Entries tagged with: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Lou Reed at Tibet House benefit in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
When you started playing little punk clubs in California, I imagine the furthest thing from your mind was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were announced back in October, and now they've revealed that Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band have all been inducted into the Rock Hall. Additionally, Ringo Starr will be honored with the Award of Excellence, and The "5" Royales with the Early Influence Award.
We've known each other since we were 10. We came up as the MTV kids. I think at some point, when we started getting into punk rock, we thought it was never going to go this route. We never thought we'd actually get on MTV. The stuff that was on there was all surface. I don't know, man. It's just a trip. [Billie Joe Armstrong to Rolling Stone]
The awards ceremony takes place on April 18 in Cleveland. Tickets for that go on sale at 10 AM on 12/18.
The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, Chic, N.W.A., Sting, and Kraftwerk were all also nominated, but not inducted.
Nine Inch Nails at Jones Beach in August (more by Greg Cristman)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 nominees have been announced including The Smiths, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill WIthers and Sting (who's also in the Rock Hall with The Police), all being nominated for the first time. Additionally, there's Lou Reed (who's also in the Rock Hall with the Velvet Underground), NWA, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, The Marvellettes and The Spinners.
To be eligible, your first release has to be at least 25 years old, and this year both Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are on their first year of eligibility, for the 1,000 Hours EP and Pretty Hate Machine, respectively.
Last year, Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt were all inducted.
"[DJ Alan Freed's son] Lance Freed said he believed his father's exhibit is being downsized and moved to another area of the [Rock and Roll Hall of Fame] museum, but [Executive Director Greg] Harris said it is not being changed beyond removal of the gold urn. Harris suggested that Freed's son might feel better about the move after he visits the museum Monday morning...Read the Hall of Fame's official statement in a blog post they put up today.
...Harris defended the ouster of Freed's ashes coming at the same time that Beyonce's leotards are welcomed into the hall of fame. "Rock and roll isn't just about yesterday," he said. "It continues to evolve, and we continue to embrace it and refine our operations."" [CNN]
The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony happened last night (4/10) at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which among other things, saw Nirvana getting inducted. You already saw pictures of their acceptance speech and performances with Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde, and fan-made videos have since surfaced of them playing "Lithium" with St. Vincent, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with Joan Jett, and their introduction speech by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe.
Stipe's speech talked about how Nirvana came from the '80s hardcore underground, called them greater than pop music, "artists in every sense of the word" and said they captured lightning in a bottle. In that same video, after Stipe's speech, Dave Grohl gives his acceptance speech in which he honors the four Nirvana drummers that came before him -- Aaron Burckhard, Dale Crover of the Melvins ("my absolute drumming hero"), Chad Channing (who he credited for the "In Bloom" drum fill), and Dan Peters of Mudhoney. Up next was Kirst Novoselic's speech, in which he thanked Sub Pop, Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, Nirvana producers Jack Endino, Steve Albini and Butch Vig, and others.
As you may have heard, after Nirvana's induction, the members and their guests headed to tiny Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus for a full set of Nirvana songs.
HBO airs the induction ceremony on May 31. Meanwhile, watch those fan-made videos below...
"Nirvana inducted in the Rock n Roll HOF tonight. Joan Jetted sang "Teen Spirit" Kim Gordon sang "Aneurysm" and Annie Clark sang "Lithium"" - Jody H
"Lorde joins Nirvana, St. Vincent and Kim Gordon for "All Apologies" - Rock Hall
More pictures from Barclays Center in Brooklyn below...
UPDATE: Yep, Joan fronted Nirvana and so did a few others (like Kim Gordon, St Vincent, and Lorde).
As mentioned a few times, this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony happens this Thursday (4/10) at Barclays Center with Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt all being inducted. You can still get tickets (though Ticketmaster says "not many left"). Since this is also a TV broadcast, Gotham Casting is also helping to fill certain seats which means free tickets are also available, but you have to RSVP for a chance for one of them, and they might not be the best seats (there's a chance you won't be able to see at all, make sure to read the fine print before you RSVP).
