The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its first presenters and performers for its 2015 induction ceremony, taking place April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall.
As previously reported, Paul McCartney will present Ringo Starr with the Rock Hall’s one-off Award for Musical Excellence, while Patti Smith will do the honors for the late Lou Reed and J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf will induct the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Booker T. & the MGs guitarist Steve Cropper will induct the “5” Royales, John Mayer will bring in Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Fall Out Boy will honor Green Day and Stevie Wonder will induct Bill Withers. An inductor for Joan Jett & the Blackhawks is pending.
Performers for the ceremony include Dave Grohl, who was inducted into the Rock Hall last year with Nirvana, Joe Walsh, who entered with the Eagles, Beck, Tom Morello, John Legend and Jimmie Vaughan, who will salute his late younger brother. Double Trouble members Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton previously told us that Gary Clark Jr. and Doyle Bramhall II will also be joining them during the ceremony.
Concurrent with the ceremony, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum in Cleveland will open an expanded exhibit honoring this year’s inductees. Tickets for the induction are sold out but VIP packages remain available by calling 216-515-1232 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
HBO will film the ceremony and air an edited version on May 30.
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