Foo Fighters Will Be Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame This Year, Iron Maiden Will Not
Foo Fighters will join The Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Tina Turner as the 2021 inductees into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
The band attracted some attention last week as one of the top five vote getters among fans, alongside Iron Maiden, Turner, The Go-Go’s and Fela Kuti. That tally, it’s worth noting, only counts for one vote that is given the same weight as those of each of the 1,200 industry insiders on the overall voting body, so it’s unlikely those public tallies had much effect on the year’s class of inductees.
Aside from Maiden, Rage Against the Machine and New York Dolls are the other nominated artists relevant to heavy music who were spurned this year.
Foo Fighters’ current line-up will be inducted: bassist Nate Mendel, guitarists Pat Smear (also ex-Nirvana) and Chris Shiflett, and drummer Taylor Hawkins will join band leader and frontman Dave Grohl. Former members William Goldsmith (drums) and Franz Stahl (guitar) will not be inducted. This will be the second of Grohl’s bands to be inducted, after Nirvana.
The induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland, Ohio’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on October 30 and will be broadcast on HBO Max.
Foo Fighters recently performed “Back in Black” live with AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson as part of the Vax Live concert to encourage global vaccine distribution and equity. You can watch that performance below.