Today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their 2017 induction class, and it is a murder’s row of musicians. The full class is Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Yes, Joan Baez, and Chic’s Nile Rodgers taking home the Award for Musical Excellence.
The ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 7, and HBO will be there to film an edited version to broadcast on their network. That will be must-see television, as I’m really curious as to who will perform for the late, great Tupac. I’m guessing it will be Kendrick Lamar with West Coast legends Dr. Dre and Snoop Doog, but that is total speculation.
For me, this is the best Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class in recent memory. Tupac is still one of the greatest rappers to ever grab a mic, and Pearl Jam is a goddamn American rock juggernaut. Tupac and Pearl Jam both made the Hall of Fame on their first ballots, as artists are eligible for induction 25 years after their debut album or single. Both of them getting in so quickly was a foregone conclusion, like Ken Griffey Jr. getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame this past year.
Also, this may be an unpopular opinion for people of my age bracket, but Electric Light Orchestra f*cking rules. I’ve been bumping those guys on the reg since Danny McGrath crossed Billy Madison off his “People To Kill” list.
Because I’m in the holiday spirit, here’s a Spotify playlist of some of my favorite tracks from Pearl Jam, Tupac, and ELO. Enjoy!