This past weekend, HBO aired highlights from the latest induction ceremony of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (The event happened on April 19th and was recorded and edited for television.)
Among the inductees in the 2013 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
- 70s and 80s Heart
- Rappers Public Enemy
- Disco queen Donna Summer
- Pop songwriter, Oscar winner Randy Newman
- Blues legend Albert King
- Canadian rock and rollers Rush
Each performer or group was introduced, given their award and allowed to deliver an acceptance speech. The one speech that stood out came at the end of the acceptance speeches from the three members of Rush. Singer Geddy Lee and drummer Neil Peart each gave a bit of a rambling, but typical speech. But it was guitar player Alex Lifeson’s speech that will likely be remembered as one of the best (or strangest) acceptance speeches of all time.
What did Lifeson say? Well…basically, nothing. The entire speech featured the word “blah,” and only the world “blah” in various forms for 2:29 seconds. The two other members of Rush appear to be not so surprised by this behavior. And based on their laughter, the crowd seemed to go along with the lengthy bit.