Monday, March 10, 2008

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - New York, NY - 2008-03-10

The 23nd annual induction ceremony took place at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City on March 10, 2008. The inductees and their performances (or artists who performed for them) included:
  • Gamble & Huff, who were inducted and represented in performance by Jerry Butler
  • Little Walter, inducted by Ben Harper who then performed with James Cotton
  • Leonard Cohen, inducted by Lou Reed with Damien Rice performing
  • The Ventures, inducted by John Fogerty, who also played with them
  • Madonna, inducted by Justin Timberlake and represented musically by The Stooges...see above...
  • John Mellencamp, inducted by Billy Joel and represented himself musically
  • The Dave Clark Five, inducted with feewing by Tom Hanks and represented sonically by Joan Jett

It was such a treat to go to this show, so much more enjoyable than the Grammys. I realized why: the Grammys are a celebration of the flavour of the day, the Hall of Fame (supposedly) represents that music that stood the test of time.

And I don't care, I thought the Madonna/Stooges thing was brilliant.