Fall Out Boy to Induct Green Day into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is only a month away from happening and the committee behind the annual ceremony have revealed those artists who will be helping induct the “Class if 2015.”

Paul McCartney will introduce former band mate Ringo Starr while Stevie Wonder will do the honors for Bill Withers. Patti Smith will (posthumously) induct longtime friend Lou Reed while Peter Wolf will do the same for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. John Mayer is set to pay tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble while Steve Cropper will introduce The “5” Royales.”

Fall Out Boy will get the honors of helping induct Green Day into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

But Green Day aren’t just getting inducted into the famed museum; they are also slated to perform at this year’s event. According to frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, coming to an agreement on which songs should be featured on the set list has become difficult, especially since the group would like to incorporate some of the songs that first got them noticed.

“It’s hard because there’s the Lookout years that are important to us. It would be nice to play something from those years that’s meaningful,” Armstrong told Rolling Stone.

Also set to perform at the ceremony are Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Tom Morello, John Legend, Jimmy Vaughan, and fellow “class of ’15” inductee, Ringo Starr.

When asked about his performance, the drummer revealed that he’s not sure what will happen.

“I told Paul [McCartney] that I’m not putting a band together. If he puts a band together, I’ll do ‘With a Little Help From My Friends,'” Starr told Rolling Stone.

If it seems like one set of members from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “Class of 2015” is missing from the list, it’s because they are. As of now, there has been no information on who will be doing the honors of inducting Joan Jett and the Blackhearts into the club, because after all, that’s a huge honor in itself.

The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on April 18 at Cleveland’s Public House in Cleveland, OH while HBO will broadcast the event on May 30.

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Announce Class of 2015

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have announced the newest members to the iconic Ohio museum.

Green Day and Lou Reed are just two of the many artist who will join previously inducted acts such as Nirvana, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and The Clash.

But, Green Day and Reed aren’t the only ones in the “Class of 2015”; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Withers, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band have also been chosen.

Ringo Starr will also be receiving an honor; he’ll be getting the Award for Music Excellence. The Beatles drummer was inducted as a member of the band back in 1988.

Green Day became the 48th act to be inducted into the museum and the coolest part of is that this was their first year to be eligible for the honor and frontman Billie Joe Armstrong mirrored the sentiments.

“I had to go for a walk when I heard the news,” said Armstrong.

“We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has always held something special for me because my heroes were in there. This is a great time for us to sort of reflect and look back with gratitude.”

The induction ceremony will take place on April 18 at Cleveland’s Public House and will be broadcast on HBO in May.

More than 600 artists, historians and members of the music industry voted for the recipients of the positions.This year, the fans were also given the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists.

In order to be eligible for a spot as a nominee, their first recording (or debut record) must have been released at least 25 years ago.

All the inductees were in good company. Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Kraftwerk, N.W.A., Sting, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, Chic, and War were also nominated for a position, but sadly, did not receive the votes needed to be admitted.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Nominees Announced

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It’s that time of year again; the time when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announce the nominees for the class of 2015.

Among the 15 artists being considered for inclusion at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland are: Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Lou Reed, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, N.W.A., Sting, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chic, War, and Bill Withers.

In order for a musician to be considered for a nomination into the Hall of Fame, their first recording (or debut record) must have been released at least 25 years ago.

For Green Day and Nine Inch Nails, this is the first year that either band have been eligible for consideration. Green Day’s debut record 1,000 Hours and Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine were both released in 1989.

Unlike Green Day and Nine Inch Nails, The Smith have been eligible for years now, but this is the first time they have been nominated. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts as well as N.W.A have been nominated a total of three times now, while Kraftwerk have been nominated one time before.

Lou Reed was previously been inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of Velvet Underground while Sting was inducted as a member of The Police.

Ballots will now be sent out to an international voting body of over 600 rock experts which include artists, historians, and music industry members. The top five nominees with the most votes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in April 2015.

Fans can also vote on their worthy nominees with the “fan’s ballot” which accounts for one of the 600 ballots. Fans have until Dec. 9 to put in their votes over at RollingStone. com.

The Killers Pay Tribute to Lou Reed

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Just like we reported yesterday, many bands and artists have been playing tribute to the late Lou Reed by performing some of his songs during set at their shows. Just yesterday, the Arctic Monkeys channeled Reed while they performed his 1972 song, “Walk on the Wild Side.”

