The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame continues to be pretty much a guy thing, reflecting the world of past half century or so of the macho dominated business. But there is still a lot of history here, as the powers who decide these things has revealed special guests for the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, April 18, at Cleveland’s historic Public Hall. They include:
Review by Wayne Williams
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Additional photograph by Stanley Johnson
It makes some kind of odd sense that “Oye Como Va” would be the best song of the night at a Ringo Starr concert. After all, what says Ringo more than a deep Latin groove, Spanish lyrics and an undeniable guitar lick.
Since kicking off his parade of motley All-Starr bands, Mr. Richard Starkey has made it abundantly clear that the group’s shows are not just about him. It’s smart marketing, given his limited vocal range and limited catalog, but it’s also brave and generous.
On one hand, it would be easy to dismiss Tuesday’s show at Albany’s Palace Theatre as a visit to the assisted living center of rock and roll, but the evening did have its moments.
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