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Complete Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2012 Recap

by on Apr.16, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Complete Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2012 Recap

After a tumultuous few weeks that saw both Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin and then Rod Stewart (from strep throat) bail from attending Guns N’ Roses and Faces/Small Faces inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, the band members who showed up to accept the honors did it with style.

The show kicked off with Green Day, who did a version of the 'American Idiot' track 'Letterbomb.' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame co-founder Jann Wenner followed shortly after addressing the crowd, saying: "I believe in the magic of rock and roll. That magic can set you free. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight you've entered a place where magic happens."

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Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top inducted the first honoree of the evening, the late blues guitarist Freddie King. King's daughter, Wanda, spoke warmly and shared stories about her father. "He inspired so many young blues artists," she said. "I remember going to a show when I was 14 and meeting Stevie Ray Vaughan for the first time. He said to my dad, 'How can I play the blues like you?' My dad said, 'If you don't feel the blues, you'll never play the blues.'" Joe Bonamassa, Billy Gibbons and Derek Trucks followed, jamming on the King songs 'Hideaway' and 'Going Down.'John Mellencamp inducted Donovan next, saying, "He was my inspiration. I wouldn't just listen to Donovan. I would live Donovan, which means I was stealing all my shit from Donovan. Other artists – and you know who you guys are – called that being inspired." Donovan accepted his induction, reading a short poem, then played "Catch the Wind" and "Sunshine Superman" before duetting with Mellencamp on "Season of the Witch."

Bette Midler then inducted Laura Nyro, with Sara Bareilles honoring Nyro with 'Stoney End' on the piano. In the non-performer catagories Carole King inducted Don Kirshner, who in her early days was her boss and mentor during her days as a Brill Building songwriter in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Darlene Love perfomed 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,' with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra, who she had a familiarity with due to her many performances on 'Late Show With David Letterman.' Robbie Robertson also presented the Award For Musical Excellence to Cosimo Matassa, Glyn Jones and Tom Dowd later in the evening. Mid-show Smokey Robinson inducted the Blue Caps (who backed Gene Vincent), the Comets (Bill Haley), the Crickets (Buddy Holly), the Famous Flames (James Brown), the Midnighters (Hank Ballard) and the Miracles, who backed Robinson for the first two decades of his career. The surviving members of all six groups took the stage together, giving credit to these deserving legends for their huge role in rock history.

Chuck D of Public Enemy and LL Cool J both inducted the Beastie Boys. "They still are one of the greatest live acts in music. They challenged the conventions in the music business and made up their own rules about what it means to be world class hip-hop cats...They always insisted (on) maturing as musicians and human beings," said Chuck D. LL Cool J said that he owes his entire career to the Beasties. "I wouldn't be here today without them. The Beastie Boys actually played my demo for Rick Rubin in his NYU dorm room. A lot of people don't know that."
Adam Horowitz read the audience a letter from Yauch. "I'd like to dedicate this to my brothers Adam and Mike," he wrote. "They walked the globe with me. It's also for anyone who has ever been touched by our band. This induction is as much ours as it is yours."

The lengthy introduction of Guns N' Roses from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong did include a reference to Rose, and although he didn’t actually say his name, the inference made the crowd boo. “No, shut the f–k up, shut up, shut up!” Armstrong chided the 7,000 people in attendance. “This man’s a bad ass f–king singer. He’s one of the best frontmen to ever touch a microphone … Hey, most singers are crazy — I can vouch for that.” Slash said, “The fans are the ones who made it possible for us to get together tonight with all the adversity and everything that was going on."







Slash admitted that all the drama almost caused him to stay home as well. He then thanked his wife for talking him into attending, saying, “I was like f-k it, but she said ‘Go and do it with the guys,’ and I said ‘You’re right.’” McKagan declared himself “overwhelmed” at the honor of the induction and added, “I don’t know if it matters who’s here tonight because it’s about the music that band created.” Sorum, who gently teased Adler for somehow managing to get fired from GnR for a drug addiction, said, “I want to thank the other bandmates that aren’t here tonight [and tell them] that I love and respect them and I’m honored to have been on stage playing music with them.” And Adler’s very brief speech quoted a key line from Queen‘s ‘We Are the Champions’: “You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it, and I thank you all.”

Singer Myles Kennedy (Slash/Alter Bridge) took the mic for the three-song Guns N' Roses set with Slash, Gilby Clarke and drummers Matt Sorum and Steven Adler. They jammed on the Guns classics ‘Mr. Brownstone,’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and ‘Paradise City.’

