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Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy Remember B.B. King and Live Performance

Friday, May 15: 4:02 p.m.
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Testifying on the healing quality of the blues genre he embodied, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee B.B. King once remarked: “I’m trying to get people to see that we are our brother’s keeper. Red, white, black, brown or yellow, rich or poor, we all have the blues.”

On May 14, 2015, the world of music lost a true icon with the passing of King. Among the blues genre’s most recognizable and influential artists, his half-century of success owes much to his hard work as a touring musician who consistently logged between 200 and 300 shows a year. "B.B. King created a new kind of blues, and was a lifelong ambassador for the music," said Rock Hall VP of education Dr. Lauren Onkey. "He played constantly, all over the world, and taught generation after generation  the power of the blues. His singing, single note solos and commanding vocal style made you feel every emotion in his songs."

Through it all, he remained faithful to the blues while keeping abreast of contemporary trends and deftly incorporating other favored forms - jazz and pop, for instance - into his musical overview. He managed to change with the changing ...


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Beatles Bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Share the Stage at Inductions

Monday, April 20: 3:55 p.m.
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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr live at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland on April 18, 2015

In among the most anticipated moments of the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Sir Paul McCartney – a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee – took to the stage to induct his friend and Beatle bandmate Ringo Starr into the Hall of Fame. 

Speaking of first meeting Starr in the Hamburg days, McCartney said: "And Ringo was like a professional musician. We were just like, slamming around and doing stuff, but he had a beard — that's professional. He had the suit. Very professional. And he would sit at the bar drinking bourbon and seven. We'd never seen anyone like this. This was like, a grown-up musician.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together at 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 18, 2015"Eventually [The Beatles] got on The Ed Sullivan Show, and we got really famous. It was just so beautiful. As all the other drummers say, he just is something so special. When he's playing behind you – you see these other bands, they're looking around at the drummer, like, is he going to speed up, is he going to slow down? You don't have to look with Ringo."

After a quick embrace with McCartney, Ringo Starr took the mic, accepting his award and regaling the crowd ...


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Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and a Rare Performance at the 2015 Inductions

Monday, April 20: 3:03 p.m.
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2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Withers and Stevie Wonder at Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Although he was being inducted for his incredible legacy of music, 76-year-old Bill Withers also provided among the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony's most endearing and humorous moments. "One other thing crossed my mind," he said accepting his award. "This has got to be the largest AA meeting in the western hemisphere." The thousands in attendance exploded in roars of laughter.

Stevie Wonder inducted Withers, lauding the accomplished musician for emotionally poignant and resonant songwriting, "songs that were for every single culture there is; everyone can relate, somewhere in the world."

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony Bill Withers and John Legend perform live

Click to see photos from the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 18, 2015!

The man behind classics such as "Lovely Day," "Use Me" and "Lean On Me," Withers provided a long list of thanks to the men and women who supported him throughout his career – including the radio DJs that played the flip side to his early single: "Ain't No Sunshine." 

"Stevie Wonder inducting me in the Hall of Fame is like a lion opening the door for a kitty cat," joked Withers. "Stevie Wonder knows my name and the brother just put me ...


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A Moving Tribute to the Late Lou Reed at the 2015 Hall of Fame Inductions

Monday, April 20: 12 p.m.
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Laurie Anderson accepts Hall of Fame Induction for Lou Reed at 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

"It’s wonderful to be here in Cleveland, and Lou would've loved this," said Laurie Anderson, 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Lou Reed's widow. "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the place where the names of great musicians become completely magic words – Buddy Holly, Little Richard, the Coasters. And now, Lou Reed is one of those magic words."

Click to see photos from the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 18, 2015!

Karen O Lou Reed tribute at 2015 Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyAnderson's speech followed an extraordinarily moving induction by Lou Reed's friend and fellow Hall of Fame Inductee Patti Smith. "His consciousness infiltrated and illuminated our cultural voice," she said. "Lou was a poet, able to fold his poetry within his music in the most poignant and plainspoken manner.

"True poets must often stand alone. As a poet, he must be counted as a solitary artist. And so, Lou, thank you for brutally and benevolently injecting your poetry into music."

The speeches were complemented by two powerful tribute performances: Karen O and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs did a brilliant version of "Vicious," the opening track on Reed's classic ...


