What do KISS, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, and Nirvana have in common? Not much except that they’ll all be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. For the past few years, fans have joined more than 700 Hall of Fame members to vote on the winners. Though there was a lot of love for the Meters, the Zombies, Chic, and Deep Purple, none of them made the final cut. N.W.A. was also left out, which is too bad since it would have been great to see the icons of L.A. gangsta’ rap get their due.
The ceremony will take place on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (HBO will broadcast the show in May.) The shindig will feature the E Street Band, who will receive the Award For Musical Excellence. Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham, the managers of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, respectively, will also be honored with the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
This year’s class is an eclectic bunch offers a great lineup for the jam session that always closes the telecast. Here’s a rundown on the honorees.
- Formed in 1973 in New York City, KISS has influenced and inspired a who’s who of heavy metal and hard rock bands.
- Founding member of progressive rock band Genesis, Peter Gabriel has also had a successful solo career since leaving the group in 1975.
- The ’80s would not be the ’80s without Daryl Hall or John Oates (or his mustache). The duo have a heavy hand in shaping the sound of that era.
- With Linda Ronstadt’s announcement that Parkinson’s Disease has left her unable to sing and her recently released memoir, it’s perfect timing for the chanteuse to get her recognition.
- Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, was synonymous with the wave of popular folk music in the ’70s.
- In order to be inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame, you must have been active for at least 25 years. Kinda scary to think that Nirvana qualifies but they do—and they belong there. Aside from being one of the most important bands to come along in the last two decades, they almost singlehandedly knocked the wind out of the hair metal scene and changed the direction of rock music in the 1990s.