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The great David Letterman celebrates his birthday today (April 12), and with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony this Saturday, we would be remiss if we didn’t look back on his excellent speech induction Pearl Jam.

Letterman was filling in for Neil Young, who was originally tapped to induct the Grunge icons but had to bow out for unspecified health reasons.  (Not a half-bad replacement, right?)  The speech was touching and absolutely hilarious.

Pearl Jam performed on The Late Show a number of times over the course of Letterman’s nearly 22 years as host, and Eddie Vedder appeared as a musical guest during Letterman’s final week as host of The Late Show.

David Letterman Inducts Pearl Jam into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Comedian and late night host David Letterman inducts Pearl Jam into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during the 32nd Annual Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in New York City.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.