By: Gary Graff
HBO's broadcast of last month's 28th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Los Angeles premieres at 9 p.m.
Saturday (May 19), featuring performances by inductees Rush, Heart, Randy Newman and more as well as appearances by Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, John Fogerty, John Mayer, Tom Morello, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Cheech & Chong and others.
Also taking part in the ceremony was Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who helped induct Heart and performed with the group. He tells us that as a fellow Seattle rocker it meant a lot for him to be part of the group's induction:
“We grew up in the northwest, man. They're one of our few heroes and before we even, we started doing our thing, just that they were able to pull that off and made it possible -- 'OK, well, s***, they walked these streets. They're from here. It may be possible to do this.' So you go from that to actually meeting them years later, and you become friends and buddies and stuff and they've been supportive to us all along, through thick and thin. So very honored to be part of that. Pretty special thing.”
Cantrell joined the original lineup of Heart for "Crazy On You" and played with the current version of the band on "Barracuda."
A full schedule and more information about the show can be found at www.hbo.com.
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