Proving once and for all that you’re never too young to be old, three chord punk rock pioneers Green Day will be the first up inductees into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame class of 2015, in just their first year of eligibility.
The Bay Area trio, consisting of frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool, enter into the Hall 25 years after their first single – the criteria for Hall eligibility – the “1,000 Hours” EP was released.
Armstrong stated, “I had to go for a walk when I heard the news. We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this.“
Alongside Green Day, the Hall will posthumously induct Lou Reed, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 71. Reed was previously inducted into the Hall in 1996 as a member of The Velvet Underground, but will now also be acknowledged for his work as a solo performer.
Joan Jett‘s induction is something of a long time coming, having been nominated for the entry on a number of occasions in the past, but ultimately being passed over until now. The Blackhearts front woman and leader of The Runaways is often cited as the “Godmother of Punk” and “Original Riot Grrrl” and is widely considered one of the all time greatest female rock performers. Jett performed at last year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony as part of the “reunited” Nirvana.
Alongside that big trio, the class of 2015 is rounded out by legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble, the iconic Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Beatles drummer and octopus’s garden enthusiast Ringo Starr will be given the Award For Musical Excellence, whilst 50s RnB group the “5” Royales will be the recipient of the Early Influence Award.
The 2015 Rock N Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on April 15th, 2015 at the Public Hall in Cleveland.
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via Rolling Stone.