Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony Set For Tonight
March 12, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
The ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME induction ceremony is scheduled for tonight at NEW YORK's WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL, and many are expecting the backstage happenings to be more interesting than what happens onstage and televised on VH-1 CLASSIC.
This morning's NEW YORK POST asks if '60s girl group THE RONETTES will be able to pull off a crowd-rousing version of "Be My Baby," considering the trio's history? SATURDAY's rehearsal would have been the first time in 15 years that members NEDRA TALLEY and RONNIE SPECTOR have spoken, TALLEY told THE POST.
Then there's the question about whether anyone from inductee VAN HALEN will even attend. EDDIE VAN HALEN entered rehab last week, and DAVID LEE ROTH claims organizers won't let him sing (HALL OF FAME officials said ROTH was offered a chance to play with VELVET REVOLVER, which is inducting the group).
There's also some controversy surrounding GRANDMASTER FLASH & THE FURIOUS FIVE -- from those who think it has taken too long for the hall to honor rappers, and those who think rap shouldn't be included at all. More interesting is whether members MELLE MEL and GRANDMASTER FLASH will make any reference to their clashes in the past. JAY-Z does the honors for the group that invented scratching, mixing and even coined the term "Hip-Hop."