Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 Rock Hall of Fame

The inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2015 were announced today. It was a fairly decent lineup compared to years past.

Green Day
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Lou Reed
Ringo Starr
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Bill Withers
The “5” Royales

I had complained for years that Stevie Ray Vaughan was overlooked, so I am glad that he got in this time. Same with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
Green Day is a worthy first-ballot inductee in my opinion. And I am happy that they have capped off their Beatles tribute by giving individual recognition to Ringo Starr.
I was never a fan of the Velvet Underground, but I did get into Lou Reed in the '80s when he came out with his New York album.

Looking ahead to next year, the list of first-time eligibles for 2016 is pretty week in my opinion with only Pearl Jam as a possible first ballot inductee. And there are still a lot of worthy contenders that have been left out including:

Deep Purple
Cheap Trick
The Cars
J. Geils Band
Los Lobos
Steve Miller Band
Def Leppard
Electric Light Orchestra
Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Peter Frampton
Jim Croce
The GoGo's
REO Speedwagon
Paul Revere and the Raiders
Billy Squier