Congrats to first-time ballot bands R.E.M. and Van Halen: you’re going to Cleveland! The Hall has spoken, choosing those bands — along with Patti Smith, The Ronettes, and Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five — for induction at the March 12th ceremony in NYC’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel. The Dave Clark Five, Chic, Joe Tex didn’t make the cut (again).
Along with a tribute to Atlantic Records pioneer Ahmet Ertegun, look forward to performances from the inductees. No prob, mostly … but what’s gonna go down with Van Halen? Diamond Dave and Hagar brawl? Maybe inventor Eddie will break out the shred machine (which we like to call the “Shreddie Van Halen”).