As it was announced before, this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction was aired on HBO on May 31st, and it was full of the expectations mentioned in previous reports on the ceremony held in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, yet it had a few surprises, and some notable moments.
First there were the inductors, which included Coldplay frontman Chris Martin (Peter Gabriel), Eagles Glenn Frey (Linda Ronstadt) and Bruce Springsteen (E Street Band). Some of them were just OK, like Art Garfunkel inducting Cat Stevens, but the best had to come from Tom Morello who inducted Kiss, whose speech had so much energy, it almost seemed adjacent to the energy Kiss brought into their music and shows. Other great speeches came from Frey and Michael Stipe, who both gave insights of the genre they each hailed from.
Next were the performances. As expected, Kiss didn’t perform and Linda Ronstadt (who was unable to attend) was given a tribute performance from artists including Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow. But as for the performances themselves, all were pretty great, but the best moments had to be when Peter Gabriel was performing “In Your Eyes”, Cat Stevens performing “Peace Train”, as well as the all star performances of inductees Ronstadt and Nirvana, including Lorde’s rendition of “All Apologies”.
And finally there were a few surprises, like the fact the E Street Band wasn’t the grand finale, something that was perhaps expected, given their band leader is Bruce Springsteen. But then again, it was just before Nirvana’s induction (which was the finale), and it probably a toss up between the two bands. Also included was an in memoriam segment, remembering departed artists including Bobby “Blue” Bland and Lou Reed. Didn’t catch the ceremony on HBO on Saturday, don’t worry. It will be shown a few more times, check your channel guides for times.