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Tom Waits Induction to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Neil Young

UPDATE: 3/20/11 - See Neil Young News: Preview Clips of Tom Waits Induction to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Neil Young.

Inductee Tom Waits and Neil Young perform onstage at the 26th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at The Waldorf=Astoria on March 14, 2011 in New York City
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Tom Waits and Neil Young performed "Get Behind The Mule".

Immediately after the performance, Elton John noted: “If Jackson Pollack could sing, he’d sound like Tom Waits.”

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Neil Young, Tom Waits - 26th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony - Backstage
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From Rolling Stone Music | Alice Cooper, Darlene Love, Neil Diamond Make for Unforgettable Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony:
"After a 15-minute intermission Young inducted Waits. 'I didn't bring my teleprompter or my notes and I don't have any real thoughts,' Young joked. 'I will say that this next man is indescribable and I'm here to describe him. In the scope of things this man is a great singer, actor, magician, spirit guide, changeling and performer for you.'

From rust : Message by reg_57042:
Waits - a previous winner of Grammy Awards for his albums Bone Machine and Mule Variations - joked that his rock hall trophy was heavy and wondered if he could have a key-chain version 'that I can keep with me in case I hear somebody say, 'Pete, take the cuffs off him. He's a Hall of Famer.''

He described songs as 'just very interesting things to be doing with the air.' and drew laughs from the audience saying: 'They say that I have no hits and that I'm difficult to work with. And they say that like it's a bad thing.'

He also recalled how, at age 15, he had snuck in to see a Lightnin' Hopkins show by putting 'Wite-Out in my hair and drawing on a moustache'.

Waits compared his induction to receiving the key to the city of El Paso: 'They told me there was only one but I found out there were a whole bunch of them, and they didn't open anything.

Neil Young's Induction Speech for Tom Waits into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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Tom Waits

Tomorrow, Monday, March 14, Tom Waits will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Neil Young at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Adapted from Wikipedia - Tom Waits:
Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor.

Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding "like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car." With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona.

Lyrically, Waits' songs frequently present atmospheric portrayals of grotesque, often seedy characters and places – although he has also shown a penchant for more conventional ballads. He has a cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters despite having little radio or music video support.

Neil Young Inducting The Pretenders
2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

Neil Young is a 2 time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recipient as a solo artist (1995) and with the band Buffalo Springfield (1997). Young's induction of Tome Waits marks at least his *sixth* time as an inductor of a Hall of Famer:

  • The Everly Brothers in 1986
  • Woody Guthrie in 1988
  • Jimi Hendrix in 1992
  • Paul McCartney in 1999
  • The Pretenders 2005

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Paul McCartney inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Neil Young - March 1999

In March 1999, Neil Young inducted former Beatle Paul McCartney into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. During Neil's induction speech he said:
"The first song I learned to play was a Beatles song -- "Give Me Money, That's What I Want". Paul McCartney is one of the greatest songwriters ever. He'll be remembered hundreds of years from now."

Neil Young inducts Paul McCartney Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions 1999

After Neil handed Paul the Hall of Fame statue, Paul commented: "Thank you all. I love Neil!"

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Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder inducts Neil Young into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - 1995

On January 12, 1995, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder inducted Neil Young into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In his induction speech, Eddie Vedder said (from Five Horizons):
"He's taught us a lot as a band about dignity and commitment and playing in the moment and when I hear, you know, the speeches and inducting Janis Joplin and Frank Zappa, I get, uh, I'm just really glad he's still here. And I'm gonna (audience applauds; Eddie rolls his eyes, smiles and clutches his hand to his heart)... yeah!!

And I think I'm gonna have to say that I don't know if there's been another artist that has been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame to commemorate a career that is still as vital as he is today. Some of his best songs were on his last record."

