Ringo Starr was joined by Green Day and Joan Jett in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend. It is a major accomplishment for all involved, and they are reportedly extremely happy with the honor. Many others joined the three in receiving the honor, including Bill Withers and Lou Reed.
According to reports, Starr loves “finally” being invited into the Hall of Fame. It has been a long time coming, and he is the last of The Beatles to be inducted as a solo artist. Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon, said that it was an honor but sad that her late husband and Beatles member George Harrison were not able to be there.
It is not the first time that Starr has been at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fifty-one years ago he was performing with his band, when cops were called to calm the audience down. The band was stopped during All My Loving, and the four men were returned to their dressing rooms. It is something that the drummer does not remember, but he has promised that he will remember this one.
A number of artists came out to honor members. John Mayer and John Legend honored Stevie Ray Vaughan and Withers respectively, with Stevie Wonder backing Legend on Use Me. Legend pulled Withes to the stage while the two sang Lean on Me. It was a heartfelt moment, especially considering the 76-year-old has not performed in years. Withers recently hinted that he may sing again, and this was the time for that.
Starr, Jett and Green Day and many others were honored in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some of those mentioned were not able to be there, including Vaughan and Reed. There were a number of tributes paid to those who had passed on before being honored, with Patti Smith paid tribute to her late husband Reed. She shared the three rules that Reed had: not to be afraid, get a good b******t detector (and know how to use it) and be really tender.
Green Day was the youngest act to be inducted on the night, and was honored by Fall Out Boy. The band offered one of the most exciting evening performances, which was not surprising for many. Miley Cyrus also took the state to honor Jett in her own way. She told a story of walking in on Jett smoking pot, and she instantly felt the wisdom, soul and strength from the rocker.
Jett took the stage with the Blackhearts and Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters to perform a number of hits, including Bad Reputation, Crimson and Clover and Cherry Bomb.
The night ended with a Beatles song, I Want to Be Your Man. Almost everyone who managed to attend took the stage, bringing an end to a fabulous night.
It has been a long time coming for a number of artists, especially Starr, who despite being the first successful solo artist was the last to be inducted. He was joined by Green Day, Jett and many others in his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
By Alexandria Ingham
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