New York Post
By MAXINE SHEN
Last Updated:11:03 PM, May 3, 2012
When music legends both young(ish) and very old gather together, you know youâ€™ll be in for a good show.
HBOâ€™s â€œ2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,â€ airing tomorrow night at 9, is a perfect example of that. Here are five of our favorite inductee tributes and performances from the show:
Decked out in old-school, green Adidas track suits, Rock, McCoy and the Roots put on a rip-roaring, medley of the Beastie Boysâ€™ most recognizable hits â€œNo Sleep Till Brooklyn,â€ â€œSo Whatâ€™cha Want,â€ â€œSabotageâ€ and â€œThe New Style.â€ Beastie collaborator Mix Master Mike represented the group onstage, too. (The Beasties themselves didnâ€™t perform because Adam Yauch, who is battling cancer couldnâ€™t make it to the ceremony.)
2. Freddie Kingâ€™s â€œGoing Downâ€ performed by ZZ Top, Joe Bonamassa and Derek Trucks
The late blues great known as the â€œTexas Cannonballâ€ got his due with this fabulous rendition of his hit, which had the guys taking turns singing and wailing on their guitars.
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers medley, performed by RHCP
The final inductees of the night wrapped up the festivities with their hits, â€œBy the Wayâ€ and â€œGive It Away.â€ They brought the curtain down by inviting Green Day, Slash (inducted that night with Guns Nâ€™ Roses), Ronnie Wood (inducted with Small Faces/Faces) and George Clinton on stage for a high-octane jam of Stevie Wonderâ€™s â€œHigher Ground.â€
4. Donovan medley, performed by Donovan and John Mellencamp
The inductee stood in the spotlight, performing his own folk-psychedelic hit, â€œSunshine Superman.â€ Then, Mellencamp â€” who showed off his own copy of Donovanâ€™s â€œFairytale,â€ bought more than 40 years ago â€” hopped on stage to help sing Donovanâ€™s other â€™60s hit, â€œSeason of the Witch.â€
5. Laura Nyroâ€™s â€œStoney End,â€ performed by Sara Bareilles
Bette Midler was moved to tears while inducting Nyro, who died in 1997. Bareilles, seated at a grand piano and backed by an orchestra, sang a wonderfully upbeat rendition of Nyroâ€™s hit.