Tuesday, March 15, 2005


While U2 got a knockabout Bruce Springsteen lead-in for their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, the poor O'Jays had to make do with Justin Timberlake, and, to be honest, they weren't thrilled:

Eddie Levert, 62, said they were unhappy about Timberlake inducting them into the Hall.

He said: "We protested, kicked and stomped. But it is out of our control."

His bandmate Walter Williams, 61, added: "No offence to Justin, because he deserves the respect he has earned, but I could think of a few people who know more about our pain and suffering and history."

The other inductees/introducers were less controversial:
The Pretenders were done by Neil Young (shared interest in the needle and the damage done); Buddy Guy by BB King and Eric Clapton (BB King is a guitarist of equal stature; Clapton was just checking Guy had no plans to relocate to the West Midlands) and Percy Sledge was given his big key by Rod Stewart (swapping from Rod to Percy is like peering at a fuzzy sign and then suddenly putting your glasses on).

Chrissie Hynde made a sweet tribute to the fallen Pretenders:

We are a tribute band. We're paying tribute to James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon, without whom we would not have been here."

But mostly, the night was about U2, because it had Bono in it and Bono makes sure that he's at the centre of everything:

"Bono! ... What about the Nobel Peace Prize?" one reporter called out, querying as to whether Bono's mission to eradicate third-world debt would get him the honor.

"Rock star is already having the cream of the cake," Bono replied.

Really? I thought all the anti-poverty stuff was what was really important, Bono?