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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reunions That Actually Happened

Relive three decades of Rock Hall reunions, from Cream to Talking Heads

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The annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is basically the only place outside of a courtroom where feuding ex-bandmates are forced to stand together. Over the years, this has led to stunning reunions from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Talking Heads, the Police, Cream and many others. It’s also led to stunningly awkward moments, when groups such as Creedence Clearwater Revival and Blondie have feuded in full view of the world and refused to play together. Here are 32 reunions that actually happened. Note: We’re counting situations like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, where the current lineup of a band was joined for former members for a very special night.

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34. Chicago (2016)

Chicago’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 seemed like the perfect opportunity for the group to perform with former singer-bassist Peter Cetera since the left the group in 1985. Group leader Robert Lamm said he was more than willing to make it happen, but negotiations broke down when Cetera wanted them to drastically lower they key of “25 or 6 to 4.” The group had been doing it one way for nearly 50 years and weren’t willing to change it up that much, so Cetera stayed home. The brouhaha around it obscured the fact that there was indeed a Chicago reunion that night. Drummer Danny Seraphine played with them for the first time since getting tossed out in 1990. He also delivered some memorable lines at the podium. “We lived together, as most bands do, we cried together, we fought together, we fucked together,” he said. “‘Please wrap it up?’ Screw you. I’ve waited 25 fucking years for this!”

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36. Yes (2017)

Relations within Yes could not have been worse when they were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017. They’d spent the past year on the road in two warring camps and weren’t on speaking terms. Much to their credit, they sucked it up and formed a one-night-only lineup of the group with Jon Anderson on lead vocals, Steve Howe on bass, Trevor Rabin on guitar, Rick Wakeman on keyboard and Alan White on drums for “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” For “Roundabout,” Howe switched over to guitar and Rush’s Geddy Lee took over on bass. Some fans hoped it would lead to another Union tour, but instead they went right back out in the two separate incarnations. Even their 50th anniversary in 2018 couldn’t bring them together. Only the Hall of Fame could do that. 

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