The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony featured a great number of exciting performances and collaborations, certainly among them Nate Ruess of fun.’s tribute to the late Lou Reed, on which he paired with Beck.
Ruess joined Beck in a capacity he describes to Radio.com as a “backup singer” alongside longtime Beck band members Jason Falkner and Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Ruess says Beck asked him to perform after the two recorded a song together for Ruess’s forthcoming album Grand Romantic “because he just enjoyed chilling with me, I guess.”
Ruess says the “meta”-ness of the event, along with being in a room full of legends, gave him a thrill that was unlike other music award ceremonies.
“Just being there, sitting at the table with Beck and watching how many people big-upped him the whole time [was cool],” Ruess explains. “To hear [inductee] Bill Withers walk on stage, he was talking about this drummer James Gadson, who I had play on the song that we recorded. Beck had been using him for the last few years also. He’s responsible for all those incredible Bill Withers beats that a lot of hip-hop guys have sampled.
“That Saturday, I was in Cleveland with Beck and Bill Withers is on stage talking about how Beck hangs out with James Gadson and then that Monday Jeff [Bhasker, his producer] was in the studio recording with James for the song that we were doing with Beck. It’s pretty meta.”
As for the upcoming broadcast? Ruess singles out Green Day as the show-stealers.