Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) — New Rochester Music Hall of Fame inductees Steve Gadd and Tony Levin had already been honored Sunday night, when "late in the evening," they were joined by a legend - Paul Simon.
The singer/songwriter walked onstage at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre to play two songs with his old friends. He asked if there were any requests, but then laughed it off saying he doesn't taken them. Then the group played Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" and "Late In The Evening." Gadd is credited with the drum intro on "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover"; Levin is credited with the famous bass line on the recording of "Late In The Evening."
Gadd and Levin are old friends. Gadd is an Irondequoit native, and both are alumni of the Eastman School of Music. They talked at length before the induction with Doug Emblidge. You can watch that interview here.
Doug was backstage at the ceremony - the video link with this news item includes his exclusive video of Paul Simon up close.
Also honored at the ceremony were Eastman percussion instructor John Beck, local composer/advertising pioneer Ferdinand Jay Smith and The Campbell Brothers. Musician Robert Randolph was a surprise performer for The Campbell Brothers' induction.