Last night (April 10th), the 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony took place in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Center. A truncated version of the evening's events will air on HBO on May 31st at 9 p.m. The inductees to the Rock Hall class of 2014 were Kiss, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall & John Oates.
Ahmet Ertegun Awards went to the Beatles' late manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham. The Award for Musical Excellence -- formerly known as the Side-Men category -- was presented to the E Street Band, who were inducted by Bruce Springsteen.
Glenn Frey -- who got his major break as apart of Linda Ronstadt’s backing band -- saluted her at the ceremony. Ronstadt did not attend the event, but a show-stopping tribute of her best-loved songs was performed by Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, and Bonnie Raitt. Questlove of the Roots saluted Hall & Oates. Surprise inductor Art Garfunkel paid tribute to Cat Stevens, and Peter Asher, of Peter & Gordon and record production fame, did the honors for his friends, Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham -- who also was a no show at last night's event.
Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, inducted Kiss, who surprisingly were all on their best behavior and spoke respectfully -- and at times even lovingly -- towards each other as they recalled their early years. The evening's closest thing to a celebrity roast was Coldplay's Chris Martin's induction of Peter Gabriel. R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe inducted Nirvana -- who closed the celebrations by reforming with three women fronting the band -- Joan Jett, St. Vincent, and Lorde, respectively.
THE SCENE BACKSTAGE LAST NIGHT
In one of the most candid moments of the induction, Bruce Springsteen recalled a conversation he had at his home with Steve Van Zandt, who had urged Springsteen to force the Rock Hall’s hand and induct the E Street Band along with him in 1999. Springsteen talked frankly about the reasons and situations as too why he elected to go in as a solo act. Backstage, Steve Van Zandt was asked his feelings pertaining to that: "Y’know, we were having many conversations about, y’know, the reunion, and all that. And Bruce had tried some things with other players -- as he absolutely has a right to do -- and who can blame him, him trying different things with different people. But at that point, my conversation was: ‘From now on, anything you wanna do -- anything you can think of -- we can do with the E Street Band.'" "
"You Make My Dreams Come True" - Hall & Oates
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Nirvana with Joan Jett
"Aneurysm" - Nirvana with Kim Gordon
"Lithium" - Nirvana with St. Vincent
"All Apologies" - Nirvana with Lorde
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