Letterman steps in for sick Neil Young to honor Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey and Yes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night at a ceremony held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Folk icon and activist Joan Baez, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Tupac and Yes all entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Friday's ceremony.

In this week's Music Minute; highlights from the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2017, Harry Styles gears up for Saturday Night Live performance and Maximo Park's Paul Smith talks to IBTimes UK about the band's new album Risk To Exist.

Arnel Pineda and Neil Schon of Journey perform during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

His wife, Jill, was teary-eyed in the audience as fans continued to cheer. "I know Neil Young was supposed to be here and people are saying".

Dogg, a former label mate and friend of Shakur, says he attended the event to make sure the rapper, actor and poet is remembered as a "strong black man that stood for his".

Oil struggles for direction as USA output concerns persist
The fall in oil prices was, however, given some support by a report indicating that there was a decline in output in Saudi Arabia. USA crude oil production rose to 9.25 million barrels per day, official data showed, up nearly 10 percent since mid-2016.

ELO cofounder Jeff Lynne opened the evening with a performance of "Roll Over Beethoven" as part of a tribute to Chuck Berry, who passed away at his St. Louis, MO home last month at the age of 90.

During Pearl Jam's induction, David Letterman offered a amusing, clever and witty introduction to the group, recalling his interactions with them through the years on and off the airwaves. Letterman closed by reading a letter Eddie Vedder had given him to give to his son, Harry.

As well as David, their former drummers Matt Chamberlin, who David replaced, and Jack Irons were not included in the Hall of Fame nominations profile either. "Let us build a great bridge, a handsome bridge, to welcome the exhausted and the poor". "'We can not be the generation history looks back on and thinks 'Why did they not do everything humanly possible to solve this biggest of problems?"

But a rep for the band has countered those claims, telling EW, "We have just spoken with Steve Perry's manager and he confirmed to us that he will NOT be performing tonight".

This will be first time Perry has performed with the band since 1991, when Journey was part of an all-star tribute Bill Graham, though Carlos Santana has been pushing the issue over the previous year, apparently.

Watch clips from Pearl Jam's induction below.

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