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. We’ve gathered some of the best lines of the night, from inductees and presenters:
“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.