Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper inducted into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Dr John and Darlene Love also inducted

Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper inducted into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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Tom Waits, Neil Diamond and Alice Cooper have been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

The trio attended the black-tie ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel on Monday (March 14). Dr. John and Darlene Love were also inducted.

After being inducted by Neil Young, Waits described his songs as "just very interesting things to be doing with the air," reports Billboard.

He added: "They say that I have no hits and that I'm difficult to work with and they say that like it's a bad thing!"

Waits complained that the Hall Of Fame trophy was heavy. He then wondered aloud if he could have a key chain version "that I can keep with me in case I hear somebody say, 'Pete, take the cuffs off him! He’s a Hall Of Famer!'"

Alice Cooper, meanwhile, wrapped a snake around his neck for his induction and performed three songs live at the event. For 'School’s Out' he was joined by a choir of children dressed in black make-up.

"We’ve always been a hard rock band," he said. "We just wanted to decorate it a little differently."

The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame began in 1985 to, according to its organisers, "celebrate the music and musicians that changed the world".

Previous inductees include Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. See for more information.

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