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.
July 1, 2006 |
It's not often a rock star opens up his bedroom closet to the world. Tom Petty did and the results are on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, which is showcasing Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in an exhibit that opened Friday.
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.
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.
December 6, 2005 |
The news is still sinking in for Steve Jones: He and the other Sex Pistols are actually headed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "It's about as close as you can come to getting knighted in America," says Jones, who these days is a disc jockey on Indie 103.1, the upstart L.A. rock station. "It's amazing. Before when I said I didn't care whether we got in -- well, I was just mad."
November 29, 2005 |
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voters have chosen an eclectic new class broad enough to encompass jazz trumpeter Miles Davis and the punk-pioneering Sex Pistols, but they once again snubbed rap. Other members of the induction class announced Monday were Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blondie. For a second consecutive year, hip-hop's prime candidate, Grandmaster Flash, failed to gather the necessary support from the 700 rock historians overseeing nominee selection.
September 24, 2005 |
Some aging rockers -- yes, the Rolling Stones are on another tour -- just keep on rockin'. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 10 years old this month, still rocks too, but in a much quieter way. The rock hall, trying to cope with a pattern of declining attendance, is low-key while marking its anniversary, in sharp contrast to its bold opening in 1995. And in typical fashion, it's quietly expanding. "We looked at what was appropriate," said Terry Stewart, the hall's chief executive.