands. Small Face (+ Face) keyboardist & Texas transplant Ian “Mac” McLagan has developed a pretty good set of pipes over the years. His regular live set in Austin features SF songs, so Mac would seem to be the best choice to front for Small Faces.

  11. while i am pleased to see donovan in the mix i cannot believe the moodys were snubbed again!
    this wonderful band truly are the susan lucci of rock and roll…
    they have the talent. they have the ability. get them in the hall, already!

  12. I don’t “acknowledge” this so called r&r hall of fame but it’s nice to see truly deserving “Veterans” like Comsimo Matassa (Father Of The New Orleans Sound), Tom Dowd (Great Atlantic Records engineer & producer) and Don Kirshner who laid a lot of the groundwork for producers, writers and performers beginning in the early days, get recognition!

  13. Oh my freakin’ god! Don Kirshner gets inducted as a sideman while the Monkees remain on the outside looking in? How incredibly ironic and on the part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, how utterly hypocritical! Of course, the Monkees weren’t even considered for the 2012 induction and are unlikely to be considered for as long as Jann Werner breathes. But, of those who did make it, congratulations to them and for those who may say artists like Laura Nyro and Donovan aren’t true rockers, so what? The R&RHoF isn’t going by your definition or my definition as to who is and who isn’t rock. There are some artists in there I don’t consider to be rock and roll but then, you have to consider the standard being used. Many of the artists and bands some of us may object to on the grounds of not being rock have to remember the time in which they had their hits. It’s indefensibly wrong to use the 2011 standard of who is and isn’t rock to object to an artist or band who was considered rock from earlier times. Rock music has always been an evolving music form but the evolution shouldn’t take away from the earlier acts just because some think rock and roll music begins and end with those who can play the loudest on their recordings or in concerts. Or that only the artists they consider to be rock are rock and no one else is. That’s Jann Wenner’s hypocritical game and people who have a problem with his choices shouldn’t be emulating him by doing the same thing. It’s not the fault of the artists and bands who were nominated and will be inducted that your favorites or my favorites didn’t make the cut. They simply didn’t get enough votes. So, don’t slam those who did and remember, maybe it’ll happen the next time your favorite artist or band receives a nomination.

  14. Odd list but congrats to the inductees.All those female nominees and one gets in? That stinks.To those who think only white guitar rock should go in,check the history of the music including Rock concerts and movies.It has always been a diverse art form.That was part of the reason for the resistance to it!

  15. An absolute joke – I hope to live long enough to celebrate someday with the Moodies, the Guess Who, and Chicago.

  16. I think that it is all politically driven. I honestly believe that Def Leppard should clearly be in there. They have been together for a long time and they are still rockin when others are not.. And Doug I agree with you too. I would love to see the Moodies in there.

  17. Here are the top 30 vote-getters at:
    Only Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns n’ Roses and Donovan made the Top 30.

    1) Rush

    2) Chicago

    3) Yes

    4) Deep Purple

    5) Doobie Brothers

    6) Moody Blues

    7) Dire Straits

    8) The Cars

    9) Electric Light Orchestra

    10) Jethro Tull

    11) Pete Townshend (solo)

    12) Heart

    13) Journey

    14) Steve Miller

    15) Carole King

    16) Styx

    17) Kiss

    18) Jim Croce

    19) Peter Gabriel (solo)

    20) Squeeze

    21) Red Hot Chili Peppers

    22) Supertramp

    23) Stevie Ray Vaughan

    24) Badfinger

    25) Hall & Oates

    26) The Guess Who

    27) Foreigner

    28) Guns N’ Roses

    29) Donovan

    30) Cat Stevens

  18. Can’t understand the Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and Guns & Roses. RHCP are an OK band, not exactly groundbreakers or have people walking around humming their tunes, maybe at a later date but now?? Beastie Boys are a joke, both as a “band” and as inductees. Sort of like if “Animal House” won an Oscar. Guns & Roses????? Screeching vocals over a wall of noise, what did they release, 3 albums? Not bad for a band of crackheads but I can only think of one song they did, and let’s not forget what an incredible live act they are. They must hold the record for cancelled shows. No way any of these deserved to get in over Joan Jett this year, also The Cure, Heart deserved better than the bands I mentioned. And the entire anti-prog bias is past being a joke – Yes, Moody Blues etc., the Genesis induction was a crumb being tossed to prog fans, but they shouldn’t have been first either. It seems more like the vote each year is more about creating controversy than actually honoring deserving artists.

  19. Oh, I used to be disgusted
    And now I try to be amused.

    [With apologies to Elvis Costello and his composition “Red Shoes”. These two lines express my sentiments on the legitimacy of the R’n’R HOF, Grammy Awards, and institutional music industry recognitions. Try to simply enjoy the artists and music you love; your life will be far richer than looking for external validation of your tastes.]

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