Five Things to Watch For During the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Broadcast
HBO is almost ready to air its broadcast of the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 30. Here's what we'll be looking for when we sit down to spend some time with the footage ...
This year's most disgruntled inductee has a laundry list of grievances against the Hall, and one major sticking point is rights clearance forms that Miller feels are needlessly "murky" and force him to give up too much. It seemed likely, at one point, that Miller would opt not to give permission for footage of his induction and performance to be used in the broadcast — which would have been a shame, since it's one of the main things people were talking about after the ceremony. Looking back over Miller's speech will give fans an opportunity to detect early signs of the flashes of anger he displayed when he tore into the Hall in the press room afterwards.
This year's ceremony opened with a surprise tribute to Bowie, featuring the Roots backing David Byrne and Kimbra. Their performance of "Fame" was a fitting homage to a beloved icon as well as a once-in-a-lifetime event — exactly the type of spectacle that makes the Rock Hall induction worth tuning in for, whether or not you're a major fan of the honorees.
In addition to the Bowie tribute, this year's ceremony included a show of respect for Frey, who was honored by a performance of the Eagles song "New Kid in Town" delivered by Sheryl Crow and Grace Potter.
This goes without saying, right? The all-star jam is a highlight of any Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and this year's featured a stage stuffed with members of Chicago, Deep Purple and Cheap Trick, backed by Paul Shaffer and Steven Van Zandt with contributions from Miller, Crow, Potter, and ex-Purple vets David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.
Fans spent years waiting for the band's induction, and even in the absence of departed frontman Peter Cetera, it proved worth the wait — particularly when original drummer Danny Seraphine, making his first appearance with his former bandmates in more than 25 years, stepped up to the mic for a funny, heartfelt, and occasionally quite profane look back at Chicago's legacy. More than arguably any other inductee, Seraphine put the "rock" in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at this year's event.