Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) by Tony Stack
The new class of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees was announced today, with a ceremony set for March 12 at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The Rock Hall Foundation's President and C.E.O., Joel Peresman, in a statement, said, "We couldn't be more proud to honor this unique, diverse group of rockers, rappers, singers and poets. This is what rock and roll is all about."

Selected by the 600 voters of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Foundation the five new inductees include:

  • R.E.M. (Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe)
  • The Ronettes (Estelle Bennett, Ronnie Spector, Nedra Talley)
  • Patti Smith
  • Van Halen (Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth)
  • Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (Kid Creole, Cowboy, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Mr. Ness, Raheim)

    Inductees became eligible for the Hall 25 years after their first recording was released, and in addition to the ceremony they will be the focus of a multi-media career overview to go on exhibit in March at Cleveland's Rock Hall Museum.

  • [Published on: 1/8/07]

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    ozarkkeegan starstarstarstar Mon 1/8/2007 11:53AM
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    It's the end of the world as we know it

    cocheese Mon 1/8/2007 11:55AM
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    R.E.M.? maybe i'm the only one, but i thought they really blowed chunks. never been a big fan of van halen ethier, but both bands definitely were loved by millions, so what do i know?

    All Loving Liberal White Guy Mon 1/8/2007 11:57AM
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    All Loving Liberal White Guy

    yet again, another year where gwar get's snubbed.

    phishr82 Mon 1/8/2007 11:58AM
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    personally dont think any of those groups are stellar, but what do i know? it's really seems deeply rooted in record sales

    peaton Mon 1/8/2007 12:32PM
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    Even though David Lee Roth was a total d-bag, I still think he should be the only lead singer to be inducted. Van Halen sucked after Sammy Hagar joined the band. Wasn't there a third guy too (Gary Cherone?). I dunno, anyway, I agree that these inductees are kinda weak.

    discobret starstarstarstar Mon 1/8/2007 12:57PM
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    Still no Prog Rock bands in the Hall of Fame! How can R.E.M. get inducted before Genesis, Yes, Rush, or Jethro Tull?!? It's a travesty!

    rjd999 Mon 1/8/2007 01:07PM
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    Im glad to see Grandmaster Flash get a nod... one of the godfathers of hip hop music, and while it has evolved into something pretty poor, hip hop was founded and showed lots of promise for a while... van halen is eh, but eddie can undoubtedly shred... the ronnettes are dope, fuck what ya heard... and yeah, R.E.M., I can do without, but they wrote some huge songs...

    Richard Constable Mon 1/8/2007 01:07PM
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    Richard Constable

    Wait...Yes isn't in the Hall of Fame? What kind of lousy voters puts R.E.M. into the Hall before Yes?

    QuantumTuba Mon 1/8/2007 01:23PM
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    No Jethro Tull!? It is clear that the Rock Hall of Fame is not the ultimate authority, or there would be more prog bands than simply Pink Floyd! After hearing that, I checked to see if even Led Zeppelin was on (thank god they are).

    iamzero starstarstarstar Mon 1/8/2007 01:35PM
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    Van Halen definitely deserved a spot. They're one of the biggest rock bands of all time. Not to mention their huge influence on so many rock bands that came after them. i dont think hagar or cherone should be counted though...post roth van halen blew pretty bad.

    buddha22 starstarstar Mon 1/8/2007 01:55PM
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    maybe you guys are too young to remember, but Van Halen kicked ass before Davil Lee's ego went berzerko and Eddie kind of lost it with drugs. Early 80's VH concerts were pure rocknroll badass melt your face. It's a shame they bitched out when Sammy came along.
    Oh yeah, and R.E.M. is nerd rock. Well, actually Pavement is nerd rock. R.E.M. is limp dick rock. I'm sorry, had to say it.

    All Loving Liberal White Guy Mon 1/8/2007 02:01PM
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    All Loving Liberal White Guy

    all props to grandmaster flash but how can he get thrown in without sugarhill gang or afrika bambaataa getting a nod? WASUPWITDAT?!!!

    jjwood starstar Mon 1/8/2007 02:48PM
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    I agree 1000% (not a typo) with DiscoRockStar. The *only* artist in the Crock & Roll Hall of $$$$ from prog-rock is Pink Floyd! Plus, add King Crimson and Genesis to that list (rememeber, before Genesis went pop, they were a superb prog-rock band!). As far as other artists omitted, where are The Guess Who (The first big Canadian band!) and Deep Purple? Then again, the Crock lost my support for good after The Sex Pistols -- THE most overrated band in music history, bar none! -- were chosen. It's all about certain record exec fatcats & their friends, and not about art itself.

