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Red Hot Chili Peppers go into Rock and Roll Hall

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Mike "Flea" Balazary, left, singer Anthony Kiedis and drummer Chad Smith, right, perform after induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Red Hot Chili Peppers' Mike "Flea" Balazary, left, singer Anthony Kiedis and drummer Chad Smith, right, perform after induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Red Hot Chili Peppers, a free-spirited band that combined elements of punk and funk into hit songs, have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis speaks after induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Cleveland. Former members Cliff Martinez, far left, and Jack Irons, join Chad Smith, second from right, and Mike "Flea" Balazary, right, onstage. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis speaks after induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Cleveland. Former members Cliff Martinez, far left, and Jack Irons, join Chad Smith, second from right, and Mike "Flea" Balazary, right, onstage. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Founded in the early 1980s in Los Angeles, the Chili Peppers remain a successful touring act. While their lineup has undergone several changes, frontman Anthony Kiedis and bass player Flea have been together since forming the band as 10th graders with the late Hillel Slovak, who died of a heroin overdose in 1988.

The band was inducted at the end of Saturday night's ceremony in Cleveland by longtime friend, comedian Chris Rock. He praised the group for offering "hard-core happiness" with a combination of rock, reggae and rap.