was as much about the visuals as the music, so this CD release, nearly 30 years after it all happened in December 1968, does not fully do justice to the extravaganza that also featured The Who, Jethro Tull, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Mitch Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Marianne Faithfull and Taj Mahal.
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The Cars finished their road to the Rock and Roll Hall in epic fashion, with singer Ric Ocasek decked out in a glittery silver jacket and Flowers paying homage to the band (“You’ll never forget your first”) and referencing Phoebe Cates and her iconic pool scene in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” to “Movin in Stereo.” Ironically, that afternoon was when the band decided to play that song, Greg Hawkes revealed to in the press room.
It got the hugest reaction of the set from the crowd, who were treated to “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “You Might Think,” and “Just What I Needed,” with Ocasek singing lead on the song, originally sung by Benjamin Orr. “When the band first started, Ben was supposed to be the lead singer and I was supposed to be the good-looking guy in the band — but after a couple of gigs, I kinda got demoted to the songwriter,” Ocasek said. Blige gave beautiful speeches, with Blige saying Simone could “sing anything” and Waymon throwing down a gauntlet to other artists that if they are considering sampling his sister, “You better pay for it.” Simone’s tribute was perfection, with Andra Day taking the stage and the performance capped off by an absolutely gorgeous version of “Feeling Good,” delivered by Lauryn Hill.
And when ‘Legend of a Mind’ was played, the date was usually over because the awkward gropings of earthly boys didn’t seem to resonate like that astral plane.” She praised Justin Hayward, saying, “When I dreamed and began writing songs of my own, Justin Hayward’s work was my standard of beauty and purity. The Moody Blues are as mind-blowing in concert as on record.
They have sold 70 million albums and counting worldwide, and they have continued to do so without selling their creative soul for 54 years and counting.
The April 14 event kicked off with The Killers, who honored Petty with a cover of “American Girl.” Singer Brandon Flowers also nodded to a bit of “Free Falling” during the performance.
We also meet young cooks of the time such as Tom Colicchio and Emeril Lagasse who went on to become household names in their own right.The nephew of famous businessman Sir Richard Branson, he works as the Head of Marketing Promotion and Astronaut Experience at his uncle's spaceflight company Virgin Galactic, which is developing commercial spacecraft to take tourists to space.He is thought to have got his job thanks to his uncle, and according to his first wife, the title he holds at Virgin Galactic is also something he himself came up with.“But obviously it’s hard not to notice that Benjamin Orr is not here. It still feels strange to be up here without him.” During the set, Bon Jovi drummer Torres was spotted peeking behind an amplifier to get a glimpse of David Robinson. The audience was then schooled in rock history when E Street Band guitarist and resident musicologist Steve Van Zandt took to the stage for a special presentation inducting “The Hall of Fame Singles,” a new category introduced this year.The inaugural inductees for 2018 are: “Rocket 88” by Jackie Breston and his Delta Cats (1951), Link Wray and his Ray Men’s “Rumble” (1958), “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen (1963), Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967) and Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” (1968).