CLEVELAND, Ohio – It isn’t the lengthy speeches, colorful wardrobes or video tributes you walk away remembering from the annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. It’s the special surprise moments having some of the biggest stars in the history of music under one roof can create.
Think Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde joining the members of Nirvana on stage in 2014, Iggy Pop and the Stooges performing for Madonna in 2008 or Prince delivering the greatest live guitar solo ever in 2004. They’re moments you can’t predict. But ones you’ll never forget.
A lot is already known about Saturday’s induction ceremony at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, but it’s the unknowns that will keep the 12,000 people in attendance on the edge of their seats. Will Jay-Z perform? What will Taylor Swift sing in honor of Carole King? Will there be an end-of-the-night jam session?
We don’t have answers. But we have a wish list. Below are things we hope might happen on Saturday. None of what you’ll read is fueled by inside information. We’re just dreaming like the rest of you:
Taylor Swift and Carole King duet
Let’s start with the biggest pop star in the world. When her career is over, Taylor Swift will surely go down as one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. Carole King is already on that list. We know Swift will perform in honor of King. We’re also hoping the two join forces for a duet, producing one of those magical moments like John Legend and Stevie Wonder paying tribute to Bill Withers in 2015.
Truth to the Dr. Dre rumors
When the list of presenters and performers was released, some outlets reported that Dr. Dre would be inducting LL Cool J on Saturday. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame wouldn’t confirm the news. However, we’re hoping it’s true. As if LL and Jay-Z’s inductions weren’t enough for rap fans, we get to see the greatest rap producer of all time as well? It would mark the largest presence hip hop has had at a ceremony.
Paul McCartney joins Foo Fighters
This one seems inevitable. Sir Paul is on hand to induct Foo Fighters. He might as well join the band he has collaborated with in the past onstage. The familiarity level is high with this one. Our crystal ball sees Saturday’s show closing with a jam session featuring the members of Foos, McCartney and other rockers at the ceremony.
Ozzy Osbourne for Randy Rhoads
If we were laying money on who might induct Randy Rhoads into the Rock Hall, we’d go with someone like Tom Morello, given his ties to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But the dream scenario would involve Ozzy Osbourne. He’s the artist most associated with Rhoads, whose guitar work on songs like “Crazy Train” and “Mr. Crowley” is the stuff of heavy-metal legend. Osbourne seems like a big get for a ceremony already full of star power. But we’re here to dream.
Ring Starr inducts Billy Preston
Speaking of dreaming…We’re not sure what Ringo Starr is doing this weekend. He did release his “Change the World” EP last month and has a new single out (a rendition of “Rock Around the Clock”). Might Starr consider a trip to Cleveland to promote it? The timing seems right considering one of Musical Excellence Award recipient Billy Preston’s claims to fame was his session work with the Beatles. In fact, much of that work was included on the recently released deluxe edition of “Let It Be.” Starr would be an ideal choice to induct Preston and then join McCartney, Foo Fighters and others for a jam session. We’re getting (or at least hoping for) a sense of déjà vu from the 2015 ceremony.
A big presence for Jay-Z
Whether or not Jay-Z will perform remains the biggest question heading into Saturday’s Induction Ceremony. But it’s not the only one when it comes to the rap legend. We also don’t know who will induct Hov into the Rock Hall. The obvious choice would be past collaborators like The Roots’ Questlove or Pharrell Williams, who have ties to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. That would be great. But let’s dream even bigger. How about Eminem, who has recorded and performed with Jay-Z and is eligible for the Rock Hall himself next year? The drive from Marshal Matthers’ home in Michigan to Cleveland isn’t that long.
Something – ANYTHING – from Tina Turner
We can safely assume Tina Turner will not be at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Saturday. She’s been in poor health in recent years and is committed to remaining out of the public eye. Yet, just hearing her voice could make a crowd go crazy. We know Turner is honored by her Rock Hall induction. Here’s hoping a camera crew was able to sit down with her for an acceptance speech that might air during the ceremony.Internet Explorer Channel Network