Journey, the Electric Light Orchestra and Yes will be part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2017, joining Joan Baez, Pearl Jam and rapper Tupac Shakur at the 32nd annual induction ceremony on April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Nile Rodgers of the band Chic, who produced David Bowie's Let's Dance among scores of other records, will receive an Award For Musical Excellence that night as well.
It's the third time in the last four years that the induction ceremony has been held in Brooklyn after moving away from its previous home at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan. Journey and ELO are first-time nominees and finished 1-2 in the fan voting; Each received one additional vote added to the tally from the more than 900 professional Rock Hall voters. An on-sale date for tickets will be announced in January, with Rock Hall members receiving access to a pre-sale.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame + Museum in Cleveland will open a special exhibit on March 30 to honor the 2017 inductees. Acts are eligible for the Rock Hall 25 years after the release of their first recording.
In addition to Chic, others on the ballot this year included Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Depeche Mode, Jane's Addiction, the J. Geils Band, Janet Jackson, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, the MC5, Steppenwolf, the Cars and the Zombies.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.