Two long-estranged and much-loved bands could briefly reunite next year, thanks to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s decision to include agit-punk pioneers Clash and Sting-led rockers the Police among their 2003 inductees. Also to be inducted, according to a Hall press release, is singer/songwriter Elvis Costello, along with his new-wave era back-up band, the Attractions (Costello has long feuded with Attractions bassist Bruce Thomas, which could also make for some interesting moments). Hard-rock stompers AC/DC (who had previously been snubbed by the nominating committee), and long-eligible blue-eyed soul duo the Righteous Brothers will also squeak in.
The induction ceremony, to be held March 10 in New York, will be broadcast on VH1. It remains to be seen if the Clash and the Police will perform for the first time since the ’80s — other bands who split acrimoniously, including Creedence Clearwater Revival, failed to play together at their inductions. Last year’s crop of inductees included the Ramones, the Talking Heads, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Isaac Hayes. Artists become eligible 25 years after releasing their first album.