One of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's greatest slights is going to be corrected tonight (April 7) when Journey is inducted during the annual ceremony taking place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. "It was either that or he swallowed a harmonica".
- Joe Suma (@TweetJoeSuma) April 8, 2017Disappointed that #StevePerry did not sing with #Journey at the #RRHOF #Induction #2017.
They were inducted alongside the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and Journey during a concert in NY.
Not only did Snoop Dogg deliver an awesome speech for his late friend ("I'm here to make sure Tupac is remembered the way he [should] to be: A strong black man who stood for his.").
"It's such a pleasure to get one of these", said Lynne, "because I've watched lots and lots and lots, hundreds, of people getting awards. Thank you so very much!" He didn't perform, but he did join his former bandmates onstage for a speech. "While many of you remember him now as some kind of thugged-out superhero, Tupac knew he was only human", said Snoop Dogg.
Lenny Kravitz brought out a gospel choir to help him offer up a powerhouse tribute to his friend Prince, with electric renditions of "When Doves Cry" and "The Cross". See - they told us not to stop believin'!
David Letterman is replacing Neil Young to induct Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday as the 71-year-old musician is too unwell to attend.
And what would a rock and roll event be without a little activism?
Vedder also used his speech to discuss climate change, saying "climate change is real, that's not fake news".
"Let us build a bridge, a great bridge, a handsome bridge to once again welcome the exhausted and the poor", Baez said, juxtaposing lines from Trump and the immigrant-welcoming poem on the Statue of Liberty. "Let us build a great bridge, a lovely bridge, to welcome the exhausted and the poor".
The induction of folk legend Joan Baez, which inductor Jackson Browne called "long, long overdue", actually seemed well timed, as protest music grows in popularity. The night closed with a jam session of "Rockin' in the Free World".