Green Day, Reed, Starr Into Rock Hall

The new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame includes the punk trio Green Day.

The group will join Lou Reed, poet of the New York underground, and “Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers, among others, as new members of the rock hall.

The hall announced today that it will also welcome Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, who famously sang about loving rock `n’ roll. And Ringo Starr will become the fourth ex-Beatle to be enshrined as an individual.

Reed won’t be the only posthumous inductee. Paul Butterfield and Stevie Ray Vaughan are also being honored.

Green Day made it in the group’s first year of eligibility. The Bay Area band led by Billie Joe Armstrong made the 1990s slackers anthem “Dookie.” And it hit a peak with the politically-themed concept disc “American Idiot” a decade later. Armstrong also starred in a Broadway musical based on “American Idiot.”

The 30th annual induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland, Ohio’s Public Hall next April 18. Public tickets go on sale Thursday.  (AP)

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