It’s all Rock and Roll Hall of Fame coverage this morning. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chairman Jann Wenner kicked it off with a tribute to Chuck Berry. Then ELO did their cover of Roll Over Beethoven.
- Then ELO played “Medieval Woman,” and “Mr. Blue Sky,” and got inducted by George Harrison’s son Dhani Harrison.
- Jackson Browne inducted Joan Baez. Lenny Kravitz did a tribute to Prince with a powerful rendition of “When Doves Cry” and “The Cross,” featuring the Love Fellowship Choir.
- Geddy Lee and Alex Lifson of Rush’s inducted Yes.
Rick Wakeman had a great story about a prostate exam. “The doctor said to me, he said, ‘Mr. Wakeman, there’s no need to be embarrassed. It’s not unusual to get an erection with this kind of procedure,” Rick shared. “I said, ‘I haven’t got an erection.’ He said, ‘I know, but I have.'” The entire band then reunited to perform “Roundabout,” featuring Geddy Lee on bass filing in for the late Chris Squire, followed by “Owner of a Lonely Heart.”
- Snoop Dogg inducted his late friend Tupac Shakur,
- After a speech by Train’s Pat Monahan, Journey was inducted. The whole band was there including Steve Perry. Perry and Neil Schon even hugged and Perry thanked all of his former bandmates and their new lead singer Arnel Pineda. But everyone was wondered if Perry would sing with the band. When they started performing with no singer on stage some may have thought they were getting a surprise, but instead it was Arnel who came out to perform Journey’s three hits, “Separate Ways,” “Lights” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which still got the crowd on their feet.
David Letterman stood in for Neil Young and inducted Pearl Jam.
- Pearl Jam wrapped up the night playing “Alive,” “Given to Fly” and “Betterman,” then a bunch of performers joined them including; Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neal Schon, Dhani Harrison and a few more. The finale was an ensemble cast doing Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”