HBO will telecast the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies on May 18, but you can get a snippet of what you’ll see then—and what you missed when the class of 2013 was inducted on April 18 in Los Angeles—in our wrap-up of the evening’s proceedings. This year's inductees were Albert King, Heart, Rush, Donna Summer, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Lou Adler, and Quincy Jones.
The actual program lasted nearly 4 1/2 hours, some of it glorious, some of it painful:
Among the glorious to watch for on the HBO special:
*Gary Clark Jr./John Mayer/Booker T Jones salute to Albert King, including their performance of Jones’ “Born Under a Bad Sign,” which he co-wrote for King when he was 19.
*Heart’s ferocious performance of “Crazy On You,” including Ann Wilson’s vocals, which only seem to get stronger.
*Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins’ hilarious salute to Rush
*Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” performance: if for nothing else, the great aerial shots of Neil Peart’s drum set up.
Not so glorious:
*Flavor Flav’s 15-minute rambling speech that had everyone in the room started to wish an extremely patient Chuck D would point to Flav’s clock and tell him his time is up
*Quincy Jones’s similarly rambling speech--although he has earned the right to drift and sail through his speech however he sees fit.
*Usher’s strangely lounge-like performance of Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” (although he makes up for it with his dance moves