When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomes its newest members April 10, some pretty big stars will formally induct them.
The Evergreen State’s own Nirvana will be inducted by Michael Stipe, R.E.M singer and songwriter. (Northwest fans likely know the local R.E.M connection: guitarist Peter Buck splits his time between homes in Seattle and Portland.)
Bruce Springsteen will induct and perform with his longtime group, the E Street Band.
Linda Ronstadt, the versatile vocalist who announced last summer she’s afflicted with Parkinson’s disease and no longer can sing, will hear a powerhouse quintet perform in tribute to her: Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, and Carrie Underwood. Glenn Frey of the Eagles – the group that before stardom was Ronstadt’s backup band – will induct her.
The Hall of Fame telecast premieres on HBO on Saturday, May 31, at 9 p.m.