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Detroit's Red Hot Chili Pepper to enter Rock Hall of Fame

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Another Detroit musician will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Drummer Chad Smith will get into the shrine as part of the Red Hot Chili Peppers when the group joins the Rock Hall's class of 2012 on April 14 in Cleveland. The Minnesota-born Smith graduated from Bloomfield Lahser High School and played in the band Toby Redd before joining the Chili Peppers in 1988. He also plays in the group Chickenfoot and Chad's Smith Bombastic Meatbats, and his session resume includes Kid Rock, the Dixie Chicks and George Clinton.

Smith -- whose mother, Joan, still lives in Oakland County -- will be the 29th Detroit musician to be inducted into the Rock Hall. Alice Cooper received the honor earlier this year. The Chili Peppers are currently touring to promote their latest album, "I'm With You," and are expected to announce a spring concert date soon for the Detroit area.

"I'm so excited," Joan Smith said on Wednesday (Dec. 7) after the announcement was made. Her son -- who was home visiting during Thanksgiving -- had clued her into the induction a few days earlier but swore her to secrecy. In a subsequent e.mal he told her that "I wouldn't be here without all your love and support."

"I think it's the fulfillment of all his ability and talent," she said. "He always aspired to be the best. It's just a dream come true for him."

The Chili Peppers will be joined by Guns N' Roses, the Beastie Boys, the Small Faces/Faces, Donovan and the late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro. The late bluesman Freddie King will be inducted as an Early Influence, while writer and producer Don Kirshner will receive posthumously the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers. Three producers -- the late Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns and New Orleans R&B icon Cosimo Matassa -- will receive The Award For Musical Excellence.

Like the 2009 Rock Hall inductions, the Cleveland ceremony will be open to the public. Tickets go on sale for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum members at 10 a.m. Dec. 16, and to the general public at 10 a.m. the next day. Tickets are $50 and $100, with a two-ticket limit on all orders. More information is available at www.rockhall.com. The ceremony will be filmed by HBO and aired during early May.

The Rock Hall plans to host more than a week of special events during April, including the grand opening of its library and archives, concerts -- including a gospel tribute -- and educational programs. Details will be announced in the near future.

Web Site: www.rockhall.com

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