The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony took place on April 10, 2014, at Barclays Center in New York City's Brooklyn borough. HBO will premiere an edited version of the show on May 31, 2014. In 2014, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in 2014 were Kiss, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, the E Street Band, Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham. Here is what this artist had to say backstage during a brief press conference in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame press room.
You presented the Rock and Roll induction speech for Linda Ronstadt, who used to be a backup singer for the Eagles. When did you first know that she was going to be a huge star recognized for her talent?
At the first rehearsal, when she opened her mouth to sing. Her voice was big enough to fill the room without a microphone. I think the first thing I remember was that Linda was so darn cute. And she was very, very smart. But there was also a little girl [quality to her]. It was a really, intriguing thing that she had. But obviously, the first thing that we all noticed was what a great singer she was.
And for Don [Henley] and [me], to be the two harmony singers to be singing with her on all these incredible songs was a step in the right direction for us. We both loved harmony singing, and singing with Linda was a treat.
Linda couldn’t be here tonight because of her health problems. Can you tell us how she’s doing?
She’s doing great. I talked to her two days ago. She sounded fine. She just can’t travel. She’s got a really bad back, and she can’t sit for very long without having lie down. And she can’t lie down for very long without having to get up. But she sounded great.
It’s funny, our conversation was like we hadn’t missed a beat. I hadn’t talked with her since the millennium show at the Staples Center in 2000, when she played with Jackson [Browne] and the Eagles. Of course, I followed her career. But at this time, I think it was a little too much to ask her to fly across the country.
You performed tonight with Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood in a tribute to Linda Rondstadt. What was that like?
Soundcheck yesterday had a very transcendent feel for me. It was absolutely amazing to know that we were going to be standing up there, especially when we were vocal rehearsing, and we were all kind of standing in a circle together, and there’s Emmylou and Bonnie and Carrie and Sheryl and Stevie. Just to be with all that great talent, it’s a lot of fun for us. And, of course, all of us love Linda.
I think that’s something so many people share. Everybody who made a record with her became her friend. She admired everybody she hired. She made everybody feel like they were part of her family. You can see by the turnout. I was very moved to see all those ladies take time out of their busy schedules to come and perform and pay tribute to her.
Who else would you like to see inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Oh my goodness. I’m not sure who’s been left out and who’s in. But whenever a great singer or a great songwriter is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it elevates all of us. And I think this class [of inductees] this year is a very eclectic mix of really talented people from diverse musical backgrounds.
What about Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels?
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? They should be. There’s one for Detroit. I’m from Detroit.
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