The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame continues to celebrate its newest inductees with fans. The 2021 inductee exhibit honoring this year’s class opens during Celebration Day Powered by PNC on October 24th] with free museum admission for Ohio residents.

The exhibit highlights this year’s class and their impact on music history by showcasing many iconic items that span the careers of these legends. Within the Hall Of Fame Gallery at the Museum, fans can enjoy the newest inductee class exhibit, each inductee’s signature (with a special dedication on October 29th), career-defining video and song playlists (also available on the Rock Hall‘s Spotify page), as well as the Power Of Rock Experience.

Take an intimate look at gear, clothes, lyrics, posters, and programs from this year’s inductees, which include: Tina TurnerCarole KingThe Go-Go’sJay-ZFoo Fighters and Todd Rundgren, along with KraftwerkCharley Patton and Gil Scott-Heron for Early Influence, LL Cool JBilly Preston and Randy Rhoads for Musical Excellence, and Clarence Avant for the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

Highlights from the 2021 inductee exhibit include:

Randy Rhoads‘ personally designed white asymmetrically V-shaped Jackson Concorde guitar, one of the most iconic guitars ever made by one of the most influential rock guitar players in history.

The Go-Gos are remarkable for being the most successful all-female band to play their own instruments and write their own songs. Costumes and/or instruments on display from each band member show their bold style was as fun as their music, from feminine to New Wave edgy.

Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters” Dan Armstrong Ampeg guitar, which was used as his main guitar during the One By One era and Wasting Light tour. Calling it one of his favorite guitars, Grohl owns four Ampegs that are all tuned differently for various Foo Fighters songs and are featured in three of the band’s most popular videos: All My LifeThe One and Times Like These.

Tina Turner‘s red lace dress worn in the music video for Private Dancer, the title track from her best-selling album, a culturally significant work of art by one of the most iconic voices of the late 20th century music, and reasserted and redefined the queen of rock and roll’s career.

Todd Rundgren‘s embroidered purple suit worn during 1978 shows and while recording his live album Back To The Bars, which included a weeklong stint in Cleveland at The Agora.

Carole King‘s Acrosonic piano with bench, which she used to belt out hits for consecutive years as one of America’s most prolific musicians, loved for songs such as (You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman and You’ve Got a Friend.

Billy Preston‘s Casio Voice Arranger VA-10 keyboard. A keyboard prodigy who played with Mahalia Jackson and Andrae Crouch at ten years old, nobody could rock licks better than Preston, who achieved worldwide acclaim playing with The Beatles, and with his own solo records.

Gil Scott-Heron‘s signature brown hat, a statement piece for the revolutionary poet and musician, best known for his 1970 work The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

Plus, view many other one-of-a-kind items such as a portrait of Jay-Z, Tree Of Life, by visual artist Jerin Beasley, LL Cool J‘s teddy bear jacket from 6 Minutes Of Pleasure, and rarely seen photos of Clarence Avant and Charley Patton, and experience iconic music videos by Kraftwek, innovators and pioneers of electric music.

To learn more about the 2021 inductee exhibit and the 36th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony and events, go to this location.

9 Responses

  1. As usual, with the exception of Rhoads, and The Go-Go’s, this year’s class, like always, never fails to disappoint.

    Too bad the Metropolitan Museum of Art did not include Rhoads in their Play It Loud: Instruments Of Rock N’ Roll. I took great umbrage to that and thought it was a gross oversight.

    1. Hello Dana,

      Just wanted to reply about the Play It Loud exhibit. After having seen it, I’ve often wondered how it came to be. Were there instruments that maybe were benchmarked to be in the display but couldn’t be obtained? Or was it a matter of choice by whoever had possesion of them? Probably the outcome was a bit of both.
      As far as iconic instruments to rock fans, yes I had thought a Randy Rhoads Flying V should have been there. Personally I was hoping to see one of Neil Peart’s older drum sets in there, but none the less it was a good exhibit. Maybe there will be another one along the way.

    2. Hi Rob,

      Did you see my two stories posted about the exhibit? If not, and you are interested (even though you saw the actual show) here are the links:

      https://eddietrunk.com/my-experience-at-the-the-metropolitan-museum-of-arts-play-it-loud-instruments-of-rock-n-roll-exhibit/ and https://eddietrunk.com/met-museum-pictures-part-two-jimmy-page-jimi-hendrix-stevie-ray-vaughan-keith-richards-the-beatles-and-paul-mccartney/

      As for decisions bering made as to what instruments were included in the exhibit, I would venture to guess, based on my mother volunteering at the museum for over 20 years, the curators probably had the most say in the selections. Clearly, whoever had a hand in choosing, was clueless about many of the important guitarists of the 80s, a decade which seemed mostly ignored.

      I absolutely think that had Rhoads’ family been approached, they would have gladly loaned one of his guitars, and maybe even an amp, to the exhibit. In my opinion, other notables left off were: George Lynch, John Sykes, Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, Adrian Smith and Dave Murray…even Yngwie Malmsteen should have been represented.

      I wanted to lodge a complaint, especially in regards to Rhoads being excluded, but I was not sure it really would have mattered.

    3. Hello Dana again,
      I clicked on those links and remembered I read them when you first put them up and lo and behold there were my comments to the first part but that’s not why I am writing. Also in the comments were your and Doug R’s jabs at DeBlasio. Doug’s was especially funny, and accurate. Thanks for the laughs.

      P.S.- those were some good photos considering how sometimes crowded that exhibit could become. Liked the shot of the Metallica gear.

  2. The rock n roll hof has turned into a sham organization, it doesn’t matter to me who they induct , its a mistake after mistake clique organization boys club who makes up criteria as they go ….
    It should only be about all things rock n roll nothing else , they virtually ignore some of the greatest hard rock bands of all time who have influenced countless musicians and moved the genre forward, they screw it up year after idiotic year – it really should be called the who we think is popular music hof .

    1. Yes Robert,

      We all agree on this sham hall, and as I have written many times, they need to remove the Rock N’ Roll from their name. It should simply be called “The Music Hall of Fame,” half the musicians, and groups inducted, have absolutely nothing to do with Rock.

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