Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ted Wilson

Rock Hall 2017 class includes Pearl Jam, Tupac and Journey

The showman and former "Late Show" host inducted Pearl Jam into the Rock Hall, paving the way for one of the most anticipated inductions of the past several years.

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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!

In classic Letterman monologue form, he praised the band - "a true living cultural organism" that fights against injustice - for its mid-1990s fight against "those beady-eyed bloodthirsty weasels at Ticketmaster".

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"I've been gone a long time, I understand that", the ex-Journey singer said.

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Vedder also used his speech to discuss climate change, saying "climate change is real, that's not fake news". "Looking forward to seeing them and all the other musicians on the bill".

Perry hasn't performed with the band since 1991.

EW has reached out to Rock Hall organizers for comment.

The rules have changed for year's nominations in that only certain individual members of each band will be inducted.

For almost four decades, Arnel Pineda has always wanted to meet Journey's original frontman Steve Perry. Both Joan Baez and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder took the opportunity to address the issues.

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