Added on 21-Apr-2005
Queen's Induction Speech At USA Rock & Roll Hall Of FameHere's is the COMPLETE transcription of Queen's Induction Speech At The USA Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Frequent creative collaborators with, and also fans of Queen, The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins inducted Queen. Both Brian & Roger, as well as Freddie's Mother Jer Bulsara accepted the honor, March 19, 2001.
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Announcer "Please welcome Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins." applause from audience
Dave "From ragtime to spacerock, opera to funk, punk rock to arena rock, there were no boundaries to what Queen could do, or WOULD do for that matter!" audience applause
Taylor "Their legendary performance at Live Aid in 1985, with no lights, no soundcheck, no frills, and only 20 minutes on stage, showed the world how to turn a huge stadium into a tiny, sweaty club."
Dave "Not many bands, not many band's are graced with four hit songwriters, Brian May, "We Will Rock You", Roger Taylor, "It's A Kind Of Magic", John Deacon, "Another One Bites The Dust"..when Dave gets to Freddie...the audience cheers as Dave goes go on, and on, and on listing Freddie's numerous songs, "and...Freddie Mercury, "Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Are The Champions", "Killer Queen", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and Dave says "Freddie was A True Star, the consummate entertainer, one in a million"..and the crowd cheers!, especially when Dave says and Freddie is " and never, ever, EVER to be forgotten." CHEERS from the audience. Dave..."Ladies and Gentleman, it is our...UNBELIEVABLE Honor, to present to you, Queen, as the next inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Ladies and Gentleman, Queen". Just beautiful.
Cheers from the audience as Roger & Brian take the stage.
Here's Roger's & Brian's acceptance speech. Both are SO Gracious and Lovely and Humble and Genuine.
I like what Roger says,..."Thank you. This is like getting a PHD. We're very overwhelmed and delighted to be here. We've had a lot of ups and downs in our career. And this is certainly a big, Big up." Then he kids, "It means actually more than all the Grammys we never got." and the audience chuckles/laughs. "And it's just great to be here in New York, after all this time, and I'll hand you over to Brian".
Applause and cheers from audience for Roger's speech.
Brian says so lovely, "Ladies and Gentlemen and Members of The Board, thank you very much for voting us into this really, totally illustrious company. We feel very proud. Thank you to the people of America for taking us to your hearts over the last 30 years. (Audience cheers and applauds) Thank you to Taylor and Dave for making us look cool tonight. We're a little sad that Freddie and John can't be with us, but they both send their love. And we have a little surprise for you, in case you don't mind."
Roger then says happily,..."This IS a surprise, but Freddie's Mother Jer, is here tonight, and we'd love her to accept his award in place of him."
and you hear the audience cheer for Brian's speech, and for Both Brian & Roger, and for Jer on behalf of Freddie, and....for Queen!