This Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction stuff has become pretty complicated in the past couple of years.
Last year, after [artist id="1153"]Van Hallen's[/artist] nomination, speculation began about which ousted frontman, David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar (or both), would perform with the group during the ceremony. Turns out neither one did, though Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony accepted the honor on behalf of the group.
For Run-DMC, whose induction was announced on Wednesday (January 14), a somewhat similar problem has arisen regarding their potential performance during the April production. The group previously announced they would no longer perform as [artist id="944"]Run-DMC[/artist] after the murder of their DJ, Jam Master Jay, in 2001.
Reverend Run, one-third of the group, said he was honored by the recognition but still unsure if he and DMC will take to the stage despite the nod.
"I don't know, I'm leaving that in D's hands," Run told MTV News by phone Thursday. "The best comment was that working without Jam Master Jay wouldn't feel the same — I [actually] think D wrote that. So I'm just following his lead."
The reality-TV dad also said he wouldn't be interested in a younger group performing the Queens trio's hits as an homage — but he again deferred to DMC as to what exactly will take place.
A request made by MTV News to DMC for comment has not been returned as of press time.
Upon learning of the news, Run said he immediately thought about the video for the group's [video id="26631"]"King of Rock."[/video] The "Run's House" star took to YouTube to refresh his memory and laughed at the opening of the clip where Run-DMC is told "they don't belong."
"That video is coming to life now," he said, laughing. "It's just so funny that that guy said we don't belong in here, 'We're not rock and roll.' And here we are. I guess we did belong in there."