Added on 12-Nov-2004
Report on the induction ceremony.Last night Queen were inducted into the UK Music Hall Of Fame at the Hackney Empire in London. QOL was there, so here we go!
Introduced by Justin and Dan from the Darkness, a wonderful video montage of Queen at their finest preceded the introduction of Roger and Brian to the stage.
Roger expressed his thanks and respect to all the other artists nominated in the 70s catagory including Led Zeppelin and also questioned the non-nomination of ELO(!) - "and where the f*ck were ELO!? (laughs)". Brian gracefully accepted the award, making it clear how much it meant to them that the public and the fans had voted and promptly said "thank you, that's it...we are just going to play!" This was great with a huge roar.
Brian strapped on his Red Special and Roger stepped behind his kit in a band that included Spike Edney and Wire Daisies lead singer Treana Morris on backing vocals. Brian then introduced Free and Bad Company legend Paul Rodgers for a crowd rousing version of 'We Will Rock You' which was followed quickly by a superb bluesy version of 'We Are The Champions' in which Rodgers gorgeous soulful drawl gave the song a wonderfull new twist.
Further highlights of the evening included Jeff Beck and Beverly Knight performing a Bob Marley tribute, Madonna's exceptance speech, the surprise apperance of Bono accepting U2's induction, Ronnie Wood's short but funny acceptance of the of the Rolling Stones 60's entry, the opening address by Paul Gambaccini and dedication to John Peel, The Polyphonic Spree opening the show with a huge version of The Beatles 'Sgt Peppers Lonley Hearts Club Band' and Johnny Vegas waffling on and on before inducting Cliff Richard and the Shadows ( how they are going to edit that for broadcast I dont know!).
The show was not quite over for Queen though...
After Bono inducted former Island Records boss Chris Blackwell into the Hall Of Fame as a Honorary Member, Jamie Theakston introduced Paul Rodgers, one of Blackwells signings as part of Free, and his backing band...
Rodgers and Queen then preceded to rip through a dazzeling version of the Free classic 'All Right Now' with a little help from the Polyphonic Spree. Roger was in fine form on the skins and Brian looked extremly happy slashing away on his guitar, aiding the mic stand twirling Rodgers to bring the curtain down on a great, great night. Let's hope we havent seen that last of that Queen + collaboration...
The UK Music Hall Of Fame is broadcast on Channel 4 at 9pm this Sunday.