When Axl Rose takes the stage at the Covelli Center in Youngstown, Ohio, this evening, he'll have even more reason to smile -- he and his band, Guns N Roses have been elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Along with GNR, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Donovan, Laura Nyro, The Small Faces, Freddie King, Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns, and producer Don Kirschner were all elected into the 2012 class.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony may be extra special this year, not only because it is returning to its home in Cleveland, but also due to the likelihood that the original GNR lineup could take the stage again for their first performance together in decades. The original lineup hasn't played together since 1990, and the Rock Hall induction ceremony has served to bring bands that have split up back together before, if only for one last performance together.
Tickets for the induction ceremony to be held on April 14, 2012, in Cleveland will go on sale to the public beginning December 17. No one can say for sure whether or not Axl and Slash will let go of their grudges and take the stage together, but there's a good chance it will happen.
And if you're looking for your Guns N Roses fix, the band is playing tonight in Youngstown. Axl and crew are bound to give Ohioans a little extra love, so its sure to be a memorable show. Tickets are still available (for now), so get them while you can.