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Guns N’ Roses to be Inducted into the 2012 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys are among the acts to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.  Donovan, Laura Nyro and The Small Faces/Faces have also been named as inductees.

The late bluesman Freddie King will be inducted as an early influence.  The induction ceremony will be held in Cleveland on April 14.

Guns N’ Roses and Small Faces/Faces made it in their first nomination. The Beastie Boys, Donovan, Nyro and The Red Hot Chili Peppers have previously been nominated but failed to make the cut until now.

Guns N’ Roses crashed onto the scene 25 years ago with its debut album Appetite for Destruction, which according to the Recording Industry of America, has sold some 18 million copies.

The list of nonperforming inductees includes the late producer Don Kirshner and record producers and engineers Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns and Cosimo Matassa.

Tom Dowd worked on albums with artists such as Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane and Eric Clapton.  He died in 2002.  Glyn Johns has worked as a record producer with the Rolling Stones, Eagles and the Who while Cosimo Matassa was a driving force behind artists such as Little Richard and Fats Domino.

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