When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its new inductees, I was pleased to see that the E Street Band is finally getting the recognition it deserves.
The E Street Band is being honored with an "Award for Musical Excellence," which was formerly known as the Sidemen category.
It would have ben preferable to induct them in 1999 when Bruce Springsteen got the nod, but despite very loud outcry from fans at the time, that did not happen. As I recall, Springsteen was none too pleased with the decision, and of course brought the whole band on stage to play with him that night.
It also would have been nice to have happened when saxophonist Clarence Clemens and keyboard player Danny Federici were alive.
Other inductees this time around include Kiss, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, and Hall & Oates. The awards will be handed out April 10th in Brooklyn, NY.