Cars' Rock Hall Induction: Third Time's the Charm

Apr 16, 2018, 02:01
Cars' Rock Hall Induction: Third Time's the Charm

And naturally he took the time to take plenty of potshots at Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner, and artists he likes less than Bon Jovi, like Harry Chapin and Bob Dylan.

The ceremony opened with The Killers performing Tom Petty's "American Girl" in honor of the late Heartbreakers leader, who died a year ago.

On stage, he played nice, at least to the city. "Creed sold 35 million records, Blondie sold 40 million records, and these guys got into the Hall of Fame, and they didn't have to wait", he cracked.

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Much more efficient, if also quite unusual, was the induction of British rock act Dire Straits, it of "Sultans of Swing", "Money for Nothing" and "Romeo and Juliet" fame. Oddly, it was inducted by one of them, bassist John Illsley, who minutes later returned to the mic to give what amounted to an acceptance speech.

#14 - The Killers' Brandon Flowers who covers The Cars' songs in his show, fell to his knee as The Cars members walked on stage. The band then performed "Moving in Stereo", "My Best Friend's Girl", "You Might Think" and "Just What I Needed", with Ocasek singing lead on the latter song in place of the band's late bass player, Benjamin Orr. "It's a bit weird, but life's odd", he said. His fellow bandmates, keyboardists Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher, followed with short and charming speeches of their own, but not before Illsley tried to clear the air about Mark's absence - which he previously said boiled down to Mark just not feeling like attending. "We miss him and love him".

As an alternative, inductees the Moody Blues stopped the night time because the previous action.

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The most unexpected source of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drama this year came from various Dire Straits members, with half of the chaps ultimately choosing to avoid the ceremony for inexplicable reasons. She earned the "Award for Early Influence" on Saturday, while the other five acts were inducted as performers.

#10 - John Lodge: of The Moody Blues recalled how the band and producer Tony Clarke went into the Decca Studios in London in 1967 and came out with their debut Days of Future Passed, "an album that changed our lives forever". Fan shot video of "Livin' on a Prayer" can be seen below. The fellow Seattle artists paid tribute to their friend, who died in 2017, with a powerful performance of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun". Howard sang a Tharpe track with backing from Questlove of the Roots on drums and Felicia Collins from The Late Show with David Letterman band on guitar. The very few boys who took me on dates in those days were instantaneously upstaged if "Nights in White Satin" or "Dawn Is a Feeling" came on the auto radio.

Simone, who died in 2003, was welcomed into the Rock corridor at a radical way from performers who has deeply motivated, from Lauryn Hill and Andra Day into Mary J. Blige. "She was classically trained, but they called her 'The High Priestess of Soul'".

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