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- Posted on Dec 15th 2009 11:10AM by Steve Baltin
The ceremony offers some seriously intriguing subplots and a lot of long-dreamed about reunions, like whether ABBA -- who have in the past reportedly turned down five billion dollars to tour -- will show up and perform. The famous foursome has not performed live since they took songs like 'Dancing Queen' to the top of the charts.
Also possible is the reteaming of two superstar entities in Peter Gabriel and his Genesis bandmates. Leaders of the prog-rock world with adventurous and avant garde material like 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway,' the two spilt in the mid-'70s with Genesis becoming arena and stadium headliners on the strength of songs like 'Misunderstanding' and 'Invisible Touch,' while Gabriel enjoyed his own massive commercial and critical success thanks to albums like 'So.' But for many fans the two factions coming together again has long been a fantasy.
There is a decidedly bittersweet element to this year's nominees as well as the very deserving Stooges, the Iggy Pop-fronted group out of Detroit that helped set the table for both hard rock and punk, are making it in after eight previous nominations. Sadly, it comes a year and two months too late for guitarist Ron Asheton, who died in January of 2009.
Rounding out the performing inductees are Cliff, whose 'The Harder They Come' album and subsequent movie stands alongside the work of fellow Hall of Famer Bob Marley in bringing reggae to the States, and the Hollies, who scored 21 Top 20 hits in their own UK during the British Invasion era and crafted several songs that endure today.
On the industry side, it's also a diverse group with label icon David Geffen joining a group of songwriters: Partners Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich (the latter passed away in August), Mort Shuman, Otis Blackwell and Jesse Stone.