ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME: Class of 2015
Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, and Lou Reed are among the latest inductees.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2015.
Those headed in are The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Lou Reed, Green Day, Bill Withers, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. And, in a move that says, “You are not worthy of induction, but we realize we need to recognize you,” Ringo Starr is being given the Award for Musical Excellence. The “5” Royales are being recognized with the Early Influence Award.
The 30th annual induction ceremony will be held on April 18th at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Tickets go on sale on Thursday.
The inductees were chosen by a voting body of more than 700 artists, historians and members of the music industry. To be eligible for induction, all the nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1989.
This year’s nominees who did not make the cut were Sting, Chic, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, N.W.A, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, The Spinners and War.
Four of the top five vote-getters in the online ballot made it in. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble grabbed 30 percent of the vote — more than 18 million votes — and were followed by Nine Inch Nails with 22 percent, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts with 15 percent, Bill Withers with 6.5 percent and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band with 6.25 percent. Nine Inch Nails did not make the cut.
This will be the second time Lou Reed is inducted, having gone in with the Velvet Underground in 1996.
Green Day, with all its members being 42 years old, are one of the youngest acts ever to be inducted. It appears that only three members of both the Jackson 5 and Red Hot Chili Peppers were the same age or younger when they inducted in 1997 and 2012, respectively.