Published on April 23rd, 2015 | by AlexandreG.0
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions of 2015
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Last weekend the affable Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr — the last member of the band to get into the Hall as a solo artist — disclosed that nugget of wisdom and plenty of other gems from the past. In fact, his speech was heavy on memories from his time with the Beatles.
Patti Smith, celebrates the Life of Lou Reed With Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction : ‘On Oct. 27, 2013, I was at Rockaway Beach and I got the message that Lou Reed had passed. It was a solitary moment. I was by myself and I thought of him by the ocean and I got on the subway back to New York City.’
She spent her time honoring the icon with her memories of their friendship and his passing. This induction marks Reed’s second time entering the Hall, having previously done so in 1996 as part of the Velvet Underground.
Punk rockers Green Day were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. ‘Thank all of you f—ers for coming here…We love you,’ ,” they said after giving a shout out to presenters Fall Out Boy.
While some critics scoffed at the notion of Green Day entering the Hall of Fame the year they became eligible, it’s hard to argue with the facts: They were a major part of the Bay Area punk scene in the 1990s, not to mention the six Grammys they’ve won and 85 million albums they’ve sold.
Miley Cyrus inducted Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The pop star came onstage and started talking about the first time she wanted to have sex with Jett.
Jett thanked a long list of artists along the way, including Nirvana, Fugazi, X and Green Day, who are also being inducted tonight, as well as her late mentor Kim Fowley and the Runaways. ‘If we did nothing else but write ‘Cherry Bomb,’ it would have been great,’ she said.
Self-described ‘Stevie Ray Vaughan wannabe’ John Mayer inducted the late guitar hero Stevie Ray Vaughan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the organization’s annual ceremony Last April 18th, in Cleveland.
Mayer explained how his idol opened new musical worlds for him. ‘I grew up listening to Thriller, 1984 and the Footloose soundtrack … so when it came time to give Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble a listen, it sounded like an exotic tale told in a familiar voice…the second I heard it, I knew that it was going to mean everything.’
Influential Chicago blues act the Paul Butterfield Blues Band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight (April 18). Appropriately, before the honor, Rage Against the Machine‘s Tom Morello and country star Zac Brown, along with Jason Ricci on harmonica, performed a fiery version of the band’s “Born in Chicago.
Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band gave a laid-back speech that underscored the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s status as pioneers and blues innovators. ‘The Paul Butterfield Blues Band brought something different to the genre, and they kicked down the door, and showed others how to really do it real differently,’ he said.