Published Apr 05, 2017Back in January, it was revealed that Neil Young had been selected to officially induct grunge icons Pearl Jam into Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With the ceremonies only two days away, Young has been forced to cancel his appearance.
News of the change came through the Hall of Fame's official Twitter account today (April 5), writing that Young was unable to take part in the proceedings "due to illness." David Letterman will induct Pearl Jam in his stead.
In reaction to concerned fans, the Hall of Fame said that "it's great of David to step in and we're keeping Neil in our thoughts."
While Young was set to induct Pearl Jam, some other special guests have been lined up as presenters for this year's class of inductees. Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will induct prog rock legends Yes, while Jackson Browne will be on hand to induct Joan Baez. Last month, it was confirmed that Snoop Dogg will induct his late friend and partner in rhyme 2Pac.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on April 7 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
@joshwentz75 It's great of David to step in and we're keeping Neil in our thoughts.— Rock Hall (@rockhall) April 5, 2017