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Sprinkled among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s epic induction of Nirvana, Kiss, the E Street Band, Peter Gabriel and more last night were tons of bon mots and zingers from inductors and inductees alike. Nirvana on Lorde‘s perfection. Springsteen on E Street’s struggles. Questlove on Hall & Oates as gender benders? Have a look at 20 of the best quotes of the night.
“Tonight, it’s the rock and roll all night and party every day Hall of Fame” – Rage Against the Machine/E Street Band guitarist Tom Morello inducting Kiss.
“I told a story with the E Street Band that was bigger and better than I could have done on my own.” – Bruce Springsteen inducting the E Street Band.
“Mom, thanks for letting me drop out of high school. Haha!” – Nirvana’s Dave Grohl, thanking his mom and dad as he is inducted.
“Nirvana defined a moment, a movement for outsiders, for the fags, the fat girls and the broken toys, and the shy nerds and the goth kids from Tennessee and Kentucky, for the awkward and the fed up, and the too-smart kids, and the bullied.” – R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, a Rock Hall of Famer himself, inducting Nirvana.
“It’s a really special night for our fans. It’s vindication.” – Kiss’ Paul Stanley, on Kiss finally being inducted years after becoming eligible.
“These two guys make good-looking women. They also make good-looking songs.” – Questlove inducting Hall and Oates, when a vintage photo of the duo with feathered hair flashed on the screens.
“Lucky for you, there’s only two of us.” – John Oates beginning his acceptance speech after the marathon of E Street Band members took the mic.
“I saw her do ‘Different Drum’ and thought, that’s what I’m gonna do. I don’t look that good in cut-offs, but that’s what I’m gonna do.” –Stevie Nicks inducting Linda Ronstadt.
“Don’t look at the poster on your wall and think ‘I could never do that.’ Look at the poster on your wall and think ‘I’m gonna do that!’ – Grohl’s advice to teenage musicians everywhere.
“We struggled together and sometimes with one another. We took care of one another. In the end, we kept faith in each other.” – Bruce Springsteen inducting the E Street Band.
“I’ll always be the catman.” – Kiss’ Peter Criss, during his acceptance speech.
“I never thought I’d be on the same stage as Kiss.” – Yusuf (né Cat Stevens) during his acceptance speech, which followed Kiss’.
“She’s intense and passionate, so she’s perfect.” Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic inviting Lorde onstage to rock “All Apologies” with the newly inducted band.
“I’m not the best of you, but I’m not the worst either.” – Yusuf (Cat Stevens)
“He was known as ‘the Big Man’ for many reasons. [crowd erupts into laughter]. But especially for the sound of his saxophone.” –Victoria Clemons, wife of the late E Street Band’s Clarence Clemons, who was inducted.
“He helped John Cusak get his girlfriend back.” – Coldplay’s Chris Martin inducting Peter Gabriel, referencing the famous scene in Say Anything in which Cusak holds a boombox playing Gabriel’s classic “In Your Eyes.”
“Dream big and surround yourself with brilliance, even if you end up dressed up like a flower or a sexually transmitted disease.” – Peter Gabriel, in his acceptance speech.
“When we started out we didn’t know anything about business. We were in a fucking van, buying corn dogs.” – Dave Grohl during his acceptance speech.
“You can kiss my Kiss-loving ass because Kiss was never a critic’s band. It was a people’s band.” – Tom Morello inducting Kiss.
“They spoke truth and a lot of people listened…. that voice, Kurt we miss you.” –Michael Stipe inducting Nirvana.
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