The ceremony was held at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on May 25, 2006. The first ever Rock Honors aired May 31, 2006, honoring rock icons Queen, Judas Priest, Def Leppard, and Kiss. The show was hosted by Jaime Pressly. In Latin America it aired on June 7 th.
The ceremony opened with the Foo Fighters performing the Queen classic “Tie Your Mother Down.” They were soon joined by Brian May and Roger Taylor. After a biography of Queen, Queen + Paul Rodgers performed “The Show Must Go On”, “We Will Rock You” (ft. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins on drums), “We Are the Champions” and “Under Pressure”. (The Foo Fighters had previously collaborated with May on a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar” for the Mission: Impossible 2 soundtrack.)
Godsmack’s tribute to Judas Priest followed, the band playing a medley of “Electric Eye,” “Victim of Changes”, and “Hell Bent for Leather”. After Judas Priest’s biography they performed “Breaking the Law”, “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.”
The All-American Rejects then performed Def Leppard’s “Photograph”. During the performance, drummer Chris Gaylor wore nothing but British flag shorts – a reference to what Leppard drummer Rick Allen wore in some of the band’s old music videos. After Def Leppard’s biography they took the stage and performed “Rock of Ages,” a long version of “Rocket” with a guitar solo, then continued to play a T.Rex cover off their newest album, Yeah!, “20th Century Boy.” For this performance, Joe Elliott invited Brian May to join the band.
A supergroup was then formed of Rob Zombie, Slash, Gilby Clarke, Scott Ian, Ace Frehley, and Tommy Lee. The six then performed “God of Thunder”. Kiss followed with their closing performance of “Detroit Rock City”, “Deuce”, “Love Gun” and for encore they performed “Makin’ Love”. This went against traditional Kiss performances as they normally closed with “Rock and Roll All Nite”.
HONORING QUEEN: Foo Fighters – Tie Your Mother Down Show Intro The Story of Queen Queen – The Show Must Go On We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions
HONORING JUDAS PRIEST: Segment Intro The Story of Judas Priest Godsmack – Priest Medley Judas Priest – Breakin’ The Law You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
HONORING DEF LEPPARD: Segment Intro The Story of Def Leppard All American Rejects – Photograph Def Leppard – Rock of Ages 20th Century Boy
HONORING KISS: Segment Intro The Story on KISS All-Star Tribute Band – God of Thunder KISS – Detroit Rock City Love Gun
All commercials professionally edited out
Total Running time approximately 90 minutes 1 Hour and 30 minutes