In terms of Nirvana's induction, as you may know, Kurt, Krist and Dave (but not Chad) are getting inducted, and Courtney & Frances Bean will be there to accept Kurt's award despite any awkwardness between Courtney and Dave. Krist also recently hinted that there'd be some kind of performance too. Of course the issue of "Who will front Nirvana?" at these things is always a touchy subject (and apparently the answer can't just be "no one"). Paul McCartney has done it, but not to sing a Nirvana song. As many have pointed out, a not-so-mysterious Foo Fighters instagram hints that the singer in question this time may be Joan Jett. The instagram (pictured above), shows what appears to be Joan's Melody Maker, Dave Grohl's kit, Krist Novoselic's bass, and Pat Smear's guitar as well. Could be worse?
It's almost exactly 20 years since the death of Kurt Cobain, and that of course means tons of things about Kurt and Nirvana have been popping up in the news (some, like Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, have nothing to do with his death though). First, KIRO 7 reported that Seattle police unearthed four developed rolls of film that had been sitting in a police evidence vault for years, and would be reexamining the case of his death. KIRO 7 also say they will be showing one of those images tonight at 11, and will explain why the police wanted to reexamine it. From their report:
The morning of April 8, 1994, Veca Electric employee Gary Smith went to Cobain's home at 171 Lake Washington Boulevard East to do electrical work.HOWEVER, The Seattle Times reports that despite KIRO 7's claims, the case has not been reopened:
"I noticed something on the floor and I thought it was a manikin," Smith told KIRO 7 at the time. "So I looked a little closer and geez, that's a person. I looked a little closer and I could see blood and an ear and a weapon laying on his chest."
The medical examiner determined Cobain had killed himself three days earlier - only days after he had left a rehab facility.
Before he was shot, police said Cobain had a lethal dose of heroin. The syringes Cobain used and the heroin kit was kept in the Seattle police evidence unit and was part of the re-investigation along with the previously undeveloped film.
On KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Eleven at 11, we ask the lead detective about the evidence and why it was kept for years, even though the initial investigation determined it was a suicide.
A recent re-examination of the investigation into the suicide of rock legend Kurt Cobain nearly 20 years ago uncovered undeveloped photos of the death scene but nothing that changed the findings, Seattle police say.In anticipation of the April 5 anniversary, a Seattle police cold-case detective recently took another look at the case file, according to police spokeswoman Renee Witt. However, she said there were no new findings and the case is not being re-opened, contrary to some media reports.Fox News also posted two tweets from the Seattle Police Department which seem to confirm the case has not ben reopened:
The detective "dug up the files and had another look, and there was nothing new," said Witt.
The detective found rolls of undeveloped film, were developed and showed the scene of Cobain's suicide, said Witt. She called the new photos "underwhelming."
"Despite an erroneous news report, we have not 'reopened' the investigation into the suicide of Kurt Cobain," the Seattle Police Department tweeted from a verified account.In less confusing news, a GoFundMe campaign was set up by Jaime Dunkle to turn Kurt's childhood home into a museum. Broward-Palm Beach New Times reports:
The police went on to explain on Twitter that the case was simply being reviewed in anticipation of the 20th anniversary of Cobain's untimely death.
"Our detective reviewed the case file anticipating questions surrounding the closed Cobain case as the 20 yr anniversary approaches," another tweet explained.
To get the approval for the possibility of the museum, Dunkle had to send a bio about herself to Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor, and prove that she wasn't a "crazed fan" and could actually pull this off. She highlighted numerous scholarships she's received and other achievements. "I used to be in the American Criminal Justice Association, so I made a long list of everything I've ever done and emailed it to the real estate agent, and she said she was forwarding it to Mrs. O'Connor. After that, they started taking me more seriously, I think. It took weeks of phone calls and emails, but I successfully set up an appointment to see the house. I deliberately arranged it to be on what would have been Kurt Cobain's 47th birthday."To donate, head to GoFundMe.
"Being inside was a total head spin. I had to meet with city officials and the realtor first, and by the time we finished hashing out some logistics for making it a museum, I only had 15 minutes to take pictures and make a video. As I wandered around, looking in closets, I imagined him as a teen, crouched inside, scribbling in his diaries or making sketches. The walk up the stairs into his bedroom made the hairs on my neck stand up. All I could think was that I was seeing through his eyes and walking in his footsteps, literally."
