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The 2013 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony kicked off with Randy Newman sitting by himself at a piano, singing the first few verses of his hit “I Love L.A.”  It was an appropriate choice, as the ceremony was being held in Los Angeles for the first time in twenty years.

Newman’s performance shortly got exponentially more rocking when after a few lines in the spotlights on the stage revealed a potent guitar team of Hall Of Famers– Jackson BrowneTom Petty and John Fogerty.

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Don Henley then appeared on stage to present Newman, saying the induction is “shamefully overdue,” and that Newman “has been making extraordinary music for five decades.” He said that Newman’s music is always dark, but also has compassion for the human condition. “No one has written better about greed and shame and the family dynamic,” noting that he wasn’t just “the guy who wrote about short people and that ‘I Love L.A.’ thing!” Henley noted that both are “fine satirical songs, but he is so much more than that.”



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