Neil Young being inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Eddie Vedder at Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, NY on January 12, 1995 - Part 1

Part 2 - Neil Young's induction acceptance speech at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Neil Young Inducting The Pretenders
2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

On Mar 14, 2005, the Pretenders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Neil Young. From a report, Young said that he and Crazy Horse mined the Pretenders debut album for ideas in the early Eighties.
"They went through all the heartache that rock & roll is built on. They lost two key members and they never gave up."

Neil joined the Pretenders on the song "My City Was Gone".

Photo of Chrissie Hynde, Pretenders and Neil Young by Timothy A. Clary of Getty Images

Neil Young inducts Pretenders Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions 2005

From Modern Guitars transcript:

Neil Young: "Thank You, it’s a great honor to be here. I enjoy your company every time I come here. See you people all the time. It’s great! I’m running for office.

"No, really, I’m very happy and very honored to be here to talk a little about The Pretenders, who had a great influence on myself and my band, Crazy Horse. Yeah, well, when we couldn’t figure out what to do, we’d just put on those records and listen to them, and go ‘Ok, they got a....what’s she look like? This was 1980 or something, anyway they had a huge impression on me. I obviously didn’t look at my...I don’t have any notes."

"I don’t know what to say. This is one of the greatest Rock and Roll bands that ever lived. They went through all the heartache that rock 'n' roll was built on. They lost two key members, and they never gave up, they kept going, nothing would stop them. Chrissie, she’s a rock 'n' roll woman. She’s got it in her heart. She’s gonna be rocking till she drops, and I love her. I’m very proud just to know her.

And it’s my pleasure and distinct honor to induct The Pretenders into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

Chrissie Hynde: "The things I’ll do for a handsome man. I know that The Pretenders have looked like a tribute band for the last 20 years. And actually they are a tribute band. And we’re paying tribute to James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon, without whom we wouldn’t be here. And on the other hand, without us, they might have been here, but that’s the way it works in rock 'n' roll."

After the ceremony, Hynde was asked: "What was it like playing with Neil?"

"Fucking great!", replied Chrissie.

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock
August 18, 1969

On January 15, 1992, Neil Young inducted Jimi Hendrix into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In his induction speech for Jimi, Neil said:
Young: Guitar -- you can play it or transcend it. Jimi showed me that. He was at one with his instrument. I just looked at it, heard it, and felt it and wanted to do it.

Hendrix threw a Molotov cocktail onto rock & roll."

Later that night, Young would pay tribute to Hendrix's guitar legacy by performing "Purple Haze" with Keith Richards.

Led Zeppelin and Neil Young - "When The Levee's Gonna Break" @ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on January 13, 1995

A bit of history was made on the evening that Neil Young was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on January 13, 1995. After the induction ceremony, Young joined Led Zeppelin onstage for an all out guitar showdown with Jimmy Page. Performing a 10 minute "When The Levee's Gonna Break", Page and Young traded licks in what turned out to be a remarkable moment in TV rock. Even jaded guitar masters were slack jawed.

Robert Plant segues into the Buffalo Springfield classic "For What It's Worth" at one point (6:35). Not to be outdone, Robert Plant picked up a guitar and began to jam with the guitar greats and seemed to be having the time of his life hopping and twirling about.

Towards the end at about 7:30, after seemingly endless jamming and soloing between the two guitar legends, a clearly exhausted Jimmy Page drops his hands from his guitar as if to concede defeat by Young. At the conclusion of the song, Page and Plant hugged Young as they left the stage. Just before the camera cuts, one can see Page patting Neil's amplifier as if to say, "You've got a hell of a sound from your equipment."

Later in 1995, Neil Young wrote the song "Downtown" (on the "Mirror Ball" album) about that historic night in New York City. From the lyrics "Downtown":

    Jimi's playin' in the back room
    Led Zeppelin on stage
    There's a mirror ball twirlin'

    And a note from Page
    Like a water-washed diamond

    In a river of sin
    Goin' down like a whirlpool
    When you get sucked in
    Let's go downtown

In Jimmy McDonough's biography of Neil Young "Shakey", Neil said of Page's work: "I'm a hack compared to him. He can really play." No word yet on what Robert Plant and Jimmy Page thought of the night.

