Rock Hall Announces Bruce Springsteen, Michael Stipe, Tom Morello, Questlove, Chris Martin as Presenters
By Brian Ives
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has just announced most of the presenters for this year’s induction ceremony, taking place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 10.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Michael Stipe of R.E.M. will come out of retirement to do the speech for Nirvana; there’s still no word as to whether or not there will be some sort of tribute to that band at the event.
Daryl Hall and John Oates will perform at the ceremony; Roots drummer Questlove will present them. Peter Gabriel, being inducted for the second time (the first was as a member of Genesis) will also perform; Coldplay‘s Chris Martin will do the honors there.
Cat Stevens is confirmed to perform, but the presenter has not yet been announced.
Linda Ronstadt will be presented by her former guitarist Glenn Frey (the Eagles got their start as her backing band); Ronstadt is unable to perform, as she is battling Parkinson’s disease but rock and country royalty — Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow — will perform a tribute to the legendary singer that is sure to be worth the price of admission.
And in a bit of rather unsurprising news, Bruce Springsteen, inducted in 1999, will do the honors for the E Street Band, who kick off a U.S. tour two days earlier in Cincinnati.
Aa few extra tickets for the extremely sold-out event have now been made available “due to production updates,” according to the Rock Hall’s website. And if you can’t make it to the event, they’ve also announced the air date for the telecast: it will premiere on HBO on May 31 at 9:00 p.m. ET.