Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Kiss and Hall & Oates joined Nirvana on list of inductees
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin performed with Peter Gabriel at last night’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, where Paul Stanley of fellow inductees Kiss made barbed comments at the organisers. See above to watch footage now.
The ceremony, which saw the remaining members of Nirvana perform with Lorde, St Vincent, Kim Gordon and Joan Jett, also honoured Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Kiss and Hall & Oates.
Peter Gabriel was the first performer of the night, playing ‘Digging In The Dirt’, before Chris Martin of Coldplay appeared onstage to begin his induction speech. Claiming to be reading from the book of Genesis, Martin read aloud: “I am Gabriel. I bring you the good news. I am going solo. Ye shall be the singer of Genesis now,” while paying tribute to his music. The pair then performed ‘Washing Of The Water’ together.
Kiss (pictured above) were inducted by Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave) but Paul Stanley criticised the Hall’s nomination process. “The people buy tickets, the people buy albums, the people who nominate do not,” he said adding: “Here we are, inducted for the same things we were kept out for.”
Cat Stevens was then honoured by Art Garfunkel before Glenn Frey appeared in support of Linda Ronstadt, who was absent for health reasons. In her place, Ronstadt was replaced by Carrie Underwood, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crowe and Stevie Nicks, who performed songs by the new inductee. All five vocalists joining together on ‘When Will I Be Loved.’
Bruce Springsteen (pictured right) appeared to induct his own E Street Band. “The genesis point of the E Street Band was actually a group that Vini Lopez asked me to join to make a few extra dollars on the weekend,” said Springsteen before the band performed ‘E Street Shuffle,’ ‘The River’ and ‘Kitty’s Back’ together.
The final inductees of the evening before Nirvana were Hall & Oates. They were inducted by Questlove of The Roots, who said: “Hall & Oates will cure any known illness. I’m going to list all duos more popular than Hall & Oates,” before pausing and adding: “OK, I’m done. Zero.”
Kiss’ induction has been marred by controversy. A mooted performance at the ceremony was shelved due to arguments about which of the band members would take part, and Gene Simmons recently argued that the likes of Run-DMC have no place in the Hall of Fame, believing that all they do is “sample and they talk, not even sing”.