The Ventures
The Ventures Band Members: Bob Spalding, Nokie Edwards, Don Wilson, Gerry McGee, Bob Bogle, Leon Taylor.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Class of 2008

The Ventures Are Inducted Into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Mar, 10 2008
A historic weekend for The Ventures began with their arrival in New York City on Thursday, March 6, 2008.

The band appeared on Fox & Friends on Friday, March 7.

The Induction Ceremony took place at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC, on Monday, March 10.

The Ventures were honored by the NYSE on Tuesday, with the ringing of the opening bell.

The band spent a couple of days in New York prior to the main event, and was invited to appear on the Fox and Friends morning show on Friday, March 7 – a lot of fun, in spite of the very early morning!  On Saturday, there were rehearsals with the house band: of course, that was the band from the Letterman Show, led by Paul Schaffer.  The following day there was sound check and camera rehearsal at the ballroom of the Waldorf.  Our time slot was in the morning, but we were able to see many of the other performers taking their turns throughout the day.  We had interviews and had been scheduled to make another TV appearance on Monday afternoon, shortly before the main event began – but a certain New York governor made the news for some extra-curricular activities, and we were pre-empted.  Scandal wins out every time, unfortunately!


The evening of the induction ceremony was amazing, nerve-wracking, and immensely enjoyable by turns.  There was a cocktail party first, then we were led to our places for dinner.  The ballroom was so packed, it was almost impossible to squeeze between the tables – I don't know how the waiters did their jobs without dropping food and drinks all over everyone.  We were seated close to the Dave Clark Five, and Michael J. Fox was at a neighboring table.  Looking around the room and seeing all the great performers in attendance definitely made one aware that this was indeed a momentous occasion.


There was a countdown to the start of the telecast (dinner was still being served), and the show began.  It was a truly amazing experience for all of us.  Shortly after the first inductee was introduced, we were escorted backstage to await The Ventures' turn.  We were standing in the kitchen, along with Billy Joel, John Fogerty, and a host of others. 


When The Ventures' name was announced, John Fogerty made a speech during which he said that The Ventures had released over 500 (different) albums during the course of their career – and then said that, these days with the record market the way it is, many artists would be glad to sell 500 albums – which generated laughter all around!  He then presented us with the Hall of Fame awards, and we were able to make short acceptance speeches.  Don went first, then Nokie, followed by Fiona and Leon to accept for Mel Taylor, Bob Spalding to accept for Bob Bogle, and John Durrill to accept on behalf of Gerry McGee.  (Bob Bogle and Gerry were unable to attend the ceremony).  Looking down from the podium to the crowd was somewhat daunting – to see Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase and others right in front of you when you're speaking is more than a little disconcerting!


The Ventures then played Walk Don't Run (with Bob Spalding on lead), followed by Hawaii Five-O – backed by the Paul Schaffer Band and Alto Reed on sax.  The audience rose to its feet to give the band a standing ovation. 


After The Ventures' performance, we were led to the press room for interviews before returning to the ballroom to see the rest of the show. 


There was an “after party” at which we were able to talk with many of the other artists and members of the audience.  Definitely a night to remember!

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