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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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The Rock Hall's Guide to the Essential "5" Royales Songs

Thursday, April 16: 5 p.m.
Posted by Jason Hanley

Over the course of two decades – from 1945 to 1965 – 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee the "5" Royales created a remarkable body of work that laid the foundation for a host of music that followed in its wake. With pivotal recordings and performing techniques that helped define a variety of styles under the rock and roll umbrella, the group is responsible for some of rock's first true standards. Here are my picks for essential listening.

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee the 5 Royales songs


“Bedside of a Neighbor” (1952)
The very first record by the “5” Royales was a variation of the Thomas Dorsey tune “(Standing By the) Bedside of a Neighbor.” It was recorded in August of 1951 and released on Apollo Records in January of 1952 under the name The Royal Sons Quintet. They put in a great vocal performance with the lead sung by John Tanner, but don’t miss the gospel piano played by the group’s friend Royal Abbit.

“Baby Don’t Do It” (1952)
While their contract with Apollo was to record gospel music, the group quickly began recording secular music as well; at first under the name the Royals, and then by the time of this hit song ...


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The Rock Hall's Guide to the Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Songs

Thursday, April 16: 2 p.m.
Posted by Jason Hanley

The studio and live LPs released during the last seven years of 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Stevie Ray Vaughan's life ensured his place in Stratocaster immortality and influenced the next generation of blues guitarists. With Double Trouble bandmates Tommy Shannon on bass, Chris Layton on drums and Reese Wynans on keyboards, the Texas-born blues-rock powerhouse forged a sound that influenced and inspired countless players around the globe.

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

“Love Struck Baby”
The first song on the debut album from Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Texas Flood, released on June 13, 1983 – it was also the first single from the album. But don’t be fooled if it sounds too good to be a new band; Stevie Ray formed the band in 1978, and the final lineup had come together in 1980 consisting of SRV, Tommy Shannon (bass), and Chris Layton (drums).


“Pride and Joy”
This song is a great example of a Texas Shuffle (in which the guitar plays a triplet pattern over the quadruple meter of the band). Listen to how in the opening Stevie Ray plays all the off beats with an upstroke on the guitar to emphasize them. It makes for a great ...


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Percy Sledge and the Southern Soul Revolution

Thursday, April 16: 9 a.m.

When Percy Sledge first tried to make a record in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the white owner of the area’s first record label refused to work with him. Saying that he preferred to stick with white country and pop artists, the producer slammed the door in the young singer’s face. A few years later, Sledge was the area’s biggest star, with a Number One hit that defined “the Muscle Shoals sound” and helped launch one of the era’s most significant music scenes. Sledge’s spare, aching ballad – the still-iconic “When A Man Loves A Woman” – not only set a musical template for deep soul, but also reflected the unique musical alchemy that made Muscle Shoals and southern soul into an international symbol of cultural change.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Percy Sledge RIP

Crucial to Sledge’s success, and that of Muscle Shoals soul, was his records’ mixture of black and white. He worked with a mostly-white group of young studio musicians, including producer Rick Hall and fellow Hall of Famer Spooner Oldham, who now embraced the chance to cut records with black artists. Additionally, Sledge was one of the great practitioners of the musical hybrid that became known, appropriately enough, as “country-soul.” Sledge’s ...


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The Rock Hall's Guide to the Essential Bill Withers Songs

Wednesday, April 15: 2 p.m.

In a recording career that lasted only 15 years, but left a lasting legacy, 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Withers mastered the vocabularies of the acoustic singer-songwriter, R&B, disco and even mainstream jazz, while maintaining a distinctive personality as a composer and vocalist. Here are my picks for essential Bill Withers songs.

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Withers

“Ain’t No Sunshine”
A breakthrough hit from Just As I Am (produced by Hall of Fame Inductee Booker T. Jones), “Ain’t No Sunshine” set the framework for the Bill Withers sound with its sparse arrangement, direct,  no-frills lyric and in the pocket groove. It was also a bona fide hit, reaching Number Three on the Billboard 100 in 1971.

“Grandma’s Hands”
“I was one of those kids who was smaller than all the girls. I stuttered. I had asthma. So I had some issues," recalled Bill Withers. "My grandmother was that one person who would always say that I was going to be OK. … When you're a weaker kid, whoever champions you becomes very important to you." This song is a tribute to those healing hands.

“Who Is He (and What is He to You?)”
Just the right undertone ...


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