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Forget the music.
The 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony Monday at NYC’s Waldorf-Astoria was heavy on comedy.
The Wall Street Journal has rounded up the funniest line from the inductees, including Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love and Tom Waits:
“I’m particularly glad to be hear because now at least when you Google ‘Bette Midler’ and ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ something will come up.” Bette Midler, who introduced Darlene Love
“They were more than a band; they were like a gang of murderous drag queens.” — Rob Zombie introducing Alice Cooper.
“There’s always that ‘Spinal Tap’ moment” — Alice Cooper, after trying to exit the stage the wrong way.
“The man is indescribable and I’m here to describe him.” — Neil Young introducing Tom Waits.
“I want to know if there’s a keychain version of this.” — Tom Waits, accepting his trophy.
“Neil 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.” — Paul Simon introducing Neil Diamond.
“These are the $3,000 tickets. My people can’t afford the $3,000 tickets. They’re up there with the $2,000 tickets.” — Neil Diamond, giving a shout out to vocal fans in the balcony.
“What have I learned? For starters, you can get back more records than you sold. And there’s no such thing as fixing it in the mix.” — Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records
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