Tupac, Joan Baez inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Berry, who died three weeks ago at age 90, was the first inductee to the Rock Hall, in 1986.

His wife, Jill, was teary-eyed in the audience as fans continued to cheer.

Eddie Vedder shared similar praise for Letterman when he gave his acceptance speech. The band appeared on his show numerous times.

He made it clear he believes the band's impact transcends music.

Letterman fondly recalled having Pearl Jam on the "Late Show", as well as other live acts "and future hall of famers", during his 33-year tenure.

"These guys in Pearl Jam were something more than a band". They're true living cultural organisms. "They'd recognize injustice and stand up to it", he said. Whether it was human rights or the environment. They didn't let it wash over them.

Dogg, a former label mate and friend of Shakur, says he attended the event to make sure the rapper, actor and poet is remembered as a "strong black man that stood for his". Letterman also cracked jokes about all of the former Pearl Jam drummers in attendance and referenced PJ's feud with the "beady-eyed, bloodthirsty weasels" at Ticketmaster before concluding by reading a letter that Eddie Vedder wrote to his son.

- Julie (@Jaci_521) April 8, 2017If #StevePerry really wanted to thank the fans, he could have sucked it up & sang one damn song! I was nearly 50 and even I was pissed off and it was also easy to dance to but that's another deal. I love every single one of you.

From Tupac to Steve Perry and Journey, to a stunning speech from David Letterman about Pearl Jam, the induction ceremony was truly special and memorable, and we've got all the highlights here!

Moments later, string players onstage played the opening notes to Beethoven's Fifth and Jeff Lynne led Electric Light Orchestra in a version of Berry's Roll Over Beethoven. He was a last-minute addition in place of Neil Young, who called in sick. "It's either that or the guy swallowed a harmonica".

Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey and Yes will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday, April 7, 2017. At the time the band was arguably at their peak. In addition to praising Letterman, Vedder thanked their many fans for all of their support. "I've been gone a long time, but I want you to know you've never not been in my heart", he said, which was met with deafening applause. "I love these people so much, and we love hanging out, and we love touring and we love playing".

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