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Guns n' Roses, Heart Nominated for Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame

I know, I know - you don't care about the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. But here we are: Guns n' Roses was just nominated. And, when it comes time to count the ballots, I think they will get in and easily so. Here's the entire list of Rock Hall candidates for this new class:

Beastie Boys
The Cure
Eric B. & Rakim
Guns 'N Roses
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
Freddie King
Laura Nyro
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rufus with Chaka Khan
The Small Faces/The Faces
The Spinners
Donna Summer

Of course, GNR won't be the only band that gets in when the ceremony happens on April 14, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. I predict the Beastie Boys, Heart and the Spinners will get in too.

Let's think of the induction ceremony for a moment. If GNR gets in (and they will), it may well be a hot debacle. Remember when Van Halen was inducted? The Van Halen brothers didn't even show up and neither did David Lee Roth. Well, I predict WAY more bedlam amongst the GNR crowd... unless we're all stunned and the much-awaited reunion of original members happens right during the induction ceremony. GNR has had so many replacement members, it will be hard to argue who gets in and who doesn't. Obviously the original members and maybe Matt Sorum. Beyond Sorum, maybe Dizzy Reed. I don't think anyone else qualifies. Do you?

Reader Comments (24)

Well... If Joan Jett doesn't make it.. It will be a crime. None of the others are as deserving as Joan Jett. She has been at it for nearly 35 years and is still going strong. Her releases get stronger as the years go on. Still one of the best live shows around.
September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRock-It
Who are the Spinners ? how is Freddie King not in ? Is Eric Clapton ? How would he EXIST without Freddie King ?
September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Rose, Slash, McKagan, Stradlin, and Adler. Dizzy Reed, Sorum and Gilby Clarke. Anybody who hopped on after roughly '94 should be considered a for-hire Gunner only, whatever W.A.R. might have to say about it. Of course, that's not the way it will go down, so debacle it will be.
September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM.
Joan should not be in she is a one-hit wonder with a good background. While she may be influential I do not think she is a Hall Of Famer. The fact that KISS is not in shows how F'ed up this Hall is. GnR will not get in, the will put in RHCP, Eric B, Freddie King, and the Beastie Boys. Funny how the last 3 are not rock acts but oh well.
The RnRHF is a complete joke. Any Hall that has Lou Reed in twice is moronic.
September 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterscott whitt
Now here's a topic I can bitch about for days: The "Shlock & Roll Hall of Fame". They may have gotten it right precious few times (Sabbath, AC/DC, Van Halen, Metallica), but more often than not they have gotten it wrong: I don't completely dismiss the contributions to music from Abba, Madonna, Bee Gees, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Earth, Wind & Fire, et al, but the ROCK & ROLL Hall of Fame?? Seriously?!

It is difficult to take this organization seriously, when (off the top of my head) Rush, Deep Purple, Moody Blues, Bad Company, Journey, Foreigner, Chicago, and many, many more have never gotten in,or even nominated for the most part. Never mind the fact that most of our hard rock/metal/glam favorites will NEVER get in... Where's Judas Priest and the Scorpions for that matter? Blondie is in, but not Heart? Or even Pat Benatar? Unbelievable. I could go on.

As for this year's nominees (thanks for the heads up Allyson), I do see G'n'R getting in immediately, and it's their time. Really changed the landscape in the late 80's for hard rock and heavy music. Hell, even most critics liked 'em, and that, sadly, is the surest way to garner induction these days. As for who turns up, Slash better be there. No Slash, no signature G'n'R sound. Sorry Axl, it's that simple. Sure that Steven Adler will be there too. As Slash said on 'That Metal Show' last year, "Steven's there NOW...!"

Would also like to see Heart get in, they have been overlooked for years. Ann & Nancy can still deliver the goods today. Also think that Joan Jett should get in; she has proven longevity, plus she was pivotal for women in hard rock early in her career with the Runaways.

The Beasties have been nominated for years, and I am surprised that they are not a "shoe-in". Liked by critics and their rabid fans, and you can't discount the work done on behalf of Tibet. But I'm not exactly a fan, so it wouldn't bother me as much as say... KISS being continually ignored! I could see the Cure and Freddie King getting in as well, if not this year, then eventually. The Chili Peppers are still putting out decent music and touring today, and they will have to get in sometime.

Lastly, there's always a WTF? induction, so look for Donna Summer (been nominated for years), the Spinners, or even Rufus to get in. We shall see.
September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGator
weak picks to chose form and heart and joan jett should be in also but ya the rock n roll hall of fame is a joke when u start including rap and disco artists or just plain mediocre acts that made no impact while other true deserving rock acts are ignored, another few more years of useless picks and it will run itself irrelevant to rock fans everywhere, as for g n r seriously does anybody still really care about that soap opera let it die its over only when axel gores broke will a reunion happen not before.
September 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterglamrockerarchie
W. Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Duff McKagan
Steven Adler

... that is Guns N Roses. Nobody else played on Appetite for Destruction, nobody else should be acknowledged.
September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike
Mike, is Ron Wood, or Mick Taylor part of the Rolling Stones ?
September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
The RnR hall of fame is, and will continue to be, a joke until KISS and RUSH get in. 'Nuff said.
September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
I agree with Kenny, the RnR Hall is a complete joke. I also don't think Guns is a sure thing here. I feel that Axl's reputation may be a factor in delaying their entry.
September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
For those of you who do not believe Joan Jett should be inducted.. Here are the facts:

A #1 song on Billboard for 7 straight weeks.

