Presenters inducting the 2017 class include David Letterman, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, Dhani Harrison, Pat Monahan, Jackson Browne and Alex Lifeson of Rush. Lee sat in on bass with the reformed classic lineup which included original singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman, whose dirty-joke filled acceptance speech was a highlight of the evening. Last month, it was confirmed that Snoop Dogg will induct his late friend and partner in rhyme 2Pac.
The rockers were reunited with 68-year-old former frontman Perry at the ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday (07Apr17). Alicia Keys then took the stage for a medley of 2Pac songs, followed by Snoop with YG, Treach of Naughty by Nature and T.I. all taking turns on the mic. "I love these people so much, and we love hanging out, and we love touring and we love playing".
Members of the band Journey. That may have changed, according to the gossip site TMZ, which is reporting that Perry will be singing on at least one of the three songs Journey is slated to perform during the ceremony; either "Lights", "Separate Ways" or "Don't Stop Believin'".
Perhaps the most anticipated speech of the night was David Letterman's induction of Pearl Jam. Perry had ditched Journey four years earlier to launch a solo career.
The program will also feature a special memorial tribute to Prince, nearly one year after his death, performed by Lenny Kravitz, according to organizers.
Producer Nile Rodgers and lead guitarist of disco band Chic, who was responsible for the sheen on hits like Le Freak and We Are Family was presented with a special award for musical excellence.
Vedder also used his speech to discuss climate change and said his daughter was a big fan of Grammy-winning performer Chance the Rapper.
What do you get when you cross Pearl Jam, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur?
Keyboardist/singer Gregg Rolie, who was inducted with Journey, became only the 22nd musician to be so honored by the Rock Hall twice, joining all the Beatles, Neil Young and Lou Reed.