This weekend, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, which took place April 18 at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre, airs on HBO. The event is always a long affair — but it always has great moments. This year’s was better than most, and whittling it down to five was no easy feat. But if you’re looking to just watch selected highlights here’s a handful.
“Blah, blah, blah. Blah blah blah blah blah!” That’s not a placeholder that we forgot to replace, that’s a (partial) transcription of Alex Lifeson’s acceptance speech during Rush‘s induction. You know how on The Muppets, when Beaker speaks, it’s all “Me me me me me me!” Alex’s speech was like that. It was a comic masterpiece and not to be missed. Also great: Dave Grohl’s speech about the band, which included him ribbing Rolling Stone Magazine about not covering the band more often. (Indeed, when RS boss Jann Wenner greeted the audience from the stage earlier in the night, he was welcomed by boos and catcalls from jilted Rush fans.) Also, Grohl, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and Foo Fighters/Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz performed Rush’s “2112: Overture” dressed as Rush from 2112‘s album cover — another moment not to be missed. Lots of artists were honored, but it was Rush’s night. Read more on Rush’s induction.
Oprah! Most of the presenters and guest performers weren’t kept a secret, but when Oprah Winfrey appeared onstage to present Quincy Jones, the Staples Center went nuts. And as anyone who has seen her show knows: Oprah gives a good speech. She spoke movingly about the man and his legacy, noting that Quincy Jones “defines and defies the word ‘legend.’” She told him, ““You just have the most generous soul of anybody I know.” Honorable mention goes to Usher, for a spot-on take on Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” (produced by Jones), mimicking the original pre-MTV-era music video. Read more about Quincy Jones’ induction.
Seattle hearts Heart Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell made a great speech about Heart, watching Ann and Nancy Wilson perform with the original members of the band was cool, but nothing matched the face-melting version of “Barracuda,” featuring Cornell, Alice In Chains‘ Jerry Cantrell and Pearl Jam‘s Mike McCready adding extra guitar thunder. Read more about Heart’s induction.
Catch more from the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony when it airs Saturday May 18 at 9 p.m. on HBO, and check out more of our on-the-scene coverage of the event here.
Watch our recent Radio.com Inside Out episode on 2013’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction class, below.
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