Ringo Starr received the simple compliment “nailed it” from Paul McCartney, as he joined Miley Cyrus and Joan Jett, who let her tears flow, in turning the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 ceremony into a night of legends interwoven with relative newcomers. But even as Miley’s bravado earned praise, it was Paul’s sentiment for lifelong pal Ringo that won hearts, reported the Rolling Stone.
McCartney gets credit for requesting that Ringo be inducted on his own merits rather than member of the Beatles.
“I talked to Bruce Springsteen and I talked to Dave Grohl, and they both said he should be in,” confirmed Paul. “And I said I’d do the induction. That took care of it.”
In 1994, McCartney had the bittersweet task of posthumously inducting John Lennon for a similar honor. But this time, it was all pleasure as Paul stepped up, grinning, to the podium to reveal why Ringo so richly deserved to be recognized as a solo artist.
With 19 solo albums, Ringo joined Lou Reed, Green Day, Bill Withers, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the “5” Royales in being recognized during the ceremony.
Paul recalled when he first heard Ringo blend with what was to become the legendary Beatles.
“One night our drummer then, Pete Best, wasn’t available, so Ringo sat in. And I remember the moment. I mean, Pete was great, and we had a good time with him. But me, John and George, God bless ’em, were on the front line singing, and now behind us we had this guy we’d never played with before, and I remember the moment when he started to play – I think it was Ray Charles, ‘What’d I Say,’ and most of the drummers couldn’t nail the drum part, it’s a little bit [sings a bit of it]. It was a little difficult to do, but Ringo nailed it. Yeah — Ringo nailed it!”
McCartney recalled exchanging looks with the others.
“And that was the moment, that was the beginning, really, of the Beatles,” he declared.
But while Paul remembered the past, Miley Cyrus and Joan Jett honored the present and future, as the Inquisitr reported. Joan Jett wiped away tears as Cyrus paid tribute to the rock’n’roll legend.
“She’s what Superwoman really should be. The first to do many things, not just as a woman, but as a bada** babe on the planet,” declared the 22-year-old.
Miley Cyrus also got credited for adding humor to the evening, reported People. She revealed how she and her idol once smoked pot together.
“I’m going to start off this induction with the first time I wanted to have sex with Joan Jett,” Miley began.
The occasion was an Oprah show.
“The show was where new artists got to perform with their idols, and I wanted to perform with Joan, of course,” Cyrus recalled. “And we were in her bathroom, and we were smoking and just talking, and this was one of the moments in my life where I wanted to be as present and absorb everything that she said to me.”
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