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Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, who has performed with a reunited Faces on tour, joined the band on 'Ooh La La' and 'Stay With Me.' Ron Wood rocked like he is ready for a Rolling Stones tour right now and was joined by keyboardist Ian McLagan and drummer Kenny Jones.

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The Roots, along with Kid Rock and Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes performed a medley of Beastie classics, including 'Sabotage' and 'So What'cha Want.' Rock, Black Thought and McCoy all wore matching green Adidas track suits.

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Comedian Chris Rock took the stage at 12:30 a.m. to induct the last act of the night, Red Hot Chili Peppers and he couldn’t resist poking fun at Rose’s notorious habit of tardiness. “A lot of people are upset that Axl didn’t come tonight,” Rock said. “But let’s face it. Even if he was coming tonight, he wouldn’t be here by now.” He went on to explain that he first saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers when he tried to see Grandmaster Flash in Philadelphia, but walked into the wrong club. "My friends and I were like, 'What the fuck is this shit? There's a lot of white people in here,'" Rock said. "They came out and I couldn't understand a fucking word they said, and they had socks on their dicks! I had never been to a white show before, so I thought all white groups put socks on their dicks. Years later, they're one of the biggest groups in the world and getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have black ties on their dicks tonight."

Former drummers Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez were part of the induction, and 1:00 a.m., the group (with three drummers) did a three-song set of 'By the Way,' 'The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie' and 'Give It Away.' "I haven't played with Cliff in 25 years!" Flea said to the crowd. "He's a beautiful man."

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At the end of 'Give It Away,' Anthony Kiedis invited everyone back to the stage. Slash, Ron Wood, Billie Joe Armstrong, Kenny Jones and even audience member George Clinton packed the stage for Stevie Wonder's 'Higher Ground.' The five-and-a-half hour show wrapped up at 1:30 a.m. A condensed two and a half hour broadcast of the show will air on HBO on Saturday, May 5th.

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Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame announces 2012 presenters

by on Mar.20, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame announces 2012 presenters

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the presenters for this year's induction ceremony. has reported that Chris Rock will induct the Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mellencamp will induct Donovan, Steve Van Zandt will induct the Small Faces/Faces, Chuck D will induct the Beastie Boys, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill from ZZ Top will induct Freddie King, Carole King will induct Don Kirshner and Bette Midler will induct Laura Nyro. They is no announcement as of yet to announce who will induct Guns N' Roses.

The Hall of Fame's induction ceremony on April 14 will be held in Cleveland for only the third time in it's 26 year history, and will air on HBO May 5th.

The ceremony will also feature Robbie Robertson inducting Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns and Smokey Robinson inducting The Blue Caps, the Comets, the Crickets, the Famous Flames, the Midnighters and the Miracles.


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U2 pay tribute to Amy Winehouse as her funeral takes place today; Nikki Sixx, Geezer Butler and other rockers statements about Amy

by on Jul.26, 2011, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

U2 pay tribute to Amy Winehouse as her funeral takes place today; Nikki Sixx, Geezer Butler and other rockers statements about Amy

The funeral for Amy Winehouse took place in North London this afternoon (July 26), with a private service for family and friends.

Fans and photographers gathered outside the Edgwarebury Cemetery in Edgware as some 200 relatives and friends of the singer arrived. As the BBC News reports, among the congregation were Mark Ronson, who produced her smash album 'Back to Black,' and Winehouse's good friend, Kelly Osbourne, who sported the late singer's trademark beehive hairdo as a tribute.

The Daily Mail reported that Winehouse's ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil was not granted permission to leave prison, where he is serving 32 months for burglary and firearms possession, to attend the service.  Mitch Winehouse, Amy's father, would reportedly not let Fielder-Civil into the funeral even if he would have been released for it, as he credits him with introducing his daughter to drugs. Fielder-Civil has also allegedly been left out of Amy's will.

The service was administered by Rabbi Frank Hellmer and Mitch gave a eulogy. "Mitch was funny, he told some great stories from her childhood," Amy's rep Chris Goodman told the Daily Mail. It was a celebration. He stressed many times that she had been more content than he had been in years. Mitch paid tribute to a lot of people from Amy's life."

According to attendee Alfie Ezekiel, "Mitch's last words to Amy in his eulogy were 'Goodnight my angel. Sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much.'"

The ceremony ended with the playing of Amy's favorite song, Carole King's 'So Far Away.' Her body was then transferred to Golders Green Crematorium for cremation, while hundreds of fans stood outside to pay their final respects.

Amy Winehouse’s passing this past Saturday (July 23) has dominated entertainment headlines for the past few days, as friends, family and fans tried to make sense of the event.

