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Detroit Rock Hall inductees party on eve of ceremony

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Cleveland rocked on Friday night, April 13, as Detroit’s new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees prepared for Saturday’s ceremony in style.

Motown royalty, meanwhile, gathered at Anatomy nightclub for a party hosted by the Miracles’ Pete Moore. Moore, Smokey Robinson – who was inducted as a solo act in 1987 -- and ex-wife and former Miracle Claudette Robinson were joined by members of the Vandellas, members of the late Four Tops singer Levi Stubb’s family and Katherine Schaffner at the small and pleasantly sedate affair.

Moore’s niece, Vee, sang, and after the party Claudette Robinson headed over to the gala at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum for a personally guided tour with her daughter Tamia, granddaughter Lyric and friends. Earlier in the evening, Rock Hall member Felix Cavaliere gave Motown its due by incorporating the Temptations’ “My Girl” and Martha & the Vandellas’ “Nowhere to Run” into renditions of his own hits with the Rascals.

Earlier in the evening, Detroit-born shock rocker Alice Cooper and his wife, Sheryl, shared some Motor City memories with members of the Midnighters, being inducted 12 years after frontman Hank Ballard.

Not far away, Bloomfield Hills-raised Chad Smith and the Red Hot Chili Peppers hosted a party at the Corner Bar, where mostly friends and family -- including former drummers Cliff Martinez and Jack Irons -- enjoyed everything from meats with special dips to s’mores while bowling and playing pool. Bassist Flea was a nearly constant presence on the alleys, while drummer Smith preceded his Rock Hall induction with another trophy – this one presented by his mother – after defeating one of his nephews in a family pool tournament.

Other news on the Rock Hall front focused on artists who won’t be at Saturday’s ceremony. Rod Stewart called in sick with strep throat and will be replaced by Mick Hucknall, who’s been playing shows with Faces members Ron Wood, Ian McLagen and Kenney Jones during the past couple of years.

And the drama surrounding Guns N’ Roses continued with hot rumors that the band intends to perform even without frontman Axl Rose, who turned down his induction earlier in the week. Former drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Gilby Clarke jammed on a couple of GNR songs with bassist Duff McKagan during his solo gig at the House of Blues, and the smart money was on Myles Kennedy – who sings as part of GNR guitarist Slash’s band – showing up to fill Rose’s slot.

Saturday’s ceremony is being filmed by HBO and will be debuted on May 5.


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