It’s that time of year again when our favorite rockers are elevated, placed on a pedestal; this is induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On April 18th, the 28th annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony will kick off and some serious talent will earn their place in music history.
For some of them, it’s about time.
One of the inductees I’m particularly excited about is rock and roll legend Rush, the Canadian trio who have been ripping up stadiums and selling out shows since shortly after the last woolly mammoth died. How they haven’t been inducted before now, I have no idea, but they’re finally getting the recognition they’ve deserved for a long time. That makes me a happy boy.
So who’s going to be there? Well, here’s the deets!
The star-studded event will feature appearances by Usher, who will perform for Quincy Jones; Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains, who will perform with Heart; Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte, who will pay tribute to Public Enemy; Carole King, who will perform for Lou Adler; Chris Cornell, who will induct Heart; comedy legends Cheech & Chong, who will present Adler with his award; and Jackson Browne and John Fogerty, who will perform with Randy Newman. As previously announced, John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. will perform for Albert King, with Mayer giving the induction speech; 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Don Henley will induct Randy Newman; Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will perform in honor of Donna Summer; and Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will present Rush.
Awwwww yeah! Rush will be playing there as well! We’re also going to get some love from Public Enemy?! I have to go, seriously! For those of you who won’t be able to make it to the ceremonies in person, you can catch the replay Saturday, May 18 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO.