The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2015 inductees
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2015 class, and it includes (drum roll…) Green Day, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the late Stevie Ray Vaughn and his band Double Trouble, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and the late Lou Reed, the latter who is being inducted as a solo artist. Reed was first inducted into the Rock Hall in 1996 with his band, the Velvet Underground.
In addition to the inductees, 1950s group the “5” Royales will be honored with the Early Influence Award, and Beatle Ringo Starr will receive the Award for Musical Excellence.
Starr is already a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 1988 along with the rest of the Beatles. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison are also members of the Rock Hall as solo artists.
“This means recognition to me,” Ringo told Rolling Stone. “And it means, finally, the four of us are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even though we were the biggest pop group in the land, though now it all looks funny in black and white.”
Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. Because of that, Green Day is entering the Rock Hall in their first year of eligibility. Musicians are eligible for the Rock Hall 25 years after the release of their first single or album.
“I had to go for a walk when I heard the news,” Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone. “We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has always held something special for me because my heroes were in there. This is a great time for us to sort of reflect and look back with gratitude,” Armstrong said.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall.
Photo by Anne Erickson
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