Journey, ELO and YES Among 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2017. First time nominees Pearl Jam, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur will be enshrined, along with three-time nominee Yes. Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers – known for his production work with the likes of David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck – will receive the Rock Hall’s Musical Excellence Award.
Reacting to the news, Yes drummer Alan White told Billboard, “It’s totally exciting. It’s a great pleasure to be recognized for something you’ve been doing all your life and get recognition in the industry for the amount of work you’ve put in and to have done something that changed the course of history, I guess, over time.”
Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain said simply being nominated felt like a victory. “It’s just been a little bit of a wait,” he said. “I think it was patience. We just had to be patient. I figured it would come around.”
Artists become eligible for induction 25 years following the release of their first album or single. Honorees are selected via votes cast by more than 900 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation designees, along with a single ballot that aggregates results from votes cast online by the general public.
The annual induction ceremony – scheduled this year for April 7 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center – often presents an opportune time for long-divided bands to reunite. Prog-rock guitarist Steve Howe told Rolling Stone he wasn’t averse to performing alongside ex-Yes bandmates Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman. “It just depends on how it feels and what the communication is and what the spirit is,” said Howe. “Obviously it’s a consideration.”
Howe also hinted that Yes’s 1972 hit, “Roundabout,” might be a good choice for the traditional all-star jam that concludes the ceremony. “It could be a little bit chaotic,” he joked.