In more news, as you probably know, Nirvana are getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 at Barclays Center, but Radio.com recently confirmed that drummer Chad Channing (who played on Bleach, and 1988's Love Buzz 7", the release that made them eligible to be nominated) will not be inducted. The Rock Hall contacted Nirvana's manager via a text, saying "Can you tell whoever looks after Chad Channing that he isn't being inducted... It is just Dave, Krist and Kurt."
Before learning that he wasn't being inducted, Chad told Radio.com, "When I told my daughter about the induction, she was super excited for me! So much of my excitement about it is for her! She's pretty awesome! My little boy is too young to understand though. So yeah, it does feel pretty good!"
Nirvana is also releasing the "Pennyroyal Tea" single b/w "I Hate Myself and Want To Die" on 7" vinyl for Record Store Day 2014. "Original plans for the single in 1994 were cancelled due to Kurt Cobain's death."
And lastly, London's Sivu has recorded a chilled-out cover of "Dumb" which you can exclusively listen to below...
As mentioned, this year's Rock and Roll of Fame induction ceremony happens in NYC on April 10 at Barclays Center with Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt all being inducted. Since we last spoke, ticket info has been announced, and if you'd like to go, you can get tickets on Saturday, March 1 at 10 AM. There's also a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member presale starting Friday (2/21) at 10 AM and AmEx/VIP package presales starting Monday (2/24) at 9 AM.
Meanwhile, Paul Stanley of Kiss doesn't care much about being inducted. He slammed the Rock Hall in a recent interview with Classic Rock Magazine:
Did you feel honoured at being inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?Read more of his feelings on it at Classic Rock Magazine.
No, it was done begrudgingly and because it had become absolutely ludicrous that they were choosing to ignore us. At the end of the day most people don't realise that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was a privately created establishment and that it has a self-appointed board. It's a perfect case of perception becoming reality. People heard 'Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame' and gave it credibility. So whether it deserves the title has to be weighed against who it inducts.
Courtney Love also discussed the ceremony in a recent interview with Access Hollywood. She brought up her ongoing feud with Dave Grohl, saying "We're going to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and I think we're all sitting at the same table." She said she would say hi to Grohl, but that it'd be awkward. You can watch the video of that interview below.
The Rock and Hall of Fame 2014 nominees were announced this past October, and now the inductees have been announced. Rolling Stone reports that Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt will all now be rock hall of famers. Additionally, The E Street Band will be presented with the Award for Musical Excellence, and Brian Epstein (Beatles manager) and Andrew Loog Oldham (original Rolling Stones manager) will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.
The induction ceremony takes place in Brooklyn on April 10 at Barclays Center, yet another high profile event happening at the new arena which also hosted the MTV Video Music Awards this year and which just announced a big show with Red Hot Chili Peppers. Tickets will be available in January, and it will air on HBO in May.
Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance celebrated its 20th anniversary over the weekend. Watch that in full below...
The Replacements at Riot Fest Chicago in September (more by Cory Dewald)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2014 nominees (via Rolling Stone), and the list includes Nirvana who are finally eligible (your first single or album had to come out 25 years ago, and their "Love Buzz" cover came out as a single in '88), plus The Replacements (!), Peter Gabriel, The Zombies, Link Wray, Hall and Oates, Yes, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens, in addition to artists who have been previously nominated, N.W.A, LL Cool J, Chic, The Meters, Kiss, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Deep Purple.
From now until December 10, you can vote for nominees on Rolling Stone, and the winners will be inducted at the ceremony in NYC this April.
Rush at Barclays Center, October 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
In a just-held ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. that was hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were announced after nominees surfaced a short two months ago. Among this year's class are Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Heart, Albert King and the long-snubbed Rush, along with receipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.
Reportedly, Rush was the clear beneficiary of the recently instituted popular vote, and the band had the following comment:
"We are honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 3 of us are especially appreciative of our loyal fans whose support and dedication has gone a long way to making this possible. P.S. And special thanks to our moms for voting 6000 times!" - Alex, Geddy, & NeilThe induction takes place in April 2013, followed by a telecast of the ceremony on HBO. Congrats guys!
"Oh hell no sandy's trying to damage the rock hall oh my god no" - Maram Eadeh
"Ok I woke up to a video of the rock hall being slowly ripped apart from this storm.. Nearly cried, I hate you now Sandy" - @Lindss123
damaged siding on the Rock Hall (via)
The east coast wasn't the only part of America to be damaged by Hurricane Sandy last night. As ABC News 5 points out, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland lost some of its siding due to wind damage and water levels from Lake Eerie came close to flooding the building. Ultimately there are no reports that any of the memorabilia inside was damaged and the Rock Hall is still opening today (10/30), just an hour late (11 AM). You'll have to try harder than that to destroy the legacy of rock and roll, Earth.
