Green Day and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are among six acts that have been selected to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The 30th class of inductees also includes the late Stevie Ray Vaughn and his band Double Trouble, Bill Withers, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and the late Lou Reed, who is being inducted for his solo work. He was inducted in 1996 as a member of the Velvet Underground.
The 1950s vocal group, The “5” Royales, will be recognized with the Early Influence Award.
In addition, Ringo Starr will be presented with the Award for Musical Excellence. Of course, Ringo was inducted in 1988 as a member of The Beatles. John, Paul and George are also in as solo artists.
“This means recognition to me,” Ringo tells Rolling Stone. “And it means, finally, the four of us are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even though we were the biggest pop group in the land. Though now it all looks funny in black and white.”
Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single.
Green Day’s debut EP, 1,000 Hours, came out in 1989, which means the band is entering the hall in its first year of eligibility. “I had to go for a walk when I heard the news,” Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong tells Rolling Stone.
“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,” Armstrong said.
Joan Jett tells Rolling Stone the news is “surreal and very humbling.” “It’s a culmination of all you’ve dreamed about doing as a musician. I’ve always been hopeful [that I’d get in] because I think it’s an incredible acknowledgment, says Jett, adding, “I’m very proud to be with all these great musicians. It’s going to take a few minutes to sink in before I see how I really feel about it.”
The induction ceremony is set for April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall.