This just in: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2013 inductees and prog-rock fans can celebrate.
Rush made the cut, along with Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, blues great Albert King and late disco diva Donna Summer.
Missing out: N.W.A., the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, the Meters and Procol Harum.
Public Enemy becomes just the fourth hip-hop act to make it, following Run-DMC, Beastie Boys and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Summer joins after Elton John became a vocal supporter.
It’s a diverse list. Rush made it, likely at the expense of Deep Purple. Ditto Public Enemy over N.W.A.
Also to be inducted: Quincy Jones and Lou Adler in the non-performer category.
The induction ceremony is scheduled April 28 in Los Angeles. HBO will televise highlights on May 18.
Wednesday’s 12-12-12 concert will start at 7:30 p.m. with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. It’s probably been years since Bruce has been an opener. But when the lineup also includes a Beatle (Paul McCartney), a member of Pink Floyd (Roger Waters), the Who and Rolling Stones, that’s no shame. McCartney will close the proceedings sometime after midnight.
Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, Bon Jovi and Dave Grohl will also perform. Numerous actors and actresses will also pop in for public-service announcements and to man the call-in line for donations to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
That list includes: Steve Buscemi, Jessica Chastain, Chelsea Clinton, Sean Combs, Billy Crystal, Leo DiCaprio, Jimmy Fallon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Karlie Kloss, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Susan Sarandon, Jon Stewart, Kristen Stewart, Quentin Tarantino, and Brian Williams.
Tinseltown has announced it will devote a screen to Wednesday’s concert. Cost is $5.75. More than 40 cable stations will also show the concert.