The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame’s class of 2015 has officially been announced. Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band will be inducted into the hall at a ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall in April of 2015.
Artists become eligible to enter the Rock Hall 25 years after their first release, which marks Green Day as one of the handful of artists to enter in the first year of eligibility. Reed has already been inducted into the Hall as a member of the Velvet Underground 1996, but this posthumous induction covers his solo career.
This year’s class also leans a little heavily on blues-rock with the induction of the hugely influential Paul Butterfield Blues Band, who are finally in the Hall after several nominations. The late guitar god Vaughan wasn’t much of a doubt for an induction, though, and it’s likely that his backing band will be present to accept the honor in his behalf.
Former Beatle Ringo Starr will be receiving the Award For Musical Excellence at the ceremony, while vintage R&B group The “5” Royales are being inducted as an Early Influence. Tickets for the April 18th induction ceremony go on sale this Thursday.