Ringo Starr inducts T. Rex into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

News 09/11/2020

. Rex were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during the ceremony over the weekend, which aired live on HBO.

Ringo Starr inducted the band, honouring the late Marc Bolan in his speech.

"People knew him as a great musician, a songwriter, a guitarist, but he was also a poet, and he was very proud of that," Starr said. "In fact, his poetry was as important to him as his music."

He had great style and was really unlike anyone else I have ever met.

Read Ringo Starr's full speech at the end of the article.

Following his speech was a video featuring remarks from Billy Idol and Joan Jett as well as footages of Tony Visconti, Elton John, David Bowie and John Lyndon.

Idol remembered Bolan had a TV show where he had different punk groups on it and breaking down certain walls with a "not really caring and having this 'eff you' attitude."

"All of that sort of spoke to us. He championed us [Generation X] and he stood up for us, and I've always thanked Marc ever since," Idol said.

Bolan's son, Rolan accepted the induction on the behalf of his father and the band. "I really think my dad was put on this Earth not only to play music, but to show off his unique magnetism and charisma. He took inspiration from American music, but formulated his own persona and his own sound," he said in his acceptance speech. "The T. Rex sound kept evolving up through when my mother joined the group, creating a cosmic soul which still tests musical boundaries as well as racial ones."

Watch his acceptance speech below:

Ringo Starr's induction speech:

"From T. Rex, my good friend Marc Bolan. People knew him as a great musician, a songwriter, a guitarist, but he was also a poet, and he was very proud of that. He was always telling me that he was the No. 1 selling poet in Britain. In fact, his poetry was as important to him as his music. He had great style and was really unlike anyone else I have ever met.

He was a great performer, just incredible, and that’s why I called the film we did together Born to Boogie because he really was. I told Marc, “I’ll bring the camera and everything else, you just bring yourself.” We had a lot of fun together. I remember lots of laughter.

We lost him way too young. Within his short life he made over 12 albums that are as far out and ahead of their time as he was. With the help of Tony Visconti and his band T. Rex, Marc’s style started a lot of trends. They called it glam rock, with singles such as “Get It On,” “Children of the Revolution,” and, of course, “Born to Boogie.” But it was always just great music to me, and that’s why people are still listening to T. Rex today. There’s no doubt they belong in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Finally! And I’m very proud to welcome them in right now. Peace and love to Marc, Mickey, Steve, and Bill, and peace and love to all the fans from me and T. Rex. Peace and love!"