Overall, the nite was strange with numerous ups and downs as the evening went on. After the inductions of Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham, Peter Gabriel took the stage but barely got beyond medium tempo with his three performances.
One of the most anticipated inductions of the night came next with Tom Morello inducting KISS. While their enshrinement has been demanded for years by their fans, the band refused to play over old wounds and the Hall's refusal to induct more than just the original four members.
When the band accepted, it started out cordial but both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley finally began to criticize the Hall and the industry. Even an expected segment of others performing KISS music didn't materialize and the ceremony moved right into the induction of Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam).
Stevens' was inducted by Art Garfunkel who, after listing off his songs, said he was a better writer than Paul Simon (although it's not clear if he was really serious). Stevens followed with a rambling acceptance speech and a performance of three of his tunes including a heartfelt Father and Son and Peace Train with a surprise choir.
According to many at the show, one of the great highlights was the induction of Linda Ronstadt. Although the singer could not travel to New York for the event, a quintet of singers, made up of Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Carrie Underwood, performed a long six song set showing what a powerhouse Ronstadt was during the 70's.
Bruce Springsteen took the stage next for a long induction speech calling out and remembering every musician who has ever been part of the E-Street Band. Almost 1-1/2 hours passed between his speech, the acceptances by the members and a three song set by Bruce and the band. Even fans started getting restless during the extended segment with one woman tweeting "Just made 72nd trip to bathroom (due to fear of missing Nirvana induction) 71 of those were made during E Street induction."