Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016: N.W.A.,Deep Purple, Chicago, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller, and Bert Berns
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:53:46
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2016 induction ceremony took place at Brooklyn's Barclay's Center on Friday night (April 8). The 31st ceremony inducted Deep Purple, Chicago, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller, N.W.A., and Bert Berns. Surprise performances by David Byrne backed by the Roots; and Sheryl Crow (with Grace Potter); celebrated the legacies of these artists as well as the unpredictable spirit of Rock and Roll, Billboard reports.
Kendrick Lamar gave a heartfelt speech before inducting the fellow Compton-based rap collective N.W.A. When it came time for Dr. Dre's speech, he remarked of Lamar, "There's not a doubt in my mind he'll be on this stage one day in the future being inducted." Ice Cube, meanwhile, defined Rock and Roll as a non-conformist attitude: "Rock 'n' roll is not an instrument. It's not even a style of music. It's a spirit that's been going on since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, rock 'n' roll, R&B, heavy metal, punk rock, and yes, hip-hop. Rock 'n' roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and life. That is rock 'n' roll and that is us."
Metallica's Lars Ulrich wore a deep-purple velvet blazer, appropriate enough for the occasion. Ulrich praised Deep Purple, and defended them against the dreaded tag of one-hit wonder. Ulrich was stoked to see one of his favorite hard rock bands get the recognition they deserve for being “equals for songwriting, recordings and accomplishments” alongside Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Billboard reports.
Chicago ripped through a blistering rendition of “25 or 6 to 4,” prompting Rob Thomas to later quip, "If your mom listens to Chicago, I want to party with your mom."
Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen was an amicable stage presence, joking he was a “little pissed off” N.W.A. didn't join them for a collaboration “Walk This Way”-style.
Steve Miller looked back at his days of political activism, and towards the future of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He encouraged the Hall of Fame to, “keep expanding our vision, to be more inclusive to women ... and more transparent to the public ... And most importantly, to support music in our schools."
The E-Street Band's Steven Van Zandt delivered a concise speech on late songwriter/producer Bert Berns. Berns produced 51 chart records in seven years in the 60s, mostly which he wrote. Among the big names who recorded his songs are The Beatles and Janis Joplin who had hits with “Twist and Shout,” and “Piece of My Heart;” respectively.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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