2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Preview
On Saturday, April 18, Ultimate Classic Rock will provide full coverage of the 30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will be held at Cleveland's Public Hall. We'll have reports direct from the scene as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Ringo Starr and the "5" Royales are honored for their career achievements.
While the run-up to this year's ceremony has been free of the controversies that accompanied the inductions of Kiss and Guns N' Roses in recent years, there's are still plenty of questions that we're asking. How eloquently will Patti Smith speak about Reed? Will Paul McCartney dish out any embarrassing stories about Ringo? Did the Hall make a serious mistake by allowing Miley Cyrus to induct Jett?
And, of course, there will be music, which will feature plenty of guitar fireworks, with John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. paying tribute to Vaughan, and Zac Brown and Tom Morello honoring the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Indie acts Beck and Karen O. will show how Reed influenced their music. We're hoping John Legend plays Bill Withers' "I Can't Write Left-Handed," which he covered with the Roots in 2010. Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh and Jimmie Vaughan are also scheduled to perform.
The event, which starts at 8PM Eastern, is sold out, but we'll have updates throughout the night from our staff. You'll be able to see an edited version of the ceremony on HBO on May 30.
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