Saturday night (November 5th) was a night to remember with The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducting its 2022 members at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater, with an edited version of the event set to air on November 19th on HBO.
This year’s Rock Hall inductees are Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Eurythmics, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, and Eminem. 2022’s Musical Excellence Awards went to Judas Priest along with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Early Influence Awards were awarded to Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten, with Ahmet Ertegun Awards going to recording engineer, producer, and executive Jimmy Iovine, R&B singer and Sugar Hill Records founder Sylvia Robinson, and attorney, Allen Grubman.
Sadly three inductees could not attend, with co-founding Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor revealing he is suffering from stage 4 prostate cancer. Carly Simon, who is currently in mourning after losing her two older sisters within a day of each other last month, also did not make the ceremony. The great Harry Belafonte is now 95 and too frail to travel to the ceremony.
The evening was an all-star gala with several surprise guest appearances, including Dave Grohl performing “Easy” with Lionel Richie, both Steven Tyler and Ed Sheeran appearing with Eminem, along with Pat Benatar, Simon LeBon, and Rob Halford all performing with Dolly Parton on her signature tune, “Jolene.”
Appearing with Priest were former members K.K. Downing and drummer Les Binks, as well as sidelined guitarist Glenn Tipton, who has been battling Parkinson’s disease.
Inductors Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp saluted the late-Jerry Lee Lewis with a show-closing medley of “The Killer’s” “High School Hop” and “Great Balls Of Fire.”
In one of the more memorable moments of the night, during his induction speech to entertainment lawyer Allen Grubman, John Mellencamp took time out to slam rapper Kanye West for his recent anti-Semitic remarks. Mellencamp said in part: “Guys I cannot tell you how f***ing important it is to speak out if you’re an artist. Whenever you hear hate speech or something derogatory about someone else. We’re all human things. I don’t give a f*** if you’re Jewish, black, quiet, tutti frutti, I don’t care! Here’s the trick: silence is complicity. I’m standing here tonight loudly and proudly and in solidarity with Allen, his family, all of my Jewish friends and the entire Jewish people of the world. F*** Antisemitism and f***anybody who says anything in that manner.”
The Rock Hall streamed exclusive interviews from the event’s red carpet, with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford explaining that he looks back with pride and towards the future with equal amounts of excitement: [“It’s a lot of conviction, dedication, faith in what you believe in. We have this phrase in heavy metal — ‘Keep The Faith.’ And that’s what we’ve been doing for 50 years and we’re still going strong and feeling pride to have that mantra working for Judas Priest.”] SOUNDCUE (:13 OC: . . . for Judas Priest)
Eurythmics singer Annie Lenox explained that the group were never confined by traditional musical boundaries: [“Our influences, are again, they’re really eclectic. And I think people, sort of, think that you have to be in one genre of music and you only like that genre. For our taste, it could be up for anything.”] SOUNDCUE (:09 OC: . . . up for anything)
Simon LeBon is nothing but humbled by Duran Duran finally gaining entree into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: [“We always thought it was a club that we’d never be part of. But — things change and suddenly, y’know, Duran Duran’s time seems to be coming ’round again. And we are welcomed as we welcome it — with open arms.”] SOUNDCUE (:13 OC: . . . with open arms)
THE EVENING INDUCTIONS AND PERFORMANCES
Duran Duran – inducted by Robert Downey, Jr.
“Girls On Film,” “Hungry Like The Wolf,” and “Ordinary World”
Pat Benatar – inducted by Sheryl Crow
“All Fired Up,” “Love Is A Battlefield,” and “Heartbreaker”
Eurythmics – inducted by The Edge
“Would I Lie to You?,” “Missionary Man,” and “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”
Lionel Richie – inducted by Lenny Kravitz
“Hello,” “Easy” – with Dave Grohl, and “All Night Long (All Night)”
Carly Simon – inducted by Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles: “Nobody Does It Better
Olivia Rodrigo: “You’re So Vain”
Eminem – inducted by Dr. Dre
“My Name Is,” “Rap God,” “Sing For The Moment” – with Steven Tyler, “Stan” – with Ed Sheeran, “Forever,” and “Not Afraid.”
Musical Excellence Award
Judas Priest – inducted by Alice Cooper
“You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” “Breaking The Law,” and “Living After Midnight.”
