"When the f-ck did Rush become cool?!," Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl asked Thursday night while honoring the Canadian prog rock band at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It's been a long time coming for the group, famously snubbed for years by voters and finally inducted into the Hall.
Grohl personalized his speech, telling the crowd at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre about his fascination as a kid with 1976's 2112 and the band's questionable kimono-laden fashion sense. ("The most terrifying thing mine eyes had yet seen," said Grohl). Grohl also threw in a dig at Hall of Fame sponsor Rolling Stone and other mainstream outlets who consistently ignored the band, who, as Grohl noted, built their career with "No hype. No bullsh-t."
Watch the full induction video here:
Rush were hardly the only band, though, to be inducted last night. Kelly Rowland praised disco queen Donna Summer, saying, (via Rolling Stone), "I'm pretty sure me and a lot of people here were made to [Summer's 1975 hit "Love to Love You Baby]," while Soundgarden's Chris Cornell initiated fellow Seattle rockers Heart before playing the band's classic rock staple "Barracuda" with Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell. Earlier this year, Heart told us that they were "proud to expand the number of women in the Hall of Fame."
But if fan enthusiasm at Nokia was any indication, Rush were the clear highlight. "We've been saying for a long time that this wasn't a big deal," said drummer Neil Peart. "Turns out, it kinda is. It's gratifying to think of us having inspired these youngsters to pick up a pair of drumsticks or a guitar and torment their parents as we tormented ours."
Rush's Induction Speech at 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Foo Fighters would later don kimonos and perform a punishing version of "Overture" from Rush's 2112, captured in all its goodness below.
Foo Fighters Perform Rush's "Overture" at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame