Green Day, Ringo rock Hall of Fame ceremony
When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies return here every few years to the hall’s spiritual and literal home, music history often ignites. Such was the case Saturday night at the 30th annual gathering, which saw the inductions of Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Lou Reed and the “5” Royales.
They love rock ‘n’ roll. Black leather-clad Joan Jett and her Blackhearts opened the show at a sold-out Public Hall by tearing through early hits Bad Reputation and Cherry Bomb (the latter aided by Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl on guitar and vocals, and original bass player Gary Ryan). She then introduced friend Tommy James to sing psychedelic pop hit Crimson and Clover, a 1968 hit for him that became a 1981 cover hit for her. Grohl and Miley Cyrus joined in on vocals (as did the audience). Cyrus then took to the podium to induct the group wearing a midriff-baring top (and not the pasties she was seen in earlier).
Cyrus who, at 22, is more than 30 years the junior of the Godmother of Punk, said she remembered early on wanting to have sex with the singer, whom she called “a wonder woman,” an admirable activist and a “bada– babe on the planet.” Jett choked up during the long standing ovation that greeted her arrival at the podium, then acknowledged Cyrus as “another strong woman who does things her way.” Before calling out the names of her bandmates in her first group, the Runaways, Jett noted that “rock ‘n’ roll is an idea and an ideal. Sometimes we forget the political impact it has on people around the world. … It’s about giving a voice to people who weren’t satisfied with whatever box they were put into.’’
Members of Fall Out Boy inducted the pop-punkers Green Day (Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnst and Tré Cool), joking that it was appropriate since fans often confuse the groups when posing for pictures in airports with fans. Armstrong, wearing a floppy tuxedo bow tie, honored his elders — Elvis, The Who, the Rolling Stones, Kool & the Gang, Def Leppard — adding, “I feel like my record collection is sitting here in this room.’’ The group then showered the collected stars and fans with smart, sharp and furiously paced versions of American Idiot, When I Come Around and Basket Case. Armstrong’s voice was especially clear and strong and bratty on Basket Case.