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- Posted on Mar 16th 2010 10:00AM by David Chiu
Fans who were hoping to see all four members of the Swedish pop group ABBA -- known for hits such as 'Dancing Queen" and 'Waterloo' -- at the ceremony got half their wish when only Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad were in attendance. After being introduced by the Bee Gees' Barry and Robin Gibb, Andersson then went over to the piano to perform with Faith Hill on the Abba song 'The Winner Takes It All.'
"I'm very honored, happy and grateful to [be] inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and to be a part of this illustrious group of very talented people," said Lyngstad in her speech. Speaking for the other ABBA members -- Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog -- who weren't at the ceremony, Lyngstad said, "They are very grateful, very honored to be a part of this. They are here in spirit.
Earlier in the evening the festivities kicked off with new inductees Genesis, who achieved fame first as a progressive rock band in the '70s with Peter Gabriel and later as a successful pop act during the '80s and early '90s under Phil Collins. Phish's Trey Anastasio introduced attending members Collins, Tony Banks, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford. Noticeably absent was former lead singer Gabriel, who reportedly couldn't attend because of preparations involving his upcoming tour.
Although Genesis did not play onstage, Phish performed the band's songs 'Watcher of the Skies' and 'No Reply at All.' "When I hear Radiohead's 'Kid A' ... I hear Genesis," said Anastasio earlier in his introduction. "I've been a true fan of this band my whole life."
"I just like to thank everybody who voted for us," said Hackett, who was with Genesis until 1977. "It's really great to be here with the guys. It's been a while for me but it feels like yesterday. I really loved some of those albums we did together."
Led by singer Iggy Pop, the hard-rocking Stooges followed Genesis with their induction moment. Known for albums such as 'Fun House' and 'Raw Power,' the Stooges were presented by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, who read off an alphabetical list of groups influenced by the Stooges, including "my f---ing band too!"
The surviving members -- Pop, drummer Scott Asheton and guitarist James Williamson -- delivered performances of 'Search and Destroy' and 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' with Eddie Vedder, members of Green Day and other people later joining them on stage. Asked later by a reporter in the press area how he planned to celebrate and use his "hot bod," Pop said: "I play with my dog to keep my bod hot."
Little Steven Van Zandt presented the Hollies, one of the most successful British invasion bands. The current version of Hollies -- featuring Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliott -- couldn't attend because of a previous performance commitment in the UK, so they were represented by former band members, including singers Allan Clarke and Graham Nash. For the performance part, they were joined by Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael for 'Bus Stop' and 'Carrie Anne,' and later Train's Pat Monahan and Little Steven on 'Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress.'
"The Hollies had the gall to have three No. 1 records after I left -- thanks a lot!" said Nash, who departed the Hollies in 1968 and later joined Crosby, Stills and Nash. "I'm so pleased to be here especially to honor the man I've known for over 63 years, one of the best singers a band can ever have, my dear friend Allan Clarke. It's a good day for England."
Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff now joins fellow Jamaican Bob Marley as a member of the Hall. Aside from songs such as 'Many Rivers to Cross' and 'Wonderful World, Beautiful People,' Cliff is also best known for his starring role in the 1972 film 'The Harder They Come.' At the ceremony, Cliff performed the movie's title song with his presenter Wyclef Jean.
For the Ahmet Ertegun Award in the non-performers category, record label head and new inductee David Geffen was introduced by Jackson Browne. First with Asylum Records and then later his namesake label, Geffen's rosters have included Browne, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Guns N' Roses and Nirvana.
Songwriters, including a few from the Brill Building era, also received the Ertegun Award. They included Jeff Barry and the late Ellie Greenwich; Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil; the late Mort Shuman; the late Otis Blackwell; and the late Jesse Stone. Carole King, herself a hit songwriter from the Brill Building period, introduced the inductees.
Afterward, the songwriters' hits were honored at the ceremony onstage: Rob Thomas performed an acoustic version of 'Save the Last Dance for Me,' co-written by Shuman and Doc Pomus. Former Ronettes vocalist Ronnie Spector sang a medley of Barry-Greenwich-Phil Spector hits including 'I Can Hear Music' and 'Be My Baby.' Singer Eric Burdon reprised his former Animals' hit 'We Gotta Get Out of This Place,' written by Mann and Weil. Chris Isaak sang the Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley-penned classic 'Don't Be Cruel.' Former J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf led a soulful rendition of Stone's 'Money Honey." Finally, singer Fefe Dobson covered another Barry-Greenwich tune, 'River Deep, Mountain High,' then they all got together and sang the Stone composition 'Shake, Rattle and Roll.'
The broadcast of the induction ceremony re-airs Sunday on Fuse at 5PM ET.