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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction 2017: 10 Best Moments

Poignant reunions, hilarious speeches and more, as Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, ELO and Nile Rodgers got their due

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony 2017: 10 Best Moments

Revisit 10 highlights from the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, featuring Pearl Jam, Journey, Joan Baez and more.

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Earlier this month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its 32nd class: Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam, Journey and Yes. The ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center – which airs Saturday on HBO – featured some of the funniest speeches in years and an impressively diverse performance lineup, with Baez’s folk, a multi-part Tupac medley and Lenny Kravitz’s gospel serving as a counterbalance to all the searing, arena-friendly rock. Here, we look back at the night’s most unforgettable moments.

Everyone Jams on "Rockin' in the Free World"

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Everyone Jams on “Rockin’ in the Free World”

The absence of Neil Young at the Rock Hall Induction ceremony didn’t bother Pearl Jam, Yes’ Trevor Rabin, Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson and Journey’s Neal Schon as they tore through a cover of “Rockin’ in the Free World.” The ensemble onstage included enough guitars to equip a small army, but the group smartly kept solos to a minimum, focusing mostly on the central riff that gives Young’s track its rugged power. As all the guitarists slammed through the chugging progression again and again, “Rockin’ in the Free World” took on the sludgy charm of primal garage rock. Even with all the firepower on stage, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder remained the focal point – an electrifying, indefatigable frontman. 

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