Nice guys finish up in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. WHEEEEEY!
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong performing at Shepherds Bush Empire, 2012
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is voted for by fans, critics, music-business insiders and fellow artists. It features a wide range of acts that spans rock, blues, punk, soul and more but to be eligible for induction, the artist must have released their first record no less than 25 years ago. This year's ceremony will be held in Cleveland on April 18, 2015 and the inductees are:
Paul Butterfield Blues Band Green Day
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Ringo Starr (Excellence Award)
"5" Royales (Early Influence Award)
The achievement is especially impressive for Green Day as only a handful of artists make it into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the first year they're eligible. In an interview with Rolling Stone, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong had this to say about the honour:
"The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has always held something for me because my heroes were in there. I know it's still a young institution, but I look at classic rock records as being the modern classics. I look at Tommy by the Who and think that should be played like someone interpreting Beethoven. That's what rock & roll has always meant to me. It's the modern classics of the 20th century and now the 21st."
As for whether the band will perform at the ceremony next year...