Rock And Roll Hall Inducts Class Of '09
April 6, 2009 at 5:00 AM (PT)
The ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME celebrated a raucous homecoming in CLEVELAND on SATURDAY night, as JEFF BECK, METALLICA, RUN-DMC, BOBBY WOMACK and LITTLE ANTHONY AND THE IMPERIALS were inducted to the sounds of blasting guitars and lusty roars, reports THE NEW YORK TIMES. For only the second time in their 24-year history, the inductions were held in CLEVELAND, which has been home to the hall of fame’s museum since 1995. The show was opened up to the public for the first time, with thousands of shouting, fist-pumping fans lining the balconies of the Public Auditorium here. Perhaps as a result, a streak of populism ran through the speeches.
"Rock ’n’ roll is about possibilities and about dreams," said LARS ULRICH, the drummer of METALLICA, who accepted the award with both current and former band mates. "Anything is possible if you just have the guts to believe it."
As in previous years, the ceremony highlighted giants of classic rock and pop. JEFF BECK was inducted by JIMMY PAGE, with whom he had been inducted in 1992 as a member of THE YARDBIRDS. (PAGE, of course, is also a double-inductee, with LED ZEPPELIN.)
Over the years, the inductees have become more diverse, expanding from the likes of CHUCK BERRY, ELVIS PRESLEY and JAMES BROWN in the earliest ceremonies to include metal, punk and rap. METALLICA held a commanding position as the night’s closing act, reuniting with their former bassist, JASON NEWSTED -- the current bassist, ROBERT TRUJILLO, also performed, in pummeling classics like "Master of Puppets."
RUN-DMC became only the second hip-hop act to be inducted, after GRANDMASTER FLASH AND THE FURIOUS FIVE two years ago. Yet as hip-hop ages alongside rock, and the stars of its golden age begin to be enshrined, the genre’s rituals and myths seem more like those of rock. Young rappers and D.J.s strive noisily to define themselves, like any garage band. Ambition is unlimited.
"Two turntables and a microphone," EMINEM said as he inducted RUN-DMC, dressed in that group’s uniform of a black leather jacket and black hat. "That’s all it took to change the world."