Rock Hall Reactions: Beastie Boys Call It 'Crazy,' GNR Humbled, Donovan 'Pleased as Punch'
Rock Hall Reactions: Beastie Boys Call It 'Crazy,' GNR Humbled, Donovan 'Pleased as Punch'

Several newly announced inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have issued gleeful reactions, including members of The Faces, The Beastie Boys and a patriotic message marking Pearl Harbor Day from the current incarnation of Guns N' Roses.

"Congratulations to all the 2012 inductees and our sincerest thanks to the Hall's organizers, committee members and voting delegates who supported the GN'R induction -- it's a humbling honor to be recognized on this first ballot," the band said on Facebook. "While it's so easy to get hyped up on awards and recognition of the now, let's never forget the soldiers who fight for the freedom we enjoy. ESPECIALLY on this day 70 years ago at Pearl Harbor, the lagoon in Hawaii where the ultimate price was paid. REMEMBER December 7th is the day to commemorate the Japanese attack that drew the United States into World War II."

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

The Beastie Boys were in a thankful mood is well upon hearing the news of their first-ballot entry. They gave props to the hardcore bands they emulated in their early, pre-"Licensed to Ill" days.

"We're in the rock and roll hall of fame? That's f----n' crazy and awesome!" they said in a statement Wednesday. "While we are very proud of the music we make, we have to acknowledge the inspiration from our families, friends and musicians like the slits, bad brains, x-ray spex, the treacherous three and too many others to possibly name. And most of all, we give thanks to New York City and the world of musical influence it provided for us."

Singing troubadour Donovan told Rolling Stone that he was "pleased as punch" to finally be chosen, and name-checked his fellow inductees including some kind words for the late Laura Nyro.

"It's a singular honor, and I'm pleased as punch, as they say in England and Scotland. It's even more special because I'm going to be there with some of my favorite artists and musicians. The Faces are my old chums. We used to hang out. The Chilis, some of them appeared on my Rick Rubin album. Guns N' Roses, who I've come to know in California and did a couple of things with. Of course, the Beastie Boys. A very touching part of this, for me, is the inclusion of the lovely Laura Nyro, who left us too soon, of course. When I was younger, I followed her rise and her extraordinary work. It will be great to see her honored too."

Ian McClagan of The Faces (and Small Faces, also being co-inducted) told Billboard that some incarnation of the band will "absolutely" perform at the induction ceremony, taking place April 14 in Cleveland. "You can't stop us." Rod Stewart told Rolling Stone he will "definitely" make himself available to perform alongside surviving member of the rowdy rockers, including McClagan, Ronnie Wood and Kenny Jones.

MacLagan's bands will be joined in a Rock Hall class of 2012 by Guns N' Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys, along with the late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro and Donovan. The late bluesman Freddie King will be inducted as an Early Influence, while writer and producer Don Kirshner will receive posthumously the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers. Three producers -- the late Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns and New Orleans R&B icon Cosimo Matassa -- will receive The Award For Musical Excellence.

The April ceremony will be taped for broadcast by HBO, which plans to air it in early May.

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