Rock Hall 2017 class includes Pearl Jam, Tupac and Journey

As the foundational prog rock band prepares for its induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this evening, several reports have surfaced indicating that Rush's Geddy Lee will be filling in on bass for Squire on at least one song.

Speaking of rappers, Shakur - who died in 1996 - was remembered by Snoop Dogg with a touching and playful speech.

As one can see from the trailer above, Tupac's layered career, which included groundbreaking work in hip hop, acting, and social activism, skyrocketed him to rare, generation defining status of fame, and an equally infamous death that is still debated over and rumored about 21 years later.

"Shoot, honey, I thought you were sitting down in the front", Vedder said to laughs.

In related news, other rumors surrounding the ceremony have indicated that original Journey frontman, Steve Perry, may be joining his long estranged bandmates during their performance. Instead, Arnel Pineda sang lead as the band performed their hits, including "Don't Stop Believin'".

"You're the one who put us here", Perry said to the Journey fans, earning one of the night's loudest applauses.

Former Journey frontman Steve Perry reunited on stage with his "Don't Stop Believin'" bandmates for the first time in 25 years to screams and hugs of joy, while Roy Wood of Electric Light Orchestra turned up for the NY ceremony 45 years after leaving the English band.

Tributes were also paid on Friday to Chuck Berry, who died last month at age 90 and who was the first person ever to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and Prince, who died of an accidental painkiller overdose in April 2016.

Chuck Berry was the first artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he is the first to be honored at the Hall's 32nd annual ceremony.

Nile Rodgers will receive a special honor at the event held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Inductees will eventually be enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland.

To be eligible, all of the nominees had to have released their first recording no later than 1991.

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