Pearl Jam, Tupac, Yes, Journey to be inducted into Rock Hall

Apr 17, 2017, 04:52

Steve Perry, the long-estranged singer of Journey, hugged his former band mates and smiled, but did not sing with them, as fans had hoped.

Bob Dylan had appeared on video to pay tribute to his fellow folk singer.

Baez, who has made no secret of her disdain for the current administration, continued her lifelong fight against oppression and once again, it was her granddaughter who has her inspiration now. And in typical Baez fashion she brought both humor and politics to the fore.

"So, climate change is real, not fake news", exclaimed the lead singer.

In addition, Perry thanked the fans: "You put us here".

And the rock and roll community certainly hasn't forgotten Prince, who died nearly a year ago on April 21, 2016.

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ELO honored Berry, who died Saturday, March 18 at the age of 90, with an electrifying performance of "Roll Over Beethoven" at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday. That night on the show I'm doing it and the stage door bursts open, and in walks Eddie Vedder.

Tupac, the first solo rapper to make the Hall of Fame, was inducted by Snoop Dogg, who performed a medley of the "California Love" star's hits. "That's right - Tupac got Snoop Dogg smoking blunts", he said to laughs from the audience. It's a fact he never shied away from. "He wore it like a badge of honour".

Musical excellence inductee Nile Rodgers, best known for his work with funk and disco pioneers Chic and collaborations with David Bowie and Madonna, rounded out the 2017 class. Now, Pearl Jam aren't quite metal (although who can deny their incredible debut album?) but this story does have a metal tinge to it.

After the rocker dropped out of the ceremony due to illness, former Late Show host David Letterman filled his spot to deliver the night's most freewheeling speech, where he shared his many memories with Pearl Jam, the beloved Seattle rockers he was inducting into the Rock Hall. "I know Neil Young was supposed to be here". And the truth with it is, the poor guy just can't stay up this late. "It was either that or he swallowed a harmonica". "A true living cultural organism", Letterman said. And because they did, because they stood up to the corporations I'm happy to say, ladies and gentleman, today every concert ticket in the United States of America is free.

Pearl Jam's first album Ten came out in late 1991, and they were the crowd favourites at the Barclays Center in NY.

The new inductees closed the multi-hour event with a group performance, and before that Pearl Jam electrified with a performance of its well-known songs.