It’s that time of the year again; the best and the baddest sounding artists (bad meaning good, of course) are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There is a whole week of events and parties during this induction season. The festivities begin on April 5, 2012 and culminate on April 14, 2012, when the actual Induction Ceremony is held.
This year marks the 27th Annual Induction Ceremony. The Museum was founded in 1995 to showcase some of the most influential musicians and music professionals. Here are some of the inductees for 2012.
Guns N’ Roses
Probably best known for their 1987 hard rock debut album Appetite for Destruction, and brushes with controversy, Guns N’ Roses has been making waves and headlines ever since. The original members consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers was formed in the 1980s by a group of talented high school friends; little did they know they’d become musical icons. Fans of the band looking for insight in their history should pick up lead singer Anthony Kiedis’ autobiography”Scar Tissue,” in which he outlines his experiences with drugs from an extremely young age. Chili Peppers’ forever energetic bassist, simply known as “Flea,” is Micheal Balzary. Together with drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer (who replaced John Frusciante), they create a unique alternative rock sound. The band’s most popular project to date is possibly Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991), but many will remember their innovative “Love Rollercoaster” video, which was done in cartoon style with cameos by then popular “Beavis & Butthead.”
The sound that the guys in this trio create would surely not fit in the traditional definition of rock music. The Beastie Boys are heavily influenced by rap and big bass, and their unique style has gone unrivaled since the band’s inception in the early 80s in Brooklyn. The members are Mike D (Michael Diamond, vocals, drums), MCA (Adam Yauch, vocals, bass), and Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz, vocals, guitar). Yes, they actually play instruments, but are best known for trading rhymes back and forth amongst each other. Their hit song “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” from their debut album License To Ill put them on the map instantly and permanently, and became the anthem of teenagers everywhere for over a decade.
Laura Nyro is the lone female inductee this time around, and passed away on April 8, 1997 at the age of 49. Bronx native Nyro is probably more well known through other artists performing her songs, namely Barbara Streisand and the 5th Dimension. She got her start as a 19-year-old after playing at the Monterey Pop Festival, which began her 25-year stint as an artist. She did record her own albums as well, the most notable are Eli and the Thirteenth Confession and New York Tendaberry.
Freddie King is another deceased inductee, born September 3, 1934 and passed away on December 28, 1976. As a top blues guitarist, Freddie King has been compared to the likes of B.B. King and Albert King, not because of the similar names, but because of his amazing musical ability. Many other blues guitarist like Eric Clapton and Peter Green consider Freddie King one of the greatest to ever pick up a guitar.
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