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

Apr 09, 2017, 03:01

TMZ does say several sources who work with the ceremony's production say they were told Perry will indeed perform, even though officials at the Rock and Roll hall of Fame said they don't know anything about that.

"The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is thrilled that David Letterman has agreed to induct Pearl Jam this Friday night at the 32nd Annual Induction Ceremony".

If Berry, who died last month at the age of 90, was rock's daddy, Lynne's ELO and the other inductees - Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Nile Rodgers, Tupac Shakur and Yes did the old man proud.

Nile Rodgers will receive a special honor at the event held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Snoop Dogg, who inducted the late rapper Tupac Shakur, poses in the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony press room, April 7, 2017. Fans who can't make it to the Induction ceremony in NY or the sold out simulcast at the Rock Hall will be able to watch the Induction ceremony when it airs on HBO later this month.

Electric Light Orchestra, known for its marriage of rock and classical, brought strings into a cover of Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven" before going into the band's most popular song, "Evil Woman". I kept wondering how many times does this refrain occur in the song. After singing the "nah-nah-nah-nah-nah" part of "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'", he said, "They didn't even need lyrics".

David Letterman hails Pearl Jam as "a true living cultural organism" during their induction. Below, see a clip of the Pearl Jam superjam, and read full speeches from the whole night over at Rolling Stone. Alicia Keys paid tribute to him with a medley of his hits on the piano, followed by Snoop Dogg and T.I. rapping.

Regarding Yes, who finally was chosen for induction after being eligible for more than 20 years, Harris said he thinks it took so long for the group to be recognized because of "a prog-rock logjam", where the votes were being split between the biggest acts of the genre.

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"I want to publicly apologize, you know, all of the, making our bandmates, making my bandmates suffer", Eddie said. And that person has to be loyal and believe in you and have to have the strength to reel you back, so my wife, Jill, I thank you. And...

Introducing Electric Light Orchestra was Dhani Harrison, the son of late Beatle George Harrison, who described the band's leader Jeff Lynne as among his father's closest friends.

And then for the all-star jam, they were joined by Journey's Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain, Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson and Yes's Trevor Rabin and their former drummer Jack Irons for Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World".

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