Guns N’ Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers are to be inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame next year.
The rock groups will be joined by Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood’s bands Faces/The Small Faces, rappers Beastie Boys and singer/songwriters Donovan and Laura Nyro.
Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis heard the news while on tour in Europe, and said he got upset when thinking about former guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died of a heroin overdose in 1988.
He told Rolling Stone magazine: “I called my dad and cried. The most emotional part for me was thinking about Hillel Slovak.
“It’s really kind of his induction that I’m the most excited about. He’s a beautiful person that picked up a guitar in the 1970s and didn’t make it out of the 1980s, and he is getting honoured for his beauty.”
Guns N’ Roses were the only act to be inducted in their first year of eligibility, but a huge question remains as to who and how they will accept their honour, as Slash and Axl Rose – two key members of the band’s original line-up – are at war with one another.
Axl was coy when asked about a potential reunion recently, saying: “I don’t know what they would ask of me. It’s up in the air.”
Original drummer Steven Adler lives in hope of the original members putting their differences aside, saying: “You figure that time heals all wounds, but some people just really hold a crazy grudge. Can’t we just be f***ing people who played music and accomplished a huge goal in their life and just play a couple songs? It’s only rock and roll, my god! It’s not rocket science.”
Axl continues to perform with Guns N’ Roses, but is the only original member of the band.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, on April 14, 2012.