Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

27th annual awards honoring music's rock legends is hot Cleveland

By Alyssa Toomey Apr 15, 2012 3:03 PMTags
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Sorry, Axl Rose, Cleveland's rocking on without you.

Music's famous stars jammed together last night at the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Cleveland's Public Hall.

Although the G N' R frontman vetoed the event and rejected his induction, his bandmates gave a whole new meaning to "the show must go on."

Guns N' Roses band members Slash, Duff McKagan and Steve Adler reunited to perform three hits on Saturday night, including fan favorites "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Paradise City." Myles Kennedy, a member of a side project with G N' R guitarist Slash, sang the lead vocals.

Axl wasn't the only rock star MIA—Beastie Boy's Adam "MCA" Yauch, who's been battling cancer since 2009, also announced he wouldn't be able to attend. In addition, Rod Stewart missed the star-studded show, as he came down with the flu earlier this week.

Although The Beastie Boys didn't rock out on stage, the group made history as the third hip-hop act to ever enter the hall—joining Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five and Run-DMC.

Before the ceremony began, Green Day kicked off the event with an epic performance of their hit "Letterbomb" and then inducted Guns N' Roses into the Hall of Fame.

"It's the best debut album in the history of rock and roll," Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong said of G N' R's Appetite For Destruction."

Despite the Axl controversy, Armstrong even found time to pay Rose a compliment, "He's one of the best front men to ever touch a microphone," Billie said while drawing boos from the crowd.

Along with Guns N' Roses and The Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Scottish folk icon Donovan, late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, British group the Small Faces (which later morphed into The Faces featuring Rod Stewart) and guitarist Freddie King were all enshrined.

Chili Pepper front man Anthony Kiedis paid tribute to the group's founding guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died of a heroin overdose in 1988:

"I think that he would have a good laugh," Kiedis said. "Yeah, it would certainly mean something to him as he cared deeply about music and the love of the brotherhood of being in a band and being a creative force in the universe, which he is and always will be a brother in everything we do."

John Mellencamp inducted folk legend Donovan and held up a copy of Donovan's Fairy Tale album he bought 47 years ago during his speech.

"I wasn't just listening to Donovan, I was living Donovan," Mellencamp said. "He was my inspiration. One of the original originals."

Donovan accepted his honor by reciting a poem inspired by his induction.

Congratulations to all the legends honored at the event. Keep on rocking!.