The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have revealed which artists will do the honors of presenting this year’s inductees. Billy Joe Armstrong from pop punk band, Green Day will pay tribute to the Stooges, one of the most iconic punk bands of all time. Trey Anastasio of Phish will welcome in Genesis, although Peter Gabriel has announced that he will not participate. ABBA will be remembered by fellow 70’s pop greats, Barry and Robin Gibb of the BeeGees. And Wyclef Jean, who performed “Rivers of Babylon” from The Harder They Come on the Hope for Haiti Now special, will induct reggae great Jimmy Cliff. Also, Van Zandt of the E Street Band will honor the Hollies.
Jackson Browne will celebrate David Geffen, the record executive and Dreamworks chief whose Asylum Records was founded in 1971 for the purpose of releasing Jackson Browne’s debut album. And Carole King will salute this year’s class of songwriters: Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry, Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman, and Otis Blackwell.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors the legendary performers, producers, songwriters, disc jockeys and others who have made rock and roll the force that it is in our culture. The 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were chosen by the 500 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after their first recording is released.
All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Once inducted, the artists are honored with a Museum’s Hall of Fame exhibit, which includes a computerized “jukebox” containing virtually every song of every performer inductee as well as each inductee’s etched-glass signature. The artists are further honored with a film on three huge screens recounting their careers and music. The museum proudly displays several artifacts from the current year’s inductees.
During the induction ceremony, artists toast their peers and forebears in rock with sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious speeches. Words of honor are celebrated by rollicking, once-in-a-lifetime performances that make history as much as pay tribute to it. Past induction ceremonies have featured many unforgettable moments, such as when Mick Jagger, Tina Turner and Bob Dylan shared the same stage with Bruce Springsteen, and members of the Beach Boys, among others; or when Santana performed “Black Magic Woman” with ex-Fleetwood Mac member Peter Green, the song’s composer and original performer.
This year will perhaps see an all-star performance of “Search and Destroy” with Anastasio, Armstrong, Van Zandt and James Williamson riffing behind Iggy Pop. Or maybe the Bee Gees with join with Genesis to perform “Dancing Queen.” Whatever the configuration of super-rock presenters and honorees, it’s bound to be memorable.
The 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on March 15th, and will be televised live on Fuse TV.