January 10, 2007 |
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 |
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 |
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.
March 13, 2006 |
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.
October 30, 1990 |
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.
March 8, 2000 |
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."
October 25, 1989 |
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 |
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.
February 25, 2006 |
Just in case you forgot, the Sex Pistols are still anti-establishment -- even if the establishment is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "Next to the SEX PISTOLS, rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain ... were [sic] not coming. Were [sic] not your monkey and So what?" That was the tamest portion of a statement posted Friday on the group's official website (www.thefilthandthefury.co.
January 7, 1993 |
Call it a birthday to remember. Veteran singer Ruth Brown will turn 65 on Tuesday, the day she's due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. To make the honor even more gratifying, Brown--who'll be honored along with such other acts as Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Doors and Sly & the Family Stone--is still a productive artist.