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January 10, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
Like a lot of fans, Sammy Hagar winced when he heard Monday that he and old rival David Lee Roth would both be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March with Van Halen. "This could be a complete and total disaster. It could be wonderful too. It really could. But it also could be such a disaster and an embarrassment that it goes down in history." Roth was the voice of Van Halen from its mid-'70s Sunset Strip days up into the monster success of the 1980s.
November 12, 2006 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
THE Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nine finalists for induction in 2007. I like the list this year, and if it were up to me, I'd vote them all in. But given that only five of the nine contenders will make the cut, here's the order I'd put them in: the Ronettes, Patti Smith, Chic, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, the Stooges. That leaves Van Halen, Joe Tex, the Dave Clark Five and R.E.M. to try to make the grade another year.
September 23, 2008 | Randy Lewis
Metallica and Run-DMC top the list of nominees for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The others on the short list for induction include Jeff Beck, the Stooges, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Wanda Jackson, Chic, Bobby Womack and War. The Rock Hall is dealing with the relative dearth of worthy acts newly eligible for membership by leaning heavily on acts previously passed over for membership. Metallica and Run-DMC are the only '80s-vintage nominees being drafted to the institution, which requires 25 years to have passed since performers released their first recordings.
December 6, 2002 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Saxophonist Steve Douglas, Motown drummer Benny Benjamin and Nashville pianist Floyd Cramer are the 2003 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the sidemen category. Former Warner Bros. Records executive Mo Ostin will be inducted in the non-performer category. Douglas, who died in 1993, was a member of the Los Angeles-based "Wrecking Crew" group of studio musicians that played on hundreds of hits by artists including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, Sam Cooke and John Lennon.
March 13, 2006 | Geoff Boucher
The 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction dinner tonight at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City will include a spicy side dish of disrespect. For one thing, the inductees are led by acts that had been passed over by Hall voters in previous years -- Lynyrd Skynrd has seen its bid fall short seven times, while Black Sabbath has stewed for eight years waiting for ballot respect.
The Byrds, the Los Angeles band whose 1965 recording of "Mr. Tambourine Man" ignited the folk-rock movement, and Ike & Tina Turner, whose soul revue was among the most dynamic live acts ever in pop, are among the seven new inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Near the end of Monday's 15th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Paul McCartney introduced James Taylor by announcing, "I'm very honored to induct him into the Rhythm & Blues-Rock and Roll-Ballad-Jazz-Slow Fox Trot Awards. "We all know you can't really call it one thing, what's going on here tonight," McCartney explained. " 'Rock 'n' roll' is too slim."
March 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Between an ugly feud among Blondie members spilling over onstage and a rancorous letter from the absent Sex Pistols, the latest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class did not enter quietly on Monday. The animosity even made Ozzy Osbourne, inducted with Black Sabbath, seem sedate. Trumpeter Miles Davis, who mixed rock, soul and hip-hop into his jazzy stew, and Southern rock pioneers Lynyrd Skynyrd were also welcomed into the hall during a ceremony at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
October 25, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
British rock veterans the Who and the Kinks plus the folk-pop duo Simon & Garfunkel are among the eight new inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, announced Tuesday in Cleveland, the proposed site of the Hall of Fame building. Vocal groups the Platters, Four Seasons and Four Tops along with singer-songwriters Bobby Darin and Hank Ballard round out the 1990 inductees, who will be formally admitted to the Hall of Fame in a gala Jan. 17 ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.
January 9, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
Do you prefer your rock dramas sentimental or surly? Michael Stipe of R.E.M. will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March with his music hero, Patti Smith, the singer sometimes called the poet laureate of punk; David Lee Roth, meanwhile, will get to share the stage at the New York induction ceremony with his estranged bandmates from Van Halen as well as Sammy Hagar, his replacement in the iconic rock outfit.
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