KURT: Welcome back to "The Week In Rock."
The Twelfth Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony was held on Tuesday night, and for the first time, it was held in Cleveland, site of the recently completed Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Museum. Here are the highlights.
BOOTSY COLLINS, Parliament Funkadelic: Yabadaba doo zee papa!
THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS PRINCE: Funk is a force that tour the roof off the sucker that is modern music.
GEORGE CLINTON, Parliament Funkadelic: I'd like to thank each and everyone of these people right here on this stage because without all of us together it could not have been done. Thank you.
STEVIE VAN ZANDT: Some people may not realize it, but The Rascals ["Good Love" 660k Quicktime] were the first rock band in the world. In the center of the universe, New Jersey, (CROWD CHEERS) The Rascals were the first band!
GORDY, Founder Motown Records: It's been almost 30 years ago when you guys came to audition for me in Detroit. A short time later, you moved in to my house in California, and ate up everything!
MICHAEL JACKSON [Jackson 5, 677k QuickTime]: My mother and father, you were there to protect us with unselfish love. Because you were there, we are here. Whenever you call our name... I don't like that angle (REFERRING TO ONE OF THE CAMERAS)... I like this one (HOLDS HAND UP TO CAMERA, CROWD APPLAUDS AND LAUGHS). Berry Gordy, I love you. Like Diana Ross, you were there and now again, you are here.
BARRY GIBB, Bee Gees: We'd like to thank the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame because they've
inducted us and that's a wonderful thing. We'd also like to thank Spinal Tap for beautifully filming our life story.
TOM PETTY: Buffalo Springfield was born in 1966. They were blond and brunette. They were fringe and paisley. They were the cities and they were the canyons. They were the Sunset Strip and they were the Whiskey A-Go-Go.
MTV: -- And they were missing one member at Tuesday's induction ceremony, Neil Young. In a letter faxed to the Hall and his ex-bandmates, Young, who was inducted as a solo performer in 1995, refused to attend because of the steep price tag of $1250 a ticket, and because of the lost intimacy of an edited for T.V. ceremony, which he called, "forever tainted."
STEPHEN STILLS, Buffalo Springfield: So, Rich, he quit again.
RICH FURAY, Buffalo Springfield: Did you get the same fax that I got?
BRUCE PALMER, Buffalo Springfield: Overall, and after that fax -- get that out of your mind -- this
thing is a wonderful thing. It's a wonderful thing after all these years.
MTV: Also absent from the induction dinner was Canadian singer Joni Mitchell, who was instead with her daughter she gave up for adoption 32 years ago and was reunited with just two weeks prior to the ceremony. Those receiving inductions posthumously were King Records founder Sydney Nathan, Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, and the father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe.
DAVID CROSBY, Crosby, Stills & Nash: I want to thank the two men standing next to me. Without them, I could not have made this music, and I love them dearly. I thank you both guys.
KURT: Hall Of Fame 12, the Cleveland edition. Due in part to low turnout among industry bigwigs, next year's induction ceremony will be held, once again, in New York City.