Raising the heretofore unconsidered possibility that we will be writing the same thing about Blink-182 in a few years, Rolling Stone reports today that Green Day is being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Of course, the pop-punk group is just one of this year’s nominees to be officially selected for the honor—the list also includes Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Reed was already a member of the Hall for his work with The Velvet Underground, but is being honored posthumously as a solo artist. Ringo Starr will also receive a special Award For Musical Excellence, and ’50s R&B group the “5” Royales will be honored with an Early Influence Award.
The induction ceremony will take place on April 18, 2015 in beautiful Cleveland, Ohio, where many of the inductees will play live. Jett says she’s even considering bringing out old chestnut “I Love Rock & Roll” for the occasion. “I’ve always sort of kept that song away, but I think in this instance it would be a perfect instance to whip it out and have people do it,” she says. The reclusive Withers isn’t so sure. “I don’t want to be one of those old guys that sounds like a gerbil trying to give birth to a hippopotamus,” he tells Rolling Stone.
Meanwhile, The Smiths are still waiting, shivering and miserable in the Cleveland cold, after failing to make it past the nomination stage. (Kraftwerk, Nine Inch Nails, and N.W.A. were also passed over, as well as poor Chic, which has been nominated nine times now.) The same thing happened to The Replacements last year and the band did not appear on this year’s ballot, rendering the entire exercise meaningless. (Although maybe that’s just me.)