(with apologies to Ron House
(Alec Baldwin and Billy Joel show their appreciation for the All-Star salute to Peppi Marchello)
Newsday's Rafer Guzman has the scoop on the inaugural induction ceremonies for the Long Island Music Hall of Fame this past weekend, in which Billy Joel, Joan Jett, Dee Snider and Perry Como were honored.
Inside the 1,200-seat theater, guests and musicians alike crowded together to watch the night's first act, Mountain, featuring Leslie West on guitar, Corky Laing on drums and bassist Richie Scarlet. The trio kicked off with a version of its most famous song, "Mississippi Queen," then segued into the dark, bluesy "Nantucket Sleigh Ride." West ended the brief show with a Jimi Hendrix-style take on "The Star-Spangled Banner."
After being introduced by Alec Baldwin, final inductee Joel summed up the region in a speech that touched on everyone from Albert Einstein to Joey Buttafuoco, calling Long Island "a clash of cultures," and an "island of extremes."
While no disrepect to the above superstars is intended, there are some glaring omissions. How about Chuck D. or Hank Shocklee? Phantom Tollbooth? Controlled Bleeding? The Nihilistics?
A lifetime achievment award for Lyle Hysen?
Seriously, perhaps someone other than Robert Haber should've been in charge.