Foo Fighters showcased in upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee exhibit

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced a new exhibit showcasing its 2021 inductees, including Foo Fighters.

The display, which will open at the Cleveland museum on October 24, will feature Dave Grohl's beloved Dan Armstrong Ampeg guitar. The uniquely transparent axe was famously used in the Foos video for "All My Life," and Grohl also played it during the recording of 2002's One by One and during the tour behind 2011's Wasting Light.

Items from the other Rock Hall Performer inductees, which include Todd Rundgren, The Go-Go's, Tina Turner, Carole King and JAY-Z, will also be featured in the exhibit. Additionally, it will honor late Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads, who's being inducted this year with the Musical Excellence award, by displaying the iconic white V-shaped Jackson Concorde guitar that he designed.

The 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held October 30 at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland. An HBO special focusing on the event will premiere at a later date.

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Eddie Van Halen died one year ago today

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of Eddie Van Halen's death.

The legendary guitar virtuoso and Van Halen co-founder died October 6, 2020, following a battle with cancer. He was 65.

Eddie and his older brother, Alex, were born in The Netherlands before the Van Halen family moved to Pasadena, California, in 1962. The two were interested in music in an early age and played in several bands together before forming Van Halen in the early '70s with Eddie on guitar and Alex on drums. They soon found vocalist David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony, who comprised Van Halen's "classic" lineup.

Though each member of Van Halen brought their own personality to the band, Eddie's guitar playing was always the star of the show. He was particularly renowned for his finger-tapping technique, famously heard in the Van Halen instrumental "Eruption," which is now considered to be among the greatest guitar solos of all time.

Van Halen's classic lineup released six albums, from 1978's self-titled debut to 1984's 1984, and produced classic singles in "Runnin' with the Devil," "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love," "Dance the Night Away," "Unchained," "Panama," and the number-one hit, "Jump."

In between all that, Eddie married actress Valerie Bertinelli in 1981 -- with whom he had a son, Wolfgang, in 1991 -- and played the solo on Michael Jackson's hit "Beat It."

Roth left Van Halen in 1985 and was replaced by Sammy Hagar, whose tenure fronting the band produced four-straight number-one albums. Hagar was then replaced by Gary Cherone for one more album before Van Halen disbanded in 1999.

During the group's hiatus, Eddie underwent treatment for tongue cancer and separated from Bertinelli. The couple eventually divorced in 2007, and Eddie married his second wife, publicist Janie Liszewski, in 2009.

Van Halen reunited briefly in the mid-2000s with Hagar singing before reforming again in 2006, with Roth back and a then-teenage Wolfgang playing bass instead of Anthony. That lineup would produce a final Van Halen album, 2012's A Different Kind of Truth, before playing their last tour together in 2015.

Following his father's death, Wolfgang revealed that there had been plans for a so-called "Kitchen Sink" Van Halen reunion tour, which would potentially feature Anthony back along with all three of the band's singers. However, those plans were put on hold due to Eddie's declining health.

Wolfgang, meanwhile, is carrying on the family legacy with his solo band, Mammoth WVH. The project has already scored two number-one Billboard rock singles.

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Foo Fighters, Todd Rundgren, The Go-Go’s among 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees

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Foo Fighters, Todd Rundgren and The Go-Go's are among the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

This year's class also includes JAY-Z, Tina Turner and Carole King. Artists are eligible to be inducted 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording.

Foo Fighters are being inducted in their first year of eligibility. Frontman Dave Grohl is now a two-time Rock Hall inductee, after previously being enshrined as a member of Nirvana. In addition, Turner and King also will be inducted for a second time, joining Stevie Nicks as the only women to be welcomed into the Rock Hall twice.

Speaking to ABC Audio about the Foos' induction, Rock Hall Vice President of Education Jason Hanley says, "They've really carried the torch for classic rock 'n roll.'

Hanley also notes that The Go-Go's are the first "all-female band where they played their own instruments" to be inducted.

"This is not just a singer or songwriter or something like that," he says. "This is a rock 'n roll band."

Of Rundgren, Hanley says his work as both a musician and a producer makes him a worthy inductee.

"He never did one thing twice," Hanley says. "He always innovated something new each album."

In addition to the six inductees entering the Rock Hall in the Performer Category, several other artists are also being inducted in conjunction with receiving special Rock Hall awards. For example, three artists will be honored with the Musical Excellence Award: Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads, R&B artist and Beatles and Rolling Stones session keyboardist Billy Preston, and rapper LL Cool J.

Additionally, electronic pioneers Kraftwerk are being recognized with the Early Influence Award, along with blues legend Charley Patton and soul musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron, while music executive Clarence Avant will be given the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

As Hanley explains, artists who receive these awards are all official Rock Hall inductees.

The Artists who were nominated this year but were not chosen for induction were Iron Maiden, Rage Against the Machine, Devo, New York Dolls, Kate Bush, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Fela Kuti and Dionne Warwick.

The 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place October 30 in Cleveland.

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