Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl And Taylor Hawkins To Induct Rush Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

By Emmet Smith, Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 23, 2013

Foo Fighters and self-professed Rush super-fans Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will induct the Canadian prog-rockers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April in Los Angeles.

"It's got to be a dream come true for them. The Foo Fighters would have grown up listening to Rush on '70s radio," said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris by phone from Washington, D.C. "You can tell that they have a real sense of rock 'n' roll history. You don't get the staying power they've had without it."

Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announced the first group of artists that would be inducting this year's class in a press release Tuesday night.

In addition to Grohl and Hawkins, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will perform in honor of Donna Summer, Don Henley will induct Randy Newman, and John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. will perform in honor of Albert King, with Mayer giving the induction speech.

The inductors for Public Enemy, Heart and Ahmet Ertegun Award lifetime achievement award winners Quincy Jones and Lou Adler will be announced later.

"The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - and rock 'n' roll itself - is at its best when we connect the past with the present," Harris said. "In Gary Clark Jr., Mayer and Albert King, we've got three generations of great artists. And it's the same thing with Christina, Hudson and Donna Summer."

This year's induction ceremony will be at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 18. The ceremony will be recorded and broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 18. Tickets to the ceremony go on sale to the general public on Friday, Feb. 1.