Backstage at the 28th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony earlier last night (Thursday, April 18) at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles, the organizers chatted with Ann and Nancy Wilson of HEART, and SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell, who will be inducting the group. In the interview, Ann and Nancy talk about being inducted, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and their setlist for the 2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony; Cornell shares why HEART‘s music continues to resonate with him and how they helped inspire him and the Seattle music scene.
Four of this year’s inductees — HEART, RANDY NEWMAN, PUBLIC ENEMY and RUSH — are confirmed to perform at the 28th annual Rock And Rock Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, which will also honor Albert King and Donna Summer; as well as Lou Adler and Quincy Jones, this year’s recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The star-studded event will feature appearances by Usher, who will perform for Quincy Jones; PEARL JAM‘s Mike McCready and Jerry Cantrell of ALICE IN CHAINS, who will perform with HEART; Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte, who will pay tribute to PUBLIC ENEMY; Carole King, who will perform for Lou Adler; comedy legends Cheech Chong, who will present Adler with his award; and Jackson Browne and John Fogerty, who will perform with Randy Newman. John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. will perform for Albert King, with Mayer giving the induction speech; 1998 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Don Henley will induct Randy Newman; Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will perform in honor of Donna Summer; and Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the FOO FIGHTERS will present RUSH.
According to RollingStone.com, it’s quite possible RUSH will perform with Hawkins and Grohl at the event. “Dave and Taylor were one of the first people we thought about to induct RUSH,” Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame president and CEO Joel Peresman told the magazine. “They said ‘yes’ in about two seconds. I’m hopeful [they’ll play together]. More than a few times in the past, people have got caught in the moment and decide to perform. That’s what happened last year with GREEN DAY — they were just there to present an award to GUNS N’ ROSES and after hanging around rehearsals, they decided to play.”
The induction ceremony will be presented on HBO on Saturday, May 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.