David Letterman calls TicketMaster ‘bloodthirsty weasels’

“To be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the people I grew up with – Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, the people I love listening to – it’s beyond a dream come true”. The band is unsure if Perry would sing, as they said it would be up to him.

He didn’t perform with them, but former Journey lead singer Steve Perry did join his bandmates Friday night in Brooklyn, New York as they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Harry Styles is getting ready to deliver the first TV performance of his debut solo single Sign Of The Times.

Now, Pearl Jam just earned induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Eddie Vedder and the rest of Pearl Jam have performed on Letterman’s “Late Night” many times.

The band’s rebellion against traditional music industry practices was a hallmark of the grunge era (“Because they stood up, every concert ticket today is free”, Letterman joked of the band’s feud with Ticketmaster, who he described as “beady-eyed, bloodthirsty weasels”).

Tupac’s award was collected by his friend, fellow rapper Snoop Dogg.

Pearl Jam’s acceptance speech followed a kindhearted induction from retired television host David Letterman, replacing Neil Young, who had to miss the show due to illness.

In addition, Perry thanked the fans: “You put us here”.

Vedder made a special point of thanking Michael J. Fox, who was in the audience, for writing in his book about how much “Given to Fly” inspired him, and said it was an honor to play it for the actor Friday night. While ELO and YES performed some of their more popular hits, like “Evil Woman” and “Roundabout”, respectively, Baez opened her set with “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” taking a not-so-subtle jab at Donald Trump. “I’ve been gone a long time but you’ve never not been in my heart”.

The ceremony will air in edited form on HBO on April 29th. If, like me, you went to college in the early ’90s, odds are you watched David Letterman and listened to Pearl Jam. People are looking at me like I had something to do with it.

“I can’t believe it’s been 21-years since we actually got to hear Tupac, not the one clip on YouTube, not the hologram, Tupac Amaru Shakur the human being”. “I want my granddaughter to know I fought against an evil tide and had the masses on my side”, Baez said. Then, 2Pac’s close friend Treach from Naughty by Nature gave his rendition of “Hail Mary”.

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