HBO TO PREMIERE 2012 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY IN THE CARIBBEAN
Presented by HBO and premiering Saturday, August 4th at 9:00pm (EST) in the Caribbean, the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will give viewers front-row seats to one of the year’s hottest music events.
Recorded live on April 14th, the two-hour special features a parade of special guests and current Hall of Famers welcoming six new performer-category inductees – Beastie Boys, Donovan, Guns N’ Roses, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Small Faces/Faces – and honoring several other performing/producing pioneers.
Also to be inducted this year are the late blues singer/guitarist Freddie King (Early Influences Award) and the late “Rock Concert” TV pioneer Don Kirschner (Ahmet Ertegun Award), as well as New Orleans recording engineer/studio owner Cosimo Matassa, the late Atlantic Records engineer/producer Tom Dowd, and British engineer/producer/musician Glyn Johns.
Several renowned backup bands will additionally be enshrined in the performer category, honored for their indispensible contributions to the Hall of Fame artists they supported. These include The Crickets (Buddy Holly), The Famous Flames (James Brown), The Midnighters (Hank Ballard), The Comets (Bill Haley), the Blue Caps (Gene Vincent) and the Miracles (Smokey Robinson).
The 27th annual celebration will include video tributes and introductions by legendary musicians/fans, as well as performances by some of the new Hall of Famers, who will be joined onstage by a variety of musical icons for once-in-a-lifetime renditions of their best-known songs.
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air directly after the premiere of Where the Music is Always Alive: Jamaica Jazz & Blues 2012, a half-hour HBO Special showcasing the island and its most important musical event of the year.