Rock Hall of Fame Adds Pearl Jam, ELO, Journey & More
April 8, 2017


Pearl Jam (photo: Danny Clinch)
On Friday night, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its class of 2017: Pearl Jam, ELO, Yes, Journey, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur. Nile Rodgers was also given the Award for Musical Excellence.

According to reports, the evening opened with a tribute to the late Rock icon Chuck Berry, with ELO playing a cover of "Roll Over Beethoven." The group was inducted by Dhani Harrison, whose father George was close with ELO's Jeff Lynne, and told a story about seeing the band and his dad covering "Johnny B. Goode."

Folk great Joan Baez joked about how much of the audience might not know her, talked social activism and harmonized with the Indigo Girls and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Yes reunited with former singer Jon Anderson for the first time in over a decade and were inducted by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush. Lee filled in for Yes's late bassist Chris Squire on the band's hit "Roundabout."

The late Hip Hop icon Tupac Shakur was inducted by Snoop Dogg. Alicia Keys then took the stage for a medley of 2Pac songs, followed by Snoop with YG, Treach of Naughty by Nature and T.I. all taking turns on the mic.

Hitmakers Journey reunited with longtime estranged singer Steve Perry, but only for their induction speech, as the singer has not performed with the band in decades and has only rarely sung in public.

Accepting his Award for Musical Excellent, Rodgers dedicated it to all the artists he had produced and worked with behind the scenes over the years, saying, "This award is amazing to me because of all the people who have allowed me to join their lives and their bands."

Another artist we lost in the past year, Prince, was celebrated as well. Lenny Kravitz led a gospel choir on "When Doves Cry," followed by a rocking take on Sign O' The Times track "The Cross."

Perhaps the most anticipated speech of the night was David Letterman's induction of Pearl Jam. The talk show legend was a late addition, replacing an ailing Neil Young. Letterman spent part of his speech mocking former Pearl Jam rivals Ticketmaster, joking that "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."

No stranger to Rock Hall speeches, when it was his turn at the mic Eddie Vedder spoke at length about climate change, his family, Letterman and even Chance the Rapper. Pearl Jam played a three-song set of "Alive" (with Ten-era drummer Dave Krusen behind the kit), "Given to Fly" and "Better Man."

As per tradition, the show ended with an All-Star jam session that included all of Pearl Jam, Geddy Lee, Trevor Rabin of Yes and Journey's Neal Schon covering the absent Young's classic "Rockin' in the Free World."

A truncated version of the show will debut April 29 at 8pm on HBO.




 
Music News
Kendrick Lamar Earns Biggest Chart Debut of 2017, Announces Tour
Quick Hits: Harry Styles, Beyonce, Bumbershoot Festival, Life is Beautiful Festival, Phoenix, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Madonna
Quick Hits: Tori Amos, Kings Of Leon
Quick Hits: Beyonce, Rise Against
Prince EP Release Blocked By Lawsuit
Paramore Announce New Album After Laughter
Controversy Over New Prince EP
Quick Hits: NIN, QOTSA, Coldplay, Big Boi
FMQB Retro-Active: A Look Back at ELP
The Chainsmokers Debut Atop Billboard 200
Quick Hits: Lady Gaga, Gotillaz, Bourbon & Beyond
Harry Styles to Release Solo Debut on May 12
Quick Hits: J. Geils, Gorillaz, Tool
The Chainsmokers & Drake Lead 2017 Billboard Music Award Nominees
Quick Hits: Kendrick Lamar, Prince's Estate, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie
Breaking News
Cox Enterprises Names Alexander C. Taylor President/CEO
April 25, 2017
CBS Radio Unveils New "Airtime Analytics" Measurement Tool
Entercom Rochester Names Michael “Mud” Gross PD At WCMF-FM
IFPI Report: Global Recorded Music Revenues Increase by 5.9%
Tom Calococci Joins Sheet Happens Prep For Affiliate Relations/Content Creation
CBS Radio Stations Take Home 25 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards And 4 Overall Excellence Awards
April 24, 2017
Coran Capshaw To Be Honored With City of Hope's 2017 Spirit of Life Award
Cumulus Appoints Nic Merenda VP/Market Manager For Topeka, KS
Alpha Media Brings Throwbacks To San Antonio
iHeartMedia St. Louis Names Jules Riley PD For 93.7 The Bull
J. Anthony Brown Joins The Steve Harvey Morning Show
April 21, 2017
eQB NOW
Cumulus Promotes Heather Gersten To APD At WWLI/Providence, RI
April 20, 2017
iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. Names Tommy Chuck PD For WASH-FM
iHeartMedia Names Jeff Wyatt SVP/Programming For Baltimore, MD
Radio One DC Expands WMMJ-FM Listenership
April 19, 2017
CBS Radio's 'SPF" In Las Vegas Expands To Two Nights With Linkin Park
Magic 92.5/San Diego To Change Format To All Prince "Purple 92.5"
Clip Interactive Partners with Radio One & Reach Media
April 18, 2017
iHeartMedia San Antonio Names Russell Rush Program Director For KXXM
iHeartMedia San Francisco Names Matty Staudt Digital PD
WHLZ Turns On The Hot AC In Florence, SC
iHeartMedia Baton Rouge Names Brittany Tully PD For WYNK-FM
John Butler Joins Spotify
FMQB NOW

Nikki Nite,
VP of Prog. & Ops,
Entercom/Austin

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!