Van Halen, R.E.M., to join Rock Hall

Jan. 8, 2007 at 12:06 PM

NEW YORK, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Van Halen, R.E.M., Patti Smith, the Ronettes and Grandmaster Flash were announced Monday as inductees to the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The musicians will be inducted into the Cleveland institution March 12 at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Billboard.com reported.

The ceremony will include a tribute to the late Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, the former chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

It remains to be seen whether Van Halen will perform at the ceremony and if it does, which incarnation of the band fans will see.

The group has no singer and is currently comprised of three Van Halens -- guitarist Eddie, drummer Alex and bassist Wolfgang.

The bassist, who is Eddie's son and Alex's nephew, recently replaced longtime bassist Michael Anthony.

Front man David Lee Roth -- who was replaced by Sammy Hagar in 1985 -- is rumored to be rejoining for a 2007 tour, Billboard.com said.

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