Three albums reaching the top 20 on the Billboard charts. ("I Love Rock 'N Roll", "Album", and "Up Your Alley").

In Billboard alone: 3 top ten records, and 7 other Billboard top 100 entries is absolutlely staggering.

Her influence on a ton of past and current rock bands.

Founder of one of, if not the first all girl rock band on a major label.

35 years in the industry and still going strong.

No other woman in rock OWNS her masters and has controlled her own fate for so many years, after being rejected by the male controlled record industry.

Has written songs with other artists that have also entered the Billboard top 20 charts.

*** Not sure how many of the others on the list can top those facts.
September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRock-It
I like Joan and all but she shouldn't be in. Most of her hits are covers. I think the Runaways thing gets blown out of proportion. If you ask girl groups like the Donnas they say bands like Poison were more of an influence. Joan has had a tremendous career and kharma-wise she deserves it for the Evil Stig project, I don;t think she belongs.
I am of the thinking that a Hall of Fame should be more like the MLB than the NFL.
September 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterscott whitt
I'm with Mike. For the induction ceremony, keep it to the original line-up. Clarke and Sorum ain't no Taylor or Wood.

Boy, if the original line-up took the stage at the induction ceremony, that would be one of THE Biggest Redemption Stories of the Year.

Probably duzn't mean much to people anymore, especially in this current over-jaded angry America, but what a feeling of healing would come over the whole scene, especially for Adler, who is probably carrying the most pain of all of them.

And to see Axl and Slash on stage again, along with Izzy, would be the biggest thing to hit in decades! They're in because the R'n'R Hall of Fame needs somethin' big like that to happen.
September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Remember.. a couple of G'N'R's "hits" were also covers. Just not sure they are worthy.... Such a short career. The body of work just isn't large enough in my opinion.
September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRock-It
Joan Jett should be in, but not with the Blackhearts, but with her certifiably groundbreaking all girl group, THE RUNAWAYS. Joan, Jackie, Cherie, Lita, & Sandy (R.I.P.) Those girls paved the way for girls to ROCK, along with their forerunner. Suzi Quatro. (who should induct Joan, if she makes the cut). G n'R, for all their notoriety, were a 1 or 2 album wonder. Not really worthy, yet. Certainly not before the Faces, who they are kinda modeled on, and certainly not before KISS,Deep Purple,Rush,Randy Rhoads,the New York Dolls,Sweet, etc. Step back in line, Axl, let the real artists be nominated. Heart also deserve the nod. Should Gn'R make the cut, it should be Asshole Rose, Slash, Duff, Izzy, Adler, Sorum, & Gilby.
September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
The Hall of fame is a complete joke and not worth even discussing.
September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpence
OMG, this topic literally makes my head SPIN and gives me panic attacks! I can't get into how I really feel but the ONLY band that deserves the FULL NOMINATION this year is HEART! Long Overdue.

JOan Jett - really? what the heck? she had a few hit singles and waved the flag for female rockers back in the day, blah blah....does she deserve to be nominated for the hall of SHAME, NAH! I hardly think so.

GNR - we all knew as soon as they became eligible they would make the ballot. we all know at this point if the RRHOF can make the ceremony into HIT TV RATINGS than they will gun for it (no pun intented). If guns get the nom, i hope they completely pull a Sabbath and say F U! IF and that is a really STRONG STRONG IF....Guns decide to reunite to accept the award, I really hope it doesn't happen. the RRHOF doesn't deserve to be the event that makes these guys come together.

Again, passing on RUSH & KISS is just plain WRONG!

on the flip side, i do enjoy watching the ceremony (for the most part) each year. i like hearing the speeches and seeing other artists appreciate their heroes and celebrating the artists body of work.

we all feel the same way about what a joke the institution is.
September 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkari
Rush should NEVER get in! That truly is overrated HACK-ROCK!
September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Metalboy, once again you prove your stupidity.
September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
I am starting to think that Metalboy! is having a bad month. Usually fast and loose and funny (though opinionated and never short on digression), he is starting to sound like Peter Griffin and the "Grinds My Gears" segment. I get it. I think we all get it. You have a particular take on the realms of glam (and beyond). Heck, I personally like Triumph more than Rush. But hack-rock (no need to yell)? That wasn't even clever.

You are better than that. Show us some of that old spunk, receptionists be damned!
October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHim

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