Guitarist Jeff Beck also makes the list of 2009 honourees
Both bands formed in the US approximately 25 years ago and are widely considered to be among the most influential bands in their genres.
Run-DMC were pioneering hip-hop artists in the early 1980s and achieved great success when they collaborated with Aerosmith to remake ‘Walk This Way’. The rap duo Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels lost their DJ, Jam Master Jay, in a 2002 shooting.
Metallica have been an enduring force in heavy metal, releasing their first album in 1983 and their latest album, ‘Death Magnetic’, in 2008. Their self-titled album reached the top of the US Billboard chart in 1991, and they have been one of the most critically acclaimed heavy metal bands in the US.
The complete list of 2009 inductees is:
Little Anthony & the Imperials
Early Influence Category Inductee:
The induction ceremony is set to take place on April 4 and will be held in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame‘s home city of Cleveland for the first time in more than 10 years. It will be broadcast live in the US on Fuse TV.
–By our Los Angeles staff.