The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will always be controversial. Hell, this was the impetus for creating Notinhalloffame.com! While that may all be true, this was the evening where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officially inducted their latest class and whether you agree with the inductees or not, it is always a signature event and a big night for us.
While we felt that Deep Purple were the unequivocal headliners, they were actually the first inductees. Inducted by Metallica drummer, Lars Ulrich, Deep Purple played a three song set of Hush, Highway Star and of course, Smoke on the Water. While it was a great performance, it could not help but feel it was a little hollow without Ritchie Blackmore present.
Steve Miller was inducted next and performed Fly Like an Eagle and Rock N Me and during his induction mentioned how the song, “The Joker” saved his career.
Kendrick Lamar then came on stage to induct N.W.A., and asked for permission to curse during his speech. Referencing Eazy E. as the founder of “Reality Rap”, the four surviving members of N.W.A. took to the stage with Ice Cube proclaiming that they were Rock and Roll and how it was a “spirit”. That might be the most poignant moment of the night. Sadly, they did not perform, but they did deliver the best induction speech of the evening.
Chicago were up next and though they were without Peter Cetera, they delighted the crowd in hand with a stirring rendition of Saturday in the Park. It is worth noting that this was the group who the fans voted for the most on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame poll.
Cheap Trick was the final inductee, and while they are not necessarily the most important inductees, but it was their live performances overseas that would eventually make them stars in the United States. A Cheap Trick set to close the show? Why not!
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show will be shown on HBO on April 30 and we have already updated our Notinhalloffame.com list to reflect those who are eligible next year.