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The reference to Rose drew boos and catcalls that Mr. Armstrong tried to shout down.
“He’s one of the best frontmen to ever touch a microphone,” Mr. Armstrong said.
Like Guns N’ Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers emerged from Los Angeles during the 1980s when Sunset Strip’s rock scene was dominated by “hair” bands more concerned with their tight lycra pants and eyeliner than their sound. Not the Chili Peppers, who found their unique groove by blending punk, funk, rock and rap.
While their lineup has undergone some changes — founding guitarist Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose in 1988 — Mr. Kiedis and bassist Flea have survived personal highs and lows, and the band remains one of music’s top live acts.
Mr. Kiedis said Mr. Slovak would have loved the honor.
“I think that he would have a good laugh,” Mr. Kiedis said. “Yeah, it would certainly mean something to him as he cared deeply about music and the love of the brotherhood of being in a band and being a creative force in the universe, which he is and always will be a brother in everything we do.”
Comedian Chris Rock, a longtime fan and friend of the band, inducted the Chili Peppers.
“If (Beach Boy) Brian Wilson (and funkmaster) George Clinton had a kid, he would be ugly,” Mr. Rock said. “But he would sound like the Red Hot Chili Peppers.”
The Chili Peppers took the stage at 1 a.m. and opened a four-song set with “By the Way” with drummer Chad Smith flanked by Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez, two former drummers with the band.
Flea gave a moving speech in which spoke of his passion to play for the musicians before him. He choked back tears as he thanked his mother.
Three white, middle-class smart alecks from New York City, the Beastie Boys initially were dismissed as beer-swilling frat boys following their 1986 debut album “License to Ill,” which featured such songs as “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)” and “Girls.” But their follow-up, “Paul’s Boutique,” was acclaimed by critics and brought the Beasties credibility in the black hip-hop community.
“It broke the mold,” said Public Enemy’s Chuck D, later citing one of the group’s lines. “The Beastie Boys are indeed three bad brothers who made history. They brought a whole new look to rap and hip-hop. They proved that rap could come from any street — not just a few.”
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