Among the seven acts being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday (April 7) is the rock band Journey. This rock band, which was formed in 1973 in San Francisco by musicians from the bands Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch, has had a long list of members over the years. Among the most notable is Steve Perry, who joined the group as lead vocalist in 1977 and stayed for a decade. He reunited with the group for a tribute to promoter Bill Graham in 1991, performed with them again from 1995 to 1998, and will be back onstage with them tonight when Pat Monahan sings their praises.
Earlier this week, it was announced that David Letterman will step in for an ailing Neil Young to pay tribute to Pearl Jam. The other match-ups are as follows: Jackson Browne will induct Joan Baez, Dhani Harrison will salute Electric Light Orchestra, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush will honor Yes, Pat Monahan will sing the praises of Journey, Snoop Dogg will tout Tupac Shakur and Pharrell Williams will fete Nile Rodgers. All but Yes, which had lost two previous bids, were first-time contenders for this honor.
The ceremony is overseen by Playtone and Line By Line Productions with Alex Coletti handling both helming and producing. Executive producers are Jann Wenner, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Joel Peresman; co-executive producer is Frank Garritano; and supervising producer is Barbra Dannov. The ceremony will be broadcast on HBO on Saturday April 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
To be eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an artist must have released their first single or album at least 25 years prior to their nomination, so this year’s honorees date back to 1991 (as in the case of Pearl Jam and Shakur) or earlier.
This septet was culled from a list of 19 nominees released in mid October. To decide the inductees, ballots were sent to more than 800 music industry insiders around the world. Fans also had a chance to weigh in with their thoughts.