Kendrick Lamar and Kid Rock will round out the presenters for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Barclays Center on April 8.
Grammy-winning rapper Lamar will induct gangsta rap pioneer N.W.A., while Kid Rock will honor rockers Cheap Trick. While the Rock Hall has not announced who the other presenters will induct, most expect The Black Keys to bring in Steve Miller, Rob Thomas to welcome Chicago and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich to induct Deep Purple.
One person who won’t be part of Deep Purple’s induction, though, is guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who lives in Port Jefferson. “Ritchie was honored by the offer of induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” reads an official statement on his Facebook page. “He was discussing the possibility of attending, until we received correspondence from the President of the Rock Hall of Fame, who said that Bruce Payne, management for the current Deep Purple Touring Band, had said ‘No’ . . . Therefore Ritchie will not be attending the ceremony. He sincerely thanks all the fans that voted for him for their support.”
Tickets for the induction ceremonies are $55.50-$505.50 through Ticketmaster. The event will be recorded and an edited version will air on HBO on April 30.
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