The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its list of 2015 inductees. Honorees next April will include Green Day, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Ringo Starr, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Bill Withers.
Green Day made the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of their 1989 debut EP “1,000 Hours.” Lou Reed and Ringo Starr were previously inducted as respective members of The Velvet Underground and The Beatles, but will now be honored as solo artists.
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong responded to the news by telling Rolling Stone, “I had to go for a walk. I wound up at this café and I sat down and my son met up with me. I told him and he was like, ‘Oh my God. No way.” It just took some time to sink in. We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this. It’s just incredible.”
Nominees that missed the cut this year included Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., Kraftwerk, Chic, The Smiths, Sting, The Spinners, The Marvelettes and War. The new class will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18, 2015.