Brian May, Duran Duran and David Byrne named among Rock Hall presenters

News 14/03/2019

Queen's Brian May has been named as the presenter to induct Def Leppard into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this coming 29th March.

As confirmed by Duran Duran's John Taylor earlier, he and his bandmate, Simon Le Bon, will be inducting Roxy Music. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor will be inducting the Cure, David Byrne for Radiohead, Susanna Hoffs for the Zombies and Janelle Monae for Janet Jackson.

Stevie Nicks will be inducted by the young pop star, Harry Styles who used to be part of the boy band your grandkids love so much, One Direction.

Just last month, Def Leppard's guitarist, Vivian Campbell has hinted that May will be the presenter for their induction, saying, "It's a gentleman who's been a big fan of the band and a friend of the band for many, many decades.”

As for Nicks' induction, pop star Styles always had a longstanding connection with Nicks and Fleetwood Mac. In 2017, he also covered their classic 'The Chain' track. After a special appearance in one of Styles' gigs, Nicks claims that drummer Mick Fleetwood treats Styles "like a son he never had", saying, "I believe in Harry Styles. … I think he has the world at his fingertips and he's going in the right way. And I'm really happy for him and I'm glad to be a part of that."

Harry Styles with Stevie Nicks sharing the stage together
Harry Styles with Stevie Nicks sharing the stage together.

Roxy Music's saxophonist and co-founder, Andy Mackay has hinted possibilities for the band to perform during the ceremony that will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It would mark the band's first performance together since 2011.

"We’ve been looking into how we’re going to approach the actual induction, whether or not we’re going to play," Mackay said. "I’m hopeful that we will."

Radiohead's frontman, Thom Yorke had firmly said that he has no intention of attending the event, assuring that the band isn't trying to offend anyone, but they simply "don't quite understand it". “I think our problem is essentially that every awards ceremony in the U.K. stinks. We grew up with the BRITs, which is like this sort of drunken car crash that you don't want to get involved with. So, yeah, we don't really know what to make of it.”