Rock Hall rocks out with induction ceremony party

CLEVELAND -- No backstage pass? No problem. The newest hall of fame inductees were larger than life at the Rock Hall on Thursday night.

While the live ceremonies were held in the Big Apple, Cleveland still celebrated rock 'n' roll's big night in style.

"How could you not want to be here?" Mike Collette said. "It's got just about as much as a live concert would, only they're not here."

They're in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center -- Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Kiss, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens -- the 2014 inductees on stage in NYC but simulcast in Cleveland. The Rock Hall was the only other place to watch the ceremony live.

"The party is always in Cleveland," a fan said. "First record I ever bought with my paper money? Obviously, Kiss."

About 700 people rocked out, watching the 12-foot screen and others throughout the museum, making for a very special evening.

"We've been married two years," Stacie Dayton said. "This is my anniversary gift from him."

No roses necessary -- just a night of Nirvana and other legends to make it one they won't forget.

"I've wanted to come to the Rock Hall of Fame for like ever, so this is like the coolest thing for me," Dayton said. "Something to scratch off my bucket list. My favorite band is being inducted in, so I couldn't ask for anything better really."

Most of the Rock Hall executive staff traveled to New York. In a statement to Channel 3 News, Vice President of Marketing and Communication Todd Mesek said:

"Tonight we remember the importance of the music, how much the inductions mean -- to artists, as well as fans -- and the importance of the work we do in Cleveland. As the show opened tonight, the word 'Cleveland' inspired 10,000 fans in Brooklyn to cheer in unison. That's a powerful tribute to the museum and city of Cleveland. We should be proud. "

The party lasted until a little after 11 p.m.

An edited version of the live ceremony will air May 31 on HBO.

Cleveland hosts the induction ceremony in 2015.


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