Pearl Jam, Tupac, Yes, Journey to be inducted into Rock Hall

Posted April 09, 2017

After Geddy Lee helped "right a wrong" by inducting Yes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Rush bassist joined his prog-rock heroes onstage for a crushingly loud run-through of "Roundabout".

Letterman went on to remember meeting the members of Pearl Jam in the 1980s.

What time: The induction ceremony is April 7 at the Barclays Center in New York City.

As Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder thanked his wife during his speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one male fan from a seat up high screamed, "I love you Eddie!"

Since 1973, their music has been a steady soundtrack...18 top forty singles... worldwide record sales of more than 90 million... and one of the most downloaded songs in music history, "Don't Stop Believin".

At the podium, ELO frontman Jeff Lynne, who's worked with everyone from Harrison to Ringo Starr, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison, said, "It's such a pleasure to get one of these [trophies] "cause I've watched hundreds of people gettin" 'em all the time...it's like me dad said: "Everything comes to him what waits'".

"Let us build a bridge, a great bridge, a lovely bridge to once again welcome the exhausted and the poor", Baez said, juxtaposing lines from President Donald Trump and the immigrant-welcoming poem on the Statue of Liberty.

"I want my granddaughter to know I fought against an evil tide and had the masses by my side", she said.

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Shakur, the prolific rapper, was shot and killed at his peak in 1996.

"You're gonna live forever". But, hey, that's rock and roll. Snoop called Pac "the greatest rapper of all time".

According to WKYC in Cleveland, Ohio, Snoop credited 2Pac with being the person responsible for getting the Dogg to smoke blunts when he was growing up.

"Due to illness, Neil Young is regrettably no longer able to induct Pearl Jam at this Year's Induction Ceremony", the Rock Hall said in a statement on Wednesday.

The other new initiates were Nile Rodgers, Tupac Shakur and Electric Light Orchestra, which kicked off the evening with their version of "Roll Over Beethoven", an homage to the father of rock and roll, Chuck Berry, who died last month.

For more information: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Onstage, Rodgers joked that he'd worked with almost every artist who's in the Hall of Fame - including Madonna, David Bowie and Mick Jagger. "I actually have multiple ones. My life has been so wonderful", Rodgers said before fighting back tears.

Even more unlikely remarks came from Rick Wakeman, the keyboardist from Yes, which in its heyday in the 1970s was rarely described as light-hearted.

Turning into an off-color comic, the Englishman joked he was happy as Brooklyn was the spot of his first sexual experience.