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Peter Gabriel leads new class into Rock Hall

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FILE – This Dec. 13, 1993 file photo shows Kurt Cobain of the Seattle band Nirvana performing in Seattle, Wash. Nirvana, which changed music and fashion in the 1990s with the punk rock-inspired grunge sound, is joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a class with Kiss, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates. Nirvana is being inducted in its first year of eligibility. The trio’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” hit like a thunderclap upon its 1991 release, briefly making the Pacific Northwest rock’s hottest scene before the band ended abruptly with singer Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994. (AP Photo/Robert Sorbo, File)

FILE – This Dec. 13, 1993 file photo shows Kurt Cobain of the Seattle band Nirvana performing in Seattle, Wash. Nirvana, which changed music and fashion in the 1990s with the punk rock-inspired grunge sound, is joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a class with Kiss, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates. Nirvana is being inducted in its first year of eligibility. The trio’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” hit like a thunderclap upon its 1991 release, briefly making the Pacific Northwest rock’s hottest scene before the band ended abruptly with singer Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994. (AP Photo/Robert Sorbo, File)

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NEW YORK (AP) — British rocker Peter Gabriel is leading the 2014 class into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work as a solo artist.

Gabriel already was a member of the Hall with the band Genesis. He was the first musician inducted Thursday, to be followed by Kiss, Nirvana, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and Bruce Springsteen’s backup band, the E Street Band.

Gabriel recalled buying his first set of tom-toms as a child. He says people who want to be in music should surround themselves with brilliance and not be afraid to let their imaginations guide them.

Gabriel performed the songs “Digging in the Dirt” and “Washing of the Water.”

Associated Press

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