March 10, 2003

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame held their Eighteenth Annual Induction Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. It is always a great evening as some of the world’s biggest music stars come to honor their heroes. This year the event was tempered by the recent loss of Clash founder Joe Strummer, but for all the attendants, including ACDC, the Police, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, The Righteous Brothers, record exec Mo Ostin, sidemen Benny Benjamin, Floyd Cramer, Steve Douglas and members of the Clash – it was a night to remember!

Paul Simonon and Mick Jones arrive at the Dinner.

Paul Simonon, & Mick Jones, NYC, - 2003
Paul Simonon and Mick Jones arrive at the Dinner.
Paul Simonon and Mick Jones arrive at the Dinner.

Paul Simonon and Mick Jones at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Elvis Costello, being inducted into the Hall of Fame with his first band The Attractions, arrives at the dinner with his new attraction, the lovely singer Diana Krall.

Elvis Costello, & Diana Krall, NYC, - 2003
Elvis Costello, being inducted into the Hall of Fame with his first band The Attractions, arrives at the dinner with his new attraction, the lovely singer Diana Krall.
Elvis Costello, being inducted into the Hall of Fame with his first band The Attractions, arrives at the dinner with his new attraction, the lovely singer Diana Krall.

Elvis Costello and Diana Krall at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Sir Elton John looks happy as he arrives at the Waldorf.

Elton John, NYC, - 2003
Sir Elton John looks happy as he arrives at the Waldorf.
Sir Elton John looks happy as he arrives at the Waldorf.

Elton John at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Ric Ocasek and Steven Tyler check out the room as the dinner begins.

Ric Ocasek and Steven Tyler check out the room as the dinner begins.

Ric Ocasek and Steven Tyler at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Rolling Stone Magazine publisher and one of the founders of the R&R Hall of Fame Jann Wenner greets Billy Joel and John Mayer.

Jann Wenner, Billy Joel, & John Mayer, NYC, - 2003
Rolling Stone Magazine publisher and one of the founders of the R&R Hall of Fame Jann Wenner greets Billy Joel and John Mayer.
Rolling Stone Magazine publisher and one of the founders of the R&R Hall of Fame Jann Wenner greets Billy Joel and John Mayer.

Jann Wenner, Billy Joel, and John Mayer at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Mick Jones says hello to tall actor Tim Robbins.

Mick Jones says hello to tall actor Tim Robbins.

Mick Jones and Tim Robbins at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Sting smiles as he is about to be inducted with his band, the Police.

Sting, NYC, - 2003
Sting smiles as he is about to be inducted with his band, the Police.
Sting smiles as he is about to be inducted with his band, the Police.

Sting at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

New York's Mayor Mike Bloomberg welcomed the festive crowd saying "New York Rocks!". He said the Police song "Every Breath You Take" inspired the city's new antismoking laws.

New York’s Mayor Mike Bloomberg welcomed the festive crowd saying “New York Rocks!”. He said the Police song “Every Breath You Take” inspired the city’s new antismoking laws.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC 03/10/03 ©2003 Bob Gruen_Star File

U2's The Edge chats with Gwen Stefani while Steven Tyler checks out the program book with producer Rick Rubin.

U2’s The Edge chats with Gwen Stefani while Steven Tyler checks out the program book with producer Rick Rubin.

The Edge, Gwen Stefani, Steven Tyler, and Ric Rubin at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Elvis says hi to Lucinda Strummer as Joe's daughters Lola and Jazz look at the photos in the program.

Elvis says hi to Lucinda Strummer as Joe’s daughters Lola and Jazz look at the photos in the program.

Elvis Costello, Lucinda Strummer, Lola Strummer, and Jazz Strummer at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Billy Joel inducted the Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley and Bobby Hartfield, who then sang their hit "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling".

Billy Joel inducted the Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley and Bobby Hartfield, who then sang their hit “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”.

The Righteous Brothers performing at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Neil Young, Lorne Michaels, and Paul Simon inducted Warner Record's Mo Ostin who developed the careers of many of the Hall of Fame's members. Neil said he felt the country was like a "gas guzzlin' SUV speeding down the road and the driver is drunk". He apologised for talking politics, but added "We're having a good time tonight, but we're going to kill a lot of people next week so let's not forget it".

Neil Young, Lorne Michaels, and Paul Simon inducted Warner Record’s Mo Ostin who developed the careers of many of the Hall of Fame’s members. Neil said he felt the country was like a “gas guzzlin’ SUV speeding down the road and the driver is drunk”. He apologised for talking politics, but added “We’re having a good time tonight, but we’re going to kill a lot of people next week so let’s not forget it”.

Mo Ostin surrounded by Neil Young, Lorne Michaels and Paul Simon during his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC 03/10/03 ©2003 Bob Gruen_Star File

Sir Elton John inducted Elvis Costello and The Attractions. Elvis called radio "music's mortal enemy', and put down the "corporate raiders" who wrecked the music business.

