Tuesday, 19 September, 2017

David Letterman To Induct Pearl Jam Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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Stacy Diaz | 21 April, 2017, 18:11

David Letterman and his colossal beard made a rare public appearance Friday night to induct veteran rockers Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in NY.

Friday night, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also inducted ELO, Joan Baez, Journey, Tupac Shakur and Yes.

The grunge rockers will be inducted alongside Elo, Joan Baez, Journey, Nile Rodgers, Tupac Shakur and YES at a ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

Pearl Jam became a staple on the late-night host's show on CBS, performing 10 times over the years, including one stint that turned into a 10-song set for the Ed Sullivan Theater crowd in NY.

Concerns about the legendary singer/songwriter's health arose Wednesday when it was announced he was pulling out of Friday's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony due to an undisclosed illness. "A true living cultural organism", Letterman said.

He said to laughs from the audience: "That's right — Tupac got Snoop Dogg smoking blunts". But I still ❤️ you.

And the rock and roll community certainly hasn't forgotten Prince, who died nearly a year ago on April 21, 2016. "They can't take this away from you homie", he said.

Watch the full speech above.

But a rep for the band has countered those claims, telling EW, "We have just spoken with Steve Perry's manager and he confirmed to us that he will NOT be performing tonight".

The rules have changed for year's nominations in that only certain individual members of each band will be inducted.

Enormous roars were heard from the crowd every time the camera focused on the band and lead singer Eddie Vedder, Rolling Stone magazine reported. Now, Pearl Jam aren't quite metal (although who can deny their incredible debut album?) but this story does have a metal tinge to it.

"Let us build a bridge, a great bridge, a handsome bridge to once again welcome the exhausted and the poor", Baez said, juxtaposing lines from Trump and the immigrant-welcoming poem on the Statue of Liberty. "Looking forward to seeing them and all the other musicians on the bill".

When it came time for him to speak, Perry began by recounting his first encounter with Journey.