One of the highlights of this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was Donovan’s performance. He sang “Catch The Wind” and “Sunshine Superman” before being joined by John Mellencamp for “Season Of The Witch.” But another guest who was supposed to be with him couldn’t make it: Jim James, frontman from My Morning Jacket.
James has a solid background in rock history: his band opened for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, he appeared in the Bob Dylan-inspired film I’m Not There and James himself once released an EP of George Harrison covers, under the name “Yim Yames.”
Sadly, due to illness, James wasn't able to make the induction ceremony in Cleveland on April 14. Donovan said that he was disappointed, as he had been looking forward to jamming with the younger musician.
Donovan also said that 2012 was a good year for him to be inducted: he was happy to be included along with The Small Faces and The Faces, as he was friends with both incarnations of the group. He also mentioned The Beastie Boys, as his daughter Ione Skye was once married to their MC and guitarist Adam Horovitz.
The Essential Donovan, a two CD set with 36 of his greatest tracks, is out now. HBO will premiere the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony tomorrow night at 9 pm ET.
Last year’s Lollapalooza headliners and longtime listener favorite, My Morning Jacket will be celebrating 40 years of XRT in an XRT 4D outdoor concert at The Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on August 22.
— Brian Ives, CBS Local