MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017
CHUCK BERRY FANS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY PAY LAST RESPECTS
Fans lined up before dawn to say one last goodbye to Chuck Berry yesterday in St Louis. The public was invited to a visitation at The Pageant music club, where Berry often played. Berry wore his trademark captain's hat, and his open casket had his cherry-red Gibson guitar hanging from the lid. Gene Simmons of Kiss and Paul Shaffer was among those who attended the private service in the afternoon. The Rolling Stones sent a guitar-shaped flower arrangement with a note that said, ``Thank you for the inspiration.'' Former President Bill Clinton sent a letter that was read during the funeral. Berry died March 18th.
ROCK HALL: JOURNEY AND STEVE PERRY REUNITE, BUT JUST FOR SPEECHES
It was a feel-good night for Steve Perry and Journey at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions on Friday.
Perry, who has not sung with the band in 26 years, gave hugs to his old bandmates. He even thanked their current singer, Arnel Pineda, ``who sings his heart out every night.'' Perry did not perform with Journey but told the fans, ``You've never not been in my heart.''
Singer-keyboardist Gregg Rolie thanked guitarist Neal Schon for saving him from the Seattle restaurant business.
ROCK HALL: SNOOP DOGG AND ALICIA KEYS PAY TRIBUTE TO TUPAC SHAKUR
Snoop Dogg owes a lot to Tupac Shakur.
Snoop says Tupac was a strong black man who brought his strength to his music, his acting and his activism. Alicia Keys performed a medley of Shakur's songs on piano in tribute.
ROCK HALL: PEARL JAM ACCEPTS ROCK HALL INDUCTION FROM DAVID LETTERMAN
Eddie Vedder has given plenty of speeches inducting musicians into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On Friday, it was his turn to accept on behalf of Pearl Jam. Vedder used his speech to push an activist agenda, advocating for action on climate change and thanking Chance The Rapper for his contributions to Chicago. David Letterman gave the induction speech and noted that if people cheered after every Pearl Jam hit he named, they'd be there for two days. Letterman pointed out Pearl Jam was such a hit machine that they put out their classic ``Yellow Ledbetter'' as a B-side.
ROCK HALL: YES AND JON ANDERSON PERFORM TOGETHER
For the first time in 13-years, Jon Anderson sang for Yes. Anderson joined his old bandmates for their induction Friday into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Geddy Lee of Rush stood in for late Yes bassist Chris Squire. Anderson says their induction comes 49-years to the day when he met Squire at a bar. Guitarist Steve Howe quoted drummer Bill Bruford's standard answer when asked to describe Yes music: ``Some of it's fast and some of it's slow.''
Keyboardist Rick Wakeman accepted by making jokes about prostate exams and his father being an Elvis impersonator, ``but there wasn't much call for that in 1947.''
ROCK HALL: GEORGE HARRISON'S SON INDUCTS ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra recalls his mother didn't want him to be a musician because she thought it would be all about drugs. Lynne says his mother used to make all kinds of noise to wake him up every morning. One day he told her not to do it anymore because he was a professional musician now and he never had to get up again. George Harrison's son, Dhani, inducted E-L-O and the first time he saw the band was when he was 7.
Dhani Harrison says they reminded him of the ``Star Wars'' cantina band, ``only with lots more hair.''
ROCK HALL: JOAN BAEZ STAYS HUMBLE FOR INDUCTION
Joan Baez thanked the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for what she calls ``this somewhat unlikely induction.'' She jokes a lot of young people probably have no idea who she is, including her own family. She says her granddaughter didn't know Baez was famous until Baez took her backstage at a Taylor Swift concert.
Baez says her greatest gift is her voice, and her second-greatest gift is the desire to use it as a practitioner of nonviolence. Mary Chapin Carpenter and the Indigo Girls joined her for a rendition of ``The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.''
ROCK HALL: NILE RODGERS GETS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Nile Rodgers of Chic says he just wanted to have one hit record. He says in his speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions he just found out he's sold 300-million albums and 75-million singles. Rodgers was given an award of excellence during the inductions after Chic was on the ballot 11 times and failed to earn enough votes for induction. Pharrell Williams presented the award and said to Rodgers, ``You've always been the coolest dude in the room.''
(The Canadian Press)