(1995, Page, Plant, Bonham (Jason) and Jones for Rock N Roll Hall of Fame induction)
Led Zeppelin Bring It All Back Home: 1995
Led Zeppelin’s induction couldn’t have come at a more awkward time for the band. Months earlier, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant had reunited for an album and made plans to tour without bassist John Paul Jones. He first heard about the tour when he read about it in a newspaper. At the podium to accept the award, Jones couldn’t resist a dig at his bandmates: “Thank you, my friends,” he said,”for finally remembering my phone number.”
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith inducted Led Zeppelin. Tyler started off his speech with a rock & roll yowl. (Standing at the side of the stage, Plant whispered to himself, “You wish.”) Tyler went on to talk about the opening for the Yardbirds in the late Sixties and how page stole his girlfriend, but that “Jimmy was such a motherfucker onstage, I couldn’t hold it against him.” Plant played down all the talk of the band’s old debauchery, saying “I don’t remember a single television set going” out the window.
The speeches paled in comparison to the epic reunion: Tyler, Perry and the late John Bonham’s son Jason joined them for a scorching “Bring It on Home.” Neil Young - who was also inducted that night - came onstage for a sloppy eight-minute rendition of “When the Levee Breaks,” featuring distorted Crazy Horse-style solos, with Plant adding lyrics from one of his favorite songs, Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.”