Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

A night to remember at the rock hall

  • Print

LOS ANGELES -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame returned to its wild, unpredictable roots with an unforgettable induction ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live that stretched deep into Friday morning.

Public Enemy's Flavor Flav offered a long and winding stream-of-consciousness acceptance speech, all under the watchful eye of Chuck D. who even tapped on Flav's trademark clock around his neck to try to get him to wrap it up. Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson delivered his entire speech by repeating the word "blah" for several minutes while miming his thought process. And Oprah Winfrey, there to induct her friend Quincy Jones, threw her hands in the air and waved 'em like she just don't care during Public Enemy's set.

The 26th annual ceremony officially inducted Public Enemy, progressive rockers Rush, blues guitar wizard Albert King, disco queen Donna Summer, hard rockers Heart, singer-songwriter Randy Newman, producer Quincy Jones and manager Lou Adler into the Hall of Fame.

However, the night, which will be broadcast May 18 on HBO, was far more raucous than that -- from Don Henley calling Newman's induction "shamefully overdue" to Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins egging on the crowd, overwhelmingly filled with fans of Rush, by yelling the names of the band's albums in chronological order with growing intensity.

While Public Enemy received the rare honour of being inducted into the Rock Hall in its first year of eligibility, the hall, which Henley called "this peculiar, perplexing organization," had Rush wait 14 years and Newman more than two decades.

Rush drummer Neil Peart drew a huge ovation for his acceptance speech. "We've been saying for a long time this isn't a big deal," he said. "Turns out, it kind of is."

Usher provided a standout tribute to Quincy Jones by recreating Michael Jackson's Rock With You video. Jennifer Hudson delivered potent versions of Donna Summer's Bad Girls and Last Dance, which she sang, at times, to Flavor Flav. To cap the evening of surprises, members of Public Enemy, Rush and Heart joined John Fogerty, Dave Grohl, Gary Clark Jr., Tom Morello and DMC for a thunderous version of Robert Johnson's Crossroads.

-- Newsday

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 20, 2013 G4

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Eddie the fat cat has dropped two pounds on diet

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • May 22, 2012 - 120522  - Westminster United Church photographed Tuesday May 22, 2012 .  John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press
  • A monarch butterfly looks for nectar in Mexican sunflowers at Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Monday afternoon-Monarch butterflys start their annual migration usually in late August with the first sign of frost- Standup photo– August 22, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you support a proposed ban on tanning beds for youth under 18?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google