Rock Hall: Geddy Thanks Fans, Neil Says It’s a Big Deal, Alex Says ‘Blah’
Great coverage by Ed at Rush is a Band and John at Cygnus-x1 of last nights Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonry at the Nokia Center in Los Angeles, at which Rush was inducted along with Heart, Public Enemy, Randy Newman, and, posthumously, Donna Summer and Albert King.
Both Ed and John provided a regular stream of Twitter updates, video clips, and photos. You can see some of John’s great photos here.
In their speeches, Neil said, “We’ve been saying for a long time that this isn’t a big deal. Turns out it is,” Geddy said, “On behalf of my two partners I have to thank the most passionate, most dedicated fan base in the world,” and Alex, always a man of few words, said a lot of words and most of them were the word “blah.”
In their live performance, Rush played two of their commercially popular songs, “The Spirit of Radio” and “Tom Sawyer,” and David Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, who inducted them, joined up with none other than Nick Raskulinecz, producer of Rush’s last two albums, to dress up in Rush’s classic 2112-era kimonos and channel the band in their tribute performance. Raskulinecz played the bass.
For the closing jam, in which all of the inductees join, the selected song was Eric Clapton’s “Crossroads.” Alex played a solo.
Here’s a small sample of John’s photos on his Cygnus-x1 site: