The inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2017 have been announced. In their first year of eligibility, Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur have been elected to the Hall. Joining them are Yes, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra and Joan Baez. Groups are eligible 25 years after releasing their first record, making the long wait for the bevy of 70s era staples a big contrast comparatively speaking.
“I kind of feel like we were already in with our fans and the amount of records we’ve sold all over the world,” Journey’s Neal Schon told Rolling Stone. “I wasn’t expecting anything at all. I’ve learned to be that way. If you don’t expect something and it comes, then its good news. I’m honored. I think we’re all honored.”
Niles Rogers, the legendary guitarist of Chic, known in more recent years for his work with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams, will be honored with the Award For Musical Excellence.
The ceremony will be held on at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 7th. Yes and Journey are rumored to be reuniting for the event.