Best Returned Favor: Dave Grohl Joins Joan Jett
Last year's induction ceremony in Brooklyn ended with the incredible sight of some of rock's most innovative women stepping in for Kurt Cobain as Nirvana joined the Rock Hall, with Joan Jett rocking side by side with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.
This year's show kicked off in nearly the same spot — with Grohl joining Jett as she received the Hall's honor. With a snarl that could still stop traffic at age 56, a gum-popping Jett tore through three killer classics: a snotty-as-ever "Bad Reputation," the Runaways' classic "Cherry Bomb" and, with help from "a friend of mine," the Shondells' namesake frontman Tommy James, her 1982 cover of his "Crimson and Clover."
Grohl and original Blackhearts bassist Gary Ryan helped out on the Runaways track, and the Foo Fighters singer-guitarist banged his head and tossed his hair wildly as he bashed out the chords. A soulful, swaying Miley Cyrus pitched in for the final tune's refrain without stealing the spotlight from Jett. Grohl also stuck around for "Crimson and Clover," creating the awesome sight of Tommy James, Dave Grohl, Joan Jett and Miley Cyrus playing together. It was a union of the 1960s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. It felt special and set the stage for the rest of the evening.
Jett, offering several winks and a devilish grin throughout the high-profile salute, afterward dabbed away tears — proving that anti-establishment types can get emotional, too. "It was acceptance; it was overwhelming," she told Rolling Stone. "And, um, I didn't blow it."