Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2015
A little over a month after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the class of 2015, the telecast of the ceremony once again makes it’s way to HBO Saturday night.
And for the most part, it was everything that was perhaps previously reported, from the inductees (which included Bill Withers and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts), to who was inducted posthumously (Lou Reed and two members of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band), to the guest stars (including Miley Cyrus, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney). There were a few surprises though, like when Beck was performing Reed’s “Sattelite of Love” in which fun. Frontman Nate Ruess surprisingly appeared as a background singer in the middle of the song. Another was the fact noticeably, there wasn’t a “In Memoriam” segment, like previous years.
Of all the speeches given during the Rock Hall ceremony, one of the most emotional had to come from Patti Smith, who inducted Lou Reed. Hers were the most moving, as she told the story of what happened when Reed passed away. The best performances included the guitar solos of John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr., and Doyle Bramhall II during a performance of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Texas Flood”, Stevie Wonder and John Legend’s salute to Bill Withers, and the all-star finale with Ringo Starr. Another great moment came from the induction of the latest “early influence” icon the “5” Royales, in which it became somewhat of a time to learn how influential the band really were, especially who would have hits with their song, most notably James Brown.Quality is 9.5/10 for this awesome show.