After canceling its May 2 Induction ceremony, the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum has announced a new date. The event, which will air live on HBO, has been slated for Nov. 7 at Cleveland's Public Auditorium.
“Important cultural events like the Induction Ceremony are what make Cleveland strong," said Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in a press release. "The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a great asset for our State and Induction Week provides a significant economic benefit to our region."
Cleveland can now breath a sigh of relief that the event, which is held here once every two years, won't skip town due to coronavirus.
The diverse 2020 class, which we spoke to the Rock Hall about in January, includes Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, Whitney Houston and Nine Inch Nails, which got its start in Cleveland. The museum also as a slew of fun fan festivities.
If you can't wait, like us, watch these five iconic Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame moments in the meantime.
Keith Richards Inducts Chuck Berry
The rock 'n' roll pioneer was the first inductee in the Rock Hall's first class in 1986. You can tell the induction ceremony is a bit green by the ramshackle, haphazard speech delivered by Keith Richards, which barely lasts three minutes. While speeches now stretch to 20 minutes, none of them top the story about the black eye Berry gave Richards.
Mick Jagger Inducts The Beatles
As The Rolling Stones lead singer, Jagger was pitted against the Beatles in the '60s, at least for marketing purposes. But in this 1988 speech, the energetic frontman remembers fondly taking cues from the Fab Four — even if they were from Liverpool.
Prince, Tom Petty And Others Perform George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
Members of Harrison's second-act band the Traveling Wilburys, his son Dhani and Prince deliver a scorching rendition the Beatles' most popular song in this 2004 induction ceremony. Stay for face-melting guitar solo delivered by Prince, one of the most surprisingly underrated guitar gods out there.
Bruce Springsteen Joins U2
After Bono inducted Springsteen into the Rock Hall in 1999, The Boss returned the favor in 2005. Here, the Irish and the American hitmakers do a lot of serious singing into a shared mics in a passionate rendition of "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."
You don't just become Madonna overnight. The pop star delivers a speech describing her journey from a young ballet dancer in Detroit learning to believe in herself to a singer who "ruled the world." Then, her induction ends with a curveball as Iggy Pop and the Stooges perform punked-out versions of her songs.
Nirvana Reunites Led By Joan Jett
The band that hated corporate magazines also wanted to make a statement on its big night. Before Dave Grohl's iconic snare shots kicked off "Smells Like Teen Spirit," bassist Krist Novoselic called attention to the Rock Hall's lack of females by introducing "a lady who I can't believe isn't in the Rock Hall and should be."
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March 25, 2020