The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is among the growing list of organizations that’s been forced into a big change of plans because of the coronavirus.
The museum in Cleveland has postponed this year’s induction ceremony, which was supposed to take place May 2nd in the city. President Joel Peresman said the decision was disappointing but necessary.
“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,” he said in a statement. “We look forward to rescheduling the ceremony and will make that announcement at the earliest convenience.”
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum itself will remain open to visitors.
This year’s hall of fame class features the Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex and Whitney Houston.
Like the sports world, many aspects of the music industry have been thrown into upheaval by efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Artists have been postponing tours one by one, and there’s word that mega promoter Live Nation may make the decision for a lot of others by pulling all of its worldwide productions off the road.