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Pittsburgh Rock 'n' Roll Legends Awards, Hard Rock Cafe

| Sunday, April 26, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
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Donnie Iris leads a Pittsburgh all-star jam band during the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square on the Southside of Pittsburgh. April 23, 2015.
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Rebecca Whitlinger, Mary Beth Jenkins, Diane Holder and Dr. Stanley Marks took the stage during the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square on the Southside of Pittsburgh. April 23, 2015.
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Dominick DiGiovanna recreates a classic pose from Donnie Iris' 'Back on the Streets' LP during the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square on the Southside of Pittsburgh. April 23, 2015.
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Jack Hunt, lead singer of 'Johnny Angel & the Halos,' connects with the spirit of Porky Chedwick during the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square on the Southside of Pittsburgh. April 23, 2015.
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Renee and Lucas Piatt were fantastic during the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square on the Southside of Pittsburgh. April 23, 2015.
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Aerialist Kelsey Keller poured whiskey shots to guests during the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square on the Southside of Pittsburgh. April 23, 2015.
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Rick Witkowski, Joe Grushecky and Art Nardini form a guitar line during the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square on the Southside of Pittsburgh. April 23, 2015.
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Jimmy Krenn (center) enjoyed the rock ’n' Roll revelry during the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square on the Southside of Pittsburgh. April 23, 2015.
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KDKA radio morning show host Larry Richert joins Jeannie Chedwick on stage during a tribute to her late husband, Porky, during the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square on the Southside of Pittsburgh. April 23, 2015.
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Nirvana Crystal walks on the wild side during the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square on the Southside of Pittsburgh. April 23, 2015.
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Houserocker Joe Grushecky joined Cindy and Rich Engler during the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square on the Southside of Pittsburgh. April 23, 2015.
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A poster of Lou Christie looks over the shoulder of Hermie Granati of the Granati Brothers during the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square on the Southside of Pittsburgh. April 23, 2015.
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Mary Ann Miller and Terry Mohr stand with a cutout of legendary Pittsburgh DJ Porky Chedwick during the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square on the Southside of Pittsburgh. April 23, 2015.
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Singer B.E. Taylor and Houserocker bassist Art Nardini support peace, love and understanding during the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square on the Southside of Pittsburgh. April 23, 2015.
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Rusted Root singer Michael Glabicki joined 'Donnie Iris' on stage during the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square on the Southside of Pittsburgh. April 23, 2015.
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Silencers lead singer Frank Cruzi joined Billy Price for an Pittsburgh All Stars concert during the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square on the Southside of Pittsburgh. April 23, 2015.
John Altdorfer | For Trib Total Media
Soul singer Billy Price

They shook, they rattled, they rolled, and by the time Pittsburgh's rock deities were finished on the stage at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square, the only thing left for the audience to do was beg for more.

Barely an hour in, and the Pittsburgh Rock 'n' Roll Legends Awards was already living up to a reputation that had caused the phone to ring off the hook as people clamored for tickets. In one corner, a signed copy of Bruce Springsteen's “Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.” was dominating the silent auction with an early bid of $1K. In another, Donnie Iris was said to have “nearly lost his mind” when he saw a doppelganger channeling his brief appearance from the 1980 “Back on the Streets” album.

Elsewhere, aerialists dangled upside down and painted ladies near the tented entrance to the VIP party outside braved the elements with little more than a smile to keep them warm.

Iris and Rick Witkowski launched into an acoustic version of “Ah! Leah” that had hands in the air waving cellphones — the modern-day equivalent of cigarette lighters.

With the main room at full capacity, Larry Richert couldn't resist reminding former WDVE morning DJ Steve Hansen of his radio glory days, back when “they used kerosene-powered guitars” before the introduction of this year's honorees: Porky Chedwick, Iris and Lou Christie.

When Joe Grushecky, B.E. Taylor, Jack Hunt, Billy Price, Rusted Root, Donna Groom, Hermie Granati, Art Nardini, Frank Czuri and Joffo Simmons played tribute, it was pandemonium.

Spied April 23 were DianeHolder,Rich andCindy Engler, Lucas andRenee Piatt, Theresa Kaufman, Mary Ann Miller, Scott Tady, Dr. Stanley Marks, Roy Smith, and Rebecca Whitlinger. Proceeds benefitted the Cancer Caring Center.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at kbenz@tribweb.com, 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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