The event took place in the immense Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, quite a leap from previous ceremonies held in smaller places. This year’s inductees were Peter Gabriel, Kiss, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt… and The E Street Band. Springsteen gave the introduction speech, which lasted 16 minutes (read the full speech), then there were speeches from all members of the band, after they each received their Award for Musical Excellence. Bruce did not forget Clarence and Danny in his speech, nor drummer Ernest Boom Carter (surprisingly left off the Hall despite his contribution to the studio version of Bruce’s most famous song, “Born to Run”).
With both Max and Vini onstage playing drums, Davis Sancious on the organ and the E Street Horns onstage, the band launched into a gorgeous “The E Street Shuffle”, followed by “The River”.
The performance ended with a long, epic version of “Kitty’s Back” that allowed the E Streeters to jam and shine, particularly David Sancious on the organ (for the first time since 1974).