Rush, Heart honoured by Rock Hall
Rush and Heart were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last night at a ceremony in Los Angeles.
Foo Fighters men Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins led the ceremony for the Canadian three-piece, while Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell paid tribute to Ann and Nancy Wilson’s outfit. The evening also honoured Randy Newman and the late Albert King.
Grohl joked: “There’s one mystery that eclipses them all – when the fuck did Rush become cool?”
Neil Peart told the crowd: “We’ve been saying for a long time that this wasn’t a big deal. Turns out… it kinda is!”
Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, who performed alongside Rush, said: “They are as advertised – they are as down to earth and easy-going as any band. They deserve to be in the nice guy hall of fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
Cornell said of Heart, who hail from his home town of Seattle: “Before them, no one thought that rock stars could come from Seattle. Heart was important to us, not just as musicians, but as proof that Seattle could produce something beautiful and rocking.”
Nancy Wilson commented: “It’s tremendously beautiful to be in this eagle’s nest of tremendous music. Our music is about the enduring power of love. We came from an era where women normally did not rock and we weren’t supposed to be leaders. These days women are ferocious leaders, from the boardrooms to the bedrooms.”
The ceremony will be broadcast on US TV on May 18.