Pearl Jam, Tupac, Yes, Journey to be inducted into Rock Hall

David Letterman and his colossal beard made a rare public appearance Friday night to induct veteran rockers Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in NY.

"One of the sweetest [hugs] you can ever get from one of my heroes and silent mentors.it means the world to me.waited 35 years for this moment.thank you Almighty God!", Pineda said as he posted of a photo of their fateful meeting on his Instagram page. That was the theme as the group was inducted Friday - fans constantly screaming and hooting after someone said the band's name or a camera panned to the rockers. Pearl Jam have a longstanding relationship with Letterman: during his tenure as host of The Late Show, the band performed on the program multiple times.

"I know them as friends as well as cultural icons", Letterman added. And because they did, because they stood up to the corporations I'm happy to say, ladies and gentleman, today every concert ticket in the United States of America is free. Letterman closed by reading a letter Eddie Vedder had given him to give to his son, Harry.

In closing out the night's speeches, Vedder began talking about the reality of climate change and ended up addressing the unwavering support of their fans. Journey will be inducted, along with ELO, Joan Baez, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Yes and Nile Rodgers.

Legendary grunge rock group Pearl Jam, which formed in Seattle in 1990, is now (finally) immortalized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In her acceptance speech 76-year old Baez called for global compassion.

"You're the ones who put us here", Perry said to the Journey fans, earning one of the night's loudest applauses.

Snoop Dogg inducted his friend, the late rapper Tupac Shakur, and accepted the award on his behalf, saying, "I know you're gonna live forever, 'cause legends always do".

The ceremony will air in edited form on HBO on April 29th.

"It was our job, literally our job for us to come up with things to offer their fans", said Schultz.

To date, the band has sold over 48 million albums in the USA and 90 million records all over the world.

"Hello, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!"

Alicia Keys performed a medley of Shakur's songs on piano, including "Dear Mama" and "Changes". "If you learn even one song on this guitar, I'll get you a nicer, bigger one for your birthday".

Lenny Kravitz paid tribute to Prince, who died after last year's Rock Hall induction, with a stunning, gospel-funk version of "When Doves Cry", followed by a passionate version of "The Cross", yet another sign of how cool and graciousness can coexist in rock.

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