It’s that time of year again when a seemingly arbitrary group of musicians is feted as “influential” and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees were ’70s rocker Alice Cooper, prolific pop balladeer Neil Diamond, New Orleans piano man Dr. John, indie fave Tom Waits and Darlene Love, one of the original members of the Phil Spector-produced girl group, the Crystals.
Diamond surprised the crowd on hand at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria when he delivered a rambling acceptance speech and started taking pictures of the crowd with his camera phone.
“Here I am,” Diamond said. “I’m sorry I didn’t write a speech. I just got off tour from Australia, I did a show two days ago, I got on a plane, commercial, yesterday. I’ve been flying my a** off for 45 hours, got in this morning. I have no idea where we are… What are we doing here? What the heck is going on right here?”
“They love me!” he continued, perhaps taking his queues from tiger blood winner Charlie Sheen or recent f-bomb dropping Oscar winner Melissa Leo. “They’re crazy. But I love them, and I love you too, even though you didn’t vote for me. I don’t give a s**t! I’m flying back tomorrow to Sydney f**king Australia because they love me there! And I’m gonna keep going back ’til they stop loving me!”
Diamond concluded his speech with, “What time is it? What day is it? And what the f**k is this country?!”
Good questions, all.
Among other highlights from the show — Cooper ended his performance covered in fake blood and wielding a large snake, according to Rolling Stone.
The ceremony is set to air Sunday (March 20) on Fuse at 9 p.m. ET/PT.