Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Fall Out Boy To Induct Hall of Famers
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced presenters for this year’s ceremony: Paul McCartney will induct Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder will speak on Bill Withers, Patti Smith will intro Lou Reed, Peter Wolf will show praise to the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Fall Out Boy will discuss Green Day, John Mayer will pay tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and Steve Cropper will extol The “5″ Royales. Organizers have yet to announce who will induct Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.
The Hall of Fame also revealed that Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Tom Morello, John Legend and Jimmy Vaughan will perform at the annual show, which is being held April 18th at Cleveland’s Public Hall. The induction ceremony now rotates between Cleveland, New York and Los Angeles on a three-year cycle. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr last played the historic venue at a Beatles concert on September 14th, 1964.
Green Day has been completely inactive since they wrapped up their last tour in March 2014. They plan on performing at the ceremony, though Billie Joe Armstrong admits picking a setlist will be a challenge. “We’ll get there,” he told Rolling Stone. “It’s hard because there’s the Lookout years that are important to us. It would be nice to play something from those years that’s meaningful.”
Starr is also not sure how his performance will play out. “I told Paul [McCartney] that I’m not putting a band together,” he told Rolling Stone. ”If he puts a band together, I’ll do ‘With A Little Help From My Friends.’”
HBO will air the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on May 30th. Tickets are mostly sold-out, though a limited number of VIP packages remain available. On April 11th, an exhibit will open at the museum honoring the new inductees, with the museum charging no admission that day.