The 10 Most Awkward Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Jams

SPIN celebrates the most uncomfortable parts of the RRHOF's uncomfortable annual ritual

Ronnie Wood and Flea, awkward / Kevin Mazur/WireImage
Ronnie Wood and Flea, awkward / Kevin Mazur/WireImage
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When: January 30, 1988
Who: In the year that saw the induction of the Beach Boys, Beatles, and Bob Dylan, who better to kick off "I Saw Her Standing There" than… Billy Joel? Jeff Beck plays a needlessly tricky solo. Bruce Springsteen — during his un-lamented bolo-tie phase — clearly forgets the words to the chorus, Dylan wears a cape and plays inaudibly, and Paul Shaffer lugs around a keytar almost as big as Anton Fig. And who are the other two-dozen people onstage?
As Embarrassing As: Forgetting someone's name at a high school reunion — no, family reunion.

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