Richie’s first song of the night was “Hello,” the 1983 hit single from his second solo album, Can’t brake. As the singer moved on to “Easy,” Grohl joined him on stage, much to the delight of the crowd in attendance. Together, the musicians delivered their interpretation, staying largely true to the original. Grohl faithfully delivered the song’s iconic solo, and the two legends faced each other and performed the chorus that followed.
Originally released in 1977, “Easy” was a Top 5 hit for the Commodores, the Motown group that originally brought Richie to fame. His tenure with the band spanned from 1968 to 1982, when Richie left to embark on his successful solo career. Earlier in the night, the singer admitted he would also like to see the classic soul group inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
“If I go in first, I’ll hold the door open for these guys,” the singer declared during one red carpet interview, referring to his early band. “If there were no Commodores, there would be no Lionel Richie.”
Richie had been eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame since 2007, but only received a nomination this year, when he was elected on the first try.
As for Grohl, the rocker is no stranger to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame stage. In addition to being a two-time inmate – via Nirvana and Foo Fighters – he’s also helped inaugurate a few other legendary acts, Queen (in 2001) and Rush (in 2013).
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