Music News: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts new class, remembers Prince and Chuck Berry


An image of Chuck Berry was displayed at the Rock Hall induction
An image of Chuck Berry was displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 7, 2017. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

On Friday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its class of 2017: Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Journey, Yes, and Electric Light Orchestra. It was also a night shadowed by the memories of two rock legends: Prince and Chuck Berry, the very first artist ever to have been inducted to the Cleveland institution. (Berry's public memorial was held in St. Louis on Sunday.)

The roars were loudest for Pearl Jam, reports the New York Times. Inducted by David Letterman — who joked that originally scheduled presenter Neil Young, out sick, might have "swallowed a harmonica" — Pearl Jam performed with their original lineup for the first time in 26 years.

Another big reunion involved Journey — for fans, it was a big deal just to see former lead singer Steve Perry take the stage and share hugs with his former bandmates, even though he didn't perform with them. Yes reunited with a special appearance from Geddy Lee (Rush) on bass. E.L.O. kicked off the ceremony with a cover of "Roll Over Beethoven" in tribute to Chuck Berry.

Snoop Dogg inducted Tupac, sharing affectionate stories about hanging out with his fellow West Coast rap icon. Joan Baez showed that over 50 years into her politically-charged career, she's still holding the flame — making pointed reference to Donald Trump in a rendition of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." Nile Rodgers graciously accepted his Award for Musical Excellence without making any surly remarks about the fact that his band Chic hold the record for most times nominated (11) without actually being elected to the Rock Hall.

Shortly before the evening ended, a slideshow highlighted the musical greats we lost this year. It ended with Prince, followed by Lenny Kravitz covering "When Doves Cry" and "The Cross," backed on the latter by the Love Fellowship Choir. (Rolling Stone)

A couple more local bands made it into the ceremony — by way of a t-shirt worn by Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament. The shirt listed dozens of great bands that haven't been inducted — among them the Replacements and Hüsker Dü. (Pitchfork)

Jeff's RRHOF shirt.

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