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Kites fly in the sky during the 31st International Kite Festival in Berck, northern France, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The International Kite Festival is organized in Berck-sur-Mer every April and lasts for 10 days. AP
Seattle rockers Pearl Jam, the late rapper TupacShakur and 1970s hitmaking band Journey wereinducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame onFriday night. Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra andYes were also part of the 2017 class inducted at theBarclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, which kickedoff with a tribute to Chuck Berry.
The new inductees closed the multi-hour eventwith a group performance, and before that Pearl Jamelectrified with a performance of its well-knownsongs. David Letterman inducted the band, andbrought a small guitar and letter onstage that he saidVedder gave to his son days before his late-nightshow ended in 2015. Letterman wasn't the only fan inthe room: As Vedder thanked his wife during hisspeech, one male fan from a seat up high screamed, "Ilove you, Eddie!"
'Smoking blunts' "Shoot, honey, I thought you were sitting down
in the front," Vedder said to laughs. His wife, Jill, wasteary-eyed in the audience as fans continued tocheer. Vedder also used his speech to discuss cli-mate change, saying "climate change is real, that'snot fake news." He also said his daughter Olivia wasa big fan of Chance the Rapper, and thanked theGrammy-winning hip-hop star for his charitablecontributions to Chicago.
Speaking of rappers, Shakur - who died in 1996 -
was remembered by Snoop Dogg with a touchingand playful speech. Dogg, a former label mate andfriend of Shakur, says he attended the event tomake sure the rapper, actor and poet is remem-bered as a "strong black man that stood for his."Dogg, a marijuana enthusiast, also says it wasShakur who first gave him weed. "That's right -Tupac got Snoop Dogg smoking blunts," he said tolaughs from the audience. Later, Alicia Keys per-formed a medley of Shakur's songs on piano, includ-ing "Dear Mama" and "Changes."
One of the night's most anticipated performanceswas Journey's. But despite earlier reports, Steve Perrydid not perform with the current Journey members.Instead, Arnel Pineda sang lead as the band per-formed their hits, including "Don't Stop Believin'."Perry, estranged from the band for many years, didembrace guitarist and co-founder Neal Schononstage. "You're the one who put us here," Perry saidto the Journey fans, earning one of the night's loudestapplauses. "I've been gone a long time but you'venever not been in my heart."
Felt 'cool'Like Shakur and Pearl Jam, Baez and ELO were all
elected in their first year as nominees. Baez, one offolk's most iconic voices, said it felt "cool" to beinducted. She also said earning the Rock Hall honorwould help young people learn who she is, and what
she's accomplished. "My granddaughter had no cluewho I was until I took her backstage to a Taylor Swiftconcert," said Baez, who added that her granddaugh-ter took a selfie with Swift and now had "newfoundrespect for her grandmother."
She was inducted by Jackson Browne, who saidthe first album he bought with his own money wasBaez's second album. ELO - who kicked off the showwith Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven" - and progressiveBritish rockers Yes were also inducted Friday. "It was49 years ago tonight I met Chris Squire at a bar,"singer Jon Anderson said of the band's founding bassplayer who died in 2015. "Magic moment."
Berry wasn't the only late legend who was hon-ored: Lenny Kravitz paid tribute to Prince after the "InMemoriam" section with an explosive performance of"When Doves Cry," backed by a choir and beamingpurple lights. Pharrell said kind words about NileRodgers, who received a special honor at the event,which will air April 29 as a special on HBO. To be eligi-ble, all of the nominees had to have released their firstrecording no later than 1991. Inductees will eventual-ly be enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Famemuseum in Cleveland. AP
Snoop Dogg poses with an award given posthumously toTupac Shakur.
Inductees Neal Schon, left, and Steve Perry from the band Journey embrace. Alicia Keys performs a tribute to inductee Tupac Shakur.
Inductee Eddie Vedder from the band Pearl Jam performs at the 2017 Rock andRoll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Barclays Center on Friday, April 7,2017, in New York. AP photos
Pearl Jam, Tupac, Journey enter Rock Hall of Fame