It’s been 25 years since Green Day’s first EP, 1,000 Hours, was released, which means one thing: the East Bay punk rock trio, which traversed a little-seen path from 924 Gilman to Broadway, has finally become eligible to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [Ed note: It also means we're very old.]
Without wasting any time at all, it was announced yesterday that, thanks to the votes of more than 700 artists, historians, and fellow members of the music industry, the band will be inducted into the Hall of Fame's class of 2015, alongside fellow inductees Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. The induction ceremony takes place at Cleveland's Public Hall on April 18, 2015.
[jump] Armstrong told Rolling Stone, “I had to go for a walk when I heard the news…we're all in a surreal state right now. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has always held something for me because my heroes were in there.”
Drummer Tré Cool posted this to Instagram yesterday:
“I want to express gratitude to all the people who have stayed with us and showed support all these years. We have the greatest fans in the world. Our GreenDay family is growing all the time and we love all of you. See you in Cleveland, Ohio! #RockandrollHallOfFame #inducted #greenday #thankyou #idiotnation”
No, Green Day. #Thank #you.