The first inductors for April 18th's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony have been announced. Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will induct Rush, Don Henley will induct Randy Newman, John Mayer will induct blues great Albert King, and he along with Guy Clark Jr. will perform in his King's honor. Both Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will perform for Donna Summer. There's been no word as to who will do the honors for the other 2013 inductees -- Heart, Public Enemy, or Lou Adler and Quincy Jones who will receive the prestigious Ahmet Ertegun Award.
This year's ceremony will be held on April 18th at L.A.'s Nokia Theater, and like last year's induction in Cleveland, tickets will be available to the public. A truncated version of the evening's events will air on HBO on May 18th.
Taylor Hawkins is one of many modern rock artists who paid tribute to Rush in the 2010 documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage. Guitarist Alex Lifeson told us that he was touched by the outpouring of respect and love: "Seeing all those other musicians, and hearing them say the things that they said about us was really moving. I mean, I was blown away. They spoke very eloquently about what the band meant to them and they seemed to be really right on, the way we've always thought about what we do and how we like to be presented."
Heart's Ann Wilson told us that during the band's acceptance speech, she and sister Nancy Wilson plan to talk about the importance that gender played -- both as an obstacle and an attribute -- to Heart lasting all this time: "It's going to be really, really amazing to get up there and talk about that. (To) say a thing or two about that. And I don't know what we're going to say up there yet, but this was really hard for a lot of reasons that a lot of dude rockers don't (laughs) understand , but it's very sweet, 'cause I guess this shows that we did kick some doors down, or at least kick 'em open a little bit."
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