Jeff Beck and Metallica: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Page, Wood and Lars Ulrich
Jeff opened his part of the show and then said, “A big chunk of Led Zeppelin—Jimmy Page,” and they blasted off, with Jeff doing Robert Plant’s vocals on his guitar. It was good, and if you don’t believe me, look on YouTube. The show was not bad, apart from the speeches: people thanking God, their children, their mum and dad…it goes on and on. The worst, most boring speech had to go to the two bores from the E Street Band: Max Weinberg (so full of himself) and another one who was so boring he was nondescript. They both read off an autocue for so long, it was longer than an Emerson, Lake and Palmer CD, and dull, and no one cared, except them. Bruce, please fire them soon…
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Jam
The speeches by Ronnie Wood, Jimmy and Jeff were short and to the point. Jeff said, “Thanks, I’ve been very naughty.” Metallica’s went on a bit, although I thought Lars’ speech was good, and James gave credit to Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy and a host of ignored bands, which was a cool thing to do. It was odd watching Metallica play “Sandman” without pyro. I got a great (and I truly mean it) line-up shot of them with Jason Newsted.
We left immediately at the end and went straight back to the hotel. Checking out, we saw Lars, who invited Jimmy out to go wild. Well, have a drink anyway…
We left at 1 a.m. I got a lift with JP back to New York. As we got to the small private airfield, there were three kids waiting in the cold holding pickguards to be signed. They couldn’t have been more than 10 years old, trying to guilt trip you into it. They couldn’t have any idea who Jimmy is. eBay is a sick thing. Who sends children out at one in the morning to get autographs?
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