David Letterman replaces Neil Young, will induct Pearl Jam into Rock Hall of Fame

David Letterman speaks on stage at the kickoff of the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces and the 75th anniversary of the USO at Joint Base Andrews on May 5, 2016 in Maryland. The former talk-show host will induct Pearl Jam into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Friday. Pool photo by Olivier Douliery/UPI

April 6 (UPI) — Former “Late Show” host David Letterman is to induct Pearl Jam into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after ailing musician Neil Young was forced to bow out of his presenting duties at the gala.

“Due to illness, Neil Young is sadly unable to induct @PearlJam @ this year’s ceremony. We’re thrilled David Letterman has agreed to step in,” organizers of the event tweeted Wednesday.

Dhani Harrison will also be inducting ELO; Pat Monahan will be inducting Journey; Pharrell Williams will be inducting Nile Rodgers; Snoop Dogg will be inducting Tupac Shakur; Jackson Browne will be inducting Joan Baez; and Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush will be inducting Yes.

The event is to take place Friday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Due to illness, Neil Young is sadly unable to induct @PearlJam @ this year’s ceremony. We’re thrilled David Letterman has agreed to step in.

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