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – inducted by Janet Jackson
Early Influence Awards
Harry Belafonte – video salute
Elizabeth Cotten – video salute
Ahmet Ertegun Awards
Jimmy Iovine – inducted by Bruce Springsteen
Sylvia Robinson – video salute
Allen Grubman – inducted by John Mellencamp
Dolly Parton – inducted by Pink
Sheryl Crow & Zac Brown Band: “9 To 5”
Dolly Parton: “Rockin'” and “Jolene” – with other inductees
Jerry Lee Lewis salute
Bruce Springsteen & John Mellencamp with Roy Bittan: “Great Balls Of Fire”
- On Saturday night (November 5th) The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducting its 2022inductees are Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Eurythmics, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, and Eminem. 2022’s Musical Excellence Awards went to Judas Priest along with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
The full text of Duran Duran co-founder Andy Taylor reads in full:
Dear Simon, John, Roger, Nick, my fellow inductees and countrymen
I wanted to send a personal note to pass along my sincerest respect to you all for what’s been an amazing career, and to also share what has happened to me.
Firstly, can I say what an absolute honour it was to be nominated let alone be inducted into the RRHOF. There’s nothing that comes close to such recognition. I’m proud of everything we’ve achieved together and of the way you have continued. As a guitar player in a progressive band from the synth days of the early eighties, literally from the day I met Nick, John, Simon and Roger they truly valued the contribution of a rather noisy, versatile Northern brat. We all grew up on the same vinyl records and live gigs, from David Bowie to Roxy Music, The Sex Pistols and of course CHIC. I could go to all those places as a player and developed a hybrid guitar style that fitted this amazing concept OF A BAND…
I loved going into the studio and recording our material; nobody else sounded like us. We were ripe to absorb what was the art of analogue recording, but with some different kit, Nick’s artful obsession with synth technology was something I’d never seen before and I was introduced to layers. Because we were instinctively the right fit, we evolved very quickly, writing RIO as our second album with the confidence our very early success with ‘Girls On Film’ and ‘Planet Earth’ inspired.
You can dream about what happened to us but to experience it, on one’s own terms, as mates, was beyond incredible.
I would like to thank each of my brothers in this great band.
My family: my incredibly sane wife of 40 years – Tracey – my amazing children, Andy, Georgie, Bethy and Izzy, not forgetting my grandson Albie, who’s probably online listening or on Fortnite!!!
The original believers: Paul and Michael Berrow, Dave Ambrose, Terry Slater, Rob Hallett.
The Producers: Colin Thurston, Alex Sadkin, Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers – I’ve also really dug the work with Mark Ronson – I particularly admire ‘All You Need Is Now’, that’s a DD melody if ever I heard one.
Thanks also to Merck, Andrew and Wendy.
Now for the bad blood, well the good news is that there is none, just pure love and respect for everything we wrote, recorded and achieved together. What’s the point? There’s no stopping this 44-year thing called “Duran Duran”.
Now to the reason I’m not here:
Just over 4-years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer. Many families have experienced the slow burn of this disease and of course we are no different; so I speak from the perspective of a family-man but with profound humility to the band, the greatest fans a group could have and this exceptional accolade.
I have the Rodgers and Edwards of doctors and medical treatment that until very recently allowed me to just rock on. Although my current condition is not immediately life threatening there is no cure. Recently I was doing okay after some very sophisticated life extending treatment, that was until a week or so ago when I suffered a setback, and despite the exceptional efforts of my team, I had to be honest in that both physically and mentally, I would be pushing my boundaries.
However, none of this needs to or should detract from what this band (with or without me) has achieved and sustained for 44 years. We’ve had a privileged life, we were a bit naughty but really nice, a bit shirty but very well dressed, a bit full of ourselves, because we had a lot to give, but as I’ve said many times, when you feel that collective, instinctive, kindred spirit of creativity mixed with ambition, armed with an über cool bunch of fans, well what could possibly go wrong?
I’m truly sorry and massively disappointed I couldn’t make it. Let there be no doubt I was stoked about the whole thing, even bought a new guitar with the essential whammy!
I’m so very proud of these four brothers; I’m amazed at their durability, and I’m overjoyed at accepting this award. I often doubted the day would come. I’m sure as hell glad I’m around to see the day.
All My Love