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Led Zeppelin & Neil Young at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 1995

Neil Young & Crazy Horse w Pearl Jam - Fuckin' Up - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - 1995

Everly Brothers Inducted into R&R HoF by Neil Young - 1988

"Rust Guitar"
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Cleveland, Ohio

We made it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland earlier this summer and finally got to see the famous "Rust Guitar". Quite a beauty. It literally drips rust particles. Too cool.

"Rust Guitar" with Ohio License Plate


Neil Young's display contains Neil's fringed jacket and The Buffalo Springfield nameplate. Also, a telegram that he received from Paul and Linda McCartney in 1979. It read:
Linda and I have been listening to Live Rust over and over, side four kicks ass.
Lotta Love,

Rock Hall photos by thrasher & thrashette

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is definitely worth a visit if you're ever in the area.

More on Neil Young and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

UPDATE: 3/20/11 - See Neil Young News: Preview Clips of Tom Waits Induction to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Neil Young.

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At 3/13/2011 10:06:00 PM, Blogger Tina said...


At 3/13/2011 10:48:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

But it's memories that I'm stealing
And you're innocent when you dream
When you dream
You're innocent when you dream
When you dream
You're innocent when you dream
--Tom Waits

Perfect match up and I'm just so happy that Tom is finally going into the HOF and that Neil will be the one to induct him. I've been a fan of Tom's since the beginning and I was fortunate enough to see him perform many times way back in the day and also a few times since then. Kind of embarassing, but anyone who has the bootleg of Tom "Live At the Shaboo Inn" can hear me yelling for Big Joe and the Phantom 309, an old Red Sovine trucker song that was one of Tom's early signature tunes...very sorry for that but kids do say the darndest things.... Only love can break your heart and sometimes there is nothing better.

Cause tonight will be like nothin'
You've ever seen
And you're barrelin' down the boulevard
Lookin' for the heart of Saturday night
--Tom Waits

At 3/13/2011 11:10:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

For Japan

Clinging to the roof
Holding on to life
Watch the tides go in and out
Crying for my wife

Life I had was long ago
Today is floating by
Where I've gone and
Where I'm heading
Don't know where or why

When my life is over
When my life is done
Think of me and all I've lost
Think of what I've won

Sun is rising on the ocean
Birds are passing by
All my time is standing still
All the earth and sky

Clinging to the roof
Holding on to life
Watch the tides go in and out
Crying for my wife


At 3/14/2011 04:05:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

"500 things we love about Neil:"
Who wants to start?


At 3/14/2011 05:56:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

14 junkies to weak to work

At 3/14/2011 09:11:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

"One sells diamonds for what they're worth. Down on pain street, disappointment lurks...'

At 3/14/2011 10:30:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

(slow'n'down the tempo...)

At 3/15/2011 06:03:00 AM, Blogger HarryO said...

Here's a pick of Neil rocking with Tom.
Anyone know what they played?

At 3/15/2011 07:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get Behind The Mule.


At 3/15/2011 07:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 3/15/2011 08:48:00 AM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

Thanks for the are great. Will be interesting to see what Tom and Neil performed last night.

One obvious choice would be Old '55...maybe too obvious. And many (most?) folks would associate that with The Eagles. I Don't Want to Grow Up would be another good choice, or really just about any of Tom's songs. But I'm guessing they chose Hold On, which would work on so many different levels:

o Beautiful melody
o Lyrics are simple and profound
o "Time Fades Away"
o But we're still here
o And I'll always be here for you
o Message of hope with a strong dose of reality thrown in

I'm really looking forward to seeing and hearing this, and very happy that these two humble giants continue to be so strong and vibrant with their life and art. And I'm hoping that Tom is happy with this about a victory tour? You can play anything you want, and I promise not to yell out for Big Joe...but it would be close to perfection if you choose to play it.

