Iggy Pop Leads New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
After being snubbed by voters for seven years, Iggy Pop and The Stooges were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in this year’s ceremonies at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
The Stooges, whose in-your-face music made them the poster boys of punk in the late 60’s to early 70’s, were among several bands in this year’s inductees, who included English progressive rock icons Genesis, British band The Hollies, and Swedish pop group ABBA. Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff was also enshrined to the Hall of Fame.
Indeed it was a long wait for Pop and The Stooges, too long that guitarist James Williamson said that “we were beginning to think that we would have to take pride in not getting in.” A shirtless Pop did not hide his appreciation, quipping “Roll over, Woodstock. We won.” Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, who introduced The Stooges, called Pop “the most confrontational singer we will ever see.”