The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2012, and the inductees include Guns n' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Beastie Boys.

The inductees were chosen by more than 500 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first recording.

Metallica weren't kidding when they said their 30th anniversary fan club shows would feature special guests and rarities. The first concert, Monday night at San Francisco's Fillmore, featured a big helping of both.

  • Ex-bassist Jason Newsted joined the band for two tracks -- "Harvester of Sorrow" from ...And Justice for All and "Damage Inc." from Master of Puppets.
  • Openers Apocalyptica added strings to "No Leaf Clover" and "One."
  • James Marshall, James Hetfield's former guitar tech and fill-in back in 1992 when Hetfield couldn't play guitar after being burned in a pyro accident, played on "Sad but True."
  • Metallica played ReLoad's "Carpe Diem Baby" for the first time and debuted "Hate Train," an unreleased track from the Death Magnetic sessions. (The studio version of "Hate Train" was E-mailed to fan club members last night and then posted on YouTube.)
  • All of the evening's guests, which also included members of Diamond Head and Saxon, joined in at the end of the night for a jam on "Seek and Destroy."

The next of the four anniversary shows takes place tonight.

Zakk Wylde will be honored at the Guitar World Rock and Roll Roast on January 19th at The Grove in Anaheim, California. The event, which will raise funds for MusiCares, will kick off the annual NAMM convention. Sharon Osbourne will be the host, and Ozzy Osbourne, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Slipknot's Corey Taylor and comedians Jim Norton, Brian Posehn and Jim Florentine will be on hand to roast Wylde.