Retired late night host David Letterman will replace Neil Young to induct Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the annual ceremo

Retired late night host David Letterman will replace Neil Young to induct Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the annual ceremony in Brooklyn this Friday. 

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Former late night television personality David Letterman and that rocking beard of his will be coming out of retirement, sort of, when he inducts Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the upcoming ceremony in Brooklyn this Friday, April 7.

In a statement made on the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page late Wednesday morning, the museum announced that 1995 inductee Neil Young won’t be able to attend the ceremony as previously announced due to poor health.

“Due to illness, Neil Young is regrettably no longer able to induct Pearl Jam at this Year's Induction Ceremony,” the statement read. “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is thrilled that David Letterman has agreed to induct the band this Friday night at the 32nd Annual Induction Ceremony. We're wishing Neil a speedy recovery.”

The appearance will be one of the few times Letterman has appeared in front of a television camera and live audience since stepping down from his hosting duties of "The Late Show" in 2015. The comedian and former television personality is no stranger to Eddie Vedder and company, having welcomed the Seattle rock band onto his show seven times throughout his career.

Letterman will be joining artists including Snoop Dogg, Jackson Browne, Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Train's Pat Monahan and more, as special guests who will induct this year’s class of musicians into the famous museum.

Lenny Kravitz will also be on hand to perform a special tribute to Prince during the ceremony, which will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

A televised recording of this year’s Rock Hall induction ceremony will air on HBO a few weeks later on April 29.