Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honours inductees

Published: 2006-03-15
Band tensions, inductee no-shows, Southern rockers, bat biters, and a jazz legend stole the show on March 13, as a new class was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tensions mounted as new and old Blondie members hit the stage together to be honoured. Current Blondie members Chris Stein, Clem Burke, and original singer Debbie Harry paid no mind to ex-bandmates Frank Infante, Nigel Harrison, and Gary Valentine, who according to E! Online, "left Blondie years ago in a nasty battle over royalties." The current lineup of the band later performed hits like "Heart of Glass," "Rapture," and "Call Me."

The Sex Pistols declined their invitation into the hall of fame with a nasty letter posted online. But Hall of Fame VP and Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner still praised the always controversial punk rockers and said that their awards would still be at the museum if they ever wanted to pick them up. He also joked that "if they want to smash them into bits, they can do that too."

Metallica were chosen to honour Black Sabbath as they were inducted, and performed covers of their tunes "Iron Man" and "Hole in the Sky." The remaining members of Lynyrd Skynyrd performed "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird" to celebrate their induction. Founding members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines passed away in a plane crash in 1977.

Herbie Hancock was also present and helped to induct jazz trumpeter Miles Davis.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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