CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The CEO and president of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame made a special announcement on Tuesday about the induction ceremony’s return to Cleveland in 2021.
“It’s great, anything that drives attention to us as the Rock and Roll capital of the world,” Brent Ferguson, co-owner of the Guitar Riot store in downtown Cleveland.
Greg Harris said the 2021 ceremony will be held at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, which would allow for a higher capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of a “multi-year partnership” with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The induction ceremony has previously been hosted every other year at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, a much smaller venue than the FieldHouse, as well as in New York in other years.
Capacity for 2021′s event will be announced at a later date before tickets go on sale in July. Currently, the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is permitted to host 25% capacity.
Ferguson believes any event can be uplifting after a challenging year and fight against the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s great for the city, all the restaurants and everything else…the excitement that this brings when the ceremony is here is just good in general,” he said.
Harris said a week-long program of events, including some that will be held virtually, will take place in the days leading up to the induction ceremony.
Nominees for the 2021 induction class include:
- Mary J. Blige
- Kate Bush
- Foo Fighters
- The Go-Go’s
- Iron Maiden
- Chaka Khan
- Carole King
- Fela Kuti
- LL Cool J
- New York Dolls
- Rage Against the Machine
- Todd Rundgren
- Tina Turner
- Dionne Warwick
“I really hope Iron Maiden get in, that was my first big rock show when I was a teenager so that would be really cool to see them get in,” Ferguson said.
Ferguson also hopes others in the city can continue to enjoy music.
“It’s what gets me through each day. I wake up with a song in my head and go to bed with a song in my head every night,” he said, “it’s been one of the most important things in my life all my life.”
The 2021 Rock Hall inductees will be announced in May 2021 and the ceremony is scheduled to take place on Oct. 30.