And Dave Grohl will be inducting them...

QUEEN are to be elected into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME in the US.

The band are the only UK act to be inducted at this year’s event, which will take place on Monday (March 19) at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

Other acts to be recognised this year include Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Solomon Burke, The Flamingos, Paul Simon, Richie Valens and Steely Dan.


Lead singer Freddie Mercury died in 1991 from an AIDS-releated illness. The surviving members of the band, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, are to reform to perform a version of ‘We Will Rock You’ at the event.

Queen’s entry into the Hall Of Fame reads: “In the golden era of glam-rock and gorgeously hyper-produced theatrical extravaganzas that defined one branch of ’70s rock, no group came close in either concept or execution to Queen – Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.”

Queen’s induction will be done by Foo Fighters, whose singer Dave Grohl is a noted lifetime fan of the band. The other artists will also feature celebrity inductions. Moby will induct Steely Dan and *N SYNC will induct Michael Jackson. No presenters have been announced for the other performers.

The awards also contain a ‘Non-Presenter’ category, in which U2 frontman Bono will induct the founder of Island Records, Chris Blackwell.

Bands or artists become eligible for the Hall Of Fame 25 years after they have released their first record. Bands who are inducted are voted in by a panel of 1,000 music experts in the US, who decide which artists have had a significant influence on music.