AFTER WE ALL WENT TO BED . . . : A few more tidbits from Monday night's into-the-early-hours-of-Tuesday Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, from the Associated Press:
Gainesville native Tom Petty, whose take on life can range from wry to sarcastic, said he was sincerely humbled to be inducted with the Heartbreakers. "It's very easy to be cynical about the hall of fame," he said backstage. "But on the other hand, it's really a beautiful thing for someone like me. I dedicated my entire life to this music."
Joey Ramone's mother said her son knew his groundbreaking punk band would make the hall. Ramone died from cancer last April. "It was important for him to have recognition for what they did," Charlotte Lescher said. "He never felt they were really recognized."
The Talking Heads, who have been portrayed as having a bitter breakup in the early 1990s, said the media caused their differences and then overplayed them.
"If it wasn't for the press, we wouldn't have had the acrimony," bassist Tina Weymouth said backstage after their induction.
The Heads played their first live gig in 18 years during the ceremony, performing Psycho Killer, Burning Down the House and Life During Wartime.
"I'd like to thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for giving this band a happy ending," drummer Chris Frantz said.
Inductee Isaac Hayes pleaded to the music industry audience for musicians of his generation to get everything they are owed for their work.
"I'm just asking you to practice some business ethics and a little humanity," he said. "Do the right thing by me and my contemporaries."
At the end of the evening, Hayes joined the traditional all-star jam, which ended up being without the Ramones, Petty, inductee Brenda Lee, Alicia Keys (who inducted Hayes), Eddie Vedder (who inducted the Ramones) and a few others. The jam was hampered by long delays between songs and technical difficulties.
When asked why the Ramones didn't play, Talking Heads guitarist Jerry Harrison said, smiling: "The Ramones don't jam."
VH1 will show highlights of the ceremony at 9 tonight.
HE SAID IT; I DIDN'T: "Obviously, ( 'N Sync) can get old or tiring after a while, and you're like, "I want a little bit of a change.' "
Obviously. But that's 'N Sync's Joey Fatone talking to MTV.com about doing his latest movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
In Wedding, which Fatone filmed before last year's universally trashed On the Line with fellow 'N Syncer Lance Bass, he plays the cousin of the main character, played by Nia Vardalos (who is not in 'N Sync). The movie is based on Vardalos' one-woman play about a Greek-American woman who falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him.
It's due out April 14.