Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band are among the musicians who will next year be inducted to the Hall of Fame Rock ‘n’ Roll at the ceremony, which will be held on April 18 in Cleveland.
Ringo Starr will be awarded with Award For Musical Excellence, while r’n’b group from 50’s The “5” Royales will get Early Influence Award. The main selection criterion for admission are performers who have significantly influenced the rock ‘n’ roll, and whose first album is at least 25 years old.
Green Day, whose debut album “1,000 Hours” came out in 1989, will step into the Hall of Fame in the first year when possible. “I had to go for a walk when I heard the news,” said Billie Joe Armstrong, frontman of those punk rockers. Withers is, for now, far from live performance.
“There are some people that can sing in their later years and some of them that can’t,” he says. “I don’t want to be on of those old guys that sounds like a gerbil trying to give birth to a hippopotamus. I’ve gotta see if I can’t conjure it up.”, joked the 78-year-old Withers.
This year, fans were able to vote, and their votes have been added to more than 600 votes from artists, historians and members of the music industry. Among those who were nominated, but will not be inducted the Hall of Fame next year are Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Kraftwerk, NWA, Chic and Sting.