Neil Young Drops Out of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Neil Young has dropped out of inducting Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame due to an undisclosed illness. The 71-year-old was set to join the rockers, who once served as his backing band on the album Mirror Ball, for their induction on Friday in Brooklyn, New York, but he has stepped down and retired late night host David Letterman will now salute the band.
“Due to illness, Neil Young is regrettably no longer able to induct Pearl Jam at this Year’s Induction Ceremony,” a statement from representatives at the Rock Hall reads. “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is thrilled that David Letterman has agreed to induct Pearl Jam this Friday night at the 32nd Annual Induction Ceremony.” Pearl Jam performed frequently on Letterman’s The Late Show. The band will join the class of 2017, alongside folk icon Joan Baez, Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Tupac Shakur, and Journey, while Lenny Kravitz will pay tribute to Prince at the ceremony, which will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Snoop Dogg will induct his late pal Tupac, Train star Pat Monaghan will salute Journey, and Dhani Harrison will speak ahead of ELO’s induction, while Pharrell Williams will present Chic’s Nile Rodgers with the Award for Musical Excellence.
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