New York. The “Hall of Fame of Rock Music” plans to record the musicians selected in 2020 under conditions of the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony, which was supposed to take place next May in front of an audience in Cleveland, has already been recorded and will be broadcast by the television station HBO on this Saturday (20:00 local time, 02:00 Sunday CET).
In addition to Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and the Doobie Brothers, several stars who have been dead for years will be recorded: Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. and Marc Bolan of the British glam rock band T. Rex. The show will feature Bruce Springsteen, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Alicia Keys among others.
Houston, who died in 2012, released her debut album in 1985 and became one of the most successful singers in pop history. B.I.G. released only two albums, but they influenced rap and pop significantly. He was murdered in 1997. Bolan’s death in 1977 also meant the end for his band T. Rex, who had great success with hits like “Hot Love” and “Get It On”.
Musicians and bands can be elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first recording.
The British band Depeche Mode is still active, but they became famous mainly in the 1980s with their sound influenced by post-punk and synthesizers. Nine Inch Nails with Trent Reznor founded Industrial Rock in the 1990s. The Doobie Brothers were never critics’ favorites, but landed several hits with hits like “Listen to the Music”, “Black Water” and “China Grove”. They celebrate their 50th anniversary this year.