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Metallica and Run DMC for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2009)


Story by Jack Foley

ROCK legends Metallica and ‘80s rappers Run DMC are to be inducted into the US Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

They will be joined on the 2009 list by British guitarist Jeff Beck, as well as soul singer Bobby Womack and doo-woppers Little Anthony & The Imperials, having been voted for by 600 music experts.

The induction ceremony will take place on April 4, 2009, in Cleveland, Ohio, where the Hall of Fame is located.

Commenting on the honour, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said that he was delighted to hear the news, adding that the band had done it “our way”, adding: “27, 28 years later, we’re here!”

Run DMC supremo Darryl DMC McDaniels, meanwhile, referred to the group’s induction as “inconceivable”, adding: “I’m a rap dude. I’m an MC just rocking the mic.”

He described the feeling of being inducted alongside the likes of Bob Dylan and The Beatles as “ridiculous” but said he was deeply honoured.

Artists become eligible for inclusion in the Hall of Fame 25 years after their first recording is released.

Guitarist Jeff Beck played with The Yardbirds as well as The Jeff Beck Group in the ‘60s before pursuing a solo career, while Little Anthony & The Imperials have been singing since the ‘50s and are best-known for hits such as Tears On My Pillow and Goin’ Out Of My Head.

In addition to the main inductees, rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson will also be honoured in the early influence category, while 2009’s “sidemen inductees” include session musician Spooner Oldham and two of Elvis Presley’s musicians – drummer DJ Fontana and bassist Bill Black.

  1. Ok Run DMC should not be added to the rock hall of fame they are like a eightys rap group. Metallica has needed to be in the rock hall of fame though!

    darron taylor    Jan 16    #