NEW YORK — Cheap Trick, Chicago and N.W.A were among the music icons inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Brooklyn's Barclays Center Friday. Here are some of the funniest, and most poignant, things we heard:
1. "(It's) perhaps the most classic guitar riff of all time. The first thing anybody learns on a guitar. The riff that has actually been banned from being played in music stores to preserve the sanity of the staff." — Metallica's Lars Ulrich, hailing Deep Purple's enduring Smoke on the Water.
2. "I want to thank all my ex-wives for making sure I have to keep working." — Chicago's Lee Loughnane, after listing the three things that have never failed him: his trumpet, lungs and bandmates.
3. "In the few minutes it has taken (Patrick Carney) and I to reacquaint you with Steve's Wikipedia page, there is a good chance that every one of these songs has been played on a radio station somewhere around the globe." — The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, praising Steve Miller's hits including The Joker and Rock'n Me.
4. "You think you can rip the roof off any room. You think you can make a basement club feel like (Madison Square) Garden, and you think you do it better than anyone else. Then you go and see Cheap Trick. That's when you think, 'Man, we kind of suck. I've got to step up my game.' " — Kid Rock, introducing Cheap Trick.
5. "I want to say to Mr. Gene Simmons that hip hop is here forever. Get used to it! We supposed to be here!" — N.W.A's MC Ren, in response to the Kiss bassist's assertion that "rap will die" in an interview with Rolling Stone last month.
6. "I wouldn't be here without you at all. Thank you for believing in a 15-year-old b-boy, letting me ditch school and hang out with you and make music. Stay in school, kids!" — N.W.A's Ice Cube, thanking co-founder Dr. Dre.
7. “There’s a slew of people from back in the day who should be next. ... Off the top of my head, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Judas Priest. The one band that is eligible next year, if my math is right, is Rage Against the Machine. I hope they don't have to wait decades to get in. Their influence is immeasurable." — Metallica's Lars Ulrich, on who he'd like to see inducted into the Rock Hall in 2017.
8. "The Space Cowboy, the Gangster of Love, some people call him Maurice. It's finally time to have a fourth persona of a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer." — The Black Keys' Patrick Carney, presenting Steve Miller for induction.
9. "If I pulled out a Chicago record and played it in the car, I would just get laid in high school." — Presenter Rob Thomas, on growing up listening to Chicago.
10. "I love you all. Music has been there for me when nobody else was, so thank you. Be safe, be happy, and don't let anybody make you afraid." — Deep Purple's David Coverdale, after thanking his family, team and Whitesnake bandmates.
Contributing: Elysa Gardner