The 2020 edition of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions were done with the caveat of COVID-19. The pandemic has seen fit to put an end to pretty much all live music and events meaning that the star-studded gala was, at the very least, facing a lengthy postponement. However, that didn’t dampen the evening for all those involved and especially those being inducted, including T. Rex.
Airing on HBO, this year’s event was a rather pared down affair but did still see the influx of incredible guests to help induct the new legends of rock. As well as Ringo Starr chairing the induction, there were extra special guests helping out too with both Billy Idol and Joan Jett making an appearance.
The evening welcomed another inductee, The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr to help induct T. Rex into Rock Hall, with a special moment taken to remember the talented man at the centre of the group, Marc Bolan. “People knew him as a great musician, a songwriter, a guitarist, but he was also a poet, and he was very proud of that,” Starr said. “In fact, his poetry was as important to him as his music. He had great style and was really unlike anyone else I have ever met.”
After Starr’s speech, which you can read in full here, there was a video played using archival footage which showed Tony Visconti, Elton John and even Johnny Rotten all sharing some moments with Bolan. There was also some extra video messages from The Runaways punk pioneer Joan Jett whos said: “There’s an amazing sexuality to Marc, I had a major crush on him.”
‘White Wedding’ singer Billy Idol was also on hand via video and added: “Marc had this TV show he was doing. What was great is he was having different punk groups on, and he was breaking down certain walls not really caring and having this ‘eff you’ attitude. All of that sort of spoke to us. He championed us [Generation X] and he stood up for us, and I’ve always thanked Marc ever since.”
Marc Bolan’s son Rolan Bolan was on hand to accept Rock Hall’s induction on his father and the band’s behalf. “I really think my dad was put on this Earth not only to play music, but to show off his unique magnetism and charisma,” Bolan added.