There was something emotional in the air because as the show wound down the realization that we were saying goodbye, as I said before the experience that I miss most is the experience of live music every night.
Folk icon and social justice activist Joan Baez, string-augmented rock hitmakers Electric Light Orchestra, arena rock titans Journey, grunge pioneers Pearl Jam, West Coast rap god Tupac and prog-rock progenitors Yes all entered the Hall's ranks. Then, things got loud.
Being the friends that they are, Vedder reserved some time in his own induction speech for Letterman, mostly to set the record straight about that "Black" story. "I want my granddaughter to know I fought against an evil tide and had the masses on my side", Baez said.
In his speech, Eddie also gave a shout-out to his wife, former fashion model Jill McCormick, who suffered through the latter part of his high-risk rock star years.
Pearl Jam's lead singer Eddie Vedder appeared during Letterman's final week of shows in 2015, performing the band's song "Better Man", according to People magazine. "I saw this album with her picture on it, and she looked like the girls I'd grown up with in Highland Park in L.A". He thanked his brothers in Pearl Jam, and in his other band, Soundgarden (another glaring omission from the Rock Hall, by the way). Inductees will eventually be enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland.
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"Instead of collecting baseball cards we used to run around and wait for Tuesdays for all the European and Japanese import music magazines and try to get Randy Rhoads pictures (a famed guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, Rhoads was killed in a plane accident in 1982)". Now we owe them a lot of money. "'We can not be the generation history looks back on and thinks 'Why did they not do everything humanly possible to solve this biggest of problems?"
"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.
"Anything is obtainable: the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series is proof". "But what I heard was Mitch Mitchell, Ginger Baker and John Bonham", he said.