Metallica, Run-D.M.C. named to Rock Hall

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Metallica and Run-D.M.C., and Jeff Beck top the list of& acts named& this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee class. Joining them will be fellow 2009 inductees R&B group Little Anthony and the Imperials and soul singer Bobby Womack, as well as rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson in the early influence category and pianist Dewey Lyndon "Spooner" Oldham and Elvis Presley bassist Bill Black and drummer D.J. Fontana in the sideman category. The induction ceremony will be held on April 4 at Cleveland’s Public Hall.

Metallica released their first album in 1983 and are cuurently touring in support of their latest album, 2008’s Death Magnetic. The band will perform a soldout show at the TD Banknorth Garden on Sunday night. Run-D.M.C. is the second rap act named to the Hall, following Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 2006. Ironically, Run-DMC’s video for "King of Rock" features the group wrecking the halls of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2002, founding member Jam-Master Jay was shot and killed at his recording studio in Queens, New York. Beck, who was originally inducted in 1992 as member of the Yardbirds, will be honored for his solo career.

The 24th annual induction ceremony will be held on April 4 in the hall’s hometown of Cleveland. It will be broadcast live in on Fuse TV. Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster on January 26.

To be eligible for induction into the Rock Hall, acts must have released their first single at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The inductees are chosen by the 500+ voters of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2008 was comprised of Madonna, John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, The Dave Clark Five, and The Ventures.

Among the nominess that were overlooked this year were The Stooges. The list of non-nominated snubs is vast and includes acts such as Kiss, Genesis, Yes, and Stevie Ray Vaughn

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