Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will see a mini Beatles reunion next month when singer-songwriter Paul McCartney inducts drummer Ringo Starr for his solo music. Starr is the final member of the legendary English band to be recognized individually, according to the Associated Press. The Beatles were honored as a group in 1988.
The hall announced Wednesday that special guest McCartney will induct Starr at its 30th annual induction ceremony on April 18. Joe Walsh, formerly of the Eagles, will perform in Starr's honor.
Starr, 74, is one of the two Beatles still living. After the group broke up in 1970, he released hit singles like "It Don't Come Easy" and "Back Off Boogaloo." Like McCartney, Starr has continued to record songs and tour in recent years, but recent illness has lead to concert cancelations. "Postcards from Paradise," the Beatles drummer's 18th studio album, is scheduled to be released March 31, according to SFGate.
Joining Starr on this year's list of inductees are the late Velvet Underground songwriter Lou Reed, the "5" Royales rhythm and blues group, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, punk rock band Green Day, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the late electric guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, and songwriter Bill Withers. Poet Patti Smith, guitarist John Mayer, pop band Fall Out Boy and the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl are among the artists due to pay tribute to the new Hall of Fame members with speeches and performances to later be aired on HBO May 30, according to the Los Angeles Times. Some inductees will perform as well, but the AP reported that lineup is a secret.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in Cleveland's Public Hall, which can hold about 10,000 people. Fans hoping to attend can call 216-515-1232 or email email@example.com for information on available VIP ticket packages.