This Saturday night is the 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland and a number of artists have been confirmed to perform along with the addition of Chuck D to induct the Beastie Boys along with LL Cool J.
The following is the press release updating Saturday night’s festivities:
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces an additional presenter and some artists who will perform at the 2012 Inductions. The 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 14 in Cleveland and premiere on HBO on Saturday, May 5 (9-11:30 p.m. EST/PST). In addition, HBO Signature will present a 24-hour marathon of the HBO special, beginning at midnight that same day, and concluding Sunday, May 6 at midnight.
The following artists are the newest additions to this year’s show:
Faces (Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood) to perform
Donovan to perform with John Mellencamp
Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform
Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top along with Joe Bonamassa and Derek Trucks to perform for Freddie King
Darlene Love to perform for Don Kirshner
In addition, LL Cool J, along with Chuck D, to induct the Beastie Boys
The full list of currently announced performers, presenters and inductees with the newest announcements noted is below:
Beastie Boys will be inducted by Chuck D (new addition: LL Cool J to present)
Guns N’ Roses will be inducted by Green Day
Donovan will be inducted by John Mellencamp (new addition: both to perform)
Small Faces/The Faces will be inducted by Stevie Van Zandt (new addition: The Small Faces/Faces to perform)
Red Hot Chili Peppers will be inducted by Chris Rock (new addition: Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform)
Laura Nyro will be inducted by Bette Midler
Freddie King will be inducted by Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill (new addition: Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill to perform)
Don Kirshner will be inducted by Carole King (new addition: Darlene Love to perform)
Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns will be inducted by Robbie Robertson
The Blue Caps, the Comets, the Crickets, the Famous Flames, the Midnighters and the Miracles will be inducted by Smokey Robinson
More details about performances, additional presenters and special guests will be announced at a later date.
Leading up to the April 14th ceremony, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hosts more than a week of special events, including the grand opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s new Library and Archives; tours of the newly-redesigned museum interior space; the unveiling of Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip exhibition; a Rock My Soul gospel tribute honoring Kirk Franklin; a free concert for Cleveland featuring inductee George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, plus Kid Cudi and Kids These Days; live performances from inductee Bootsy Collins as well as Girl Talk; and a special series of education programs designed to teach students across the nation about the history and impact of rock and roll.
For more information regarding the inductees and 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions, visit rockhall.com.
The Rock Hall has also made the decision to move forward with the induction of Axl Rose as part of Guns N’ Roses, even though he asked not to be included.
Spokesman Lauren Bishop issued a short statement, simply saying “We are sorry Axl will not be able to accept his induction in person.”