“It was fearless. It was just phenomenal. The essence of cool.”
Jimmy Page made a rare live appearance to honor his “hero” Link Wray by performing “Rumble” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2023 induction ceremony on Friday.

In a pre-recorded video shown before the performance, Page discussed hearing Link Wray for the first time: “‘What is this?’ In those days, there were many guitar instrumentals, but as a 14-year-old kid who could barely play the guitar, it really had an effect on me. The vigor and the strength and the power in it. And you know something else, it was fearless. It was just phenomenal. The essence of cool.”

Fred Lincoln “Link” Wray Jr., who passed away in 2005, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Music Influence category.

The 2023 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class also includes Rage Against the Machine, Kate Bush, Willie Nelson, Missy Elliott, Sheryl Crow, George Michael, DJ Kool Herc, and The Spinners.