Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

Rock Hall 2017 class includes Pearl Jam, Tupac and Journey

Rock Hall 2017 class includes Pearl Jam, Tupac and Journey

That wasn't the only tribute the evening had in store.

Vedder used his speech to discuss climate change and said his daughter was a big fan of Grammy-winning performer Chance the Rapper.

Eddie Vedder and his band formed a good relationship with the talk show host over the band's career hence why Lettermen stepped in to replace Neil Young after he was initially announced to induct the band. "But I want you to know, you've never not been in my heart".

The former late night comedian filled in for Neil Young, who was originally going to introduce the band but came down with an illness this week. I had something to do with it. "It's either that or the guy swallowed a harmonica". Styles is also hoping to nab the number one spot this Friday, ending Ed Sheeran's epic 13-week reign on the singles chart with Shape Of You.

"Every time they were there, they would blow the roof off the place", Letterman said. "For two years, I did a show without a roof on the (expletive) theater".

At the ceremony on Friday night, held at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, Letterman paid tribute to Pearl Jam in a heartfelt and amusing speech, which honored the band and poked fun at Ticketmaster. It will air on ET on April 29 at 8 p.m.

Snoop Dogg inducted the late Tupac Shakur. "Thank you so very much!" "No, for real! That's right Tupac is the one that got Snoop Dogg smoking blunts".

However, it was not just a celebration: a number of artists chose to use the occasion to make impassioned pleas and remember lost friends.

Singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz brought out a gospel choir to help him offer a powerhouse tribute to his friend Prince, with electric renditions of When Doves Cry and The Cross.

This will be first time Perry has performed with the band since 1991, when Journey was part of an all-star tribute Bill Graham, though Carlos Santana has been pushing the issue over the previous year, apparently. He did not. But Perry did join his former bandmates onstage to accept the award, recalling that before he joined the group, he'd watch them with awe during performance in Los Angeles.

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