When will U2 be eligible for induction into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame? When they are eventually inducted (for the good of music-kind), who in the world would present their plaque, certificate, trophy, complimentary gift basket, gift certificates to pottery barn or whatever award paraphernalia is applicable, to them?
Just between you and me, I've been approached by Paul McG to begin getting some notes together for my triumphant induction speech. If you heard about Eddie Vedder's wine-fueled induction of the Ramones last month, you realize that AG won't be the worst they've ever had at the ceremony. As Bono has become the defacto poet-induction-speech-laureate of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it will be no easy task to write and deliver a speech even someone as wordy as Bono will appreciate. I'll have a Powerpoint presentation, some old bootlegs, pictures of the mullet years, ticket stubs and I'll be brandishing some of the less-than-favorable reviews that they received early in their career.
It was a hard decision for Paul make in choosing the inductor. Other names bandied about included Mr. Springsteen, Mr. Sting, Mr. Gabriel and P. Diddy (for the kids). I am honored to have been chosen and I hope I can make the band proud. They'll be eligible in 2005.