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Rock Hall welcomes 12 inductees into its ranks

September 6th, 2012

w outside the south right here in Cleveland.  The Plain Dealer’s Jane Scott became the first ever established rock journalist in 1962.  Established artists such as Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Nine Inch Nails, Macy Gray, The Black Keys, and Marilyn Manson all got their start right here in Cleveland.  In fact, the term “rock ’n’ roll” was coined by Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed in 1951. These are just small details as to why our very own Cleveland is known as the rock capital of the world.  As we all know, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is Cleveland’s main attraction and claim to fame. Cleveland is incredibly lucky to have high caliber artists and inductees, such as The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, know and love  the city. And with an induction every year, the list keeps on growing.

Just last week, on April 14, The Rock Hall inducted a whopping 12 new bands and artists.

With an induction requirement of at least 25 years since the release of their first record, these artists have been rocking for quite some time. With Guns N’Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Small Faces/Faces and the Beastie Boys being among the more popular inductees this year, the others include Donovan, Laura Nyro, The Crickets, The Famous Flames, The Midnighters, The Comets, The Blue Caps and The Miracles.

Guns N’Roses, the ‘80s band famous for their bad-boy image, is mostly given their Hall of Fame title thanks to their megahit album “Appetite for Destruction” that debuted in 1987.  The Rock Hall refers to this album as “a pivotal moment in rock history.”  The album is most famous for the massively popular single, “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” which was one of the earliest singles by a hard rock band to reach number one on the charts. “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City” and “Mr. Brownstone” were among the other album hits to reach the top 10.

Though started in 1983, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are still highly popular today.  With lead singer Anthonly Kiedis and bassist Flea as the founding fathers of the Chili Peppers, the group went through an astonishing 10 band mates before settling on the current other half, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer.  Aside from jumpstarting their fame with nude performances including strategically placed socks, the band has since put out 10 albums, the most famous being “Californication” (1999) and “Stadium Arcadium” (2006).

The band mate rollercoaster of The Small Faces/Faces began with the start of The Small Faces in 1965.  These mod rockers known for their psychedelic vibe, had 12 hits on the British Billboard charts, but never became popular in America.  In 1969, singer/guitarist Steve Marriott was replaced by both Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, a current member of the already-inducted Rolling Stones.  The band’s name was then reduced to Faces.  Faces went on to make four successful studio albums, to go with their alcohol-fueled shows and punk prototype.  When Faces fell apart in 1975, Steve Marriott reunited the original Small Faces who went on to create two more albums.

With a reputation for partying, the Beastie Boys proved that rap has no color.  As the first white rap group, they came in with a bang introducing their insanely popular debut album “License to Ill” in 1986.  Among the popular hits off the album were: party anthem “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!),” “She’s Crafty,” “Paul Revere,” “No Sleep Til Brooklyn,” “Girls” and “Brass Monkey.”  The Beastie Boys have gone on to create seven more albums since their debut, never failing to keep their fans “partying” to their music with each release.