Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Week Kicks Off in Cleveland

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The countdown is now officially on! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Week kicked off Wednesday with a special ceremony at Public Hall in downtown Cleveland.

City leaders came together to unveil the walk of fame, honoring this year's inductees.

The newest class of inductees' names are now forever ingrained in the fabric of this city.  Plaques for artists like Laura Nyro, Famous Flames, the Beastie Boys and Guns and Roses, just to name a few were revealed.

Wednesday's unveiling kicks off a week of special events, including the grand opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's new library and archives, tours of the newly redesigned museum interior space, the unveiling of a new Grateful Dead exhibition and a Rock My Soul gospel tribute, honoring Kirk Franklin.

Cleveland's Mayor Frank Jackson says the week-long music celebration is expected to give the city a major economic boost, to the tune of 20-million dollars.

Jackson adds, "Each year, there are probably half a million visitors to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.  All of this around one institution that has become part of the American culture and it happened in Cleveland."

The next event is set to take place this Friday.  Bootsy Collins and the Funk Unity Band will be performing at the Beachwood Ballroom.

Tickets are still available. For more information on the scheduled events, click HERE.