Rock Hall 2018 videos: Killers cover Tom Petty, Lauryn Hill covers Nina Simone, Ann Wilson & Jerry Cantrell cover Soundgarden, more
Last night (4/14) was not just Beychella and Jack White and John Mulaney on SNL, but also the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Cleveland's Public Hall. As announced, Bon Jovi, Nina Simone, Dire Straits, The Cars and The Moody Blues were all inducted. Also, the Rock Hall now inducts individual songs, and the first inductees were "Rocket 88" by Jackie Breston and his Delta Cats (1951), Link Wray and his Ray Men's "Rumble" (1958), "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen (1963), Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (1967) and Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" (1968).
The Killers did a tribute to Tom Petty, and Brandon Flowers inducted The Cars, who were joined by Scott Shriner of Weezer (who have had more than one of their albums produced by The Cars' Ric Ocasek). Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes teamed with Questlove and Paul Shaffer to cover "That's All" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who was inducted into the Rock Hall as an Early Influence. Ann Wilson of Heart and Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains paid tribute to Chris Cornell with a cover of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun." Mary J Blige inducted Nina Simone, and Lauryn Hill, The Roots and Andra Day did a Nina Simone tribute. Videos below (via Stereogum).
As revealed prior to the ceremony, Mark Knopfler wasn't present for the Dire Straits' induction. "He just didn't feel like coming, it's as simple as that," bassist John Illsley told Billboard. "It just didn't appeal to him."