For those about to be inducted: Rock Hall to open exhibit celebrating 2017 honorees on Friday

Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2017 will be welcomed into the hallowed institution at a ceremony held on April 7 in Brooklyn, New York, and to celebrate the new inductees a special exhibit will open this Friday, March 31, at Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The display will feature items from all of the 2017 inductees — Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Joan Baez, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Nile Rodgers.

Journey’s contribution to the exhibit is a parlor grand piano that keyboardist Jonathan Cain played on all of the band’s 1980s tours and continued to use until 2007. ELO will be represented by a gold Gibson Les Paul guitar played by frontman Jeff Lynne around 1974. Also featured will be a variety of collectible Yes tour memorabilia, including a point-of-sale sign from the trek in support of the prog-rock band’s Drama album.

In addition, the contract Baez signed to perform at the 1969 Woodstock festival and a Stuyvesant Guitar Man electric guitar used by Rodgers around 1980 will be on display.

The exhibition also will feature a video presentation of highlights from past induction ceremonies that will be updated to include footage from this year’s event.

The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. An HBO special focusing on the event will premiere Saturday, April 29, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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