This past Thursday, April 10, the 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Out of respect for great music, I decided to dedicate this week’s music article to this year’s inductees:
- Peter Gabriel
- Daryl Hall and John Oates
- Linda Ronstadt
- Cat Stevens
And now, a few select songs from some of the greatest musicians to rock!
Daryl Hall and John Oates – Rich Girl
Hall and Oates, how are you not already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame already? You’re “the number one selling duo in music history!”
The music duo has been around since the 1970’s and have a total of six #1 singles: “Rich Girl,” “Kiss on My List,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” “Private Eyes,” “Out of Touch” and “Maneater.”
During the ceremony, Hall and Oates (obviously) accepted the awards together and talked about their beginnings.
Oates talked about his love for, what else? Music.
“I just wanna start out — I know everyone here is so cognizant of their past and the music that brought us all here tonight because the roots of American music are so important to all of us here tonight, that’s why we’re here. I wanna thank a young couple in their 20s in New York City in the early ’50s who bought a ’47 Chrysler and decided to move my sister and I to Pennsylvania.” (Thanks to UltimateClassicRock.com for that quote!)
KISS – Beth
I’m just going to say it: how were ANY of these inductees not already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
KISS was also awarded the long overdue honor with singer/guitarist Paul Stanley thanking the fans for all their support, saying, “This is a special night for us, but it’s also a special night for our fans. This is vindication. I believe that the spirit of rock and roll is that you follow your own path regardless of your critics and regardless of your peers. And I think we’ve done that for 40 years. Here we are tonight basically being inducted for the same things that we were kept out from. The people pay for tickets. The people buy albums. The people who nominate, do not.”
Ouch. That’s a zing for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
And now for my favorite song by the band, although it is one of the more famous slow songs: Beth. Absolutely beautiful. Congratulations, KISS!
Linda Ronstadt – Poor, Poor Pitiful Me
She did it! Linda Ronstadt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
The powerful voice of Ronstadt was very popular in the 70’s and 80’s, but what’s more impressive than her track record is her ability to sing both rock and roll AND country. Kudos to her, because that transition is not very easy.
Unfortunately, Rondstadt was not able to attend due to illness. Regardless, congratulations, Linda Rondstadt!
Nirvana – Lithium
It’s about time. Nirvana has also officially been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
A personal favorite band of mine, I’m ecstatic that Nirvana has officially been inducted, although it was also long overdue.
Band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic accepted the award on behalf of the band and the late Kurt Cobain. While Grohl accepted his award with a bit of humor (“Thanks mom for letting me drop out of high school, muwahaha. I listened to some really fucked up shit. But my parents never told me not to. So thanks Mom!”), it was Novoselic who spoke the words that everyone was thinking:
“Nirvana fans walk up to me every day and say thank you for the music. When I hear that, I think of Kurt Cobain. I wish Kurt was here tonight … I want to thank Kurt Cobain.”
Cobain’s widow, the renowned Courtney Love, also chimed in: “I have a big speech, but I’m not gonna say it. We all start bands when we’re kids and this is my family I’m looking at right now.”
In honor of Nirvana’s achievement, I chose the song “Lithium” for the playlist. Enjoy!
Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
Peter Gabriel has the voice of an angel. And he speaks the truth about music.
Taking the stage to receive his award, Gabriel said one of my favorite quotes from the night: “Watch out for music. It should come with a health warning. It can be dangerous. It can make you feel so alive, so connected to the people around you. And occasionally, it can make you very, very happy.”
Amen to that!
And now, here is “In Your Eyes” as it was featured in Say Anything. Because that movie is simply fantastic.
Cat Stevens – Peace Train
Cat Stevens is a legend. He now goes by Yusuf Islam, which he changed his name to after he converted to Islam.
According to NPR, “In 2004 Yusuf Islam was not permitted into the United States after his name turned up on a terrorist watch list.” So I guess that might have been slightly awkward.
Accepting his award, Islam gave a shout out to another band being inducted: “I never thought I’d be on the same stage as Kiss, to be honest.”
The reason I chose “Peace Train” as Stevens’ song? The lyrics pretty much sum it up:
“Now I’ve been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating, why can’t we live in bliss
Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again.”
Rock on, music lovers.
*Want to watch the event? It was filmed by HBO and will premiere on May 31st!