Rock ‘n’ roll fans are often left wondering why the f*ck their favourite bands have yet to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. This is especially true since there isn’t really any formal criteria to be met other than that their first album had to be 25 years ago. Candidates’ impact on rock ‘n’ roll (a broadly-used term), as well as their innovation and influence is then reviewed and discussed. It’s not so much about platinum records and number one hits. Still, sometimes it seems like a no-brainer that some bands should be inducted.
Fans booed Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner in 2014 because they were pissed it took to long for KISS and the E Street Band to be inducted. Rush was only inducted in 2013.
It really is the fans in the cheap seats who bring the spirit of rock to life.
Considering that Pearl Jam’s official video for “Better Man” is their 2010 performance of the song at Madison Square Garden, during which fans produced an epic sing-a-long, tonight’s induction is sure to bring that same energy.
Let’s not forget that Journey will finally be joining the likes of those already honoured.
And while legendary vocalist Steve Perry will attend the ceremony, he won’t be joining his former band members onstage for a reunion performance. The bands current frontman, Arnel Pineda, will “represent very well, like he always does,” as keyboardist Jonathan Cain said in an interview with Dayton Daily News.
David Letterman will replace Neil Young to induct Pearl Jam, as the 71-year-old singer is currently ill.
Fans are gearing up for a memorable night:
Happy Pearl Jam gets inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame day! @PearlJam
— Catherine Plocher (@MsPlocher) April 7, 2017
— Brian Ruschman (@brianruschman) April 7, 2017
In honor of Journey’s induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one of my ode’s to everything Steve Perry… https://t.co/xrrgiCjBKe
— ModernMelly (@MellysModern) April 7, 2017
— Matt (@themattprov) April 1, 2017
Displays of fan loyalty should be abundant tonight, as others being inducted have huge fan bases: Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra and Nile Rodgers.
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