Rolling Stone are reporting that Punk Icons Green Day, Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed and Blues rocker Stevie Ray Vaughan will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2015.
Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. Green Day, whose debut EP, 1,000 Hours, came out in 1989, are entering the institution in their first year of eligibility. Only a handful of bands get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the first year they’re eligible these days. When Billie Joe Armstrong learned that Green Day were one of them, he could barely process the news.
On the bands website Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said:
“I had to go for a walk when I heard the news,” says . “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.”
Vox said “The American idiots will get some big time recognition next year as Green Day becomes one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2015 inductees.”
Time Magazine has announced that the 2015 induction ceremony will be held in April in Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. With Ringo Starr, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and rocker Joan Jett also being inducted it promises to be quite an evening for those lucky enough to get tickets.
Green Day, best known for their Dookie and American Idiot albums will be very popular inductee’s as Billie Joe and his pals remain as active and popular as ever though Green Day are in something of a hiatus at present. Armstong explained this to Rolling Stone saying that:
“I think of next year as us kind of regrouping and getting together more. I want to make sure that everyone’s head is in the right place and wants to start doing it again. I think this is a great time for us to reflect. With the Hall of Fame here, we can look back with gratitude and reflect with gratitude without feeling like it’s some nostalgic trip.”
“We’ve always kept moving forward, no matter what. That’s exhausting. Also, Mike’s wife is just recovering from breast cancer. And [touring guitarist] Jason White [who was recently diagnosed with tonsil cancer] is going through the same battle right now. We need to be there for each other in a different way rather than standing next to each other and playing really loud.”
Whilst I can’t wait to see Green Day on the road again, it must be acknowledged that some things have to take priority over music, isn’t it refreshing to see that a band once labelled as wild men are there for each other when the chips are down.
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