Today, another band has joined that list, The Killers.

During their show in their hometown of Las Vegas, the band honored the late Velvet Underground singer by performing his song, “Pale Blue Eyes” just hours after news had spread about his sudden death at his home in Southampton, NY.

The Killers’ frontman, Brandon Flowers admitted, during the show, that when he had written their hit song, “All These Things That I’ve Done” from their debut album, Hot Fuss, he was trying to rip-off Reed.

In 2007, Reed and the Killers worked together on a song titled, “Tranquillize” which made it onto the band’s compilation album; Reed contributed vocals to the song.

For now, watch the Las Vegas band cover the Velvet Underground’s “Pale Blue Eyes” below.

The Arctic Monkeys Cover Lou Reed

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Following the news that Velvet Underground frontman and rock icon, Lou Reed had passed away this past weekend, the music world was deeply shocked and sad.

Since the word spread, musicians had come together to pay tribute to the icon including the Arctic Monkeys who played Reed’s 1972 song, “Walk on the Wild Side” during their show last night in Liverpool where they are as part of their tour for their fifth studio album, AM. The video of the band performing the song can be seen below.

The Arctic Monkeys join a long list of performers covering Reed’s songs including  My Morning Jacket, Phish and Pearl Jam while John Cale, David Bowie, Morrissey and Henry Rollins all spoke out about what the singer meant to them and how he influenced their musical careers. Yesterday, David Byrne, Patti Smith and Metric’s Emily Haines all wrote exclusive remembrances about Reed for Rolling Stone.

Reed, sadly passed away this past Sunday at his home in Southampton, New York. His cause of death was not immediately reported, but the Associated Press had reported that it was due to a “liver-related ailment.” One of the doctors that had treated Reed during his liver transplant earlier this year in Ohio had said that the singer had reached the point that there was nothing else that could be done for him. Instead of staying in Ohio, he requested to go back home where he sadly passed away.

Lou Reed Passes Away at 71

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In what might be one of the saddest and surprising news of the weekend, rock icon, Lou Reed has passed away.

The former frontman of the Velvet Underground who went on to make a name for himself as a solo artist, passed away Sunday, according to Rolling Stone. The musician was 71 years old.

According to Reed’s literary agent, Andrew Wylie, the musicians’ death might have to do in part with a liver transplant that he was recipient of earlier in the year. Wylie also says that Reed is survived by his wife of five years, Laurie Anderson.

It has been reported that Reed did in fact die from liver disease according to Dr. Charles Miller of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where Reed had his liver transplant surgery earlier this year.

“He died peacefully, with his loved ones around him,” Dr. Miller, who is the director of the hospital’s liver transplant program, said.

“We did everything we could. He really wanted to be at home,” he added as he explained that Reed wished to be home when the doctors at the hospital could no longer treat liver disease.

Back in March, he had to cancel several gigs in April; at the time there was no official word as to why he had decided to cancel his gigs. Then in May, he announced that the reason he had chosen to cancel his gig at Coachella was because he had to undergo a liver transplant in Cleveland at that time.

After receiving the transplant, he had to be rushed to the ER in June due to complications. At the time when he was being treated, the medical team feared that the complication resulted from the body rejecting the liver.

“I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry,” he wrote in a public statement once he was released from the hospital. “I am bigger and stronger than ever.”

A month after being released, he continued working, writing a review of Kanye West’s new release at the time Yeezus for the online publication, The Talkhouse.

“I have never thought of music as a challenge — you always figure the audience is at least as smart as you are,” he wrote. “You do this because you like it, you think what you’re making is beautiful. And if you think it’s beautiful, maybe they think it’s beautiful.”

Lou Reed Cancels Five Tour Stops

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In what might have fans of the musician a little upset, Lou Reed has confirmed that he has had to cancel five gigs for April, including super huge festival, Coachella. But Coachella aren’t the only ones feeling the sadness; gigs in  San Francisco, Los Angeles and Monterrey, California have also been nixed.

Reed was previously scheduled to perform at Coachella on April 12 and April 19, San Francisco’s The Warfield on 14, the Golden State Theatre in Monterrey on the 16th and then the Orpheum in Los Angeles on the 17th.

No official reason has been given as to why the former Velvet Underground frontman decided to cancel those dates, but the  Goldenvoice Page for the Orpheum says that the “show has been cancelled due to unavoidable complications.” Refund and other information has not yet been released.