The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today announced its 2012 inductees: Guns N' Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys and the Small Faces, Laura Nyro and Donovan will be inducted at the 27th annual ceremony on April 14 in Cleveland. Other honorees include late bluesman Freddie King, music impresario Don Kirshner, producers Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns and New Orleans R&B icon Cosimo Matassa.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' upcoming "I'm With You" album is available to stream in full via the iTunes store, along with a $12.99 presale of the band's tenth release, which drops next week. Seven songs from the band's new album made it into the punk-funk icons' 90-minute set Monday night at a private show at West Hollywood's Roxy Theatre.
The moniker "King George" has arguably never been more fitting. George Strait, whose first single hit the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1981, leads the pack with eight nominations going into next month's Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.