Paul McCartney will induct former Beatle-mate Ringo Starr into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo act this coming April. Starr is already in the Rock Hall, as part of The Beatles.
Patti Smith will handle the duties of posthumously welcoming Lou Reed into the institution for his solo career. Reed was already inducted as part of punk group The Velvet Underground.
Stevie Wonder will induct R&B singer and songwriter Bill Withers at the ceremony. J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf will introduce the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Fall Out Boy will pay tribute to Green Day. John Mayer will induct Stevie Ray Vaughan and Steve Cropper, of Booker T. & the MG’s, will induct 1950s doo-wop group the 5 Royales.
It has not been announced yet who will induct Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.
Performers at this year’s event include Beck, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Tom Morello, John Legend and Jimmie Vaughan. Additional performers will be announced in coming weeks.
The ceremony will be held April 18th in Cleveland. The event will be filmed and highlights will be aired later as an HBO special on May 30.