CLEVELAND -- Are you ready to rock?
It’s almost time for one of music’s biggest nights as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame prepares to host their 33rd annual induction ceremony.
It all goes down Saturday, April 7, 2018 -- and we've got all the must-know info for you to soak in...
Chapter one: When and where is the ceremony taking place?
Welcome to Cleveland
The sold-out event is being held at Public Hall in Cleveland. It starts at 7:30 p.m. Fans can try to see some of the stars in person as red carpet arrivals beginning at 5:30 p.m.
HBO will air an edited version of the induction ceremony will air on Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m.
But first... The music celebration kicks off with a special VIP party Friday, April 13, at the Rock Hall itself. WKYC will stream live video from the red carpet as the inductees and other celebrities arrive. Plus, be sure to watch Channel 3 at 7 p.m. Friday for our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame special with Russ Mitchell and Sara Shookman.
►CLICK HERE to see the complete list of inductees dating back to the first ceremony in 1986
Chapter two: Where to watch?
We have you covered
Tickets to get in the ceremony itself have been sold out for weeks. That means the only other place to see the full uncensored induction is the live simulcast held at the Rock Hall. Trouble is, that event is also sold out.
But no need to worry. We will have crews at the simulcast and in the press room at the ceremony posting live updates on WKYC.com as it all unfolds.
Chapter three: Who’s being inducted?
Meet the 2018 class
There are six fresh inductees joining rock ‘n’ roll’s hallowed halls this year. They are Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
These six inductees were selected from 19 total nominees. Those not making the cut in 2018 include Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, LL Cool J, Radiohead, MC5, the Meters, J. Geils Band, Judas Priest, Rage Against the Machine, the Zombies, Link Wray and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.
PHOTOS | Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees
Chapter four: Turn it up
Sample some of their tunes
Here are some hits from each inductee:
Chapter five: Star power
List of special guests
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is always a star-studded event. Here are some of the other celebrities expected in Cleveland this year:
- Mary J Blige presenting for Nina Simone; Andra Day performing for Nina Simone
- Brittany Howard presenting for Sister Rosetta Tharpe
- Ann Wilson presenting for The Moody Blues
- Brandon Flowers presenting for The Cars
- Howard Stern presenting for Bon Jovi
More surprise special guests and performances are always possible.
Chapter six: Rockin' into the night
Ready to rock all night long? The official Rock Hall afterparty is going down at the House of Blues with special guest DJ Questlove.
Doors open at 11 p.m. Saturday.
DJ Questlove will host a 3-hour set. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of. CLICK HERE to buy tickets.
Chapter seven: Looking ahead
What's coming in 2019
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies switch between Cleveland and New York. Since Cleveland is hosting the 2018 induction ceremony, that means 2019 will take it back to NYC.
The 2019 induction nominees will likely be announced at some point in October.
Previously, the ceremonies rotated between Cleveland, New York and Los Angeles. The last time Cleveland hosted a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction was back in 2015.
Chapter eight: Rock Hall rewind
Looking back at last year's induction
The big question of that night: Would Steve Perry perform with Journey during their induction? After much anticipation, Perry opted not to take the stage.
That was among the highlights from 2017's induction ceremony in New York City.
We have all the highlights in our time-stamped updates HERE.