Carrie Keagan is promising “a fucking great time,” and maybe more, on the red carpet at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday from Cleveland’s Public Hall
The star of Bravo’s After Hours With Carrie Keagan will host the Rock Hall’s first-ever live stream from the red carpet, running 5:30-7:30 p.m. ET at Rockhall.com and on the Hall’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Keagan will be interviewing inductees, presenters and other VIPs as they arrive for the ceremony, along with pre-produced video packages about the artists and the museum nearby.
The actual ceremony will be filmed by HBO and premiere at 8 p.m. ET on May 5.
Unlike at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, where the VIPs arrive in private, the Cleveland ceremonies are done in front of a public gallery on the side of Public Hall; Before the 2015 event the members of Green Day even came off the red carpet to press the flesh and sign autographs. And Keagan — who also hosts Up Close with Carrie Keagan and was host of VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live — promises Billboard that she plans to add her own unique spirit to the pandemonium.
You’re the first live stream host from the Rock Hall red carpet. Intimidating?
Y’know, Kiss once said God gave rock ‘n’ roll to you — I do believe that’s why the Rock and Roll Induction Ceremony is so important. You have the give the devil his due — that’s why I’m hosing the first-ever live stream of the red carpet show. It’s literally going to be the best time you’ll ever have with your pants on.
How are you going to approach talking to everybody?
Well, I plan on having a really fucking great time. I’m a huge music fan. It’s such a huge part of my life, so this, to me, is an extension of that, an extension of my fandom. I get to geek out in my fandom. I want those guys to remember what it’s like to be out there rockin’ out with their young fans. Those are the people who have stayed with them their whole lives. This is sort of that lifelong achievement moment that we as fans want to see our favorite bands get. So I expect this red carpet to be everything the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is — sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, minus the sex and drugs, probably.
Are you worried that any of the people you talk to might have seen you on The New Celebrity Apprentice?
That’s a very good question. I’m not worried at all because I was very proud of my first firing on that series. Plus I got to hang out with some really cool people and probably some people they all know. I was there with Vince Neil, Boy George, Carnie Wilson; I’m sure they’re all friends, so we can compare notes.
Who are you going to talk to that’s going to make you quiver a little bit?
I’m a big dork for all things ’80s, so Bon Jovi and the Cars are right up there with quiver material. It’s going to be such a huge thing to see Bon Jovi reunite (with Richie Sambora and Alec John Such); There were so many days me and my brother would blare Bon Jovi so loud, playing air band. I started my life in music with Bon Jovi. It’s been so long and I miss them — and I think I’m not the only one.
Does your brother get to come or are you going to make him jealous from afar?
No, I’m full-on rubbing his nose in it for sure. But he’ll be watching.
You mentioned the Cars…
They were the other side of the coin. Those guys were so inspirational to me, sort of like the New Wave alternative to rock ‘n’ roll. Ric Ocasek was like the new David Bowie to me. Their music videos were such a big deal. Watching MTV was basically how I spent most of my childhood.
So Dire Straits had to come across your young radar, too.
Oh hell yes. Honestly that music video (“Money For Nothing”) alone was probably one of the biggest things when MTV came out, and having Sting in the background was a little added bonus. That whole decade of music was such a big deal.
Know what you’re wearing yet?
I do — but I’m not going to tell you. I promise you won’t miss me. It’s bright.
What do you have planned after the red carpet wraps?
I’m gonna go and enjoy it like the rest of everybody watching there. I’m such a big fan, anyway, so just being able to be there and watch it all go down will be great. And this will not be my first one; I was there when Rush got inducted (in 2013). That was such an incredible moment; They had a three-minute standing ovation when they got announced, one of the coolest moments in rock ‘n’ roll history. I have a T-shirt that has (Alex Lifeson’s) speech written on it, all the blah-blah-blah. It’s my favorite thing.