|Guns 'N Roses back in the bad, old glory days.|
My vote, like I have one, is for Guns N' Roses and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 class.
Especially G N' R.
Although the group's output wasn't much (a masterpiece and two great albums), there still hasn't been a better hard rock band to come along since the original lineup split in the mid-1990s.
And who knows?
Entrance into the hall could mean a real GNR reunion, which, face it, if you're a hard rock fan it only gets better if Led Zeppelin (with original members and Jason Bonham on drums) tours again.
Here's how I rank the new nominees:
1. Guns N' Roses
2. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
3. Eric B. & Rakim
4. Freddie King
5. The Small Faces/The Faces
6. The Cure
7. Rufus with Chaka Khan
9. The Spinners
Previous nominees up again are The Beastie Boys, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donna Summer, Laura Nyro, Donovan and War.
Beastie Boys, Chili Peppers and Nyro all probably deserve a place in the rock hall.
The act must have released its first single or album 25 years ago to qualify. More than 500 voters determine who enters the hall. New members will be inducted at a ceremony at the hall of fame in Cleveland on April 14.
—Undated/credited publicity photo.