    vida421 starstarstar Mon 1/8/2007 03:16PM
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    If they didn't call it prog rock back then, is it really prog rock? maybe its pre prog prog rock....hmmmm

    Luthur Mon 1/8/2007 07:25PM
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    Folks -

    This is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Friends of Jann Wenner. It's a joke. Pay no attention to this event.

    funkyriddims starstar Mon 1/8/2007 09:23PM
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    The Rock Hall is for the most part is pretty lame,they do have some cool stuff there though, Jerrys Rosebud & Lightning Bolt guitars by Doug Irwin(the only things in the whole place youre actually allowed to photograph). But I gotta say that as a Northeast Ohioan it burns me that every year the big inductee ceremony and concert is held, not in Cleveland wherethe Rock Hall is, but in New York. Lame Lame Lame.I did see Derek Trucks Band there a couple years ago though. Oh yeah, the section with Brittany Spears and Backstreet Boys costumes is one of the biggest displays.

    cincinnatired Tue 1/9/2007 04:51AM
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    Maybe they should quit the idea of an "annual class" as there clearly is a dilution of the talent pool and all good rockers are in there. To think that Grand master Flash and the Ronnettes are "what rock is all about." Give me a break. Not to mention the building is too small for all of the stuff they have in there anyway!

    cliftonhanger star Tue 1/9/2007 08:40AM
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    don't know the Ronettes, grandmaster flash is not rock n' roll, and REM are OK but not h.o.f. material yet. i'll give it up to Van Halen and i guess patti smith (not sure what she's done either). What about the Allman Brothers Band, they better be there. I agree that Yes and Rush both should be there before REM or VH. Is The Band there too? i'll be pissed if they aren't.

    whoknowswhy Tue 1/9/2007 12:43PM
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    Cliftonhanger now it makes so much more sense. I can completely see why your such a tard in your other posts.

    What are you like 17? 19? You dont know who these people are and havent heard there music yet you seem to feel like you are a bastion of musical knowledge.

    How about try and learn some more? Youd be doing a favor for all. Maybe instead of wasting your time posting that you dont know an artists work, you could use your computer to go seek some out. Crazy idea I know. But I am sure that you will find using your computer to gain knowledge can be just as fun as using it to muddle the collective knowledge of others.

    jahrome17 starstar Tue 1/9/2007 02:18PM
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    REM - sweet, and for all you haters, they write some excellent songs, unlike most jambands outside of the Dead (and I love jambands). They are very deserving of their spot.

    So is van halen, even if i don't really like their stuff.

    But Patti Smith? The Ronnettes? Grandmaster Flash? No way. Way too many more deserving groups.

    lostpilgrim Wed 1/10/2007 10:42AM
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    Let us not forget that Rolling Stone magazine ranked their first album 'Murmur' album of the year over MJ's 'Thriller' and the Police's 'Syncronicity' in '82. Despite how you might feel about those other albums that was a huge deal at the time. REM was the greatest band on the planet from '80-88. No one wrote better social & political songs than they did at that time. Sadly when they switched from IRS Records to Warner Bros everything went to hell in the name of "reinvention". They never should've tried pop music but are deserving of this honor none the less.

    ratdog85 Wed 1/10/2007 12:27PM
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    dear whoknowswhy,
    I am not really sure why you feel the need to say such hurtful things. First off, it wasnt like cliftonhanger was saying any of those bands are bad. Second off, who died and made you king. Believe me, the world is a better place when all this negativity is dropped.

    whoknowswhy Wed 1/10/2007 12:41PM
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    Ratdog have you missed his coments all over this site? Negative, nah

    realistic, yes

    Why dont you go and lecture cliftonhanger on articles where he is calling people cops, and attempting to trash anyone that dosent agree with his closeminded views?

    Flyingbird73 Fri 1/12/2007 10:36AM
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    Intriguing as to those that are in vs out.

    cliftonhanger420 star Fri 1/12/2007 08:42PM
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    who knows why there are so many f-ing a-holes in the world? do u have an opinion about anything "whoknowswhy" or u just on her to be an a-hole? r u the expert on the ronnettes? is grandmaster flash rock? then f-u. i was probably seeing shows while u were in diapers. now you're probably in college living off mommy and daddy thinking u the shit. i've been to the rock n' roll hall of fame twice and it's all right, but i don't think they should put just anyone in there. there's a lot of cheese there though, like britney spears and new kids on the block garbage. these posts are about having opinions, not being an a-hole. you're the type we want to stay away from shows, while the rest of us dance and have a good time. same goes for your frat brothers.