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Aretha Makes Keith Feel Like a Natural Pirate

3/13/2007 12:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Parrots, pirates, Patti and punsters were all in evidence last night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony -- but Diamond Dave was not. And TMZ was there to catch all the rocktacular backstage action.

Aretha Franklin delivered some Beyonce "to the left" while Keith Richards apparently remained in costume from his acting gig on "Pirates of the Caribbean 3" -- and is speaking Old Pirate, or some language only he understands. Meanwhile, inductee Grandmaster Flash (along with the Furious Five) called his arrival into the Hall "a flash of brilliance, excuse my pun."

Patti Smith got a huge ovation for her long-overdue induction, and REM and the Ronettes also got their place. Van Halen was celebrated as well, but David Lee Roth boycotted after he reportedly couldn't agree on what song to sing with his former bandmates.

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hop on top    

Aretha was interviewed Monday night and when asked who she wanted to play her in the upcoming movie about her life (Jennifer Hudson was suggested), the Queen (who wouldn't take the bait on JH) said she would prefer three people to play her.

Makes sense, since she's as big as three people now anyway. Prolly even bigger.

2691 days ago
17.

Guitarman    

All I can say is The Rock Hall Of Shame has been a joke since after the first few years of it's inception. My shadow will never darken it's door.

Van Halen has always been my favorite band. To me it seemed like a funeral service than a rock hall induction. Lookit, Dave thinks it's all about him what's new so he didn't show. Eddie god bless him is trying to get rid of his demons he needs to, his brother is standing by him so he didn't show. So who always shows up with class? Sammy and Mike like they always do show up and save the day. You would think the rest of the band was dead. It was very sad.

Then Sam and Mike had to sit in with Baldy and the Mexicali horns!!! What a sick joke that was!! They could at least had a rock band up there. And don't get me started on how Slash tripped over his own fingers on the begining of Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love nice to look like an idiot with 1000's of people watching!

2691 days ago
18.

Breech of Contract    

Message 6. Are you kidding? Aretha Franklin has LOST weight! The edited version of the show will be on VH1 this coming Saturday @ 9 p.m., I believe. Can't wait to see The Queen.

2691 days ago
19.

Breech of Contract    

The Ronettes in the Hall of Fame and not the Marvelettes? The Marvelettes put Mowtown on the map. They had hits before Smokey, the Vandellas, the Supremes and The Temptations. Why are they being ignored?

2691 days ago
20.

Sandra    

I love that man..can't wait for Pirates 3....

2671 days ago
21.

JESSICA    

MY GAWD ARETHA IS ONE FAT BITCH....HATE TO GET UNDER THAT.....BE CALLED PANCAKE DAVE

2627 days ago
22.

mitch nash    

Give Keef a break. He's the king. Moustache sucks, but he's still the man!

2622 days ago
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