The Class of 2019 induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is getting closer and closer: The ceremony itself will take place Friday night, March 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Presenters for this year’s class were announced earlier this week; it’s an excellent lineup that just might also have some hints about what the 2020 ballot will look like. Here’s the class again followed by the presenter:
Stevie Nicks – Harry Styles
The Cure – Trent Reznor
Roxy Music – Simon LeBon and John Taylor of Duran Duran
Def Leppard – Brian May
Janet Jackson – Janelle Monae
Radiohead – David Byrne
The Zombies – Susannah Hoffs of the Bangles
HBO’s edited telecast of the ceremony will air on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m., and if you’re in Cleveland anytime soon you can check out the Class of 2020 exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Some of these newly minted Hall of Famers will be taking the stage at Glastonbury later this year, which is back after a hiatus in 2018. Headliners will be the Cure, the Killers and Stormzy; also set to play are Janet Jackson, Janelle Monae, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Tame Impala, Mavis Staples, Wu-Tang Clan and tons and tons more. The fest sold out in October but canceled tickets go on sale April 28 at glastonburyfestivals.co.uk.
In other news, Missy Elliot will be the first female hip-hop artist to receive an honorary doctorate from Berklee School of Music at its May commencement; she joins Justin Timberlake and Alec Lacamoire, who is the music director of “Hamilton.”
And video director Rudi Dolezal, who directed several videos and film projects for Queen as well as Falco and others, says that a sequel to “Bohemian Rhapsody” is being discussed “within the Queen family.” So far, I haven’t seen a denial on Brian May’s social media feeds, but I sure hope one is forthcoming. As much as I love the guys, there’s just no reason for this to happen other than greed. Guys, you already tweaked the hell out of the timeline to make the story arc for this movie; you can’t play it both ways. Just say no.