Van Halen, REM Announced as Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Published: 2007-01-10
Monday January 8th was a very special day for some glorified old time musicians. The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame announced the award-deserving inductees of 2007.

The list varies, from R.E.M, Van Halen, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Patti Smith and the Ronettes. The ceremony will take place March 12 at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

As being inducted into the Hall of Fame is quite the prestigious honour for musicians, they are all expected to perform for the occasion. With this request in place there might be a couple of problems.

R.E.M's original drummer, Bill Berry left the band in 1997. But front man Michael Stipe says there is no worry, "Obviously, we're really honored...and the thought of ourselves and Patti Smith and Grandmaster Flash all being there, it's to be a very exciting night. And of course, Bill will be there with us, he'll definitely be onstage with us." Problem solved there but then there is still the question of Van Halen.

The band has had numerous line-up changes throughout their history as a band. Even at the height of their success, in 1985 lead singer David Lee Roth quit due to personal issues with guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Replacing David Lee Roth was Sammy Hagar. With the new vocalist they gained even more fame and topped the charts once again. Yet still the band just can't manage to keep a singer. Hagar was eventually replaced by Gary Cherone, who also left the band. Hagar then returned in 2004 for a tour only to leave again. So at the present time no one knows who will be included in Van Halen's lineup when they perform at the ceremony.

Writer: Lindsey Peterson



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