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Rock hall inductees: R.E.M., Van Halen, yes; Iggy, Monkees, no

Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its new set of inductees, and they are:

R.E.M.

Van Halen

Patti Smith

The Ronettes

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

On the ballot and not making the cut:

The Stooges (sorry, Iggy)

Chic

The Dave Clark Five

Joe Tex

The induction ceremony will be held March 12 in New York, and the big questions are whether ex-R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry will play with his former band (don't see why not -- he played with them at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame induction last year) and who will represent Van Halen.

There's the perpetual lead singer rivalry between David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar (Roth seems to have the edge these days), and last year Van Halen replaced founding bassist Michael Anthony with Eddie Van Halen's 15-year-old son, Wolfgang.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame being as silly as it is, we can only hope for some misbehavior to liven up the proceedings. Given that R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe once threatened to keep his band out of the Hall until the Monkees were inducted, perhaps he'll arrive with Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith and force an acclamation vote right there in the Waldorf-Astoria Ballroom.

At the very least, they could all join in for a medley of "Last Train to Clarksville" and "Stand."

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