Highlights from the star-studded Los Angeles ceremony – Orange County Register

Icons of music from Lionel Richie and Eminem to Duran Duran, Pat Benatar and Carly Simon entered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame when its induction ceremonies returned to Los Angeles at Microsoft Theater for the first time since 2013 on Saturday.

U2 guitarist The Edge inducted Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, who reunited for a rare performance. Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp closed the the show with a musical tribute to the late Jerry Lee Lewis, and in an earlier speech, Mellencamp made a passionate plea for every artist to speak out against anti-Semitism and bigotry in the world.

But it was new inductee Dolly Parton, who a year ago protested that she didn’t even belong on the ballot for the Rock Hall, who stole the show on Saturday with her humor, charm and purity of spirit.

After Pink, who inducted Dolly, joined country-rock star Brandi Carlile to sing Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors,” and Sheryl Crow joined the Zac Brown Band for a rousing take on the classic “9 To 5,” Dolly returned to the stage having swapped her sparkly gown for a shiny maroon patent leather-like jumpsuit and an electric guitar.

“I figured if I’m going to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I’m gonna have to earn it!” she declared before hitting a few very loud power chords on her new axe. “And you thought I couldn’t rock!”

Parton and the Zac Brown Band then played a new song she’d written, part of what she’d earlier promised to be her first-ever rock album, the lyrics of which paid tribute to the influence of early rock stars like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins on her as a young girl in Tennessee,

“I’ve been rockin’, rockin’, rockin’ since the day I was born,” she sang at the start of the first chorus. “And I’ve still got rock and roll down in my country soul.”

The crowd, and especially the musicians in the room, roared in happy delight.

The traditional end-of-show jam followed, with fellow inductee Pat Benatar, Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon, Annie Lennox in a red cowboy hat, and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford in black leather and chains, joining Parton, Pink, Carlile, and Crow to sing Jolene.

“We got a star-studded stage up here don’t we?” Dolly declared in her Tennessee downhome way. “I feel like a hillbilly in the city!”

Here’s how the rest of five-and-a-half hour show, which edited and condensed will air on HBO on Saturday, Nov. 19, went down.

Duran Duran broke news

After actor Robert Downey Jr. introduced the British New Wave band, and they played their hits “Girls On Film,” “Hungry Like The Wolf,” and “Ordinary World,” Le Bon read part of a letter from founding guitarist Andy Taylor who explained his absence by revealing he has stage 4 prostate cancer.

“You can dream about what happened to us, but to experience it, on one’s own terms, as mates, was beyond incredible,” Taylor’s letter read in part.

Later backstage, Le Bon acknowledged how hard Taylor’s diagnosis had hit the band.

“It’s devastating news to find out that a mate, a friend, one of our family is not going to be around very long,” he said. “We love Andy dearly. I’m not going to stand here and cry, I think that would be inappropriate. But that’s how I feel.”

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/06/rock-roll-hall-of-fame-highlights-from-the-star-studded-los-angeles-ceremony/ Highlights from the star-studded Los Angeles ceremony – Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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