An ABC News 5 video detailing the damage is below.
Kraftwerk at MoMA in April (more by Greg Cristman)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2013 nominees: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Meters, Randy Newman, NWA, Procol Harum, Public Enemy, Rush, and Donna Summer.
For the first time in its history, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning on Thursday, October 4 and continuing through December 5, the public can vote for the five nominees they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a "fans' ballot" that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2013 inductees.The Induction Ceremony will take place at Nokia Theatre in LA on April 18, 2013 and will air on HBO.
Donovan will be in the Northeast US this weekend for Syracuse Jazz Fest, but before he makes his way upstate, he'll stop in NYC for a free performance and autograph signing at J&R's 23 Park Row location at 5 PM.
I suppose that it is a bit like an Academy Award, as one is awarded by one's peers. It is wonderful. Of all the awards that I have received in my career, this one is very, very singular and very, very large. It is quite pleasant, really. It will focus a searchlight on my work.In honor of the induction, he released an expanded edition of Essential Donovan, with bonus tracks. He also plans to release his "vast and rediscovered archive" with "many songs [he] forgot [he] wrote or recorded." Stay tuned for more info on that.
I love awards just for that reason; this one is huge. When my work is highlighted, then a younger generation will discover my work. When the word "Donovan" is Googled then twenty seven albums will appear for them to discover. This is an extraordinary thing because the young people will be able to discover my music. My mission has always been to continually be of assistance to young people everywhere. My music and my poetry are filled with stuff that they can use. This award has double meaning as it has a very personal feeling attached to it, as well as being a great honor to my work.
There is poetic justice to it all, as well. My work will be reevaluated by a whole new generation and they'll find in it comfort that they can use. Whether they are musicians, students or just young people in general, my work is positive and I am so glad that they will be exposed to it.
A list of all dates and some videos below...
Axl Rose @ Webster Hall in February (more by Ryan Muir)
Earlier today we posted Matt Sorum's letter regarding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction of Guns N'Roses, along with Axl's pre-induction open letter. Today he tweeted a new letter. Check it out below...
Matt Sorum gestures as Duff McKagan, back left, Steven Adler and Slash, back right, watch, after Guns N' Roses was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Cleveland.
Guns n' Roses were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame over the weekend, but as was reported far and wide, not all the original members, most notably Axl, chose to show up. Matt Sorum was there representing though, and now he just wants to clarify a few things. Red his entire statement below...
The Cure at Coachella 2009 (more by Darren Kim)
Back in May, The Cure performed their "Reflections" show at Vivid Live in Sydney, Australia. The show included a performance of their first 3 albums (Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds, and Faith) in their entirety. The Cure are now planning to bring their "Reflections" show to other cities including, New York, London, and Los Angeles. Each album will be performed by different lineups of the band, as they were done at Vivid Live. Those lineups are listed at The Cure's website. NYC will get their shows at Beacon Theatre on November 25, 26, and 27. Tickets are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates.
The Cure were also nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2012 induction. Other nominees include Eric B. & Rakim, The Small Faces/The Faces, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Guns 'N Roses, Donovan, War, Laura Nyro. The induction ceremony will be held at the Rock Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2012.
All dates, some videos of The Cure at Vivid Live, and a full list of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees below...
"the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced the Alice Cooper Band, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits as its 2011 performer inductees. Also being inducted this year as individual recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award are Jac Holzman and Art Rupe. The Award for Musical Excellence (previously the Sidemen category) will be presented to Leon Russell. The 26th annual ceremony will take place on Monday, March 14, 2011, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and be broadcast on Fuse, Madison Square Garden's national music television network."Catch Darlene Love at BB King Blues Club in NY tonight (12/19).
"The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC will conclude its stay in New York on January 3 at 8PM. The Rock Annex is exploring opportunities for a tour that would bring exclusive artifacts to music fans and rock enthusiasts around the world. Fans have just one more month to experience the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC, showcasing rare artifacts from legendary artists including Springsteen, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and its featured exhibit, JOHN LENNON: THE NEW YORK CITY YEARS"
Not too surprising. Adult tickets are $25.60 each. Videos from inside the museum, below...
Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello @ MSG (BMoreSweet)
U2 closed the second night of the MSG Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shows on October 30th. At the first (10/29), it was Bruce Springsteen & Billy Joel (before one big group sing on Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher")...
After "Badlands" much of the drained audience began leaving and then rushed back to their seats when Billy Joel sat down at the piano and launched into "You May Be Right," "Only The Good Die Young" and "New York State Of Mind." (The pair were uniting the kindred spirits of New Jersey and Long Island, Springsteen explained.) "Higher and Higher" wrapped up the night. The official set list had the show ending at 11:36:55 (yes, they thought they had it down to the exact second), but the final notes rang out at 1:31 a.m. Six straight hours of music, and that was just the first of two nights. [Rolling Stone]Bruce was actually there both nights (one of many possibly "filling in" for Eric Clapton, who canceled last minute on the second). Those in attendence on the 30th got to see U2, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith sing together on "Because the Night." (And U2 + Mick Jagger (another unannounced guest) + Fergie + Will.i.am sing "Gimme Shelter"...). Ray Davies, Lou Reed, and Ozzy Osbourne all performed with Metallica. Many played with Stevie Wonder. Full setlists below.
HBO will be airing four hours of highlights on Thanksgiving weekend.
(November 29th at 8PM ET).
Bruce's current tour wraps up November 22nd in Buffalo. He was at Giants Stadium earlier this fall, playing the last concerts ever there. U2 also played the venue for two nights in September, and will be back in Jersey in 2010 as part of their just-announced tour.
Set lists for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows are below...
Nine acts -- including Sting, Van Morrison and Little Richard -- have been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th-anniversary concerts taking place at Madison Square Garden, Oct. 29 and 30.I quickly checked to see if tickets were still available at all, and I wasn't able to get two $754 'Hot Seats' for the first night, but could put two $5004.50 'Silver Packages" in my cart. That's all I tried.
Sting, Little Richard, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Smokey Robinson and Bonnie Raitt will join previously announced artists Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Simon and Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills and Nash, on Oct. 29.
Morrison, Jeff Beck and Jerry Lee Lewis have been added to the Oct. 30 lineup, joining U2, Aretha Franklin, Metallica and Eric Clapton.
Van Morrison also has a show coming up at the Theater at MSG.
Bruce Springsteen @ Izod Center in May (more by Tim Griffin)
Reports on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary show have been confirmed. The two-night event will be happening at Madison Square Garden on October 29th & 30th. The lineup for those shows will include...
October 29:"Stay tuned for more information on special guests yet to be announced."
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Simon & Garfunkel
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends
"American Express cardmembers have access to advance tickets Monday, July 27 at 9AM to Sunday, August 2 at 9PM, before they go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 3 at 9AM. For once-in-a-lifetime VIP Benefit Packages priced from $25,000 to $100,000, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For other Special VIP Benefit Packages priced from $750 to $5,000, go to ticketmaster.com." The cheapest ticket price is $79.50.
More info on the show's various sets and collaborations from Rolling Stone, who is helping to produce it, below...
UPDATE: These shows are confirmed
Bruce Springsteen @ Izod Center (more by Tim Griffin)
Reports are circling around the web about a 25th Anniversary Event of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame slated to take place at Madison Square Garden on Oct 29-30. Although so far unconfirmed by the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame site showbiz411.com reports...
Tentatively scheduled for the Thursday show are Bruce Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon as a solo act, Stevie Wonder, and the whole posse that includes Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young and friends.Amazon.com seems to semi-confirm some details with respect to an upcoming book, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary:
Then on Friday: Aretha Franklin headlines, with U2, Metallica, and Eric Clapton. Those are the names I've heard so far, but we won't be surprised if Paul McCartney, Sting, the Rolling Stones and a few other big names like Bob Dylan.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the most famous rock and roll institution in the world. In 2009, the Hall of Fame celebrates its twenty-fifth year with numerous events in Cleveland and a two-day anniversary concert on October 29 and 30 at Madison Square Garden that will be filmed. A four-hour edited version will appear on HBO in mid-November. While we are not a liberty yet to give out the names of the artists confirmed, you can be assured that the top names in music will appear. Artists that have been approached include Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, U2, The Eagles, Prince, Stevie Wonder, and other artists of this calibre. The event is being produced with Tom Hanks' company Playtone; Tom and award-winning writer and director Cameron Crowe will be involved in the creative. The Hall of Fame is just beginning to reach out to sponsors. The publication of this book is timed to release with the HBO television special and the induction of the 2009 nominees.On Saturday night (7/18), Stevie Wonder was in town to play the Mandela tribute concert at Radio City. The Star Ledger reports that "Mandela didn't attend the concert, through he did send a taped message, as did President Obama."
