By this time two days from now, I’ll be in Cleveland freaking out, waiting for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts to get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here’s everything I know so far about the ceremony.
1. The program will look awesome…
Read more about it here:
2. …and so does The Blackhearts’ Plain Dealer poster
All of the inductees get a cool poster, but I think Joan’s is the best. 🙂 Buy here:
3. Miley Cyrus will deliver the induction speech
People think this was an odd choice, but Miley has been a Joan Jett fan for a long time. She would not dare disrespect us or Joan, and Joan would not have approved of it if she was at all worried. Joan really likes Miley, and I think it will be great.
Greg Harris, the hall’s president and CEO, addressed the apparent incongruity during a news conference announcing another round of presenters and performers for the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, to be held April 18 in Cleveland.
“It was interesting to learn that they are mutual admirers,” Harris said today, adding that Cyrus and Jett earlier performed together on Oprah Winfrey’s television program.
Read more here:
Also, Dave Grohl and Tommy James will perform in the band that welcomes The Blackhearts into the Hall. Yay! 🙂
4. Most Blackhearts we have grown up with over the years will NOT be inducted with Joan
The Rock Hall powers that be have chosen to only induct the lineup from the I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll album, completely ignoring folks like Eric Ambel, the Blackhearts’ first guitarist before Ricky Byrd, long-time drummer Thommy Price, who has been in the band for 30 years, and Up Your Alley bassist Kasim Sulton, who played on “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” one of The Blackhearts’ biggest hits. I will address my feelings on this in a later post and will honor all Blackhearts right here on this blog, the right way. For now, I just want to enjoy this moment and not have it be ruined by those asshats. In the meantime, if you hear anyone insinuate that Joan Jett fans don’t care about which Blackhearts get in, please correct them. These fine musicians will not go unrecognized by us.
5. The JJBH items at the museum are ready for viewing as of April 11
See a preview of other items in the 2015 induction exhibit here:
And the great news is, the museum finally allows hand-held video and non-flash photography, except where otherwise noted. Share your pics!
6. Joan’s signature has been etched into glass
Check it out!
7. The ceremony will air May 30 on HBO
Check your local listings. There will probably also be a DVD or iTunes release at some point also, but I haven’t heard anything definitive yet.