On April 14th, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its 33rd class: Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe (in the Early Influence category), Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits and the Moody Blues. The video of the ceremony just became available via HBO.
The induction ceremony, which took place in Cleveland, included tributes to Tom Petty and Chris Cornell, performances from several inductees and an exceptionally negative speech from Howard Stern. Some of the highlights included performances by superstars and supergroups including Bon Jovi, The Cars, and Weezer’s Scott Shriner living out a childhood dream of playing with The Cars.
Tributes consisted of The Cars taking a moment during their speeches to remember Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000, Weezer’s tribute to Tom Petty as well as a surprise performance by Lauryn Hill in remembrance of Nina Simone. She performed a contemporary spin on the old folk song “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,” completely reinventing the arrangement with her versatile band.
The most wild part of the night came from the mouth of Howard Stern, who did not hold back with his criticism of Jon Bon Jovi and Leonard Cohen. To save you the nastiness, his speech can be summed up by his last line: “Eat shit, Bob Dylan!”