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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its list of 2017 inductees in the Performers category. They include three enduring bands from the classic-rock world; one of the most popular groups of the grunge-rock era; a legendary folk singer and peace activist; and an influential rapper whose life was cut short by violence.
Next year's Rock Hall honorees in the Performers category are Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur. The 2017 ceremony is scheduled for April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Yes, ELO, Journey and Baez all have waited a long time for the honor, as Yes and ELO have been eligible for more than 20 years, Journey first was eligible in 2000 and Baez has been eligible since the Rock Hall was founded. In contrast, Pearl Jam and Tupac both were chosen for induction in their first year of eligibility. Interestingly, the 2017 inductees all received their first Rock Hall nomination this year except for Yes, who also was nominated for the Class of 2014 and 2016.
In addition, Chic guitarist and acclaimed producer and songwriter Nile Rodgers will be inducted into the Rock Hall in conjunction with receiving the Award for Musical Excellence. It's worth noting that Chic has been nominated in the "Performers" category 11 times, including this year, but has yet to be inducted.
In commemoration of the Rock Hall's Class of 2017 honorees, a new exhibit saluting the inductees will open at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland on March 30.
Artists become eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. For more information about the Class of 2017 honorees, visit RockHall.com.
Musician Greg Lake, who fronted both the influential bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has died, the BBC reports.
The musician, 69, lost a "a long and stubborn battle with cancer," his manager told the UK news agency.
On March 11 of this year, Lake's ELP bandmate Keith Emerson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Guns N' Roses' massive Not in This Lifetime tour is rolling on in 2017, with the band announcing more than 30 upcoming dates across Europe and North America.
The action kicks off again May 27 in Dublin, Ireland, and get back to our shores on July 27 in St. Louis with a show at The Dome at America's Center. Tickets go on sale December 9 in Canada and Europe, and December 10 in the U.S. VIP packages are available via VIPNation.com. Citi cardmembers can grab tickets starting tmorrow at 10 a.m. local time.
The band's 2016 tour sold more than 2 million tickets.
Here are North America dates for GN'R's 2017 "Not in This Lifetime" tour:
7/27 -- St. Louis, MO, The Dome At Americas Center
7/30 -- Minneapolis, MN, U.S. Bank Stadium
8/2 -- Denver, CO, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
8/8 -- Miami, FL, Miami Marlins Stadium
8/11 -- Winston-Salem, NC, BB&T Field at Wake Forest University
8/13 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
8/16 -- Buffalo, NY, New Era Field
8/19 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Parc Jean Drapeau
8/21 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, TD Place Stadium
8/24 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Investors Group Field
8/27 -- Regina, SK, Canada, New Mosaic Stadium at Evraz Place
8/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Commonwealth Stadium
9/1 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, BC Place Stadium
9/3 -- George, WA, The Gorge
9/6 -- El Paso, TX, Sun Bowl Stadium
9/8 -- San Antonio, TX, Alamodome