Tupac, Journey, Pearl Jam to be Inducted Into Rock Hall

Carla Harmon
April 10, 2017

Folk icon and activist Joan Baez, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Tupac and Yes all entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Friday's ceremony.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will be broadcast on HBO April 29 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. He did, however, meet his replacement for the first time.

"You are the rock and roll hall of fame". "My own granddaughter had no idea who I was", Baez said to laughter.

Baez sang the traditional ballad Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, varying the lyrics towards the end as she expressed her hope that the song's band of angels were "coming for to carry me, you, us, even Donald Trump, home". "The changes that began happening in the '60s are still happening. we need to be as empowered now as we were then". "Joan Baez, she was staggering", he said. I know Neil Young was supposed to be here and people are saying to me like I had something to do with it.

In a candid and touching remembrance for his former labelmate and close friend, Snoop Dogg tackled the duties of inducting Tupac Shakur into the Rock Hall, recalling the pair's rise through '90s hip hop together in a six-minute speech.

Pineda also expressed his gratitude to Perry, who had nothing but warm words for him for keeping Journey's music alive. "That's what made Tupac the greatest rapper of all time".

As Rolling Stone reports, Snoop delivered an emotional speech that paid tribute to the legend.

Snoop returned to the stage after Alicia to perform "Gangsta Party" with YG.

With current lead singer Arnel Pineda - who met Perry for the first time backstage on Friday night - Journey then performed "Separate Ways", "Lights" and, of course, "Don't Stop Believin'".

The reclusive frontman appeared onstage with his former bandmates as they each gave acceptance speeches.

"Now in the new political cultural reality in which we find ourselves, there is much work to be done, where empathy is failing and sharing has been usurped by greed and lust for power", she said, urging the crowd to "double, triple and quadruple" attempts at empathy. We would not be here had it not been for you and your tireless love and consistent devotion. If, like me, you went to college in the early '90s, odds are you watched David Letterman and listened to Pearl Jam.

The induction of ELO, Yes and, especially Journey, were greeted with huge ovations, showing that the decision Rock Hall voters have made to embrace 1970s superstars, who have always been eligible but passed over, has been overwhelmingly popular. So, I said, 'You know what?

"To Steve Perry, you're one of a kind". My name doesn't mean (expletive).

I'll be honest here in that I definitely thought Rush and Yes were the same band when I was a teenager and my only exposure to that music was the classic rock radio stations in the Chicago suburbs. "For two years I did a show without a roof over the goddamn theater".

Another highlight of the night was Lenny Kravitz's tribute to Prince. Why isn't Neil Young here?

Letterman certainly didn't hold back with the Pearl Jam jokes at the ceremony. Pharrell Williams presented him with the prestigious honor. He used the Cubs' World Series victory as evidence that change is possible.

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