David Letterman replaces Neil Young at Rock Hall show

Apr 09, 2017, 02:52

Along with Journey, Pearl Jam, Yes, ELO, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez and Nile Rodgers are being inducted.

The 2017 induction ceremony will be broadcast on cable channel HBO on April 29.

Chuck Berry, known as the father of rock "n" roll.

"They do rock." Cain and Ross shared some special memories of Northeast Ohio with us as well.

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And if what Pearl Jam did often escaped the too-easy categorization of the Seattle sound, what also strikes some as especially meaningful about the Rock & Roll honour is that the band has always been uniquely Seattle in every other way.

Dhani Harrison will induct ELO. I'm sitting there, end of the night, kind of relaxing, and he kept asking, "Paul, when is this band going to be on the show?" "Out of nowhere they all kicked into "Johnny B. Goode" like Back To the Future", he recalled. "Given to Fly " was dedicated to Michael J. Fox who mentioned it in his book.

A statement about Letterman's appearance at the ceremony, which is being held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, was posted on the hall's Facebook page. The talk-show host agreed to induct the band after Neil Young dropped out, citing an undisclosed illness.

"I want my granddaughter to know I fought against an evil tide and had the masses by my side", she said. The track also earned Young a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal performance in 1991.

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Snoop Dogg will induct Tupac, Jackson Browne will induct Baez, and Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush will induct Yes. "I was nearly 50, and even I was pissed off", Letterman said. "They are without question my favorite band".

One of the night's most anticipated performances was Journey's. Alicia Keys paid tribute to him with a medley of his hits on the piano, followed by Snoop Dogg and T.I. rapping. Standing up from the ivories, she belted "Changes" as the audience sang-along.

But he then got serious: "If there was a club for cynicism, I'd be the president... except for things like this!"

Tupac Shakur in a scene from the film "Gridlock'd", 1997. But despite earlier reports, Steve Perry did not perform with the current Journey members.

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Rodgers is one of the masterminds behind the influential disco-funk band Chic, but he'll be inducted separately from the group. He explained how after finishing an album with an artist, their name is on the LP in big letters while his is in teeny-tiny letters. And that person has to be loyal and believe in you and have to have the strength to reel you back, so my wife, Jill, I thank you. And...

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