Metallica are also playing Madison Square Garden, just a couple weeks after the supposed Hall of Fame show. Those sold-out shows, slated for 11/14 and 11/15, will feature support from Lamb of God (who are headlining a show at Wellmont Theater with Gwar).
Metallica were inducted into the Hall of Fame in April. Videos below...
"Joey Ramone (May 19, 1951 - April 15, 2001), born as Jeffrey Ross Hyman, was a vocalist and songwriter best known for his work in the punk rock group the Ramones. Joey Ramone's image, voice and tenure as frontman of the Ramones made him a countercultural icon." [Wikipedia]Joey Ramone's 58th-birthday bash is tonight (May 19th) at Irving Plaza. Acts on the bill for that include Fishbone, Supersuckers, Death, Uncle Monk (with Tommy Ramone) the Friends Of Joey and more. Included among the Friends Of Joey will be Richie Ramone, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Jean Beauvoir and others. Tickets are still on sale.
The event will also be the unveiling of new tracks from the forthcoming posthumous Joey Ramone solo record. In other Joey Ramone news, the singer's induction award to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was re-presented to his estate at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex in NYC, and accepted by Mickey Leigh and Tommy Ramone, on Thursday, May 14th, after mistakenly being left off the program in the original 2002 ceremony.
Coming up, Tommy Ramone and Handsome Dick Manitoba, who will be at the birthday bash, are speaking with Lenny Kaye (of the Patti Smith Group and more) and Chris Stein (of Blondie) at "LOUD FAST JEWS! A Summit with Four Jewish Fathers of Punk" on Thursday, June 11th at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (15 West 16th St). Tickets to that event are on sale. More info below.
Catch Chris Stein this summer with Blondie, as the band tours alone and with Pat Benatar and The Donnas. All three will play the tour's NYC stop, a free show on August 13th at Coney Island's Asher Levy Park.
Also coming to NYC is Gods and Monsters' 20th anniversary show, scheduled for NYC's Gramercy Theatre on June 11th. The band, helmed by guitarist Gary Lucas, will be joined by guests that include Lenny Kaye. Tickets are still on sale.
Uncle Monk, Tommy Ramone's indie-bluegrass band, has scattered shows in NYC and elsewhere coming up. The band plays June 10th at Banjo Jim's and June 21st at Local 269. More dates below.
Joey Ramone's B-Day bash poster, Loud Fast Jew info, and a video of the Ramones' initial induction ceremony, also below...
interview by Chris Bilton, intro by Andrew Frisicano
Bassist Mike Watt has been in New York since Sunday, at work recording his fourth solo album, hyphenated-man, at a studio in Williamsburg. Watt is accompanied on that record, and on his current, nearly two-month tour, by the Missingmen -- drummer Raul Morales and guitarist Tom Watson.
NYC-area audiences finally get a chance to hear what Watt and the band have been up to when they play tonight, May 7th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. That's the first of two NYC-area shows; the second comes Friday, when Mike Watt and the Missingmen play the Mercury Lounge (openers include Lite, Kahoots and John DeVries of Agitpop). Tickets are still on sale.
The Missingmen project is just one of Watt's many efforts as a bandleader (to say nothing of his sideman gigs for the Stooges, J. Mascis and others). Another of those Watt fronted bands, the Black Gang (a project with Wilco guitarist Nels Cline), also recently cut a record. Release dates for both are TBA, but there's no lack of activity on the horizon. Cline and Watt are slated to open an August 1st show at the Central Park Summerstage, with M. Ward headlining.
EYE WEEKLY writer Chris Bilton spoke with Watt in mid-2008, where they discussed the bass player's storied history and busy future. That interview has remained on his hard drive until now...