Steve Perry to reunite with Journey at Hall of Fame ceremony

Steve Perry to reunite with Journey at Hall of Fame ceremony

It was a night that hip-hop fans had been waiting for: Tupac Shakur's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Late rapper Tupac Shakur and 1960s protest singer Joan Baez were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday on a night where nostalgia was mixed with calls to political action.

The new inductees closed the multi-hour event with a group performance, and before that Pearl Jam electrified with a performance of its well-known songs.

After the induction, Perry did not join the rest of the band to meet the press backstage. "You're the ones who put us here", he said. I want y'all to go see the movie too, All Eyez On Me.

His wife, Jill, was teary-eyed in the audience as fans continued to cheer. "Climate change is real - this is not fake news", he said.

Vedder also paid tribute to Chance the Rapper for "all the work you're doing in Chicago" and said, "If you're somehow watching, my daughter Olivia loves you".

Snoop Dogg gave a amusing and moving speech, discussing his fallen friend and label-mate. Just two black boys struggling to become men.

Also inducted was the late Tupac Shakur (murdered in 1996), inducted posthumously by Snoop Dogg, who delivered an emotional speech honouring his friend and mentor. The night's most unusual remarks came from keyboardist Rick Wakeman of Yes, whose free-flowing prog rock has rarely been described as lighthearted.

Steve sang the band's praises in a speech that was devoid of bitterness.

Guitarist Neal Schon asked the crowd to illuminate their cell phones during Lights in honor of Perry. "[And] though I've been gone.the fans have always been in my heart". "This award is fantastic to me because of all the people who have allowed me to join their lives and their bands".

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Like Shakur and Pearl Jam, Baez and ELO were all elected in their first year as nominees.

Harrison said that the Electric Light Orchestra was the first concert he attended as a child and it felt "more like witnessing a 21st-century exterrestrial spaceman wielding freaky instruments".

Yes, whose progressive rock is marked by long-flowing keyboard passages and ruminations on spirituality, was inducted by members of Rush who said that the honor was overdue. "My granddaughter had no idea who I was until I took her backstage to a Taylor Swift concert", she quipped.

Jackson Browne inducted Joan Baez, who joked that she knew that many young people would have no idea who she was.

Hey, it's deserved: Marty basically invented rock n' roll.

But to me, Tupac was first and foremost a homeboy. Lenny Kravitz will take the stage with a special tribute to Prince.

Legendary musician songwriter and producer Nile Rogers of the disco era band Chic received the "Musical Excellence Award" this year.

Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first recording.

Perry decided not to, but he did have some heartfelt words for his former bandmates in his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame speech, which was posted by Rolling Stone.