The class of 2014, Nirvana, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, the E Street Band and Linda Ronstadt were honored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, on April 10.
The show began when music producer Peter Asher awarded the late Beatles manager, Brian Epstein and former Rolling Stones manager, Andrew Loog-Oldham, who was not in attendance. Coldplay’s Chris Martin left his conscious uncoupling at home to present the “angel” Peter Gabriel with the coveted award.
Country rock superstars, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris all performed an epic tribute in Linda Ronstadt’s honor. She did not attend the ceremony because of her battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Rise Against the Machine guitarist, Tom Morello introduced 70’s glam group KISS with the most elaborate speech of the night calling them, “one of the most iconic bands of all time.” He poured out his admiration for the band and said, “It should be all about impact, influence and awesomeness!”
The Boss, Bruce Springsteen delivered a heart warming speech to his beloved ‘brothers and sisters,’ of the E Street Band and said that their friendship is stronger than ever. Quest Love of the Roots enthusiastically introduced Hall and Oats in which the Philadelphia boys joked, “at least there’s two of us!’ referring to long speeches given by the E Street Band.
Michael Stipe of the REM settled a nostalgic blanket over the crowd when he came out to honor Nirvana. 'Nirvana captured lighting in a bottle,” Stipe said in his speech and noted that, “it’s not just pop music, it’s something greater than that.”
“I wish Kurt was here,” said Kurt Cobain’s widowed wife Courtney Love and front woman of the band Hole. “He would really appreciate this, ” she said as she dedicated the award to their daughter Francis Bean and his family.
At midnight, Joan Jett walked onstage to join the surviving members of Nirvana, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and bassist, Krist Novoselilc.
Earlier in the week, rumors swarmed that Jett was going to front a Nirvana performance, after the Foo Fighters posted a picture on Instagram of what appeared to be Jett’s Gibson guitar.
The rumors were put to rest when Jett performed a chilling rendition of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit, ’which she complemented with killer rifts and a raspy voice that was reminiscent of the late Cobain.
Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, fronted ‘Aneurysm,’ Annie Clark of the indie band, St. Vincent took on ‘Lithium’ but the biggest surprise of the night was when Lorde closed out the show and belted a passionate interpretation of ‘All Apologies.’
Overall, the night embodied prestige and reconciliation to recognize the legends of rock that influenced the world for decades. As Morrelo said, “it’s a rock and roll and party all night hall of fame!”