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Class of 2009

Photos: Metallica, Jeff Beck, Run DMC and More at the 2009 Induction Ceremony

Photos: Metallica, Jeff Beck, Run DMC and More are Immortalized in the Class of 2009

Photos: Jimmy Page, the E Street Band, Eminem and More Backstage at the 2009 Induction Ceremony

Metallica, Run-DMC, Jeff Beck Join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Wild Induction Ceremony

Behind the Scenes at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Class of 2008

Photos: Madonna, Iggy Pop Justin Timberlake and More at the 2008 Induction Ceremony

Madonna, Mellencamp, Cohen Honored at Emotional Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Class of 2006 

Blondie, Black Sabbath Enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Class of 2005

U2, Buddy Guy Rock the Hall of Fame

Class of 2004 

ZZ Top, Prince Rock Into Hall

Class of 2002

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Talking Heads Inducted

Inductees Sound Off Backstage

Class of 2001

Love in the Air at Rock Hall

Class of 2000

McCartney, Etheridge, Robertson Usher Taylor, Raitt and Clapton into Rock Hall

Hall of Fame Inductees Sound Off Backstage

Earth, Wind and Fire Groove Into Hall

Class of 1999

The Boss, McCartney and Billy Joel Crowned Rock Gods

Class of 1997

CSN, Jackson 5 Join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Song Stories

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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