Bob Marley and John Lennon were inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Paul McCartney used the occasion to announce that the surviving Beatles will record again.
Other honorees at Wednesday’s ceremony included The Grateful Dead, The Band, The Animals, Elton John, Rod Stewart and guitar great Duane Eddy.
Make it a trim
McCartney, who inducted Lennon into the Hall of Fame, did it in the form of a letter to his fellow Beatle. He recalled the two of them heading for Spain with money Lennon got for his 21st birthday. They got as far as Paris, where they got a haircut.
“It ended up being the Beatle haircut,” McCartney said.
Lennon was murdered in 1980. His sons, Julian and Sean, joined widow Yoko Ono as she thanked the crowd for Lennon’s second induction into the hall. The Beatles were inducted as a group in 1988.
McCartney confirmed that he, George Harrison and Ringo Starr will head back to the studio to record new songs for a TV documentary.
Marley, who died of cancer in 1981, was inducted by U2 lead singer Bono.
Long, strange trip
The Grateful Dead’s bass guitarist, Phil Lesh, thanked the audience on behalf of his group, borrowing from their song “Truckin’:””It has been long, it has been strange, and it has definitely been a trip.”
Band plays on
The Band’s original lineup hadn’t performed together since the group filmed “The Last Waltz” in 1976. But guitarist Robbie Robertson and the others took the stage with Eric Clapton for the gala’s traditional jam session, playing their classic “The Weight.”
Axl Rose, lead singer for the hard-rock band Guns ‘N Roses, inducted John, calling him “an inspiration.”
Bluesman Willie Dixon was also inducted posthumously, while ’50s R&B producer-songwriter Johnny Otis was admitted as a non-performer.