Last night, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrated a night of new inductees at the 30th annual gathering in Cleveland. The evening saw the inductions of Bill Withers, Green Day, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lou Reed, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Ringo Starr, the “5” Royales, and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.
The sold-out event was kicked off with leather-clad Joan Jett & The Blackhearts tearing through their early hits, “Bad Reputation” and “Cherry Bomb” accompanied by Dave Grohl and Miley Cyrus, who inducted Jett into the Hall of Fame. Jett appeared to be choked up, and made sure to call out the names of The Runaways’ members, her first band, noting that “rock ‘n’ roll is an idea and an ideal. Sometimes we forget the political impact it has on people around the world; it’s about giving a voice to people who weren’t satisfied with whatever box they were put into.”
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, inducted by Peter Wolf, performed with surviving members Mark Naftalin, Elvin Bishop, and Sam Lay (frontman Butterfield and guitarist Mike Bloomfield died in the 1980s), fronted by Zac Brown and Tom Morello, as well as harmonica player Jason Ricci, reprising the group’s “Born in Chicago.”
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble were inducted by John Mayer, who led the band, as well as Jimmie Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall II, and Gary Clark Jr., performed “Pride and Joy,” “Texas Flood, ” and Jimmie’s song, “Six Strings Down.”
However, it was Fall Out Boy’s induction of Green Day that has had pop-punk lovers everywhere buzzing. In 2002, Green Day had attended their first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony as musical fill-ins for the Ramones. On Saturday night, the band got to be themselves, celebrating their induction with a set including “American Idiot,” “When I Come Around,” and “Basket Case.” The band’s first drummer, John Kiffmeyer, even joined in for a throwback to their 90’s days.
Patti Smith inducted the late Lou Reed, whose widow, Laurie Anderson, accepted the award. Reed is now a two-time member of the Hall Of Fame, having been enshrined as a Velvet member in 1996, also by Smith.
76 year old Bill Withers accepted his award saying, “Stevie Wonder inducting Bill Withers into the Hall of Fame is like a lion opening a door for a kitty cat.” Withers led Wonder to a harpejji (keyboard instrument) joining him in a performance of “Ain’t No Sunshine,” which was later accompanied by John Legend.
Closing off the evening, Ringo Starr was the final Beatle to be inducted for his solo work, with Paul McCartney presenting the honor. Ringo then got back behind the drums, kicking off “Boys,” joined by Green Day. The show finished up with an all-star group for the closing jam session, with “I Wanna Be Your Man.”
Below, you can see a list of who inducted who, and who performed. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air on May 30th at 8PM ET/PT on HBO. You can also see a video of the ceremony below:
Paul McCartney inducting Ringo Starr
Stevie Wonder inducting Bill Withers
Patti Smith inducting Lou Reed
Peter Wolf inducting The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Fall Out Boy inducting Green Day
John Mayer inducting Stevie Ray Vaughan
Steve Cropper inducting “5” Royales
Miley Cyrus inducting Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Gary Clark Jr. Zac Brown
Karen O Nate Ruess
Beck Dave Grohl
Joe Walsh Tom Morello
John Legend Jimmie Vaughan