Green Day, Joan Jett and Lou Reed Among 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Green Day, Lou Reed and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts are among the acts to be inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.
The musicians, alongside Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Bill Withers and Paul Butterfield Blues Band, were awarded places in the institution over other nominees including The Smiths, N.W.A. and Sting.
At the induction ceremony, Ringo Starr will become the last member of The Beatles to become part of the Hall of Fame as a solo artist. His former bandmate Sir Paul McCartney will hand him the Award for Musical Excellence.
R&B band The 5 Royales will posthumously receive the Early Influence Award at the ceremony, which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio on April 18.
Billie Joe Armstrong was overwhelmed upon learning Green Day were chosen in their first year of eligibility, telling Rollingstone.com, “I had to go for a walk… It just took some time to sink in. We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this. It’s just incredible.”
Jett adds, “It’s surreal and very humbling… It’s a culmination of all you’ve dreamed about doing as a musician. I’ve always been hopeful (that I’d get in) because I think it’s an incredible acknowledgement. I’m very proud to be with all these great musicians. It’s going to take a few minutes to sink in before I see how I really feel about it.”
Both Reed and and Vaughn will be inducted posthumously. Reed, who died last year, was first inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of Velvet Underground in 1996.