Among the biggest highlights, Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana. The former R.E.M. frontman was a longtime friend of Kurt Cobain and is the godfather of his child, Francis Bean. In 2011, Stipe revealed his efforts to save Kurt Cobain prior to his death in 1994, as he invited him to collaborate on a mock project.
The surviving members of Nirvana — Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic — will be in attendance, but have yet to confirm whether they’ll perform together. (We’re guessing Chad Channing won’t be asked to play, either way.)
Meanwhile, Bruce Springsteen will induct the E Street Band, with whom he’ll also share a performance. While KISS previously backed out of playing the ceremony due to lineup conflicts, they’ll be there when Tom Morello inducts them into the Hall.
Furthermore, Chris Martin of Coldplay will welcome in Peter Gabriel, who says he will perform. Linda Ronstadt will be inducted by The Eagles’ Glenn Frey; she’ll also receive a star-studded tribute featuring Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt. Questlove is introducing Hall and Oates, followed by a performance from the duo. Finally, Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon and numerous production credits will induct Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham. There’s currently no word on who is inducting Cat Stevens.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, which the paying public are allowed to attend for the first time ever, is happening April 10th at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The ceremony will air in an edited form on HBO on May 31st.