David Grohl: First of all, I wish that we would have had Moby write our speech, because I’ve seen worse. From rap tap to space rock, opera to funk, punk rock to arena rock, there were no boundaries to what Queen could do, or would do, for that matter. Together, Roger Taylor, Brian May, John Deacon and Freddie Mercury created some of the most diverse music in the history of rock and roll. Stylistically, Queen changed more often than most of you people have changed management. With albums such as “A Night at the Opera”, “Sheer Heart Attack”, “Day at the Races”, “The Game” and of course, “Hot Space”, Queen opened up the ears of millions to countless charmers of music. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they were true originals. Not many bands are graced with four hit songwriters. Brian May, “We Will Rock You”, Roger Taylor, “It’s a Kind of Magic”, John Deacon, “Another One Bites the Dust”, Freddie Mercury, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Are the Champions”, “Killer Queen”, “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. These are just a few. The list goes on and on.
Taylor Hawkins: As a live band, Queen kind of kicked everybody’s ass. Queen was my first concert, and every concert since has been a bit of let-down. They were raw, yet tight, huge, yet intimate. Two of the best albums of my life ... their legendary performance in “Live Aid 1985” with no lights, no sound-check, no frills, no more than 20 minutes on the stage, showed the world how to turn a huge stadium into a tiny, sweaty club, while proving to every other band that day who really owned the stage.
Dave Grohl: I once said in an interview, after playing in front of 250,000 people, that if you want to learn how to connect to an audience that size, you’d either watch the Pope or Freddie Mercury.
Taylor Hawkins: Freddy was a true star, the consummate entertainer, one in a million, and never ever, ever to be forgotten.
Dave Grohl: We present to you Queen as the next inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Queen.