Metallica, Run-DMC join hall of fame
A belated congratulations to Metallica and Run-DMC for their inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night. The event was open to the public for the first time and held in the hall's home -- Cleveland (official motto: "We're more fun than Columbus ... Barely") for the first time since the institution opened.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea gave Metallica's induction speech: "Metallica is f---ing rad and their music is bitching," Flea reportedly said. (Eloquent!) The band played Master of Puppets (click to see it) and Enter Sandman (again, here's the performance).
The surviving members of Run-DMC -- Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels -- attended the ceremony but declined to perform, honoring a promise they made to never reunite after the 2002 death of Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell. Eminem gave their induction speech: "I still remember being in ninth grade when Tougher Than Leather came out. I skipped school to go get it on cassette. As soon as I heard Run's House, it was pretty much a wrap for me. Marshall Mathers became Eminem."
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