The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University will honor rock and roll pioneers the Everly Brothers during the 19th Annual Music Masters® series this October. Don and Phil Everly were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the first class of inductees in 1986. Two-time Grammy Award winner Rodney Crowell will serve as musical director for the tribute concert, which will take place on Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre. Tribute concert artists will be announced in the coming months.
“I’m honored and proud as I know Phil would be for the recognition being given to the Everly Brothers,” said Don Everly. “I’d like to thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and fans for keeping the Everly Brothers alive and accept with great appreciation this special celebration. I wish Phil were here to share this honor with me. It has cost many tears and taken many miles and several decades to arrive at this point.”
Phil Everly passed away in January of this year, shortly before his 75th birthday. His family shared their thoughts on the honor. “Phil would have been tremendously honored and humbled by the recognition you have bestowed upon him. He would say it was hard to believe, when he and Don started, that there would even be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, let alone that they would be among the original inductees. The Everly Brothers sang about heartbreak and love in equal measure - both to the world and to each other. If he were here today he would thank the amazing Everly Brothers fans for believing in them and supporting them all these years. He would thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for bestowing this tremendous honor and he would above all thank his big brother Don for taking this journey with him. It wasn’t always easy, but together, they gave the world something extraordinary and changed music forever.”
Musical director Rodney Crowell spoke on the duo’s legacy and impact, saying, “The Everly Brothers were the first Appalachian born recording artists to bring close harmony to the rock and roll mainstream, which greatly influenced the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, the Hollies, the Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash and so many more. And their rhythm guitar style is still being copied today. The Everly Brothers gave modern teen angst its first beautiful voice.”
The weeklong celebration begins on Monday, October 20, and will feature interviews, panels, films and educational programs throughout the week, including a keynote lecture at Case Western Reserve University. On Saturday, October 25, a conference will be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, exploring the Everly Brothers’ impact on popular music. The tribute concert will be held Saturday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m. at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre in Cleveland. Ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks. A limited number of VIP packages beginning at $300 are available by contacting the Rock Hall’s development office at (216) 515-1201(216) 515-1201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The series is sponsored by ELS Studio (Acura).