The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2014 has been announced, and the inductees include Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, and Linda Ronstadt. The E-Street Band will also be honored with the Award for Musical Excellence, and former managers for the Beatles and the Rolling Stones will receive the Ahmet Ertegun award for non-performers.
The public induction ceremony will be held in Brooklyn on April 10 at the Barclay’s Center, and broadcast on HBO in May.
In interviews with Rolling Stone, the performers struck dissimilar tones. Gabriel was thrilled to have made the Hall for the second time (the first was with Genesis in 2010), Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates was mostly surprised, and Ronstadt said that she probably won’t travel to the ceremony due to her ongoing battle with Parkinson’s.
For Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, the overriding emotions were gratitude both to the Hall of Fame and Kurt Cobain.
“This is a great honor,” said Novoselic. “Thank you to the people who nominated and voted for us. Thank you most of all to Kurt Cobain. And to everyone who’s kept Rock music going strong for 60 years and counting.”
“For once… I’m speechless,” said Grohl, in a statement. “From the basements, to the dingy clubs, to the broken down vans, to… the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I’d like to thank the committee not only for this induction, but also for recognizing Nirvana for what we were: pure rock and roll. Most of all, thank you to all of the fans that have supported rock and roll throughout the years, and to Kurt and Krist, without whom I would not be here today.”