Pearl Jam To Be Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

The 2017 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have officially been announced!

Set to take the honours are Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Journey, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra and Joan Baez, with Chic's Nile Rodgers to be given the Award For Musical Excellence.

It takes 25 years after the release of their first album or single for an artist to be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2017 being the first year Pearl Jam and also Tupac Shakur reached eligibility. They are also the first artists to join the institution who started their careers in the Nineties.

Speaking to Rolling Stone earlier this year in May, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready said "It would be a great honor," to be inducted.

Journey's guitarist Neal Schon commented, "I wasn't expecting anything at all. I've learned to be that way. If you don't expect something and it comes, then its good news. I'm honored. I think we're all honored."

Nile Rodgers, speaking about his Musical Excellence Award says, "It's sort of bittersweet." "I'm quite flattered that they believed that I was worthy, but my band Chic didn't win. They plucked me out of the band and said, 'You're better than Chic.' That's wacky to me ... I am flattered and I think it's cool, but I feel like somebody put me in the lifeboat and told my family they can't get in."

The induction ceremony will be held at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on April 7th, 2017.


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