The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2015 inductees: Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Bill Withers, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Green Day (in its first year of eligibility). Ringo Starr will receive the Award For Musical Excellence and 1950s R&B group the “5” Royales will receive the Early Influence Award.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland’s Public Hall on April 18, 2015. Tickets go on sale Thursday, December 18.
Lou Reed was inducted in 1996 as a member of the Velvet Underground but this time he will be honoured posthumously for his solo work.
The late Stevie Ray Vaughan will be inducted alongside his backing band Double Trouble – Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans. Vaughan and his band topped the poll of fan votes. “I understand that a lot of people put a lot of time and effort into helping Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble reach number one in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Fan Voting,” said Shannon. “I want you to know your efforts and positive energy mean a whole lot to me. Thank you for your love and support all these years; I appreciate you and don’t take your kindness for granted.”
Bill Withers retired from music in 1985 after a successful career. “I never thought it was some kind of entitlement or something,” he told Rolling Stone. “I just never felt that anyone owed me this. It’s something that’s nice that happened. I guess I’ll have to go buy a suit.” Withers said that he might agree to a rare performance on the evening but at the moment is unsure about it.
The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performer inductees were chosen by a voting body of more than 700 artists, historians and members of the music industry. To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2015 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1989.