Run-D.M.C. inducted into Rock Hall, decline to play ceremony
Run-D.M.C. became the second rap act inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH, Friday night. In a surprising move, the two remaining members refused to perform at the ceremony out of respect for the late Jam Master Jay.
“They tell me I could get Grandmaster Flash [to fill in],” Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels told MTV. “But I can get any DJ in the world if I want. It wouldn’t be right. I can’t replace my drummer.”
The duo’s decision is certainly a bit disappointing, especially considering the Hall’s usual guitar-centric program. It would be nice to see them perform together again. But in an age that has seen the DJ fade gracefully into obscurity it is refreshing to see legends of the game stand up for their’s. Run-D.M.C. cannot perform without Jam Master Jay because he was one-third of the group. Contrary to what current wisdom has to say on the matter, he is not replaceable. It was huge for Run-D.M.C. to make this stand, especially given that it came in front of an audience largely composed of people who undervalue turntables as instruments and DJ’s as musicians. Kudos to you, Run D.M.C. You are still the Kings of Rock.
Posted by Mike Denslow at Apr 07, 2009 05:30 PM