For Our Consideration: The music industry plays itself at the 2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony

Induction Ceremony, 12:47 a.m.— It’s the end of the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, and Ringo Starr is strolling around the stage wondering what the hell is going on. He just finished performing a cover of the song “Boys,” and was eager to continue a musical set that would cap off the evening. Instead, the proceedings have been seriously derailed by a lengthy tech setup in between songs. As a result, the roaring crowd—rather than being treated to a rousing medley of all-Starr favorites—are faced with a befuddled Ringo, vamping and killing time with some obvious frustration.

“All right,” he says, meandering around the stage as the crowd settles down. Everyone realizes they’re not in for a scorching set of tunes, so much as a guy extemporaneously speaking, punctuated occasionally by a song. Starr looks into the audience and sees …

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