Snoop Dogg inducts Tupac into Rock Hall

17 April, 2017, 04:54 | Author: Warren Cooper

It was announced in December that Journey would be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Pearl Jam's induction was only one of several emotional moments during the five-hour ceremony, which also included the inductions of Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Nile Rodgers and Yes. Train lead singer Pat Monohan will do the honors.

In his opening remarks, Jann Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone magazine and one of the creators of the hall, said to the assorted stars on the floor at the venue: "No one in this room would be here tonight if not for this man".

Before that, a video played featuring past interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards and others discussing Berry's sound and style.

Lynne then led his touring band through ELO's "Evil Woman" and "Mr. Blue Sky" which sounded stunningly similar to the recorded versions. "Blue Sky" and "Telephone Line" left the crowd nearly as excited as a slightly nebbish-looking Dhani Harrison, the son of the late Beatle George Harrison for whom Lynne produced "Cloud Nine".

Jackson Browne inducted Joan Baez, who joked that she knew that many young people would have no idea who she was. "I wanted to change it to Mother Soup Bone and they said, 'Get out'".

Picking up her guitar, Baez sang "Deportees", folk great Woody Guthrie's ode to Mexican laborers, with Americana artists the Indigo Girls and Mary Chapin Carpenter backing her up. During the latter two Baez was joined by Mary Chapin Carpenter and The Indigo Girls.

The evening continued with the induction of Yes, opening with a speech from Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, who expounded on their fandom of the prog-rock legends during their youth.

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In a candid and touching remembrance for his former labelmate and close friend, Snoop Dogg tackled the duties of inducting Tupac Shakur into the Rock Hall, recalling the pair's rise through '90s hip hop together in a six-minute speech.

But at its 32nd annual event, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn last Friday night, the usual controversies - band schisms, score-settling at the microphone - were mostly absent. 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.

Members of the band Journey.

While many awards shows have featured Prince tributes since the singer's death one year ago this month, not every performance did justice to the pop icon.

Leading up to the show, rumors swirled that former Journey singer Steve Perry would perform with the band for the first time in more than 20 years.

"You're the ones who put us here", Perry said to the Journey fans, earning one of the night's loudest applauses. "You never have stopped", said Perry. Both songs were radically rearranged and featured a large gospel choir.

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 fantastic to me because of all the people who have allowed me to join their lives and their bands".

Vedder, true to form, was as political in his acceptance speech as he has been since "Ten" in 1991, and since the band took on ticketing giant Ticketmaster later in its career.


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