Neil Young Unable to Induct Pearl Jam into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; David Letterman Steps In

April 5, 2017

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced today that Neil Young will be unable to induct Pearl Jam into the Hall at Friday’s ceremony in Brooklyn, citing an undisclosed illness. Instead, David Letterman has agreed to fill in and induct the band. 

Pearl Jam’s history with Letterman is as extensive as their storied past with Young, making their debut on Letterman’s version of the Late Show in September of 1996 to play “Hail Hail” from their then-new record No Code. Over the years, they would return numerous times, including performing a Live on Letterman set. Eddie Vedder marked the end of Letterman’s tenure with a special rendition of “Better Man” in May of 2015 as the host stepped down from the show. 

Pearl Jam will go into the Hall of Fame with the likes of ELO, Joan Baez, Journey, Tupac and Yes.