Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Rock Hall of Shame: Steve Perry Wouldn’t Sing with Journey, Nile Rodgers Gets Short Shrift, Neil Young Doesn’t Show


Another year, another Rock and Roll Hall of Shame induction ceremony.

This year the winners were Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes, Joan Baez and the late Tupac Shakur. Nile Rodgers was voted in for a Musical Excellence Award, which is BS for we’ve made you wait forever.

His group, Chic, wasn’t inducted, Rodgers– one of the most important musicians and songwriters– didn’t play anything and wasn’t tributed. None of his songs– from David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” to Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family”– were heard in the Barclays Center. No Chic songs like “Le Freak” or “Good Times.” And this was with Pharrell on hand to induct Rodgers. Huh?

Instead, Lenny Kravitz performed a tribute to Prince.

Journey was inducted and played, but their lead singer, Steve Perry, wouldn’t sing with them.

David Letterman, looking like Heidi’s grandfather come down from the mountain with his goat, had to substitute for Neil Young. Letterman inducted Pearl Jam, with whom he’s been obsessed since having a heart attack.

Alicia Keys performed the tribute to Tupac with T.I. Snoop Dogg did the induction. She sang Tupac “songs” like “Changes” which is actually Bruce Hornsby’s “The Way it Is.” (All of Tupac’s songs are his raps– which are poetry– over existing music.)

Dhani Harrison, George’s son, inducted Jeff Lynne and ELO. ELO got in but Chic didn’t. Think about that.

Don’t stop believin’!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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