Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond Enter Rock Hall

Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond led the new inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday in a ceremony held at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York.

Cooper, whose real name is Vincent Furnier, remained true to his and his band’s image by performing his hits, “Eighteen,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” and School’s Out,” where he was assisted by a group of young children wearing his signature black make-up. Rob Zombie, in introducing Cooper and his band, said that the 70s rock icons were “more than a band. They were more like a murderous band of drag queens – in a good way.”

Diamond had been eligible since 1991, and presenter Paul Simon could not help but notice how it took a long time for the Brooklyn-born songwriter and performer to enter the Hall. “This has been 20 years. My question is, what took so long?” Simon asked. “Six words. You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Anymore,” Simon said referring to Diamond’s duet with Barbara Streisand. “Unfortunately, if it’s Barbra Streisand, it’s not rock ‘n’ roll,” he said.

Joining Cooper and Diamond in this year’s batch were 60s girl group queen Darlene Love, musician-songwriter Leon Russell, Tom Waits, and Elektra Records founder Jac Holtzman.