Sir Elton John inducted Elvis Costello and The Attractions. Elvis called radio “music’s mortal enemy’, and put down the “corporate raiders” who wrecked the music business.

Elvis Costello and The Attractions at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Elvis played with his current band the Imposters and sang an incendiary version of "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding".

Elvis played with his current band the Imposters and sang an incendiary version of “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding”.

Elvis Costello and the Imposters performing at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

The Edge spoke of how inspiring the Clash were to him saying there would have been no U2 without the Clash.

The Edge spoke of how inspiring the Clash were to him saying there would have been no U2 without the Clash.

The Edge at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave gave a heartfelt talk about Clash. "They combined revolutionary sounds with revolutionary ideas, and their music launched thousands of bands and touched millions of fans......Whenever people take to the streets to stop an unjust war, the spirit of the Clash is definitely there."

Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave gave a heartfelt talk about Clash. “They combined revolutionary sounds with revolutionary ideas, and their music launched thousands of bands and touched millions of fans……Whenever people take to the streets to stop an unjust war, the spirit of the Clash is definitely there.”

Tom Morello at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Joe Strummer's wife Lucinda, original drummer Terry Chimes, Paul Simonon and Mick Jones thanked the R&R Hall of Fame and expressed how sorry they were that Joe was gone. Paul described the band as "brothers in arms fighting to get our message across." Mick said he was accepting the award on behalf of "all the garage bands that never may have dreamed of this type of moment." They also thanked drummer Topper Headon and Manager Bernard Rhodes who couldn't make it to New York.

Joe Strummer’s wife Lucinda, original drummer Terry Chimes, Paul Simonon and Mick Jones thanked the R&R Hall of Fame and expressed how sorry they were that Joe was gone. Paul described the band as “brothers in arms fighting to get our message across.” Mick said he was accepting the award on behalf of “all the garage bands that never may have dreamed of this type of moment.” They also thanked drummer Topper Headon and Manager Bernard Rhodes who couldn’t make it to New York.

Mick Jones joined by Lucinda Strummer, Terry Chimes, and Paul Simonon of The Clash accepting their induction into the 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while presenter The Edge looks on at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Steven Tyler gave a Rock & Roll welcome to ACDC saying "There is no greater purveyor of the power chord".

Steven Tyler gave a Rock & Roll welcome to ACDC saying “There is no greater purveyor of the power chord”.

Steven Tyler at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Bon Scott's nephews accepted the award for him along with the band.

Bon Scott’s nephews accepted the award for him along with the band.

AC/DC at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

AC/DC got the crowd up on their feet with "Highway to Hell" and "You Shook Me All Night Long"

AC/DC got the crowd up on their feet with “Highway to Hell” and “You Shook Me All Night Long”

AC/DC performing at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Beautiful Gwen Stefani inducted the Police into the R&R Hall of Fame.

Beautiful Gwen Stefani inducted the Police into the R&R Hall of Fame.

Gwen Stefani introducing The Police, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

The Police played together for the first time in 18 years, and then Gwen, Steven Tyler and John Mayer joined them for an all-star finale.

The Police played together for the first time in 18 years, and then Gwen, Steven Tyler and John Mayer joined them for an all-star finale.

The Police joined by Gwen Stefani, Steven Tyler and John Mayer performing following their induction into the 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

After the show, Mick Jones invited a few friends up to his room to unwind. Above are Johnny (Green) Broad, who wrote one of the best books about the Clash titled "A Riot of Our Own", drummer Terry Chimes, Clash spokesman Kozmo Vinyl, and Paul and Mick.

Johnny Green, Terry Chimes, Kosmo Vinyl, Paul Simonon, & Mick Jo
After the show, Mick Jones invited a few friends up to his room to unwind. Above are Johnny (Green) Broad, who wrote one of the best books about the Clash titled "A Riot of Our Own", drummer Terry Chimes, Clash spokesman Kozmo Vinyl, and Paul and Mick.
After the show, Mick Jones invited a few friends up to his room to unwind. Above are Johnny (Green) Broad, who wrote one of the best books about the Clash titled “A Riot of Our Own”, drummer Terry Chimes, Clash spokesman Kozmo Vinyl, and Paul and Mick.

Johnny Green, Terry Chimes, Kosmo Vinyl, Paul Simonon, and Mick Jones at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Here we are at the end of a long but fun night, still smiling! Paul, Hollywood agent Gerry Harrington and myself. Picture courtesy my wife Elizabeth.

Here we are at the end of a long but fun night, still smiling! Paul, Hollywood agent Gerry Harrington and myself. Picture courtesy my wife Elizabeth.

Paul Simonon, Gerry Harrington, & Bob Gruen at The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 10, 2003. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391