The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the esteemed inductees for 2015. The following artists will be inducted on April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall: Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Ringo Starr will receive the Award For Musical Excellence and the "5" Royales — a '50s R&B group— will receive the Early Influence Award.
The induction ceremony is open to the general public and tickets go on sale on December 18, 2014.
Artists become eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single.
Green Day released its first EP, 1,000 Hours, in 1989, and enter the institution in their first year of eligibility.
Joan Jett was blown away by the news. "It's surreal and very humbling," she told Rolling Stone. "Playing 'I Love Rock and Roll' would be a lot of fun," Jett said of the ending ceremony. "It would speak to what a lot of us have dedicated our lives to, this music called rock & roll. I think it would be appropriate. I've always sort of kept that song away, but I think in this instance it would be a perfect instance to whip it out and have people do it."
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Stevie Ray Vaughan is being inducted posthumously, and his Double Trouble bandmates are also getting in.
"I guess I'll have to go buy a suit," said Withers upon hearing the news.
Reed is already a Hall of Fame member, inducted in 1996 with the Velvet Underground. He will be honored posthumously for his solo work at the event.
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Paul Butterfield apprenticed with black bluesmen and helped spur the American blues revival of the '60s.
Ringo Starr: Award For Musical Excellence
At the end of the annual ceremony, many of the inductees jam together. "I'm not putting a band together," Ringo told Rolling Stone. "But if Paul [McCartney] puts one together, I'll do 'With A Little Help From My Friends.'"
*Thank you to Rolling Stone for the quotes.