We know you probably didn’t watch the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony last night. So here’s a quick run down of what you missed:
- Gamble & Huff, Little Walter, The Ventures, Leonard Cohen, Madonna, and John Mellencamp got inducted.
- Leonard Cohen was introduced by noted boxing blogger Lou Reed and covered by Damien Rice who, despite doing the world’s billionth “Hallelujah” cover in the vein of Jeff Buckley, was surprisingly moving.
- Justin Timberlake introduced Madonna in the speech of a thousand frat boy sex puns (“induct her … enter the hall“), talked about Madge’s many imitators (“and I may have even dated a couple”), and shared an anecdote of that time she gave JT a B-12 shot in the ass.
- Madonna gave an awesome speech about taking drugs with her closest confidants and working hard that made us love her a little bit more.
- The Stooges Iggy Pop covered “Burning Up” and “Ray Of Light” in tuxedo. (Just kidding he was only wearing jeans obvs.) Also Mike Watt was wearing a fantastic mustache.
- Billy Joel did a good job introducing John Mellencamp, and people in the heartland learned for the first time last night Billy is “Jewish, not Italian.”
- John Mellencamp is the most boring man alive. And his son is definitely better looking than you.
But as with all these things, there’s plenty that went down away from the film crew. For a little more detail on the shitshow, Stereogum sent ace photographer Kyle Dean Reinford to spend the night in the Waldorf-Astoria press room, taking pictures of the inductees and the many random celebrities in attendance (Ed Burns and Christie Turlington?). Here’s his report of what you didn’t see or hear on TV…
Here’s Kyle’s bullet-point “What I Learned In The 2008 Rock Hall Induction Press Room”:
- Chevy Chase will continue to do the occasional weekend update. Though other photographers asked him to, Chase wouldn’t fall down for a photo. “I’m 64,” he said.
- Ed burns may or may not be doing a new film where he is a new york mayor that gets in trouble for sexual exploits.
- For some reason princess raiyah of jordan was there.
- Tom Hanks was inducting Dave Clark Five because “That Thing You Do” was loosely based off DC5.
- The Dave Clark 5 are getting all their music released on iTunes today.
- Dave Clark reminds me of Sean Connery.
- Photographers are pushy assholes. And they wine a lot.
- The Ventures have recorded around 250 albums. They outsold the Beatles in Japan 2-1 and sold 50 million records there.
- Patti Labelle will always stop for a photograph – she respects photographers and how hard their jobs are.
- None of the reporters knew which of the six people that came out for the Ventures were actually the Ventures.
- When they announced Casey Wilson was coming to the press room, everybody uniformly said “who?” The new SNL cast member seemed a bit like deer in the headlights.
- Iggy Pop obviously didn’t take the ceremony or anything associated with it seriously. Probably cause he’s pissed the Stooges are still not in.
- Joan Jett looks amazing for 49.
- Ben Harper is supporting Obama, though he tried to not tell us.
- Patti Labelle is just glad to have someone real coming into office.
- John Mellencamp, Lou Reed, John Fogerty, Billy Joel and James Cotton were the only presenters/performers/inductees not to appear for the press.
We feel more informed. We close with Kyle’s photospread.
Madonna, Iggy, JT & the Stooges.
Joan Jett, looking good.
Leonard Cohen & Damien Rice
Gamble & Huff, Patte Labelle, Jerry Butler
Dave Clark & the DC5 with inductor Tom Hanks.
Dave picks a winner.
Seth Myers and new SNL cast member Casey Wilson
Ed Burns & Christy Turlington
Michael J. Fox and wife Tracy Pollan
AND OH YEAH… Hey valkyriejsc, you’re not alone in your protest…
But this guy is definitely down with Madge.