When Linda Ronstadt and several other worthy recipients were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently, it was not so much a ceremony as it was a rock party. Linda’s entry was a good excuse for performances and well-wishes from Emmylou Harris, Carrie Underwood, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow.
The other honorees at the 2014 edition of this rock and roll institution were Nirvana, KISS, Hall & Oates, E Street Band, Peter Gabriel, and the man we knew as Cat Stevens who is now called Yusuf Islam. Once known for 1970s folk-rock songs such as Wild World and Moonshadow, Yusuf turned to a much quieter life. He thanked the Hall of Fame for choosing, “someone who doesn’t drink, doesn’t do drugs, doesn’t throw television sets out of hotel rooms and only sleeps with his wife…. It’s a slightly bold move — and very rock ‘n’ roll.”
Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were there, along with Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love. From the band KISS, Gene Simmons was very visibly present. Bruce Springsteen had already been inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, but came back to cheer on the members of his E Street Band who were now getting their honors. Hall & Oates added some good-natured laughs to the proceedings. Peter Gabriel was welcomed in whimsical fashion by Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
A good time was had by all.