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March 18, 2002 - New York - The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame held their 17th annual induction dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. This year's inductees were: The Ramones, Brenda Lee, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Chet Atkins, Gene Pitney, Isaac Hayes, Talking Heads, and Jim Stewart, (founder of Stax records). It was a great night with big stars inducting living ledgends.  

Tommy Ramone said that getting into the rock hall "meant everything to Joey", but the highlight of the Ramones acceptance speech was when DeeDee said "I'd like to congratulate myself and thank myself and give myself a big pat on the back, Thank you Dee Dee, you're very wonderful.''

Billy Jo of Greenday talks with Eddie Vedder who inducted the Ramones. He said that the first time he saw the group in concert. "All hell broke loose. It was ter ribly frightening and to tally blissful at the same time."Eddie's speech inducting the Ramones was over 15 minutes but was cut in the TV show to about 3 minutes.

Darlene Love inducted the great Gene Pitney into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Then he performed "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance" and the smash he wrote for Rick Nelson, "Hello Mary Lou."

Alicia Keyes inducted Isaac Hayes, of "Hot Buttered Soul" and "Shaft" fame and more recently the "Chef" of the South Park TV show. Speaking to all the music business execs in the room he said "I'm just asking you to practice some business ethics and a little humanity, Do the right thing by me and my contemporaries."

Jakob Dylan inducted Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He made the crowd laugh as he related that he was watching Tom's kids one day and wondered if they knew how cool it was that their dad was Tom Petty.

Tom Petty thanked the Hall of Fame audience saying he was "truly humbled." and then with the Heartbreakers treated the crowd to "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "American Girl."


Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers inducted the Talking Heads. He said "I listened to Talking Heads and it made me feel smart. . . . Talking Heads also made me want to dance like a maniac,"

Tina Weymouth thanked the Hall of Fame and then invited Hilly Cristal, (far right) owner of the CBGB bar to share the stage with them, and thanked him for all the support he has given to the many bands that got their start at his club. Chris Franz said "I'd like to thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for giving this band a happy ending."


After being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Talking Heads performed together for the first time in many years. Joined by percussionist Steve Scales and keyboardist Bernie Worrell, the arty quartet played ""Psycho Killer" and also revisited "Burning Down the House" and "Life During Wartime.

Greenday did rousing versions of "Rockaway Beach," "Teenage Lobotomy" and "Blitzkrieg Bop." It was the most Rock & Roll moment of the night



Brian Setzer (above) and Marty Stewart inducted Guitar Legend Chet Atkins and then played some songs in his honor.

Jewel inducted Brenda Lee and then in the aftershow jam she sang with Rob Thompson of Matchbox 20.


Isaac Hayes poses with the great guitarist Steve Cropper.

Joey Ramone's mom Charlotte and his brother Micky are proud to attend and accept the award for Joey.

Talking Heads Chris Franze and Tina Weymouth sat with percussionist Steve Scales who is listening to Ramones and Heads manager Gary Kurfurst. With backs to the camera is Chris & Tina's son Egan sitting on DeeDee's left as Arturo Vega bends to tell them something.

New York music personality Jesse Malin joined Greenday at their table.


Seen here from left are bass player CJ Ramone, Chris & Tina's son Robin, Ramones Art Director Arturo Vega, Tommy Ramone and Greenday drummer Tre Cool.

Phil Spector had the best aftershow party again. Here he is joined by renowned drummer Anton Fig.

Legendary Philladelphia radio DJ Jerry Blavatt, "The Geeter with the Heater" shares a laugh with Lenny Kaye.

Allen Klein, who once managed both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones (as well as the Kinks and lots of others), was at the party with his lovely wife Iris Keitel.

At Phil's party, one of the founders of the Hall of Fame, Seymour Stein regales Lenny Kaye and fellow founder Billy Kornreich

Billy Kornreich gets me to relax and enjoy a drink after a long hard day's night of celebration.

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