Steve Smith's incredible RRHF acceptance speech Legendary drummer inducted to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Journey The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony took place on Friday, April 7, 2017. Steve Smith, with the legendary band Journey, were inducted as the class of 2017 and we just have to share this moment. The video below starts with his great speech, honoring some of his greatest influences starting with his parents and then naming Buddy Rich (and his Big band), "Mitch" Mitchell with Jimi Hendrix, Ginger Baker with Cream, John Bonham with Led Zeppelin and Billy Cobham and Narada Michael Walden with The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Enjoy Steve Smith's speech for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction below, plus some extras!

Steve Smith's Induction Acceptance Speech - 2017 Rock Hall Inductions
Members of Journey including Jonathan Cain, Aynsley Dunbar, Steve Perry, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Steve Smith and Ross Valory make their acceptance speeches at the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in New York City.



Steve Smith's speech for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction



RRHF Class of 2017 Inductees

    Performer Category
  • ELO
  • Joan Baez
  • Journey
  • Pearl Jam
  • Tupac Shakur
  • Yes

    Award for Musical Excellence
  • Nile Rodgers
How to get inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first recording. The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Performer Inductees were chosen by more than 900 voters, as well as the aggregate results of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's online fan vote. The top five artists from the fan vote comprised the Fans' Ballot that was tallied alongside the other ballots to determine the 2017 Inductees. Four of the winners of the Fans' Ballot (ELO, Journey, Pearl Jam, and Yes) will be inducted as performers in 2017.

Call the style what you will - arena rock, stadium rock, concert rock - Journey dominated in the '70s and '80s.


The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, took place on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for the third time. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Ceremony had its television premiere on HBO, and a radio broadcast on SiriusXM.
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