Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductions: We Can Dream, Can’t We?

March 14th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Today’s the day.

Once again, the art (or rather the commerce) of rock & roll is reduced to sports stats. Who’s in? Who’s out? Who cares?

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland. But once again, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions are being held tonight in NYC. Because, well, who wants to go to Cleveland? Other than Spinal Tap. Or the Michael Stanley Band

So, very far away from the actual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, tonight’s inductees will include:

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Neil Young Presents Tom Waits?

February 10th, 2011, 11:18 am by Greg

Tom Waits

Tom Waits

Yes, we’re smack-dab in the middle of Never-Ending Awards Season, but we’re already looking past this Sunday evening’s Grammy Awards show toward the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, which are slated to take place on Monday, March 14.

Especially after we heard that Neil Young will be on hand to induct Tom Waits, as one musical maverick to another…

Here’s the rest of the newly announced presenters:

Alice Cooper will be inducted by Rob Zombie
Neil Diamond will be inducted by Paul Simon
Dr. John will be inducted by John Legend
Darlene Love will be inducted by Bette Midler
Tom Waits will be inducted by Neil Young
Jac Holzman will be inducted by John Densmore
Art Rupe will be inducted by Lloyd Price
Leon Russell will be inducted by Elton John

OK, we don’t really get the whole John LegendDr. John match-up, but the rest of it looks like a pretty solid bunch of pairings to us…

2011’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

December 15th, 2010, 10:59 am by Greg

OK, the announcement was made this morning, and here’s who will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 14 in New York City:
Neil Diamond
Alice Cooper
Tom Waits
Dr. John
Darlene Love

Now the jostling for the podium begins. Who do you think should give the introductory speech for Tom Waits?

By the way, here’s who was nominated, but did not get in:
Donna Summer
Bon Jovi
LL Cool J
The Beastie Boys
Chuck Willis
Joe Tex
Laura Nyro


Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

September 28th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Greg

The new nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced today:

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Still NOT in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

March 16th, 2010, 3:01 pm by Greg

Hall and Oates
Laura Nyro
Warren Zevon
Donna Summer
Tom Waits
LL Cool J
The Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Tonight’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductions

March 15th, 2010, 2:55 pm by Greg

Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff performing a the Palace Theatre in Albany, October 3, 1989. Photo by Martin Benjamin.

The 25th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place tonight at NYC’s Waldorf Astoria. Yeah, I know – our invitations must have gotten lost in the mail, too. But you can watch the whole affair live on the Fuse cable channel beginning at 8:30pm.

Here’s this year’s roster of inductees:

  • ABBA will be inducted by the BeeGees’ Barry and Robin Gibb
  • Genesis will be inducted by Phish’s Trey Anastasio
  • Jimmy Cliff will be inducted by Wyclef Jean
  • The Hollies will be inducted by Steve Van Zandt
  • The Stooges will be inducted by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong
  • David Geffen will be inducted by Jackson Browne
  • Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry, Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman and Otis Blackwell will be inducted by Carole King

And among the musicians scheduled to perform at tonight’s induction ceremony are Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael (of Maroon 5), Faith Hill, Chris Isaak, Ronnie Spector, Eric Burdon, Peter Wolf, Train’s Pat Monahan and Fefe Dobson.

DVD: “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Live” Nine-DVD Box Set

March 11th, 2010, 1:57 pm by Greg

Personally, we think the idea of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ridiculous. Rock and roll ain’t baseball, boys and girls. You can’t boil it down to statistics. It ain’t all about the hits.

Or at least, it shouldn’t be. I mean, really, if there were even a smidge of justice in the world, NRBQ would have been inducted years ago, right? Lenny Kaye? Don’t get me started…

But with this year’s induction ceremony looming on Monday night, we decided to take a look back at the Hall of Fame’s 25-year history, as encapsulated on the 9-DVD box set, “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live,” from Time Life Entertainment. There’s also a more general-consumer-friendly 3-DVD version, as well as an obsessive-only 14-DVD-and-book set (which still doesn’t include any of the omitted performances that are noted later in this story). We decided to take the middle ground.

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