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Published: 2012/04/15

The Faces, Chili Peppers, Slash, George Clinton, Derek Trucks, The Roots and More Celebrate the Rock Hall Class of ’12

Photos courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Facebook page

Beastie Boys, Guns N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Faces/Small Faces, blues guitarist Freddie King and Donovan were among the acts officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night. The ceremony and all-star jam session took place in Cleveland, OH, not far from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. The Rock Hall plans to bring their induction ceremony back to Cleveland every three years for the foreseeable future.

In the weeks leading up to the ceremony, most press focused on who wasn’t attending the ceremony: Guns N Roses frontman Axl Rose published an extended rant about why he won’t attend, former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and former Guns ‘N” Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin both declined their invitations and Faces frontman Rod Stewart pulled out at the last minute due to the flu. Beastie Boys co-founder Adam “MCA” Yauch, who has battled cancer since 2009, was also unable to attend. But several musicians did reunite during the night. Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan and drummer Kenny Jones ran through the Faces staples “Ooo La La” and “Stay With Me” as well as the Small Faces’ “All or Nothing” with Small Faces/Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall. Likewise, former Guns N Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Steven Adler played a short set of classics with the help of guitarist Gilby Clarke and Slash’s current singer Myles Kennedy. Meanwhile, Kid Rock, Travie McCoy (Gym Class Heroes) and members of The Roots offered a Beastie Boys medley while ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa and Derek Trucks shared the stage for Freddy King’s “Hideaway” and “Going Down.” Despite an announcement that My Morning Jacket’s Jim James would perform with Donovan at the induction ceremony, the singer appeared to be absent from the festivities. Instead, Donovan read an original poem about his induction, played “Catch the Wind” and “Sunshine Superman” and sang “Season of the Witch” with John Mellencamp.

Red Hot Chili Peppers closed the show with a short performance. In addition to the band’s current lineup, former Chili Peppers drummers Cliff Martinez and Jack Irons sat in during the three-song segment. Ronnie Wood, Kenny Jones, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Slash and event attendee George Clinton then joined the Chili Peppers onstage for the evening’s finale, the Chili Peppers’ “Knock Me Down.”

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