Def Leppard and the Zombies are among other bands newly inducted
Whatever other honors a musician may receive, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a special accolade unto itself.
The Class of 2019 has been newly added, in a ceremony taped in New York at the end of March – and which HBO televises Saturday, April 27. As usual, the event includes performances by friends and admirers of the honorees, who also celebrate by taking the stage themselves to render some of the tunes they’re being saluted for. Here’s a look at this year’s chosen (in alphabetical order) for Cleveland’s Rock Hall and how they got there.
The Cure (inducted by Trent Reznor): This British group has undergone substantial changes over its 40-year-plus history, though original member Robert Smith remains as the band prepares for a number of summer appearances in Europe and Japan.
Def Leppard (inducted by Queen’s Brian May): The 1980s albums “Pyromania” and “Hysteria” did much to cement the fame and endurance of this heavy-metal-flavored English band. With the same lineup it’s maintained since the early ’90s, the group will bring its current tour to the U.S. in late summer.
Janet Jackson (inducted by Janelle Monae): Her brothers may have gotten a head-start on their music careers, but Janet clearly has made her own mark and then some, as an actress (“Fame,” “Poetic Justice”) as well as a singer-dancer who often has redefined her image – her “Rhythm Nation” phase being a prominent example.
Stevie Nicks (inducted by Harry Styles): Actually, this is Nicks’ second Rock Hall induction, since she became a member along with the rest of Fleetwood Mac in 1998 … and she now is the only woman to be inducted twice. Her solo career has been built on the self-styled gypsy image she has made legendary during her membership in the group, with whom she is touring again now (minus Nicks’ former partner Lindsey Buckingham).
Radiohead (inducted by David Byrne): Also contributing to the latest British presence in the Rock Hall, this creatively adventurous band that incorporates influences from several genres has factored heavily into the advent of alternative methods for releasing music.
Roxy Music (inducted by Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and John Taylor): Former girls’-school teacher Bryan Ferry was a founder of this glam-rock-embracing British band (which also included Brian Eno early on) that moved beyond a couple of early breakups to last for the better part of four decades.
The Zombies (inducted by The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs): During the so-called British Invasion of the ‘60s, this band scored several major hits – “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” and “Time of the Season.” In the group’s aftermath, co-founder Rod Argent organized another band that he named Argent.