Donovan inducted, Chili Peppers teased at Rock Hall ceremony
Reading from the liner notes on the back of the first record he bought at age 14, Mellancamp invoked the word "ungimmicked," used in those notes to describe the Scottish singer-songwriter.
Mellencamp paused and said, "You know what a gimmick is, right? Like when you wear your hair all puffed up, cuss a lot onstage and maybe come out wearing socks," referencing the Chili Peppers' famed stunt years ago when the group would show up for a performance with only socks covering their private parts. "I'm just kidding!" Mellencamp added.
Donovan then recited a poem he said the honor inspired, calling his induction "a singular honor ... the brightest searchlight on my music the world can shine."
Mellencamp, who brought Donovan on tour with him in 2005, joined him for "Season of the Witch," the final number of his three-song set that also included signature hits "Catch the Wind" and "Sunshine Superman."
-- Randy Lewis
Photo: Donovan speaks during the 27th annual Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland. Credit: Michael Loccisano / Getty Images