It was an exciting night in New York City last Friday night (April 7) not only did David Letterman get an amazing ovation as he was getting set to induct his favourite band Pearl Jam into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame but the Electric Light Orchestra paid tribute to Chuck Berry with Roll Over Beethoven and Rick Wakeman of Yes stole the show with his induction speech. It was a night of reunions as well, Steve Perry joined Journey on stage for the speeches but it was Arnel Pineda who joined the band on stage for the performance.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson had a lot of good things to say about their favourite band Yes, both highly influenced as teenagers and as Geddy said in his speech and as a teenager watching Yes perform at Maple Leaf Gardens, “It was actually profound. It’s not overstating things to say it changed the way I played and listened to music forever”.
But it was Rick Wakeman’s speech that stole the show with his reminiscing about his first sexual experience which happened to be “…less than half a mile away from this very building is where I had my very first meaningful sexual experience…it wasn’t very good”. He talked about strip clubs and prostate exams and that brought the crowd to their knees, “What I would like to say quite seriously is how important it is to have the odd examination, which I had indeed on Monday. You ladies, you don’t know, it’s really tough. You have to get in the old fetal position, you hear the old plastic glove go off or the rubber glove. And then it’s like the gopher going on holiday inside. Whilst I was having my examination, the doctor said to me, he said, “Mr. Wakeman, there’s no need to be embarrassed. It’s not unusual to get an erection with this kind of procedure.” I said, “I haven’t got an erection.” He said, “I know, but I have.”
Others inducted that night included Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur