But Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, there was a whole lot of music at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, now in its 32nd year.
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry reunited on stage with his Don't Stop Believin' bandmates for the first time in 25 years at the event in NY, while Roy Wood of Electric Light Orchestra attended the ceremony 45 years after leaving the English band. "These guys in Pearl Jam were something more than a band", he said.
He also revealed that after Vedder's appearance on Letterman's third-to-last show, the Pearl Jam singer wrote Letterman's son, Harry, a note and gave him a guitar.
"I just wanted to have one hit record".
Pearl Jam closed out the night with a searing all-star jam of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World".
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According to the magazine, Perry thanked the fans: "You put us here. You never have stopped", said Perry. He did, however, meet his replacement for the first time. In 2015, Swift invited Baez onstage during her concert in San Francisco. "Let us build a great bridge, a lovely bridge, to welcome the exhausted and the poor".
Additionally, Rush, who inducted the band Yes, also answered questions, along with Snoop Dogg, who stood in for Tupac Shakur during the rapper's induction. "They can't take this away from you homie", he said, accepting the statuette on Shakur's behalf. Although the group has had many members over the years, the Hall of Fame inducted keyboardist Richard Tandy, drummer Bev Bevan and multi-instrumentalist Roy Wood alongside Lynne.
Stay tuned for the broadcast of the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which will debut on HBO at 8PM ET on April 29.
Singer Pharrell Williams spoke in honor of Nile Rodgers, a legendary producer and songwriter who's worked with a who's-who list of musical greats, including Madonna, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Daft Punk and Lady Gaga. Later, Alicia Keys performed a medley of Shakur's songs on piano, including "Dear Mama" and "Changes".
Berry wasn't the only late legend who was honored: Lenny Kravitz paid tribute to Prince after the "In Memoriam" section with an explosive performance of "When Doves Cry", backed by a choir and beaming purple lights.