The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced on Thursday that it will be postponing this year’s induction ceremony, which was set to take place at Cleveland’s Public Hall on May 2nd, due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The induction ceremony is just the latest in an ever-expanding list of public events that were cancelled or postponed due to the spread of the deadly coronavirus, including SXSW, Coachella, Ultra, and many more being added to that list by the hour.
“We are very disappointed to announce the postponement of this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame President Joel Peresman said in a statement. “Our first concern is to the health and safety of our attendees and artists and we are complying to the direction of the local and state authorities and common sense. We look forward to rescheduling the ceremony and will make that announcement at the earliest convenience.”
Peresman’s statement did not include any specifics or even generalities on when the inductions would take place.
While there are only four confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ohio, three of them being in the Northeast area surrounding Cleveland, Governor Mike DeWine declared an state of emergency earlier this week. Since then, schools and universities across the state, including Ohio State University, have suspended face-to-face classes through at least the end of March. As teachers grapple with the sudden transition of their entire curriculums into an online format, one cannot help but feel a sense of solidarity between the education workers and the musicians, stagehands, promoters, and producers who now have to figure out how to keep an entire industry afloat on the fly.
The announcement of the RRHOF ceremony cancellation comes just one day after the organization announced Induction Fest, a four-day music festival showcasing both local and national musicians at six venues throughout the city. The lineup included headliners White Reaper, Questlove, Cloud Nothings, Marc Roberge, Alligator Records Showcase, Highly Suspect, and Eric B & Rakim.
This year’s induction class included Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. T-Rex, Irving Azoff, and Jon Landau. For up-to-date information on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, head to its website.