RHCP: Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Date: April 14th, 2012

Location: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio

Details: 27th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction. Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted by Chris Rock.

RHCP members present were: Anthony Kiedis, Jack Irons, Cliff Martinez, Chad Smith, Josh Klinghoffer and Flea. John Frusciante did not attend (a place was laid for him at the table and shows in the placement settings) but Chad had previously said in an interview that Frusciante would not be present. James Slovak accepted the award on behalf of his brother Hillel. Jack Sherman and Dave Navarro were not invited (details below)

The videos are taken from the HBO show and I know from posts on Facebook that Anthony’s parents were upset that the part of Anthony’s speech where he thanked them was omitted; Blackie has kindly posted the words on Facebook for all to share:

“…Everybody else managed to squeeze in their ‘hi mom and dad’. Not surprisingly Anthony’s words were the most eloquent.

“I have a very wild father and a very mild mother and they both made me who i am. I’d like to thank my father for introducing me to the arts — for inspiring me to be a free thinker and to go find out myself. he’s a big part of mine today. And although my mother was much more sort of mild and laid back about the whole thing, i realized years later as I watched her suit up and show up for about 20 years going to work she taught me the lessons of what it is to suit up and show up and go to work every day and the gratification that comes with it. Thank you mom and dad — i love you both.”


The Induction:

1. Backstage

2. Chris Rock’s induction speech

3. The band accepting their awards

4. Live performance: By The Way, Give It Away & Higher Ground

Many thanks to CoolCleveland.

Following videos uploaded to Youtube by shavoflea- many thanks for taking the time to do this!


Excerpts from Interview with Jack Sherman:

Music’s most coveted honor will elude several former Red Hot Chili Peppers members when HBO airs April’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night.

The Hall recognized only three of the band’s eight guitarists — the late founding member, Hillel Slovak; John Frusciante, who quit in 2008; and current player Josh Klinghoffer — a decision “made by the Hall of Fame and our advisors,” Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, told Billboard in an email on Friday.

In an exclusive interview, guitarist Jack Sherman, who played on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 1984 self-titled debut and co-wrote some songs on the follow-up, “Freaky Styley,” said he was rejected last December when he appealed to former band members for inclusion.

Only original and current members, and those who played on multiple records qualified, Sherman claims he was told. It appeared to be a “politically correct way of omitting Dave Navarro and I for whatever reasons they have that are probably the band’s and not the Hall’s,” he said.

Navarro, who spent almost five years with Chili Peppers after longtime member Frusciante left in 1992, will also not be recognized. The guitarist joined the band to headline Woodstock ’94 and record “One Hot Minute,” their second highest-charting album up to that point (after 1991’s “Blood Sugar Sex Magik”). It spent 46 weeks on the Billboard 200 and peaked at No. 4. The band fired Navarro in 1998….

“It’s not a decision made by the band, it’s a decision made by the Hall of Fame,” Eric Greenspan, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ lawyer, told Billboard, adding, “They determine which of the members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, through their career, will get inducted.”

Frontman Anthony Kiedis commented on the Navarro decision to Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer before the induction ceremony.

“He’s in this other band, which may in fact be inducted itself one day, called Jane’s Addiction,” he said. “I think that’s the band closest to his heart, and that most represents his contribution to the world in terms of music. So maybe it makes more sense for him to be inducted one day as a member of Jane’s Addiction.”

Navarro; requests to his publicist for comment on his not being inducted went unanswered.

“It’s really painful to see all this celebrating going on and be excluded,” Sherman said. “I’m not claiming that I’ve brought anything other to the band… but to have soldiered on under arduous conditions to try to make the thing work, and I think that’s what you do in a job, looking back. And that’s been dishonored. I’m being dishonored, and it sucks.”


Many thanks, as always to Andjelka, Ana and Shalhevet for helping source photos.



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