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Rush + Heart Enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame With Tributes From Foo Fighters + Chris Cornell

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just gained a few more great acts, with Rush, Heart, Donna Summer, Public Enemy and Randy Newman making up the 2013 induction class. The five acts were inducted Thursday night (April 19) in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theater with a number of music luminaries doing the honors.

Early on in the evening, Rolling Stone reports that Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and John Fogerty united to salute Randy Newman onstage, Jennifer Hudson channeled the late Donna Summer for a performance and Harry Belafonte offered a sort-of spoken word retelling of Public Enemy’s ‘Don’t Believe the Hype’ before rock took its place at the forefront.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell did the honors when it came time to induct Heart. He recalled, “Somehow it never occurred to us that Ann and Nancy Wilson were women,” praising the power that the sisters possessed in a male-dominated rock field. Nancy Wilson, while accepting, told the audience, “We came from an era when women normally did not rock, and as working moms who also have seen a few parent teacher conferences, I’m even more sure we deserve this honor.”

Heart then had a chance to play, bolstered by two more Seattle icons — Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell and Pearl Jam‘s axeman Mike McCready — as they rocked through one of their most well-known songs, ‘Barracuda.’

Then came Rush’s turn, with Foo FightersDave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins singing their praises during an induction speech. Grohl stated, “Rock and roll has forever been ensconced in mystery, but there’s one mystery that surely eclipses them all: When the f— did Rush become cool? … Their legacy is that of a band that stayed true to themselves no matter how uncool they seemed to anyone. Rush have always been cool! Consider this mystery solved and it’s our honor to finally induct Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

Addressing the fact that Rush has long been overlooked for the Rock Hall, drummer Neil Peart commented, “We’ve been saying for a long time, for years, that this isn’t a big deal. Turns out, it kind of is.” After their induction, Grohl and Hawkins returned to the stage donning Rush’s ’70s-era kimonos for a performance of the ‘2112 Overture’ (which can be seen below), with the members of Rush joining in. The Foo pair gave way to Rush, who then performed ‘Tom Sawyer’ and ‘The Spirit of Radio’ for the crowd.

As has been tradition, the night ended with an all-star closing jam as many of those taking part in the ceremony rocked out to Cream‘s ‘Crossroads.’ Neil Peart and Geddy Lee handled the backbeat, while Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Run-DMC’s DMC rhymed over the song. Meanwhile, Tom Morello, Gary Clark Jr. and Alex Lifeson made up one majorly impressive guitar trio onstage.

An edited version of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air on HBO May 18.

Watch the Foo Fighters Perform Rush’s ‘2112 Overture’

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