The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2015 inductees on Tuesday.
The inductees include Bill Withers, Green Day, Lou Reed, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Ringo Starr will receive the Award For Musical Excellence and the “5” Royales from the 1950s will receive the Early Influence Award.
The induction ceremony will take place at Cleveland’s Public Hall on April 18.
Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Green Day’s debut EP 1,000 Hours released in 1989, meaning the band enters the institution during its first year of eligibility.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone, “I had to go for a walk when I heard the news. 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.”
Starr was a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 1988 as part of The Beatles. The other bandmates have already been inducted as solo artists, and now Starr will finally be acknowledged. The drummer is glad for the individual recognition and proud of his band as a whole.
Joan Jett described the induction as “a culmination of all you’ve dreamed about doing as a musician.” She is best known for “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” and “Bad Reputation.”
Bill Withers most popular songs are “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean on Me.”
Reed was inducted in 1996 as part of the Velvet Underground. He will be honored at the induction for his solo work.
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