Last month, 2018’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony rocked out in Cleveland – and we mean really rocked out; it was nearly five hours long – with the event finally being broadcast on HBO this weekend for everyone to experience.
When David Letterman subbed in to present for Pearl Jam as a means of eleventh-hour necessity at last year’s Rock Hall induction – the original presenter, Neil Young, became too ill to attend – the musician-adjacent-comedian era of the Hall was officially born.
Now, on the other side of the zombie apocalypse, Jann Wenner finally let Bon Jovi into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Which led to this spiral into the sonic abyss: Musicians refused to induct the band since Knopfler wasn’t in attendance, leading to the first lack of presenter in the Rock Hall’s history.
As what has pretty much been the tradition for Rock Hall inductions since its inception in 1986, an “All-star” jam session closes the ceremony, where most of the inductees – and sometimes, the presenters, too – perform an iconic song together and have a blast doing it.
WHOA: All of the speeches that dissed the Rock Hall.
A whole mélange of people took time out of their induction speeches to throw some shade at the Rock Hall experience, with the general grievance being how long it took for the institution to recognize them as musicians worthy of the honor.
Dire Straits’ Illsley voiced his subtle annoyance with how the Rock Hall handled their strange induction situation while serving as the band’s pseudo-presenter.