Guns N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys Headed to Rock and Roll

Topping the list of this year’s inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (at least in name recognition) are Guns N’ Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys as the 1980s get most of the love from the Hall. Additional recognizable names include the Small Faces/the Faces, songwriter Laura Nyro, British folkie Donovan and blues musician Freddie King. On the production side, Glyn Johns, known for his work with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and many more, got the nod, as did Tom Dowd, Don Kirshner and Cosimo Matassa. The induction ceremony will be held next April at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in downtown Cleveland.

Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, both of whom played with the Faces, will join a small number of musicians who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice. Rod Stewart was inducted as a solo artist in 1994, and Ron Wood was inducted in 1989 for his membership in the Rolling Stones. Eric Clapton is the only artist that has ever been inducted three times, for his work with the Yardbirds in 1992, his work with Cream in 1993 and in 2000 for his solo career.

While both Stewart and Wood played with the Faces, the band was originally formed as the Small Faces in 1965. That band disbanded in 1969, and the remaining members recruited Stewart and Wood from the Jeff Beck Group to form a new group, which they named the Faces. Because of the distinctive personnel and sound of each band, there has been some controversy as to whether the two should have been inducted as one group.

Nominees that were not inducted this year include notable names such as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Cure, Heart and Rufus and Chaka Khan.