April 16, 2012


Rock Hall Induction Ceremony Cheat Sheet

Jeff Kravitz
Jeff Kravitz

On Saturday night, the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place in Cleveland’s Public Hall.  Here’s a quick cheat sheet of what went down during the star-studded five-and-a-half-hour show. And for a more in-depth, personal account of the ceremony from the point of a view of a hardcore Guns N' Roses fan, click here.

Opening Performance: Green Day, “Letterbomb.”

First Inductee: Freddie King

Presenter: Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill (ZZ Top)

Acceptance Speech: Wanda King (King’s daughter)

Performance: “Hideaway,” “Going Down” (Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Derek Trucks, and Joe Bonamassa)

Second Inductee: Donovan

Presenter: John Mellencamp

Acceptance Speech: Donovan

Performance: “Catch the Wind,” “Sunshine Superman,” “Season of the Witch” (with John Mellencamp)

Third Inductee: Laura Nyro

Presenter: Bette Midler

Acceptance Speech: Gil Bianchini (Nyro’s son)

Performance: “Stoney End” (Sara Bareilles)

Fourth Inductee: Don Kirshner

Presenter: Carole King

Acceptance Speech: Sheila Kirshner (Kirshner’s wife)

Performance: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (by Darlene Love)

Fifth Inductee: The Small Faces / The Faces

Presenter: Steven van Zandt

Acceptance Speech: Kenney Jones, Ian McLagen, Ronnie Wood

Performance: “All or Nothing,” “Ooh La La,” “Stay with Me” (Mick Hucknall on vocals)

Sixth Inductee: Beastie Boys

Presenter: Chuck D and LL Cool J

Acceptance Speech: Adam Horowitz (Ad-Rock), Mike Diamond (Mike D)

Performance: “No Sleep til Brooklyn,” “So What’cha Want,” “Sabotage,” “The New Style” (The Roots, Kid Rock, Travie McCoy)

Seventh Inductee: Guns N’ Roses

Presenter: Green Day

Acceptance Speech: Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Slash, Matt Sorum

Performance: “Mr. Brownstone,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Paradise City” (Myles Kennedy on vocals)

Eighth Inductee: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Presenter: Chris Rock

Acceptance Speech: Cliff Martinez, Jack Irons, Chad Smith, Flea, Anthony Kiedis

Performance: “By the Way,” “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,” “Give It Away”

Final Jam: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ronnie Wood, Slash, George Clinton, Billie Joe Armstrong, Kenney Jones, “Higher Ground”