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Joan Jett, Lou Reed, and Green Day To Rock Cleveland’s HOF

Posted 12/16/2014 9:00 am by
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be rocking the Hall of Fame.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be rocking the Hall of Fame.

Last year, Joan Jett performed with Nirvana and made serious waves during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert.  The attention must have gotten her noticed by the hall, who decided the year after she blew the roof off the joint performing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” that she deserves to join Nirvana and the rest of the gang.  Joan Jett will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2015, alongside soul legend Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.  Green Day is in their first year of eligibility; Lou Reed is already in the hall as a member of the Velvet Underground.

“I had to go for a walk when I heard the news,” said Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong to Rolling Stone.  “We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has always held something special for me because my heroes were in there.  This is a great time for us to sort of reflect and look back with gratitude.”

Of course, the Hall is not without its critics, given that it’s mostly conducted by Rolling Stone and various other leading lights who operate in secrecy.  Still, it’s nice to see a group like Paul Butterfield Blues Band get in when I thought last year they weren’t well-known enough to get in.

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