On an evening of musical surprises – most notably, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford becoming a member of fellow inductee Dolly Parton onstage for a model of the latter’s Jolene – Dave Grohl was answerable for one other, augmenting Lionel Richie’s efficiency of the Commodores’ 1977 hit Simple with a deliriously-received guitar solo.
Richie was one other of this yr’s indictees, performing a 3 music set that includes Howdy, All Night time Lengthy (All Night time) and Simple, with Grohl strolling on nearly unnoticed one and a half minutes into the latter earlier than the highlight picked him out because the solo started. And the group went wild.
“My brother @davestruestories you introduced the warmth,” wrote Richie on Instagram (opens in new tab).
The Richie/Grohl partnership could sound like an unlikely one, however the pair have historical past: Richie made a cameo efficiency within the Foo Fighters‘ horror film Studio 666, which was launched early this yr.
“He was written into the script,” Grohl informed ET in February. (opens in new tab) “[The] screenwriters did not know that I truly know him, so after I learn the script I used to be like, ‘Oh my god, let’s simply textual content him!’ So I texted him and I am like, ‘Dude we’re making a horror movie. You need to be in it?’ And he was like, ‘Completely.’ And that was it.”
Priest had been inducted into the Corridor Of Fame courtesy of a particular Musical Excellence award, with Alice Cooper calling them “electrifying on stage and one of many hardest-hitting stay bands within the historical past of rock’n’roll.”
They went on to play a brief set of Priest classics: a truncated model of You have Received One other Factor Coming, Breaking The Legislation and Dwelling After Midnight, starring an expanded line-up together with guitarist Ok.Ok. Downing – for the primary time in additional than 13 years – plus drummer Les Binks, who final performed with Priest in 1979.
Throughout his induction speech, Rob Halford spoke of perception within the steel neighborhood’s inclusivity.
“I am the homosexual man within the band,” he stated. “You see, that’s what heavy steel is all about. We name ourselves the heavy steel neighborhood which is all-inclusive, it doesn’t matter what your sexual id is, what you appear to be, the color of your pores and skin, the religion that you simply imagine or do not imagine in. Everyone’s welcome.”