Nirvana kinda reunited to play with a slew of chick rockers pretending to be Kurt Cobain. Â Kiss didn’t reunite. Â Other inductees were Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, The E Street Band, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt.
Other Highlights of the Honorary Night:Â
Â· British musician and manager Peter Asher honored late Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham with the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers. They become the first managers inducted into the Hall.
Peter GabrielÂ was inducted by Coldplayâ€™s Chris Martin. Â
Martin read a joke â€œexcerptâ€ from the Bible, that he claimed was from the Book of Genesis (get it?). It told the story of the band and the â€œAngel Gabriel.â€ He went on to list off the singerâ€™s accomplishments, saying, â€œHe helped John Cusack get his girlfriend back in the movie Say Anything.â€ When he accepted the honor, Peter advised up and coming musicians to surround themselves with brilliance. Peter and Chris then together performed â€œWashing of the Water,â€ also from Us. Peter went on to do â€œIn Your Eyesâ€ with Senegalese singer Youssou Nâ€™Dour.
Rage Against the Machine guitarist, Tom Morello, inducted Kiss.
He told the crowd, â€œKiss was never a criticsâ€™ band, kiss was a people band.â€ Morello said the criteria for induction should really be impact, influence and awesomeness and explained how Kiss excels at all of those. He listed all the non-original members of the band, who arenâ€™t being inducted, and said they deserved a round of applause. He then brought up what he called Rock and Roll all Nite and Party Every Day Hall of Fame inductees Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. When accepting the honor, Gene stated, â€œThis is a profound moment for all of us,â€ and he complimented each of his bandmates individually, past and present. Peter spoke about being male breast cancer free and said heâ€™d always be â€œThe Catmanâ€ in and out of make-up. Ace said he wrote a speech but said his sunglasses werenâ€™t prescription so he couldnâ€™t read it. He went on to discuss his sobriety and the need to educate people about addiction since they think it has to do with will power. Ace said to them, â€œTry using will power when you have diarrhea.â€ Paul used his stage time to say how the people should have more of a say in who gets into the Rock Hall since the people are the ones who buy tickets, not the ones who nominate.
Art Garfunkel inducted Cat Stevens, also known as Yusuf Islam.
In his speech, Yusuf said, â€œI never thought Iâ€™d be on the same stage as Kiss.â€ He also said the decision to induct him into the Rock Hall was a brave one because he doesnâ€™t drink, he doesnâ€™t throw TVs out windows and the only woman he sleeps with is his wife. He said that because of that, the decision was rock and roll. Cat then performed â€œWild Worldâ€ and â€œPeace Train.â€
The Eaglesâ€™ Glenn Frey inducted his former bandleader, Linda Ronstadt,
Carrie Underwood, Emmy Lou Harris and Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow all performed Ronstadtâ€™s tunes.
Bruce Springsteen inducted The E Street Band
E Street Band get the Award for Â Musical Excellence, which used to be called â€œThe Sidemen Category,â€ but when the E Street members were called sidemen, Bruce said it was a â€œmisnomer if there ever was one.â€ The Boss spoke about how each original member came to the band and he paid special tribute to late saxophonist Clarence Clemons. He went on to say his one regret of the night is that Clarence and late organist Danny Federici couldnâ€™t be there. Bruce also spoke highly of his bandmate and wife, Patti Scialfa.
About the group as a whole, Bruce stated, â€œReal bands are made from the neighborhood,â€ adding, â€œI told a story with the E Street Band that was and is bigger and better than the story I couldâ€™ve told on my own.â€ Each member of the group then gave a lengthy acceptance speech. Clemonsâ€™ widow, Victoria, said in hers, â€œHe was known as the Big Man for many reasons.â€ The crowd hooted and she bashfully said, â€œYou guys are so bad.â€ She then played a snippet of him singing that Clarence recorded on his phone while alone in his car. After 40 minutes of speeches, Bruce and the band played, what else, â€œThe E Street Shuffle.â€ They followed that up with â€œThe Riverâ€ and â€œKittyâ€™s Back.â€
The Rootsâ€™ Questlove inducted Hall & Oates,
â€œUnderneath it all, they were soul artistsâ€ said Questlove. Â â€œHall and Oates will cure any known illness.â€ He then referred to the Hall as the Rock and Roll Hall and Oates of Fame. When Daryl Hall and John Oates came up to accept the award, they referenced the long E Street Band speeches saying, â€œLucky for you, thereâ€™s only two of us.â€ Daryl went on to say, â€œDo you know weâ€™re the only homegrown Philadelphia band thatâ€™s in the Hall of Fame? I donâ€™t say that because Iâ€™m proud of it, I say it because itâ€™s fed up,â€ and he listed some Philly artists the Hall has overlooked. They then started to play â€œSheâ€™s Goneâ€ but bad feedback made it so that Hall couldnâ€™t hear and he stopped the song. He joked that Springsteen blew out the monitors. They started the tune again with better luck then did â€œI Canâ€™t Go For That (No Can Do)â€ and â€œYou Make My Dreams Come True.â€
R.E.M.â€™s Michael Stipe took the stage to induct Nirvana.
In his speech, Stipe said, â€œNirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard.â€ He went on to say, â€œThe idea of America â€“ that hopeful idea â€“ had been dismantled. But with their music, Nirvana blasted through all that with crystalline, nuclear, rage-infused fury.â€ Drummer Dave Grohl was the first to speak, thanking the four Nirvana drummers who came before him. He also thanked his mom for letting him â€œlisten to some pretty fd-up st.â€ Dave went on to tell aspiring musicians not to look at posters of their idols and say, â€œFk, I could never do that,â€ rather to think, â€œF*k, Iâ€™m going to do that.â€ Bassist Krist Novoselic was next. He wished Kurt was there, calling Cobain an intense artist who really connected with a lot of people. Kurtâ€™s mother then briefly remarked, teary-eyed, â€œI just miss him so much, he was such an angel.â€ Then, Cobainâ€™s widow, Courtney Love, emotionally said how much she wished Kurt could be there. She hugged his bandmates and added, â€œTonight, he would have really appreciated it. I just want to give this to our daughter Francis Bean, who couldnâ€™t be here because she was ill.â€ The band then performed â€œSmells Like Teen Spiritâ€ with Joan Jett on vocals, marking the first time they performed the song with a singer since Kurtâ€™s death. Next up, Sonic Youthâ€™s Kim Gordon took on vocals for â€œEndless Nameless,â€ then St. Vincent sang â€œLithiumâ€ and Lorde performed â€œAll Apologies.â€
Â· Often times there is a jam at the end of the Induction Ceremony and there were rumors that some rockers would play AC/DCâ€™s â€œHighway to Hell,â€ but for one reason or another, the show ended after Nirvanaâ€™s set.
Check it out yourself May 31st when it debuts on HBO.