I’m sure you’ve all been on the edge of your seats waiting to hear who has finally snagged a highly coveted spot on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame roster. Fear not, my dudes; the eight lucky inductees had their recognition spread around the globe on Tuesday, December 16th. Did your favorite artist make the list this go round? Here are the artists that were given this prestigious accolade. (In no particular order)
1. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts : Jett is a bad beast and has the chops to back it up. With a song titled, “I love Rock ‘N Roll”, it’s about damn time they honor this inspirational front woman.
2. Lou Reed : With a kick-ass solo career spanning over 40, yes FORTY, years, the Hall of Fame should have opened their gates for Mr. Reed years ago based on longevity alone. Luckily, the band that was the catalyst to his rise to stardom, the Velvet Underground, received their own induction in 1997. Reed now has TWO spots on this famous list of musical giants, and he absolutely deserves both.
3. Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble : I once had a painting of Stevie Ray Vaughn holding his famous Fender guitar hanging above my desk at work; he kept me in line. Even after death, his sound just bleeds nothing but that bluesy-rock sound you expect from SRV. He became an Austin staple early in his career and has stayed that way by becoming one of the most influential blues musicians in Texas.
4. Bill Withers : Even with his career only lasting 15 years, Bill Withers certainly made a name for himself in music history. We’ve all heard “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean On Me”; these songs should definitely be household names by now unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past……forever. With multiple Grammy’s under his belt, I’m sure this isn’t the last award Withers will walk away with. He truly is an artist worthy of the name.
5. Paul Butterfield Blues Band : Hailing from Chicago, Paul Butterfield Blues Band gained fans by making everyone take notice of their guitar tones and absolutely killer harmonica technique. Music should make you feel something, move your soul; that’s their job, and they did it pretty damn well.
6. Green Day : It literally pained me to type that. I’m sorry, but they should have just stayed in their garage making crappy punk music until they grew up like the rest of us. It’s an awesome accomplishment, but a ton of more artists deserved it more than Green Day. Too harsh? Want examples of who is probably 10 times more deserving? Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Whitney Houston, Joy Division…..the list goes on. End rant.
Additionally, Ringo Starr is being given the Award for Musical Excellence. Everyone loves a drummer, right?! Kudos to Ringo!
Last but certainly not least, The “5” Royales are being given the Early Influence Award for the musical fingerprint that evolved the soul & gospel sounds as we know them today.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Awards will be held on April 18th, 2015. Want to become a member and help keep rock & roll alive? Check out membership or donation options here.
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