Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced late Tuesday (April 4) that David Letterman will replace Neil Young and induct Pearl Jam into the 2017 class Friday (April 7) in Brooklyn. “Due to illness, Neil Young is regrettably no longer able to induct Pearl Jam at this Year’s Induction Ceremony,” the Rock Hall said in a statement Wednesday. “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is thrilled that David Letterman has agreed to induct Pearl Jam this Friday night at the 32nd Annual Induction Ceremony.”
Letterman’s “Late Show” loved having Pearl Jam and the feeling was mutual with the band performing 7 times at the Ed Sullivan Theatre. Pearl Jam’s first “Late Night” appearance happened in September 1996.
Dave makes a rare appearance at the Rock Hall of Fame cermony that includes Lenny Kravitz paying tribute to Prince, Snoop Dog inducting Tupac, Jackson Browne (Joan Baez) Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush (Yes) Dhani Harrison (inducting ELO) and Train’s Pat Monahan (Journey with Steve Perry). Pharrell will give special honors to Nile Rogers. (lifetime acheievement recipient)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air on HBO April 29th at 8 p.m. ET/PT.