Is “Paradise City” actually... Cleveland, Ohio?
Guns N’ Roses are among the 2012 inductees to Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, announced Wednesday. The Los Angeles hard rock heroes will be honored alongside Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan, hip-hop pioneers the Beastie Boys, California funk-punks Red Hot Chili Peppers, late songwriter Laura Nyro, and the Small Faces, the classic British rock band that later dropped the “Small” to become the Faces.
The Hall will also present its “Early Influence” award to late blues guitarist Freddie King and its “Ahmet Ertegun Award” to the late producer Don Kirshner, whose work earned him the nickname “The Man With the Golden Ear.” The Hall’s “Award for Musical Excellence” will go to New Orleans studio engineer Cosimo Matassa, late Atlantic Records producer Tom Dowd and British producer Glyn Johns.
The 27th annual induction ceremony will take place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on April 14 and a telecast of the event is set to air on HBO in May.