December 16, 2009
ABBA, others in rock hall The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is opening its arms to welcome in ABBA, Genesis, the Hollies, the Stooges and Jimmy Cliff, but has given the KISS-off, for this year at least, to hard rock's most celebrated tongue-wagging, makeup-loving band. The Cleveland-based rock hall announced the 2010 inductees Tuesday. Its 25th annual induction ceremony will be held March 15 in New York City. Veteran music mogul David Geffen also will enter the hall as a non-performer, along with two of the Brill Building's most celebrated songwriting teams, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
October 25, 2009 |
In pop, as in the sporting world that provided a model for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one fan's dream is another's disappointment. This is true of the annual artist inductions, which elevate some while ignoring others -- Rush was robbed again ! -- and the pattern will repeat Thursday and Friday in New York at the hall's 25th anniversary concerts. The shows at Madison Square Garden promise everything a classic rock fan desires. The headliners are U2 and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, rock's most reliably awe-inducing live acts.
March 11, 2008 |
Philly soul producer Kenny Gamble, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with partner Leon Huff, invited the audience to answer back his wish for "peace." "Thank you so much, because that's exactly what our music represented," Gamble told people gathered at New York's Waldorf-Astoria for the annual ceremony. Madonna, pop music's quick-change artist, was among the other inductees with heartland hit-maker John Mellencamp, songwriter Leonard Cohen, British rockers the Dave Clark Five and surf instrumentalists the Ventures.
May 26, 2007 |
At the top of a winding staircase, a larger-than-life photograph of Jim Morrison, shirtless, seductive and forever young, looms as the song "Back Door Man" pulses through the room. Forty years after making its recording debut, the Doors -- one of America's greatest rock 'n' roll bands, whose lasting sound has inspired generations of musicians and fans -- are being honored with a comprehensive exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
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.
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.
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.
October 31, 2006 |
Will the third time be the charm for rap's entrance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five is once again among the finalists for induction after the pioneering hip-hop group's previous two appearances on that list didn't generate enough sway with the hall's voters to make the final cut, generating considerable criticism within the hip-hop community. Besides Flash, this year's nine contenders are Patti Smith, the Stooges, R.E.M.