Police Join Rock Hall Class of 2003
British “new wave” musicians The Police, The Clash and Elvis Costello and the Attractions, along with Southern California’s Righteous Brothers and Australia’s AC/DC will join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its 18th annual induction ceremony, to be held in New York March 10, Reuters reports.
“These inductees represent many influential genres of rock, including ’60s soul, heavy metal and 1970s English punk,” said executive director Suzan Evans in a statement.
What she didn’t mention is that, in some cases, the band members no long perform together — or maybe even speak to one another. Costello reportedly feuds with Attractions bassist Bruce Thomas, and both The Police and The Clash had less-than-amicable breakups.
The Police’s relatively short career included hits such as “Roxanne” and “Every Breath You Take,” before lead singer Sting, 51, took off on a still-thriving solo career.
As Sting said on his Web site: “I am very proud of the legacy of The Police. We were a damn good band and it still holds up.”
Costello, whose hits include “Alison,” “Pump it Up” and “Radio, Radio,” still performs with two Attractions members, keyboardist Steve Nieve and drummer Pete Thomas.
The Righteous Brothers, who really weren’t brothers but were righteous — and named Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield — had such ’60s hits as “Unchained Melody,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” and “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration.”
As for AC/DC, which continues to be active, their 1980 album “Back in Black” is considered their high note, following the death of original singer Bon Scott. Brian Johnson joined on as frontman for hits like “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Hell’s Bells.”