Monday, March 14, a ceremony was held honoring new inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City. Among the musicians, label heads, and recording pioneers to be inducted, there was one person that stood out. He’s always stood out – but this time, his accessory brought him some attention. Alice Cooper, wearing a white button down splattered in blood, had his yellow boa constrictor around his shoulders.
“We’ve always been a hard-rock band,” Cooper explained about his group, the Associated Press reported. “We just wanted to decorate it a little differently.”
The other inductees weren’t quite as fashionably exciting, but definitely equally talented.
One of my favorite people – that was inducted yesterday – Dr. John; he’s from New Orleans y’all. He’s an amazing piano player and people come from miles around to see him play! The doctor usually joins our Jazz Fest every year and this time around is no different with his performance being on Sunday, May 1. Interestingly enough, John Legend and The Roots will also play Jazz Fest on May 1 and Legend was the person that inducted Dr. John. Do I smell a collaboration at Jazz Fest??? The two men met back at a benefit for Hurricane Katrina relief about 5 years ago and have been friends ever since.
The induction of Dr. John marks big news in New Orleans because of how the pianist made himself a worldwide voice for our city and it’s rich, diverse music culture. Dr. John said he felt “like I’m blessed to be singing, to be breathing.” Legend added, “he has never stopped flying the flag of funk. Tonight, he is definitely in the right place at the right time.”
Next up to be accepted into the elite club of Hall-of-Famer’s was Darlene Love, who fought back tears during her acceptance speech. She was inducted by Bette Midler, who recalled first hearing Love’s voice on a transistor radio. “Listening to her songs, you had to dance, you had to move, you had to keep looking for that rebel boy,” Midler said.
Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, pianist/songwriter Leon Russell and Specialty Records founder Art Rupe also were ushered in to the Rock Hall.
If you’d like to watch the ceremony, it will air this Sunday, March 20 on Fuse at 9pm EST.