The Stooges, Genesis, Abba Join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Historic 25th Induction Ceremony

March 16th, 2010 by Andy Greene Leave a reply »

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It was a moment unlike anything the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had ever seen: midway through a snarling performance of “I Wanna Be Your Dog” a shirtless Iggy Pop commanded the black tie audience to storm the stage. “Come on!” Iggy ordered, “Let’s get the Upper East Side up here!” With that, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament, Green Day’s Mike Dirnt and a handful of others ran on the stage like excited schoolchildren and bounced around as Billie Joe Armstrong and Iggy closed out the song. It was a triumphant moment for Iggy and the Stooges — the punk pioneers had been eligible for the Hall for 16 years before receiving the honor. “Roll over Woodstock,” Iggy said accepting the award. “We won!”

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The night began with Phish’s note-perfect rendition of the 1972 Genesis prog classic “Watcher of fhe Skies.” As Page McConnell played the opening keyboard parts, a geyser of steam erupted from the stage that nearly engulfed bassist Mike Gordon, Spinal Tap-style. The song — which opened nearly all of Genesis’ early 1970s gigs — slowly built to an intense climax as Trey Anastasio expertly recreated Steve Hackett’s original guitar moments. Afterwards, Anastasio gave a stirring speech about the band.

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“It’s impossible for me to overstate the impact this band had on me as a young musician and I’m forever in your debt,” he said. “When I hear Radiohead’s Kid A, with its odd time signatures and spacious visual arrangements, I hear Genesis, and I hear them in the sonic islands My Bloody Valentine plays between t...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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