The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will take place on tomorrow (April 18th) at Cleveland’s Public Hall. This year’s inductees are Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Ringo Starr, Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Bill Withers, the “5” Royales, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Ringo Starr and the “5” Royales were chosen by special committees with Ringo receiving the Award For Musical Excellence and the “5” Royales earning an Early Influence Award. HBO will broadcast an edited version of the event on May 30th at 8 p.m.
As did 21 years ago for John Lennon, Paul McCartney will indict Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder will do the honors for Bill Withers, Patti Smith for Lou Reed, Peter Wolf and Zac Brown Band will induct the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Fall Out Boy will pay tribute to Green Day, Stax legend Steve Cropper is set to salute the “5” Royals, and pop star Miley Cyrus will induct Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.
Among the guest performers set to play either with or for the inductees are Ringo’s brother-in-law Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl, Tom Morello, John Legend, and Jimmy Vaughan. Paul McCartney will perform with Ringo as well during the ceremony, marking the first time in over 50 years since they played Public Hall during the Beatles’ first Cleveland concert back on September 14th, 1964.
Ringo told us that although he wasn’t heartbroken at not being inducted apart from the Beatles, getting the nod this time around definitely feels special: “I was surprised. I wasn’t thinking about it. I mean, it was just a fact that I wasn’t in, but it didn’t keep me awake. And suddenly the phone rings and it’s Paul McCartney saying, ‘They want to induct you into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — will you accept? And I’m going to give the speech.’ And I said, ‘Well, sure man, yeah.’ So, it’s a thrill, y’know, and a pleasure to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — because it just is. Y’know? Thank you. It’s, like, from my peers, really, who think, ‘Well, let’s put him in there.’”