Parton Unleashes Her Inner Rock Star, Mellencamp Declares Anti-Semitism, “Eminem Offers Hip Hop History Lesson at Rock Hall Variety Concert

Dolly Parton performs at the 37th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Gala at Microsoft Theater on November 5, 2022 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Back in March of this year, just over a month after it was announced that Dolly Parton was among 17 nominees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame category in the 2022 ballot, the 76-year-old country legend made it shocking and awesome. . An unprecedented announcement that she “respectfully” withdrew from the nominations – because she did not feel she “deserved” the honor. However, two-thirds of the ballots had already been sent to Hall voters, so she stayed in the race—and while Barton’s problem with her eligibility appears to stem from her fears that she wasn’t “rock ‘n’ roll” enough. Many of these voters think otherwise. Parton was voted down the hall anyway, and so, when she showed up at Saturday’s induction party, she wanted to make sure she really qualified — announcing plans for a rock album and even a new rock song.

“I’m sure many of you know that when they said they were going to put me in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I didn’t really feel like I did enough to deserve it and didn’t understand at the time,” Barton told the audience (shortly after being inducted by Pink, who lauded as Barton’s “absolute genius”). “When I always thought of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I thought this was just for people in rock and roll. And I thought, ‘Well, if I’m going to be in Rock & Roll Hall Fame, I’m going to do a rock album — because my old husband The 56-year-old is a huge rock fan… and he’s always been saying, “You should do a rock album.” And I thought about it a few times, but timing is everything. And then when it all came… I thought, “Okay, since I’m going to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I’ll write a song tonight” — which I’ll sing in a minute. “

With that, Parton let her sequined mini dress alter, almost leaving her glass behind on the catwalk and joking, “Look what this means to me? I almost forgot about it!” Judas Kahn’s Rob Halford is a fellow class of 2022. “I’m a rock star now!” Swinging a personal hug, she declared, a black patent leather cat suit dripping with metallic chains. “I think I’m going to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I have to earn it,” she explained.

Accompanied by Kent Wells (who Barton said would produce her own rock record) and Zac Brown’s band, Parton proceeded to release her new rock song, titled “Rockin,” which was chanted by several rock ‘n’ roll architects who entered the hall via The inaugural class of ’86. “I grew up loving Elvis, and the wild man Jerry Lee / Chuck Berry, Little Richard / They cast a spell on me / Carl Perkins And those blue suede boots had no place on the farm… I was just a kid, but I went crazy / For Rhythm and rhythm,” she sang. “I’ve been rockin’, rockin’, rockin’ since the day I was born / I’ll be rockin’ until the day of my flight / I still get rock ‘n’ roll in my soul / And I’ll be rockin’ until the cows come home.”

“And you thought I couldn’t rock!” She said sarcastically, punctuating her statement with a Pete Townshend-like windmill across an electric guitar.

Parton Rock Hall, which wrapped up Saturday’s concert, also featured the duo of Pink and Brandy Carlyle on “Coat of Many Colors” and Sheryl Crow and Brown singing “9 to 5.” But the closest saga has been a lineup of “Jolene” — definitely a bona fide classic rock, considering it’s been covered by White Stripes, Miley Cyrus, and even the post-punk/gothic bands Sisters of Mercy and Strawberry Switchblade. The 2022 All-Star performances featured Brown, Carlyle, Crowe and his teammates from Eurythmics provocateurs (with Annie Lennox in a red cowboy hat), Pat Benatar, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, and Halford. (Halford seemed especially delighted to share the stage with Barton, as he embraced the country legend, beaming.) “That was cheerful! Parton gushed with enthusiasm, barely looking like an artist who had just announced she was retiring from touring.

Dolly Parton and Rob Halford perform on stage during the 37th Annual Rock and Roll Induction Concert at Microsoft Theater on November 5, 2022 in Los Angeles.  (Photo: Amy Sussman/WireImage)

Dolly Parton and Rob Halford perform on stage during the 37th Annual Rock and Roll Induction Concert at Microsoft Theater on November 5, 2022 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Amy Sussman/WireImage)

We have a star-studded theater! Barton laughed. Earlier, during her acceptance speech, she asked the A-list audience, “Which of you rock stars are going to help me out?” [my rock album]? Well, good – because I’m going to stick with it! Surely everyone who shared the stage with her on Saturday would be eager to volunteer their services.

