David Letterman replaces Neil Young at Rock Hall show

He's called the father of rock "n" roll.

Pearl Jam was formed in Seattle, its first show at the old Off Ramp Cafe in 1990, with four of the original members either born in the Seattle area or spending their formative years here; singer Eddie Vedder, the lone member without significant Seattle ties before joining the band, having grown up in San Diego. The ceremony will be broadcast on HBO on Saturday April 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The Barclays Center went insane, clapping and hooting with as much fervor as they gave to the inductees as Fox waved and politely tried to ignore the attention.

Chuck Berry was the first artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he is the first to be honored at the Hall's 32nd annual ceremony.

"We had a few drummers, they were all kings, every one of them was great, but Matt Cameron kept us alive for the past 15, 16, 17 years, when we weren't sure what was gonna happen, he helped us not just to survive and to thrive", noting that he'll probably be inducted again, with Soundgarden.

Tupac, who was killed in 1996 at age 25 in a still murky Las Vegas shooting, was introduced by his contemporary Snoop Dogg, a fellow force in creating gangsta rap in California. "My granddaughter had no clue who I was until I took her backstage to a Taylor Swift concert. This award is incredible to me because of all the people who have allowed me to join their lives and their bands".

Vedder, true to form, was as political in his acceptance speech as he has been since "Ten" in 1991, and since the band took on ticketing giant Ticketmaster later in its career.

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There were a lot of great moments at tonight's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, but Pearl Jam were clearly the headliners.

Lenny Kravitz will perform in a memorial tribute to Prince, who passed away April 21, 2016.

The band has always been heavily involved in the process when it comes to album covers.

Inducting Pearl Jam was former late-night host and bushy-bearded David Letterman, who was a last-minute replacement after their initial presenter, Neil Young, fell ill.

Letterman also told a heartfelt anecdote of Vedder appearing on Letterman's last week of shows and leaving Letterman with a guitar for his son, Harry, as well as a handwritten note promising to get him a bigger one someday if he learned to play. "Looking forward to seeing them and all the other musicians on the bill". He also had an unexpected shout out for Chance The Rapper, whom he thanked for his work in in Chicago with the school system and revealed the love his daughter Olivia has for him.

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