David Letterman to Induct Pearl Jam Into Rock Hall of Fame After Illness Forces Neil Young to Cancel

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Young and the band have had a decades-long friendship and working partnership, with the super-combo memorably joining forces to play Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards.

Neil Young has been forced to pull out of inducting Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday due to an undisclosed illness.

The Rock Hall made the announcement on Wednesday, revealing that retired late-night talk show host David Letterman has agreed to take Young's place.

A spokesperson for Young could not be reached for comment on the rock icon's health. Young and Pearl Jam have had a decades-long friendship and working partnership, with the super-combo memorably joining forces to play Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards. Pearl Jam regularly cover the song on tour, and members of the group played on Young's 1995 album Mirror Ball.

This year's ceremony will take place in New York and feature Jackson Browne inducting folk legend Joan Baez and Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson ushering in progressive rockers Yes. Presenters for other inductees Tupac Shakur, ELO, Journey and Nile Rodgers haven't been announced, though former labelmate Snoop Dogg will induct Shakur.

This story first appeared on Billboard.com

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