Published on April 17th, 2012 | by Byron McGuire
Guns N’ Roses, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Beastie Boys Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
This past weekend, Guns N’ Roses, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. To the surprise of nobody, Axl Rose kept on his promise, and did not show up to the ceremony.
Along with the inductions, the ceremonies also include performances from the said bands throughout the night. Since Axl wasn’t there, Alter Bridge’s lead vocalist, Myles Kennedy helped the remaing Guns N’ Roses perform their hit songs, “Mr. Brownstone,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” and “Paradise City.”
Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer and guitarist for legendary punk band Green Day did the honors of inducting the Axl-less Guns N’ Roses into the hall. Quoted as saying, “”The first time I saw Guns N’ Roses on MTV, I thought, ‘One of these guys could end up dead or in jail.’”
Popular comedian Chris Rock introducted the Chili Peppers next. Joking, he said, “A lot of people are disappointed that Axl Rose isn’t here, but let’s face it, even if he was going to be here, he still wouldn’t be here yet.”
Chris Rock did not join the Chili Peppers on stage, though the Chili Peppers did have Billie Armstrong of Green Day, George Clinton of funk band Parliament/Funkadlic and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones do a rendition of their Stevie Wonder cover “Higher Ground”
Finally, the last band of the night was the Beastie Boys. Because the Beasties couldn’t perform, they had a band do their songs. Hip hop super band the Roots, Kid Rock, and Travie McCoy took the stage instead. They performed a medley of the trio’s hits, including “So What’cha Want” and “Sabotage.”
The clip of the Chili Peppers with special guests playing Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground is posted.