Presenters and Performances Set for 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Next Week [Video]
The lineup is set (just about) for the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies next week in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Will there be drama? Of course, it's rock and roll!!
The Barclay Canter will host the annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame affair on April 10, which will air on HBO on May 31 at 9 p.m.
The line-up of presenters looks like this:
- Bruce Springsteen will induct his back up group, the E Street Band (I have no clue why they weren't inducted WITH Bruce back in 1999).
- Questlove of Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" band, The Roots, will do the honors for his Philadelphia friends, Daryl Hall and John Oates.
- REM frontman Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello will do the same for Kiss.
- Glenn Frey of The Eagles will handle the induction speech for Linda Ronstadt and Chris Martin of Coldplay will induct his hero, Peter Gabriel. Who will do the honors for Yusuf Islam (formerly known as '70s superstar Cat Stevens has yet to be determined.
Expected performances include offerings from Gabriel, Islam, Hall & Oates, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Sadly, Ronstadt’s battle with Parkinson’s disease has left her unable to attend, but a chorus of very talented women are going to perform in her place: Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt.
The drama may come from a couple of different sources.
Kiss' induction is marred by the fact that the Hall of Fame is only inducting the original line up, which means Paul Stnaley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Stanley and Simmons, however, also want their current lineup, which includes Eric Singer and Tim Thayer to be feted and allowed to perform as well. The Hall rejected the idea, and that may make things tense at the Kiss table that night.
Courtney Love, meanwhile, has no love for her late husband Kurt Cobain's band mates in Nirvana. She will be sitting in with the band, despite having lashed out at Dave Grohl over the group's legacy. So, it's up in the air if Grohl will show up and play with Love and the other member of the group, Krist Novoselic.
If you want to see the fun up close and personal, you still might be able to. Because of production updates, a limited number of tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.com.
The jam sessions at the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are legendary.
Here's last year's jam featuring Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart and an all-star cast.