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Green Day Delivers Punk Rock Blast of Dookie-era Hits

Sunday, April 19: 3:30 a.m.
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"Everything you guys do is punk rock in the sense that you’ve never gone the easy route, the obvious route, the safe route," said Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz inducting Green Day. "You’ve never repeated yourselves, you’ve never done anything to please the suits…  Like Queen, the Who or the Clash, the best bands go on to defy and define the labels they get saddled with…the best bands are legend on record and onstage.

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Green Day Basket Case Live at Cleveland Induction Ceremony

"This is a band that’s so in tune with their audience that they let a random kid onstage and play in the band, in arenas" added Wentz. "They literally fulfill that improbable daydream every kid has playing onstage with their favorite band."

A confessed diehard fan, Fall Out Boy singer and guitarist Patrick Stump said: "Billie Joe’s signature snarl and strong, sarcastic lyrics, that eternally youthful voice, those bright, open chord structures. The way a silhouette of him playing guitar would be as recognizable a posture to any punk rock kid as Michael Jordan's mid-air dunk is to sports fans."

After accepting their Inductee honors, the guys from Green Day – Tré Cool, Mike Dirnt and Billie Joe Armstrong ...


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Double Trouble's Electrifying Showcase with Jimmie Vaughan, John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr and Doyle Bramhall II

Saturday, April 18: 10 p.m.
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John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr, Doyle Bramhall, Jimmie Vaughan, Double Trouble live 2015 Induction Ceremony

"Stevie Ray Vaughan is the ultimate guitar hero," proclaimed John Mayer as he inducted Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "[His playing] was as otherworldly as Hendrix, but where Hendrix was coming down from outer space, Stevie came up from below the ground. …Some flowers come up through the ground in full bloom. He was the ultimate guitar hero, and heroes live forever."

“He was a great guitar player,” Vaughan said, accepting the Hall of Fame honor on behalf of brother Stevie. “He could play beautiful, he could play mean and he could play fun. He could drag you along.  …But what you heard with Stevie was his enthusiasm for everything. That’s why people love his music. …He loved playing guitar more than anybody I know.”

A who's who of axe slingers took the stage with the original members of Double Trouble to deliver blistering versions of two Stevie Ray Vaughan tracks: "Pride and Joy" and "Texas Flood;" and Jimmie Vaughan's tribute to his brother "Six Strings Down." The set kicked off with "Pride and Joy," as John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr., Doyle Bramhall and Jimmie Vaughan traded licks ...


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Dave Grohl joins Joan Jett and the Blackhearts for Surprise Induction Performance

Saturday, April 18: 11:54 a.m.
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Rock Hall 2015 Induction Performance Joan Jett and the Blackhearts with Dave Grohl

"At first, having this honor to induct Joan Jett into the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was overwhelming," said Miley Cyrus. "There was so much that I could say and she just had a life in music that is rare. She's had a career that's decades long. She's been the first to do many things and not just as a woman, but just as a badass babe on the planet."

Not long into the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna, Dougie Needles, Thommy Price and Gary Ryan – were joined on stage by 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Dave Grohl, of Foo Fighters fame.

"Rock and roll, I think, is my entire life," said Jett from the Induction stage. "I come from a place where rock and roll means something more than music, more than fashion, more than a good pose.  It's a subculture of integrity, rebellion, alienation and the glue that set several generations free of societal and self-suppression.''

Joan Jett 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Click to see photos from the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 18 ...


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8 Incredible Items in the 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Exhibit

Monday, April 6: 11 a.m.
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The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee exhibit opens April 11, 2015, and will feature amazing stories and incredible pieces from this year's class: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the "5" Royales, Green Day, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, and Bill Withers.

Here are eight of our favorite items in the new exhibit, from a mirrored-star shirt designed by Slash's Mom to an infamously muddy outfit that was at the center of a near-riot at Woodstock '94.

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Withers

1. Bill Withers' Main Guitar

Bill Withers was in many ways an anomaly in the music business. In the “Black Power” era of funk and flash, as he put it, “[In] 1970, 1971 or something, you know, I’m this black guy coming out sitting on a chair with an acoustic guitar.” His songwriting and performance style was understated, subtle, simply and straightforwardly constructed, and both articulate and honest. Withers' Martin acoustic guitar model D-35 was his main instrument, used to write and record with, and on stage for live performances.

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Green Day Woodstock 1994 Billie Joe Armstrong

2. Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day's Woodstock '94 Outfit

Woodstock '94 in Saugerites, New York, was ...


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