Oh you got to
Hold on
Hold on
Hey you've got to
Hold on
Take my hand
I'm standing right here
You got to just hold on

Well, God bless your
Crooked little heart
St. Louis got the
Best of me
I miss your
Broken-china voice
How I wish you were
Still here with me

Well, you build it up
You wreck it down
You burn your mansion
To the ground
When there's nothing left
To keep you here
When you're falling behind
In this big blue world

Oh you go to
Hold on
Hold on
Hey you've got to hold on
Take my hand
I'm standing right here
You got to hold on

--Tom Waits

At 3/15/2011 09:00:00 AM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

Should have read and thought a bit more before making a comment. Looks like the song they did was Get Behind the Mule. Great choice, shows Tom's "just have to keep on going" side, equal parts optimistic and pragmatic...thanks BSM! Should be great; hope it's part of the FUSE program.

At 3/15/2011 09:31:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher said...

Thanks HarryO & BSM & Mr Henry!
And everyone else!
Congrats Tom W!

At 3/15/2011 09:45:00 AM, Blogger Old Black said...

The rust guitar is stupid - a strat? I think I've seen Neil with a strat in a total of one or two pictures. It would have been so much cooler as an LP with P-90's or a stereo Falcon.

At 3/15/2011 11:11:00 AM, Blogger tuned4life said...

Neil looks to be in good form at the induction ceremony in New York. His hair is quite a bit longer than when I saw Him last May. I am looking forward to seeing Him again. I am going all out for this tour. Getting an RV so My trusty dog can go to. My dog isn't a big fan of Neil's harmonica or feedback but He seems to enjoy everything else. I think the 2 nights in Upper Darby will be 38 times I've seen Him. Thinking about getting tickets for Boston to. I was reflecting on all the songs I've heard before they were released. I think hearing "Hey Hey My My Into the blue" in Rochester N.Y. in 1978 was most memorable. It just blew Me away. The concert started 45 minutes late and I was worried something had happened. I will never forget the cardboard prop slowly lifting into the air and Neil sitting there all alone dressed in white playing "Sugar Mountain". Greendale at Saratoga on 7/4/2003 was a memorable night. I had just buried My Dad and the line " It's Like I got a big hole in My side where something used to fit" hit Me hard. Memories like that make growing older tolerable. The situation in Japan saddens Me deeply. The only sense I can make of it is a line from the movie "OH GOD' When George Burn's told the little girl He couldn't figure out how to make things one sided. Light without darkness, up without down, joy without sorrow, Life without death. I try to wear the world like a loose garment but sometimes that's not so easy. I am grateful to still be standing. Sometimes I feel all alone but I know I'm not. I try to make the most of the best and the least of the worst but not always good at that. Doug S. Warsaw N.Y.

At 3/15/2011 12:30:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

Nothin' ever happened
Round my hometown
And I ain't the kind
To just hang around
But I heard someone callin'
My name one day
And I followed that voice
Down the lost highway
--Steve Earle

Highway Call
There's something in your song
Highway Call
You keep me rollin' on
--Dickey Betts

I was ridin' number nine
Headin' south from Caroline
I heard that lonesome whistle blow
--Hank Williams

I come down
From the misty mountain
I got lost
On the human highway
--Neil Young

Nice thoughts and words Doug. Give a holler (and a bark) if you make it to Boston shows. And always great to hear Neil's songs for the first time live (best ever for me was Ordinary People).

At 3/15/2011 01:10:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

Love and War sent the chills down my spine last year. Hitchiker pasted me to the wall.

Doug, we gotta get together.

At 1/03/2012 04:25:00 PM, Blogger frhack said...

Tom Waits Plays “Get Behind The Mule” With Neil Young



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