David Letterman replaces Neil Young at Rock Hall show
- Author: Stacy Houston Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 2:56
Steve Perry was onstage with Journey during their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction tonight. And lead vocalist Eddie Vedder appeared on the third-last edition of "The Late Show with David Letterman" in 2015 to sing "Better Man".
Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe enduring artistic legacy of the late rapper Tupac Shakur will be honored when Snoop Dogg inducts him into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame tonight in Brooklyn, New York. Rodgers received a special honour at the event, which will air April 29 as a special on HBO. The Barclays Center went insane, clapping and hooting with as much fervor as they gave to the inductees as Fox waved and politely tried to ignore the attention.
And yes, they do love the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Guitarist Neal Schon was inducted along with fellow co-founding members Gregg Rolie and Ross Valory, as well as Steve Smith (their current drummer, he also served stints in 1978-85 and 1995-98), Aynsley Dunbar (1974-78) and Perry (1978-98). Alicia Keys gave Shakur's raps a new bent, but remained true to the guts that were the essence of his rap.
"When people work with me, they think that I'm the boss", he said.
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Following the ceremony, the band will take some time off and then spend May performing at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas before hitting the road again this summer. Plus, Lenny Kravitz performed two extraordinary covers of "When Doves Cry" and "The Cross" in honour of the late original artist Prince, and ELO paid tribute to Chuck Berry with a cover of "Roll Over Beethoven".
David Letterman, who replaced an ill Neil Young as induction speaker and was the only non-musician speaker, provided one of the night's highlights, delivering some comedic and heartfelt words on the band. The late rapper is in the 2017 class to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And because they did, 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. "Here we are in this modern technology age, and we've got a lot of evolving to do".
The choice of Letterman is fitting as the Better Man rockers - Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron - performed several times on his CBS show.
Vedder also used his speech to discuss climate change, saying it "is real, that's not fake news". "I use that analogy because it can be done, but we don't have 108 years to wait".