The NYC punks are honoured...
Vedder spoke affectionately about the punk figureheads during his speech in New York.
“They were just a bunch of guys from Forest Hills, Queens,” Vedder said. “Commercially, they were never embraced… Punk bands now sell in their first record ten times more records then Ramonesdid through their careers.”
Accepting the induction award, original manager and producer Tommy Ramone said: “Believe it or not, we really loved each other, even when we weren’t acting civil to each other. We were truly brothers. The honour of our induction to the Hall of Fame means a lot to us.”
And referring to late Ramones frontman and guiding light Joey, he added. “But it’s really meant everything to Joey. Thank you very much.”
Joey died in April last year after a long battle with cancer.
Bands are eligible for induction into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after they released their first album. Though the nomination and induction ceremonies are held in New York, the Hall of Fame is found in Cleveland, Ohio.