The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has decided to right some wrongs by adding a handful of backing groups to the induction ceremony that will be held in Cleveland on April 14.
The Blue Caps, the Comets, the Crickets, the Famous Flames, the Midnighters, and the Miracles will all follow their way more famous leaders (who are already inducted) into the Rock Hall.
Apparently the Rock Hall got a secret committee together to talk about why these backing bands weren't originally inducted with their frontmen years ago (think Bruce Springsteen without the E Street Band). And apparently they came up with something like, "Yeah, these guys do deserve to be in there."
“These Inductees are pioneers in the development of the music we call rock and roll,” said Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “As part of our mission to recognize the most impactful, innovative and influential artists in rock, the committee brought forth these six groups that belong in the Hall of Fame.”
Here's the breakdown of the new inductees, which should add an extra hour or two to the induction ceremony at Public Auditorium in April: The Blue Caps (Gene Vincent, class of 1998), the Comets (Bill Haley, 1987), the Crickets (Buddy Holly, 1986), Famous Flames (James Brown, 1986), the Midnighters (Hank Ballard, 1990), and the Miracles (Smokey Robinson, 1987).
The Rock Hall will probably look back every few years to fix these things. Which means a decade from now the 247 other people who played in Guns N' Roses will finally get their due. So there's still hope, Tommy Stinson. —Michael Gallucci