FILE – In this Sept. 2, 2012, file photo, Pearl Jam performs at the “Made In America” music festival in Philadelphia. The Seattle-based rockers and the late rapper Tupac Shakur lead a class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where you also folkie Joan Baez, and 1970 favorites Journey, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra. The hall of the 32nd annual induction ceremony will take place on April 7, 2016, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N. Y. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP, File)
The late rapper Tupac Shakur, and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam are leading a class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where you also folkie Joan Baez, and 1970 favorites Journey, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra.
The rock hall also said Tuesday it would be a special award to Nile Rodgers, the disco-era band Chic, not again to make the cut after the 11th time nominated.
Baez will be inducted only months after her 1960’s lover, Bob Dylan, was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature.
The hall of the 32nd annual induction ceremony will take place on 7 April at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. HBO will show highlights later, with SiriusXM doing a radio broadcast.
Shakur was shot and killed after attending a boxing match in Las Vegas, in 1996, a murder that has led to conspiracy theories, but still not resolved. “Changes,” “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Ambitionz Az a Ridah” and “Life Goes On” are some of his best-known songs. Only 25 when he died, Shakur left behind a wealth of music that was released posthumously.
Pearl Jam has exploded in popularity since its start in the early 1990s is behind songs like “Alive,” “Jeremy” and “Even Flow.” After a utopia, it is the second band with roots in the Seattle grunge rock scene of the hall. Behind the singer Eddie Vedder and other original members Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, Pearl Jam remains active and is a popular live-act.
Vedder is no newcomer in the rock hall ceremonies, after induction speeches for Neil Young and the Ramones.
Baez was a political activist, and mainstay of the folk movement, performing at the first Newport Folk Festival at the age of 19 in 1959. She was especially known as an interpreter of others ‘ songs, the introduction of Dylan to a wider audience at the beginning of his career. Their relationship ended badly in 1965, for which Dylan later apologized.
Baez’s own “Diamonds and Rust” in 1975 was one of her biggest hits.
Journey’s 1981 song “Don’t Stop Believin'” was given new life by being featured in the final scene of HBO’s “The Sopranos” and was a favorite of a new generation. The 6.8 million iTunes sales makes it the most purchased song on that platform from the pre-digital era, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Former singer Steve Perry, estranged from the band for many years, has a number of potential rock hall drama: he will show up for his induction? The founders Neal Schon was quoted in the Billboard recently said that there are so many non-rock artists in the hall, “I don’t really care about.” He has that it would be nice for the fans of the band, never a critical favorite.
Great britain Yes, well known for his complex compositions, was a leader of the progressive rock of the 1970s movement. Yes’ best-known hits are “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Roundabout” and “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” and the fans have waged a noisy campaign to see them honored. Founding bassist Chris Squire, the only constant in the many years of staff turnover, died in June 2015.
Electric Light Orchestra got his start melding classic influences, Beatles-influenced pop, and mapped with the “Bad Wife”, “Mr. Blue Sky” and “Don’t Bring Me Down.” The band is essentially now exists in a leader, Jeff Lynne, the imagination and home studio and had a moderately successful comeback a year ago.
Chic, led by Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards, has become the rock hall’s version of Susan Lucci and her long quest to win a Daytime Emmy. While Shakur, Baez, Pearl Jam and ELO were chosen this year in their first time on the ballot, Chic has endured years of disappointment.
The hall is the award for musical excellence songwriter and guitarist, Rodgers is not a consolation prize. When disco chilled, Rodgers was one of the biggest producers in the business, behind the boards for some of the years ’80 of the most indelible albums of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” and the B-52’s “Cosmic Thing.”