Saturday’s party hosted other surprise guests, such as Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Ed Sheeran accompanying 2022 class recruit Eminem on “Dream On” — “Sing for the Moment” and “Stan” respectively; Sarah Barriss singing “Nobody Does It Better” and Olivia Rodrigo performing “You So Vain” to honor recruit Carly Simon, who missed the event because she is grieving the recent death of her two sisters; Dave Grohl, who joined forces with fellow recruiter Lionel Richie for “Faith No More” as “Easy” for the Commodores; and Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, who played “One Last Killer” and paid tribute to the late Jerry Lee Lewis with “High School Confidential” and “Great Balls of Fire.”

Recruits Lionel Richie and Dave Grohl perform onstage during the 37th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Gala.  (Photo: Kevin Kane/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Recruits Lionel Richie and Dave Grohl perform onstage during the 37th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Gala. (Photo: Kevin Kane/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

While many of the speeches, obviously including Parton, were hilarious and fun, there were more serious moments on the podium. The night began on a sad note as Duran Duran announced that the original guitarist, Andy Taylor, was unable to attend the concert as he is battling stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer. Later, Ritchie became somewhat political during his speech, recalling examples in his career when people in the industry told him he “wasn’t black enough” and stated that “rock and roll isn’t a color. It’s a feeling. It’s a great feeling.”

When Mellencamp presented the industry-focused Ahmet Ertgon Award in the hall, he mentioned that Grupman is Jewish and said, “I am a Gentile and countless Jews have enriched my life. … Guys, I can’t tell you about How important it is to speak out, if you are an artist, against anti-Semitism, against all forms of intolerance, all forms of hate. The more you hear hate speech, the more you hear someone say disdain for another, we are all human. I don’t give a f*** if you Jew, black, white, tutti-fruti. I don’t care. Here’s the trick: Silence is complicity. Can I say it again? Silence is complicity. I want to say that I stand here tonight loud and proud, in solidarity with Allen, his family, all my Jewish friends, and all the Jewish people In the world. F*** anti-Semitism, and *** anyone says anything that way.”

John Mellencamp, next to a portrait of Alan Grobman, speaks on stage during the 37th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Party.  (Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)

John Mellencamp, next to a portrait of Alan Grobman, speaks on stage during the 37th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Party. (Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)

On the lighter side, perhaps the funniest of the night was when Reverend Halford introduced himself by saying “Hey, I’m the gay guy in the band,” or when Robert Downey Jr, who surprisingly introduced Doran, recalls a “surreal moment” at his fiftieth birthday party when” Duran Duran played a short set and I Don’t Give Up on You, halfway through ‘Rio’, the wife of a prominent Hollywood director ripped her bra off and threw it on stage.” But it had to be the most amusing speech overall by Eminem, who — after mentioning a near-fatal overdose in 2007 and ordering his daughter Hailie in the audience to “plug your ears” as he admitted, “the drugs were delicious” — proceeded to spend no less About three solid, no-nonsense minutes in a long alphabetical list of rappers who inspired him, from 2 Live Crew and 3rd Bass to the Wu-Tang Clan. “I know this extrapolation is supposed to be me,” he said, “like talking about myself and shit, but that’s how it is.” “I wouldn’t be here without them. I’m dropping out of high school with a hip-hop education, and these are my teachers and this is their night as much as theirs.” (In a funny but less modest moment, Dr. Dre, who introduced Eminem, claimed that Eminem wanted to remind Dre that Eminem had a “huge penis.”)

The 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo (inducted by Sheryl Crow), Doran Doran, Eminem, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie (inducted by Lenny Kravitz), Carly Simon (inducted by Sarah Bareilles), and The Eurythmics, who were recruited by U2’s the Edge and performed best of the night with “Would I Lie to You”, “Missionary Man” and “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”. The Musical Excellence Award went to Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis (injected by Janet Jackson) and Judas Priest (input by Alice Cooper). Besides Grubman, Sylvia Robinson and Jimmy Yovin also received the Ahmet Ergun Award, presented by Springsteen. The Early Impact Award went to Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten.

Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics perform on stage at the 37th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)

Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics perform on stage at the 37th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)

The 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame takes place on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles – the first time the event has taken place in Los Angeles since 2011. The show will air on HBO on November 19.

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