It is now official. Seven new acts have joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
On April 10th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the Rock Hall inducted Nirvana, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, and the E Street Band. And while there were plenty of expectations of what was to happen (as indicated in previous reports), there were some surprises as well. And here what went down at the ceremony:
1. Kiss. Perhaps one of the biggest news concerning the ceremony. Previously, the band has expressed dissatisfaction over the fact their induction only included the original members, and not those who came after (including the late Eric Carr). There was no performance (nor they appear in makeup), but the band did speak warmly about each other.
2. Nirvana. Perhaps one of the most emotional moments of the ceremony, as members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl accepted their awards, with Courtney Love (who received some boos from theaudience) accepting for Kurt Cobain. A performance was followed courtesy of Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, Lorde and St. Vincent.
3. The E. Street Band. Group was inducted in the sidemen category, with posthumous honors for late members Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici. Reportedly, they had a long induction, as they ignored requests to make short speeches. They later performed classics including “Kitty’s Back”.
4. Linda Ronstadt. As previously reported, the singer was not present due to illness. But her career was celebrated with a performance from Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood, and Emmylou Harris.
5. Peter Gabriel. Inducted for the second time (he is already inducted as a member of Genesis), he gives an encouraging message to aspiring musicians and gives a soaring performance of “In Your Eyes”.
6. Hall & Oates. Duo performed their hits including “She’s Gone” and “You Make My Dreams Come True”.
7. Cat Stevens. Performed hits “Wild World” and “Peace Train”.
Joining the inductees were managers Andrew Loog Oldham (the Rolling Stones) and posthumously Brian Epstein (the Beatles). Inductors included Glenn Frey, Chris Martin, and Tom Morello. The induction ceremony will air on HBO on May 31st.