Pink Floyd, the Kinks and the Eurythmics were among the honorees inducted last night (Nov. 16) into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame. The second annual show, which took place in a ceremony at London’s Alexandra Palace, featured some momentous reunions, including the gathering of the original Kinks and a performance by the classic line-up of Black Sabbath, featuring Ozzy Osbourne.
The show, made by Initial TV, airs tonight in a three-hour slot on terrestrial U.K. network Channel 4. VH-1 network will broadcast the program Nov. 26, both in the United Kingdom and the United States.
This year’s show reflected organizers’ extended commitment to the concept, with a live audience of 3,000 and a wide selection of giants of rock and soul among the inductees. Channel 4 has been previewing the show since Nov. 6 with a series of documentaries and specials.
This year’s list of inductees was not open to public vote but was chosen entirely by the U.K. Music Hall of Fame Steering Group, which comprises some 60 artists, music journalists, broadcasters and executives.
Accepting the Kinks’ induction, Ray Davies and his brother Dave were joined by fellow original members Pete Quaife and Mick Avory, while Osbourne and Sabbath, who were both inducted, played “Paranoid,” marking their first performance together since their reunion shows of 1997.
To mark the induction of Jimi Hendrix, drummer Mitch Mitchell (from the Jimi Hendrix Experience) played in a collective that included Steve Winwood, longtime guitar associate Billy Cox and Slash.
Pete Townshend was on hand not only to accept the Who’s induction, but to induct Pink Floyd, whose David Gilmour and Nick Mason were present. They were joined on a screen via satellite by Roger Waters, who was in Rome for the opening of his “Ca Ira” opera.
The late broadcaster John Peel was made this year’s honorary member of the Hall of Fame. Island Records founder Chris Blackwell received the award last year.
The U.K. Music Hall of Fame does not yet exist as a physical entity, but Initial chief executive Malcolm Gerrie tells Billboard.biz that negotiations are at an advanced stage with another London landmark, the Millennium Dome, to house both the Hall of Fame itself and the television event. “We’re going to have a building in a year or two’s time,” he says.