David Letterman replaces Neil Young at Rock Hall show

On Friday, April 7, legendary rock band Pearl Jam was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Letterman certainly didn't hold back with the Pearl Jam jokes at the ceremony.

The Rock Hall made the announcement on Wednesday (Apr. 5), revealing that retired late night talk show host David Letterman has agreed to take Young's place.

Four of the five original members remain the core of the band - only the drummers have changed, with all five having been invited to the induction ceremony Friday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Harris pointed out that Journey's popularity with music fans was made clear a year ago when the band "ran away with" the Rock Hall's online public vote.

During his time with the band, Pearl Jam released their second and third studio albums, Vs. and Vitalogy.

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

While Pearl Jam had to wait until the end to be honored, its presence was felt from the beginning. The Rock Hall announced on Wednesday that Young's absence is because of illness.

Now, I'm going to start reading a list of the songs and you're going to start applauding and we won't get out of here until Sunday so: "Jeremy", "Corduroy".

Letterman, who called the band's "Hail, Hail" performance a "big thrill" on his show in 1996, delivered a speech that was typically witty, wry and heartfelt.

Tupac Shakur was honored posthumously as the first solo rapper in the rock shrine, which also inducted progressive rock pioneers Yes, arena packers Journey and the experimental Electric Light Orchestra at a NY concert.

Portraying Tupac as more complicated than caricatures, Snoop Dogg said: "To be human is to be many things at once - strong and vulnerable, hard-headed and intellectual, courageous and afraid, loving and vengeful, revolutionary and, oh yeah. gangsta!" "We need music, each other and the spirit of Rock & Roll now, more than ever before".

"You're the one who put us here", Perry said to the Journey fans, earning one of the night's loudest applauses. Like most conflicted "artists", their overnight success began to soul-ache them over time, especially lead singer Ed, and by the early aughts Pearl Jam predictably nearly imploded.

  • Jacqueline Ellis