As we honor this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class, we can’t help but look back at some of the best induction speeches. While the process for being inducted is a long lengthy path, once the night finally gets there, the speeches can be pretty moving, or funny. Here are five of our favorite Rock Hall induction speeches:
Kid Rock Inducts Bob Seger
With a heartfelt speech full of admiration, Kid Rock stated that Bob Seger was the example that Rock and Roll needs. His work over the years and contribution to music was nothing short of spectacular. Kid Rock’s speech put Seger in the spotlight and did him more justice than any other could have done.
Keith Richards Inducts ZZ Top
If you haven’t watched this speech, you really need to do so! Keith Richards is known for his antics, and he takes this speech to a whole new level when he comes on stage completely unprepared to induct ZZ Top! He goes on for four minutes on tangents that don’t make much sense, but his presentation gets the crowd laughing. It definitely makes the list as one of the funniest induction speeches ever!
Bono Inducts Bruce Springsteen
Bono’s speech inducting Bruce Springsteen has gone down as one of the greatest induction speeches of all time. Bono has no issues bringing Springsteen’s career as a musical legend to life. A heartfelt speech filled with witty humor and smart remarks brings the crowd to a standing ovation at the end welcoming the legend to the stage. Everyone will always remember what Bono said about Springsteen,”Some call him the boss, but he works for us.”
Pete Townshend Inducts The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones were one of the earliest bands inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Pete Townshend certainly made an interesting induction speech. Townshend aimed more humor and crude jokes at the Stones than most induction speeches. From ripping on their book to picking on their album sales, nothing was off limits.
Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins Induct Queen
This speech was both heart-warming and awkward all in one. While Taylor Hawkins makes some strong words about Queen and their accomplishments, Dave Grohl is standing on the stage being about as awkward as it gets. The Foo Fighters’ members say nothing but the most meaningful words about Queen and their accomplishments, but Grohl’s awkwardness just makes the speech complete!