Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Hall of Tame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had its induction ceremony last night, and the New York Times was there:

Electric guitars reigned at the 20th annual induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, held last night at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. From the ringing chords of the inductees U2 to slashing blues solos from another new member, Buddy Guy, to Bo Diddley playing "Bo Diddley," the event reveled in untamed guitars.

With the addition of U2 - which entered the hall in its first year of eligibility, 25 years after releasing its first album, "Boy" - the hall plunged into 1980's rock. The other new inductees are the new wave band the Pretenders, the soul singer and songwriter Percy Sledge and the vocal group the O'Jays. An edited version of the ceremony is to be broadcast Saturday at 9 p.m. on the cable channel VH1.

...A decade after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Cleveland, groups with Ohio roots were among the night's headliners. The Pretenders' songwriter and singer, Chrissie Hynde, grew up in Akron before starting the group in England. The O'Jays began in Canton. They had their major hits, including "Back Stabbers" and "Love Train," in the 1970's.

... Neil Young introduced the Pretenders and then played with the band. Bruce Springsteen inducted U2.

To celebrate the hall's 20th ceremony, two of its first members, Bo Diddley and Jerry Lee Lewis, returned to perform. Mr. Lewis played his last piano notes with his rump.
I can't believe they seriously used "rump."

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