Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp closed out the 2022 Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame induction ceremony with a rollicking tribute to the just lately departed Jerry Lee Lewis, performing the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer’s “Excessive Faculty Confidential” and “Nice Balls of Hearth.”
The rockers had been backed by Zac Brown Band throughout their barnstorming efficiency. E Road Band keyboardist Roy Bittan additionally sat in on the jam — a becoming addition, as Lewis was well-known partly for his livid piano enjoying.
“One final one for the Killer,” Springsteen stated earlier than starting the efficiency. “Anyone know the lyrics? Are you able to get ’em up there?”
Lewis, who died on Oct. 28 on the age of 87, was the final surviving member of the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame’s inaugural class of 1986, which additionally included early rock and R&B luminaries similar to Chuck Berry, James Brown, Fat Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley. “Someplace on the planet, in a imply little honky-tonk or huge music corridor or church basement rec room, somebody is enjoying a Jerry Lee Lewis track,” learn a press release from Lewis’ publicist on the time of his demise.
Springsteen and Mellencamp appeared earlier within the night to induct report government Jimmy Iovine and leisure lawyer Allen Grubman, respectively, into the Rock Corridor. Each trade powerhouses acquired the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which acknowledges non-performing music trade professionals who “have had a serious affect on the inventive growth and development of rock and roll and music that has impacted youth tradition.”
In his speech, Springsteen remembered Iovine convincing him to offer Patti Smith an unfinished demo, which become “Right here Comes the Night time,” her largest chart hit. “With Jimmy’s steering, Patti Smith turned ‘Right here Comes the Night time’ into an enormous Prime 5 report – one thing I might by no means have finished, as a result of I did not have the heart to show it right into a love track like Jimmy did,” the Boss stated.
Mellencamp, in the meantime, shared a reminiscence of Grubman evaluating the music trade to a “nice huge motherfucking tree” that is still “huge and unbending. On this tree are a bunch of apples. A couple of keep firmly hooked up, however a lot of the apples, I am sorry to say, they shrivel up and drop to the bottom … sadly forgotten.” He thanked his pal for ensuring he stayed hooked up to the proverbial tree.
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