Starr, Withers, Reed & Vaughan Among Rock Hall Inductees

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The 30th annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony took place at Public Hall in Cleveland last night. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Green Day, 5 Royales, Lou Reed, Bill Withers and Ringo Starr were each feted at the ceremony and join other rock legends in the Hall of Fame.

As per Rolling Stone’s detailed report from the evening, Jett and her longtime band were the first act inducted last night. Tommy James and Miley Cyrus formally inducted Joan Jett & The Blackhearts following performances of “Bad Reputation,” “Cherry Bomb” and “Crimson & Clover.” Dave Grohl guested on “Cherry Bomb” from Jett’s days in the Runaways. Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Zac Brown then teamed for a rendition of “Born In Chicago” before Peter Wolf welcomed Paul Butterfield Blues Band into the Rock Hall. John Mayer had the honor of inducting Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and also participated in a jam with members of Double Trouble that also saw contributions from Doyle Bramhall II and Gary Clark Jr. on songs such as “Pride & Joy” and “Texas Flood.”

Fall Out Boy inducted Green Day, who then treated the audience to a number of their most beloved songs including “American Idiot,” “Basketcase” and “When I Come Around.” Steve Cropper of The MGs welcomed 1950’s R&B group “5” Royales into the Rock Hall, while Leon Bridges sang “Dedicated To The One I Love” backed by Paul Shaffer and members of the CBS Orchestra. The Bridges-led ensemble segued into “When A Man Loves A Woman” in honor of Percy Sledge, who passed away last week. Patti Smith gave the speech inducting Lou Reed. Reed’s wife Laurie Anderson accepted on his behalf. Reed’s music was performed by Beck, who covered “Satellite Of Love,” and Karen O and Nick Zinner, who performed “Vicious.”

Stevie Wonder inducted the ever reclusive Bill Withers. Wonder performed “Ain’t No Sunshine,” while John Legend sang “Use Me.” Stevie and John then teamed up on vocals for a “Lean On Me” that also saw Withers sing -the first time he’s performed publicly in a long time. Paul McCartney inducted the evening’s final inductee -Ringo Starr. Starr was then backed by Green Day on “Boys” before most of the night’s performers contributed to “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.”