GUNS N' ROSES is among the artists that will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at its 27th annual ceremony on April 14, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio, home to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum. Also scheduled to be inducted are RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, BEASTIE BOYS, THE SMALL FACES/FACES, Donovan and Laura Nyro. Freddie King well enter the Hall Of Fame as an Early Influence, while the late producer and TV host Don Kirshner will receive the Ahmet Ertegun (nonperformer) Award and producers Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns will receive the Award For Musical Excellence.
The current lineup of GUNS N' ROSES has posted the following collective statement on Facebook regarding the upcoming induction:
"So close yet still far away from the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all the 2012 inductees and our sincerest thanks to the Hall's organizers, committee members and voting delegates who supported the GN'R induction it's a humbling honor to be recognized on this first ballot."
Facebook and Twitter statements from other current and former members of GUNS N' ROSES follow below.
Current GN'R guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal: "25 years of great music, great shows, and great fans :) Thanks to all who made it happen!"
Current GN'R guitarist DJ Ashba: "My sincerest congratulations to Axl Rose and everyone else who has been apart of this band's history. Time to deck the halls with destruction!"
Former GN'R guitarist Slash: "Thanks for all the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame mentions. It's quite an honor to be inducted. Cheers!"
Former GN'R bassist Duff McKagan: "Thanks to all of you for overwhelming number of 'congratulations' that I have received today. Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame? Life is good! Killer!"
Former GN'R drummer Steven Adler: "Thank you all for your support in making this happen. It really means a lot to me. I am happy and excited to be a part of this!"
The ceremony will be taped for broadcast by HBO, which plans to air it in early May. Like the 2009 inductions, which were also held in Cleveland, the event will be open to the public; tickets go on sale for Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame + Museum members at 10 a.m. on December 16, and to the general public at 10 a.m. the next day. Tickets are $50 and $100, with a two-ticket limit on all orders. More information is available at www.rockhall.com.
GUNS N' ROSES was nominated in its first year of eligibility.
Acts become eligible 25 years after the release of their first record.