Ringo Starr, Joan Jett and Billie Joe Armstrong React to Rock Hall Induction
Rolling Stone just happened to have entrance interviews with all three of them ready to print when the news was announced just after midnight on Dec. 16, with Starr managing to sound a note of bemused humility even after 50 years of crushing worldwide fame. “I think it’s good. I didn’t know that George and John were in it. I’m not keeping up with it all the time,” he shrugged, adding, “It means recognition. And it means, finally, the four of us are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, even though we were the biggest pop group in the land, though now it all looks funny in black and white.”
Jett deemed the news “pretty amazing,” admitting, “It’s surreal. I’m sure a big smile came across my face. It’s incredible. I’m very flabbergasted. It’s going to take a few minutes to sink in before I see how I really feel about it.” She found it particularly sweet that this year’s induction ceremony will be held in Cleveland, noting, “Some of my earliest great memories of playing on the road are from there. … It’s always been part of my life and career. I think it’s real and it’s fitting that I’d go in there.”
“It just took some time to sink in,” Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone when asked for his feelings regarding the band’s induction. “We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this. It’s just incredible. For me, rock ‘n’ roll is not an outdated term. To me, it means freedom. It was a way for me to express myself and I’m eternally grateful for the fact that I’ve been able to do that pretty much my whole life. It’s never lost that meaning for me, whether I’m a fan myself or for Green Day fans. It’s just the most liberating thing in the world. The fact that we’re getting recognized for it in the company we have, it’s just an incredible feeling.”
Next year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled to be held on April 18; tickets — which range between $75 and $300 — go on sale at Ticketmaster on Dec. 18.
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