Music royalty will descend on the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York tonight for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction cereemony. This year’s HOF class includes Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes, with Nile Rodgers receiving the Award for Musical Excellence.
Celebs on hand to induct this year’s class include: David Letterman, a last minute replacement for an ailing Neil Young, who’ll induct Pearl Jam (Young’s rep insists his illness is “nothing major”); Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, who’ll induct Yes, Snoop Dogg, set to induct Tupac, George Harrison’s son Dhani Harrison, who’ll induct ELO, Train’s Pat Monahan, who’ll induct Journey and Jackson Browne, who’ll induct Baez. In addition, Pharrell is set to honor Rodgers with his award.
Other artists set for the big night include Lenny Kravitz, who’ll perform a special tribute to Prince, with Alicia Keys, Mary Chapin Carpenter and the Indigo Girls are also set to perform.
As for whether all the bands will reunite for their performances that remains to be seen. Neil Schon has already revealed that while Steve Perry will be there to receive Journey’s honor, he isn’t expected to sing. Meanwhile, Pearl Jam has invited all of their drummers to attend, even though only two are actually getting inducted into the Hall. And Jon Anderson has said he will join forces with his former Yes bandmates Steve Howe, Alan White, Rick Wakeman, Tony Kaye and Bill Bruford, although so far nothing’s been confirmed.
Meanwhile, fans who can’t make it to Brooklyn tonight can still catch all the action. HBO is set to air the festivities on April 29th.
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