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First-Ever Illinois Rock And Roll Hall Fame Class Inducted At Bash

The inaugural class was: Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, Chicago, The Buckinghams, Ides of March, Chess Records, WLS-AM and disc jockeys Larry Lujack and Dick Biondi.

Jimy Sohns and Jim Peterik, left, and John Primer perform at the induction of the inaugural class at the Illinois Rock and Roll Hame of Fame on Route 66.
Jack Mongan Photography
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JOLIET — The inaugural class of the Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Hame on Route 66 was formally inducted Tuesday night during a rocking ceremony in Joliet that honored Buddy Guy, the Buckinghams and other legends.

The bash was held at Joliet’s Rialto Square Theatre to induct members into the hall’s first class. The museum is being built at 9 W. Cass St. in Joliet and scheduled to open later this year.

The inaugural class was: Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, Chicago, The Buckinghams, Ides of March, Chess Records, WLS-AM and disc jockeys Larry Lujack and Dick Biondi.

Legendary bluesman John Primer — who played with Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Magic Slim & The Teardrops and more — also performed at the show.

Here are rock photographer Jack Mongan’s photos from the ceremony:

Credit: Jack Mongan Photography
Jim Peterik plays with the Ides of March during their induction into the Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Aug. 30, 2021.
Credit: Jack Mongan Photography
Jim Peterik plays with the Ides of March during their induction into the Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Aug. 30, 2021.
Credit: Jack Mongan Photography
The Ides of March play during their induction into the Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Aug. 30, 2021.
Credit: Jack Mongan Photography
Dennis Tufano of The Buckinghams during their induction into the Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Aug. 30, 2021.
Credit: Jack Mongan Photography
Jimy Sohns performs with the Ides Of March during their induction into the Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Aug. 30, 2021.
Credit: Jack Mongan Photography
Jimy Sohns performs with the Ides Of March during their induction into the Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Aug. 30, 2021.
Credit: Jack Mongan Photography
Jimy Sohns and Jim Peterik perform with the Ides Of March during their induction into the Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Aug. 30, 2021.
Credit: Jack Mongan Photography
Jimy Sohns performs with the Ides Of March during their induction into the Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Aug. 30, 2021.
Credit: Jack Mongan Photography
Mud Morganfield, son of Muddy Water, at his father’s induction into the Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Aug. 30, 2021.
Credit: Jack Mongan Photography
New Colony 6 performs during induction ceremonies at the Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Aug. 30, 2021.
Credit: Jack Mongan Photography
John Primer performs at the Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Aug. 30, 2021.
Credit: Jack Mongan Photography
John Primer performs at the Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Aug. 30, 2021.

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