The 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is this Friday (March 29), and in the ceremony's history, the all-star jam session has provided for one of the night's biggest highlights.
While there wasn't an all-star jam at the end of the 2018 ceremony, here's hoping the tradition will pick up again this year, especially when looking back on some of the incredible performances that have occurred.
In honor of the 2019 induction ceremony this Friday, here are seven stellar jam sessions from year's past.
"Rockin' In The Free World" (2017)
The last all-star jam at the Rock Hall induction ceremony featured members of Pearl Jam, Yes, Journey and Rush together performing Neil Young's "Rockin' In the Free World." Young was slated to be the presenter for Pearl Jam that evening, but he had to back out at the last minute. David Letterman took his place, which as far as replacements go is pretty incredible.
The full performance available for fans to view! Members of Pearl Jam, Yes, Journey, Rush and special guest Dhani Harrison perform Neil Young's "Rockin' the Free World" to finish the 32nd annual Induction Ceremony. More about the Class of 2017: https://www.rockhall.com/rock-hall-2017-live
"Roll Over Beethoven" (1986)
The all-star jam at the very first Rock Hall induction ceremony was something to behold. Joining Chuck Berry for a performance of “Roll Over Beethoven” was Keith Richards, Neil Young and Steve Winwood. For good measure, they were accompanied by Billy Joel and Jerry Lee Lewis.
When Chuck Berry was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, an all-star band, including John Fogerty, Billy Joel, Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Richards, Neil Young and Steve Winwood, charged through a raucous "Roll Over Beethoven" with de facto bandleader Chuck Berry guiding the show. http://rockhall.com/blog/post/9123_rare-performances-chuck-berry-1986-induction-live/
"Green Onions" (1992)
Just look at that packed stage! From Johnny Cash to Steve Cropper to The Edge, the amount of talent gathered during the 1992 all-star jam is simply unreal!
Paul Shaffer organized an all-star jam of Booker T. and the M.G.s classic "Green Onions," with Booker T. Jones, guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, as well as U2 guitarist The Edge, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, guitarist Neil Young and more during the 1992 Hall of Fame Inductions Ceremony.
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (1989)
The All-Star Jam at the 1989 induction ceremony also featured an incredible array of icons. Performing The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Little Richard, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Little Richard, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder and more perform "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" at the 1989 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, when the Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. http://rockhall.com/inductees/the-rolling-stones/ http://rockhall.com/story-of-rock/features/all-featured/7710_the-rolling-stones-at-chess-records-satisfaction/
Wow! There's literally something for everyone during this performance of "Crossroads" at the 2013 induction ceremony. Included on stage are Chuck D., Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Ann and Nancy Wilson, Rush, John Fogerty, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello and Gary Clark Jr.
www.rockhall.com A once-in-a-lifetime performance that placed Chuck D. of Public Enemy, Darryl DMC McDaniels of Run DMC, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, all the members of Rush, John Fogerty, Tom Morello, Gary Clark Jr.
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (2004)
This performance is so good it hurts! Watch in awe as Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison play the hell out of this Beatles classic. In the years since Prince and Tom Petty's passing, the magic of this performance has only grown.
Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others perform "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the 2004 Hall of Fame Inductions. http://rockhall.com/ ⁍ Buy "While My Guitar Gently Weeps": https://goo.gl/8sEuNp ⁍ Buy the Rock Hall of Fame Vinyl: http://goo.gl/fVR2Go ⁍ Buy the Rock Hall of Fame 3 DVD set: http://goo.gl/W7mKXa Visit us!
"With A Little Help From My Friends" (2015)
Ringo Starr got more than just a little help with the performance of this Beatles classic. The absolutely packed stage included Paul McCartney, Green Day, Joan Jett, Patti Smith, Joe Walsh, Karen O, Miley Cyrus, Gary Clark Jr., Zac Brown, Tom Morello, Dave Grohl and so much more that it's almost too overwhelming to list.
Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney & Friends [ 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ].
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.