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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Journey, Tupac Shakur, Yes and Joan Baez in Diverse Class of 2017

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Honors Rebels and Trendsetters

Pearl Jam is among the diverse inductees for Hall of Fame, pictured here at MSG - Photo by Tammy Lo

Pearl Jam is among the diverse inductees for Hall of Fame, pictured here at MSG – Photo by Tammy Lo

By DONNA BALANCIA

Legendary folk singer Joan Baez, Seattle grunge leaders Pearl Jam and the late rapper Tupac Shakur have been tabbed among 2017 Inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Journey, Electric Light Orchestra and Yes have also earned their way into the Hall, as voted by their musical colleagues. Producer Nile Rodgers, who molded the sound of superstars across the board, will receive the Award for Musical Excellence.

The musicians will be honored April 7 at Barclays Center in Brookyln, N.Y.   A special exhibit highlighting the accomplishments of the inductees will open March 30 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has come to honor a range of differing styles of music over the years. Rap music, folk, blues and electronic genres are all considered to be part of the rock and roll experience, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame CEO Joel Peresman says.

Steve Perry and Journey to Reunite for Hall?

Steve Perry, the dynamic former frontman of Journey, with whom the band recorded “Don’t Stop Believin’,” among other hits posted a statement to the site Steve Perry News:

“I am truly grateful that Journey is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”  It’s expected that Steve will reunite with the band at the April 7 event.

Journey’s founding guitarist Neil Schon told Ultimate Classic Rock: “Musically speaking, I’d love to have him do a song with us – or two, or whatever. … I’m open to everything. I’m very open-minded to whatever happens, and any ideas that are brought forth.”

Rick Wakeman, Trevor Rabin and Jon Anderson Reunite as ARW, Announce U.S. and European Tour

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Yes Fans – Get Ready

Certainly, the most exciting news for long-time YES fans was the recent announcement that three of the group’s best known past members, singer Jon Anderson, guitarist Trevor Rabin, and keyboardist Rick Wakeman – ARW – have united and will be embarking on a world tour starting in early October and running through the spring of 2017.  And now, it is time to announce who will be joining the trio for the 2016 tour:

LEE POMEROY (bass)
Lee is an award winning composer and producer, as well as being an in demand session musician. As a professional bass player, Lee has recorded, toured, and performed with a diverse roster of high profile artistes, including Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Take That, Steve Hackett and Rick Wakeman. “I have played with arguably the 3 greatest bass players ever, Chris Squire, John Entwistle, and Lee Pomeroy!” says Rick Wakeman.” And I can’t wait to play with him again!”

Louis Molino - Photo by

Louis Molino – Photo by

LOUIS MOLINO III (drums)
Louis is originally from Philadelphia, and is a Los Angeles-based studio and touring drummer. Lou was an original member of Cock Robin, who released their debut album on Columbia Records. He has worked with producers Bob Ezrin, Eddie Offord, Paul De Villiers, Trevor Horn, Steve Hillage and Ken Scott. He has recorded and/or toured with Trevor Rabin, Julian Lennon, Kim Mitchell, Kenny Loggins, Roger Hodgson, and The Tubes. Lou’s work can be heard on such films as Con Air, Tarzan, Armageddon, Training Day, Jack Frost, Glory Road, Bad Boys II, Gone in Sixty Seconds, G-Force and Max. His television credits include Zero Hour, Agent X and 12 Monkeys.

GARY CAMBRA (multi-instrumentalist)
For 20 years, Gary has been the keyboardist, guitarist, and producer for one of rock music’s most notorious acts, The Tubes. He has also toured and been a session musician for notable acts, such as Stephen Bishop and Jefferson Starship, and produced and helped in the development of many acts in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas. Gary has composed for film and TV on projects such as, Roseanne Barr’ Saturday Night Special on the FOX Network, The Playboy Channel, and films such as, The Blob (Paramount), Under The Gun, and The Peace Effort (PBS).

ARW - IMAGE - JON ANDERSON - CREDIT DEBORAH ANDERSON CREATIVEThe most successful prog rock group of all time, YES, was co-founded by Jon Anderson and the late Chris Squire in 1968 and went on to sell millions of units with releases such as Fragile, Close To The Edge, Tales From Topographic Oceans, Going For The One, 90125 and numerous live albums as well as embarking on several record-breaking world tours.

The worldwide ARW Tour is being produced by legendary concert promoter Larry Magid, who is considered an architect and leader of the modern concert business. With over 16,000 concerts to his credit and still counting, he has produced national and international tours for Yes, Richard Pryor, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, Robin Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Earth Wind & Fire, Il Divo, The Allman Brothers Band, Patti LaBelle, Grover Washington Jr. and many others. In 1985 Larry Magid co-produced the American portion of Live Aid and in 2005 he was the producer of Live 8.

For tour information check out our graphic below or go to the ARW Website

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