Cleveland Rocks!


Ian Hunter first said it in 1979, and I’ll say it again: Cleveland Rocks! Home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the place to go if you love rock & roll.

The exhibits start with Blues and R&B and chronicles their influence on rock & roll. There are prominent displays for icons such as Elvis Presley and The Beatles. And then we keep on rolling through time to the 1980’s.


Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first recording. Many of my favorite bands were big in the 80’s and are just starting to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. With only 5-7 artists inducted each year, many of my favorites will have to wait. This April, KISS, Nirvana, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel and the E Street Band (with their frontman Bruce Springsteen) will add their names to the illustrious list of inductees.

See the KISS dolls?

See the KISS dolls?

I find music to be very subjective, but there’s something there for everyone. I’ll share a few fun displays here, but if you want to see more, you need to experience the Hall of Fame for yourself.

ZZ Top's furry drums

ZZ Top’s furry drums

Janis Joplin's Porsche

Janis Joplin’s Porsche

Flavor Flav's jacket and bling (Disgusting, isn't it?)

Flavor Flav’s jacket and bling
(Disgusting, isn’t it?)

He was John Cougar when I saw him in concert.

He was John Cougar when I saw him in concert.

Stevie Nicks - love the dress!

Stevie Nicks – love the dress!

Metallica -- I took this one for my son.

Metallica — I took this one for my son.

Michael Jackson wore this.

Michael Jackson wore this.

The Wall honors Pink Floyd

The Wall honors Pink Floyd

The Rolling Stones have a special exhibit supporting their claim to be "the world's greatest rock and roll band." (I disagree.)

The Rolling Stones have a special exhibit supporting their claim to be “the world’s greatest rock and roll band.” (I disagree.)

I could go on and on. This is a place to spend the whole day. The only un-Rock & Roll part about it? It closes at 5:00pm. If it were truly rock ‘n roll, that’s when they’d open.

What band(s) do you think should be inducted?
See the whole list of inductees at


16 responses to “Cleveland Rocks!

  1. Cool, I’m teaching my students about the history of rock&roll right now. I didn’t know the hall of fame was in Cleveland. Great article!

  2. Are Motorhead in there? Without them there would be no Metallica. I saw them firts back in 1976 at the Roundhouse in London supporting the Edgar Broughton Band (who did a great mash up of the Shadows Apache with Captain Beefheart’s Dropout), back when no label would touch them

    • I want to say that Motorhead was included, but can’t recall for sure. There were so many bands. In addition to displays of those inducted, there were also several videos to watch of interviews with musicians on American Bandstand, and their induction ceremonies, and the history of rock and roll. I liked watching the videos even more than looking at the displays.

  3. Yay! Ian Hunter is my rock hero – still going strong at 74 :-O It all looks brilliant Julie. I’d pay just to come and worship Stevie Nicks for an hour or two ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not sure I’d take it entirely seriously though until Rory Gallagher is inducted.

  4. Ah, the 80s. When music was good. When MTV showed videos. When hair was big! But, Hall & Oates? Really? We couldn’t induct anyone else in their place?

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