On April 4th 2009, the music world will see a whole new class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And of course, with inductees comes presenters! This year’s crop seems to be quite the motley bunch, but with the current inductee list it seems rather fitting. As it stands now, the procrastinating rapper Eminem will be ushering in influential rap group Run-DMC, while Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame is welcomes Metallica into the hall. And In a twist of fate, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are eligible for Rock Hall initiation as early as next year.
Another peculiar twist involves presenter Jimmy Page, who will be inducting fellow Yardbird Jeff Beck into the Hall. The twist is that Beck was already previously entered in tandem with The Yardbirds in 1992, while his second foray will be totally solo. Add to this Jimmy Page’s own two-time insertion into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame came in the form of his tenor with both The Yardbirds and legendary rock band Led Zeppelin. Our friends here will be in particularly good company as Wood of The Rolling Stones brings in R&B singer Bobby Womack for induction.
The list goes on for nominees this year as the Hall gets wind of DJ Fontana, Elvis Presley bassist Bill Black, and a vocal tribute by Smokey Robinson to Anthony & the Imperials. Music television station Fuse will be airing the ceremony on April 4th at 9PM. If you have cable or sattelite, tune in for some ferociously good performances and to watch some of the greatest artists of all time become one with the Rock Hall – Johnny Rotten saliva and all.