October 31, 2009 |
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sits on the shore of Lake Erie in Cleveland, but if you wanted to see the music legends it celebrates, the best place to be this week was Seventh Avenue in rainy Manhattan. Even in this era of nonstop all-star benefits and award shows, it was a bit stunning to see the rock royalty that walked on stage at Madison Square Garden for two concerts honoring the silver anniversary of the museum in the distant Midwest. The rhythm of the event went something like this: An iconic music act would step to the microphone and bring the crowd to its feet with a single line from its signature songbooks.
October 29, 2009 |
Tonight and Friday, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Simon & Garfunkel, Metallica and other acts that started their careers in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s will perform at Madison Square Garden here to celebrate the silver anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The landmark events, which are expected to run 4 1/2 hours each and will air on HBO on Nov. 29, come at a tricky time for rock and for the rock hall itself. These days, Guitar Hero is a video game, Rockstar is an energy drink and ring tones routinely outsell albums.
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.
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 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.
December 14, 2007 |
The naming of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees always causes a flurry of outcries: the list is "not rock enough"; Kiss or Poco or Connie Francis should have been in there; the induction ceremony should be in Cleveland, not New York; and who cares what Rolling Stone honcho Jann Wenner and his cronies think anyway? All of that's been expressed in the commentary over Thursday's announcement of the hall's 2008 class.
September 29, 2007 |
Is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ready for Madonna and the Beastie Boys? The Material Girl of pop and the clown princes of New York hip-hop are the biggest names on the final ballot for hall membership, along with Hoosier hero John Mellencamp, who is a more straightforward option for an institution that is increasingly finding that its definition of "rock" is being tested.
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.
May 4, 2007 |
"So you better get ready," shouts the theme to the Monkees' 1960s TV series, "we may be comin' to your town!" Unless, of course, your town is Cleveland. Peter Tork says the Monkees merit consideration for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but one man opposes their induction. "The only person ... holding a grudge is Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone," says the former Monkee. The magazine editor "has never written a gracious word. He personally has the veto power to keep us out."