MARCH 15, 2011, 11:30 AM ET
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony: The Best Lines
The 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony was held last night at the Waldorf-Astoria, where the inductees included Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love, Tom Waits, Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman and two bearded, gravelly-voiced piano players, Leon Russell and Dr. John. Weâ€™ve gathered some of the best lines of the night, from inductees and presenters:
â€œIâ€™m particularly glad to be hear because now at least when you Google â€˜Bette Midlerâ€™ and â€˜Rock and Roll Hall of Fameâ€™ something will come up.â€ Bette Midler, who introduced Darlene Love
â€œThey were more than a band; they were like a gang of murderous drag queens.â€ â€” Rob Zombie introducing Alice Cooper.
â€œThereâ€™s always that â€˜Spinal Tapâ€™ momentâ€ â€” Alice Cooper, after trying to exit the stage the wrong way.
â€œThe man is indescribable and Iâ€™m here to describe him.â€ â€” Neil Young introducing Tom Waits.
â€œI want to know if thereâ€™s a keychain version of this.â€ â€” Tom Waits, accepting his trophy.
â€œNeil was known as the Jewish Elvis Presley. Which is a lot better than being the Jewish Fabian. In fact, in synagogues across America, Elvis Presley was known as a bogus Neil Diamond.â€ â€” Paul Simon introducing Neil Diamond.
â€œThese are the $3,000 tickets. My people canâ€™t afford the $3,000 tickets. Theyâ€™re up there with the $2,000 tickets.â€ â€” Neil Diamond, giving a shout out to vocal fans in the balcony.
â€œWhat have I learned? For starters, you can get back more records than you sold. And thereâ€™s no such thing as fixing it in the mix.â€ â€” Jac Holzman