It’s back again–HBO’s annual special, their broadcast of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for 2017, held earlier this month. This year’s inductees are talented and diverse. The class of 2017 includes Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Journey, ELO, Yes, Joan Baez, and Nile Rodgers. Rolling Stone posted tiny snippets from the ceremony on Instagram the following day, and if those little tidbits are any indication, we’re in for a great show.
While I appreciate all of the inductees, Journey and ELO hold special places in my heart. Journey always takes me back to my college days. Don’t Stop Believin’ has become a part of our cultural landscape, as a song in its own right, but also as the last thing we heard as The Sopranos headed off into the sunset. And have you ever seen the Broadway show, Rock of Ages? Journey’s quintessential anthem is the show’s finale.
But that seemed like a way too easy pick for this occasion. So I went to one of my all-time favorite ELO songs, Mr. Blue Sky. Mr. R disagrees with me, he’s not a fan of the Electric Light Orchestra, but I say he’s wrong. Which he sometimes is when it comes to music. I mean, he likes Bread for corn’s sake!
I hope you join us, and probably a couple of other people, tonight as we relive the glory days with some of rock’s royalty. It’s a great way to spend a few hours.
Happy Saturday night!
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