The cause of death unknown, as yesterday’s initial autopsy proved inconclusive.With toxicology reports liable to take up to four weeks, the inquest will now present its findings on Oct. 26.

Among the touring musicians who have paid tribute to Winehouse are U2, who dedicated a song to her Saturday evening in Minneapolis, just hours after news broke of her death. “We wrote this next song for Michael Hutchence [of INXS],” began the introduction by Bono. “But you will understand if, tonight, we play it for Amy Winehouse.” And with that, Bono and The Edge performed an acoustic version of “Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” from 2000’s “All That You Can’t Leave Behind.”

U2 are currently playing the final dates of their 2 year-long 360 World Tour, which wraps up July 30 in Moncton, New Brunswick.

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 Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell bassist Geezer Butler released this statement:

“It would be disrespectful of me if I didn’t mention the passing of one of my all time favourite musicians, Amy Winehouse. To me, she was, and is, up there with Billie, Bessie, Sarah, Dinah, Ella, and I was so looking forward to her new stuff, but will always love the old stuff. A tremendous talent taken from us. Her voice will live on longer than all the crap written about her. On yet another sad note, my thoughts go out to the people of Norway, after such a terrible tragedy there. So shocking in such a peaceful, beautiful country.”

Butler said recently that he’s currently writing songs for a possible GZR album, as well as working on his autobiography, with tentative plans to release both next year.

Nikki Sixx talked to Abby Krizner, of 105.9 The X (WXDX-FM) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, asked Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx Sunday night (July 24) about the passing of Amy Winehouse.

Nikki: "I don't know the inner workings of that immediate family — meaning, her managers and record company — and her immediate immediate family — mother and father, if she had brothers and sisters — and I don't know her band. In all the societies that we have, we have enablers, and these enablers will allow someone like myself who was a drug addict to keep using rather than face the possibility of getting fired or pushed to the side. And they just don't want to upset the apple cart, and what happens is people die. In my situation, that's happened to me. I had so many close calls that I look back on it, why did nobody step up and say , 'You know what?! If you keep using drugs, we're not gonna release your records. If you keep using drugs, we're not gonna book your tours.' etc. etc. I don't know in her world, I don't know what her struggles were on that level. I know on an addiction level, heroin, alcohol, coke, pills… it's the same. Until you make up your mind that you wanna quit, there's no amount of people around you that are gonna get you to quit. I don't really know the story behind it except that it's sad. She was a very talented young person that had a lot to give. And unfortunately, as cold as this may sound, some have to die so that the rest of us can live."

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Other rockers weighed in on Amy's passing as well:

Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge, Slash): "It's just my opinion but Amy Winehouse was a very rare talent. So many songs left unsung. Heartbreaking news."

Rikki Rockett (Poison): "Amy Winehouse - So sad. Condolences to her closest friends and family. Fame does not give you happiness. It's a shame Amy couldn't see the part that surpasses that. The part that she earned and that no tabloid could mar or any critic could ever take away."

Tommy Lee (Motley Crue): "Amy Winehouse died. That's a lifestyle choice. The 87 who were murdered in Oslo Norway. That's fucking tragic."

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American Idol news: Led Zeppelin song performed on show for first time, Joe Perry comments on Aerosmith not playing on the show, James Durbin press tour

by on May.19, 2011, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

American Idol news: Led Zeppelin song performed on show for first time, Joe Perry comments on Aerosmith not playing on the show, James Durbin press tour

A Led Zeppelin song was approved and sung for the first time in American Idol history last night (May 18) by one of the contestants. Apparently after hearing Haley Reinhart's rendition of The Animals "House Of The Rising Sun", Jimmy Page and Robert Plant contactd American Idol executives and gave her permission to use any of their singles for a performance.

Reinhart, joined by her father Harry on guitar chose the Led Zeppelin II classic 'What Is And What Should Never Be".
Here is her performance:

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Tonight one more contestant will be eliminated as the show will be reduced to the final two contestants. American Idol judge Steven Tyler had told numerous show hosts while promoting his new single that Aerosmith would be performing on the season finale, but that will definetly not be happening. In postings on his Facebook page over the weekend, guitarist Joe Perry made it clear that the four other members of Aerosmith weren't interested in playing the show, insisting that they would rather appear on "Idol" when the band has something to promote like an upcoming tour or a new album.

"(We're) not playing 'Idol' 'cause we were never asked by producers," Perry wrote. "Brad (Whitford, fellow Aerosmith guitarist] has gig that night with (Experience Hendrix). It's not logistically possible.

Aerosmith's looking forward to playing 'American Idol' next season when our new CD is out and we can prepare (for) a kick-ass show if they ask us.

"Really looking forward to recording with Aerosmith this July (and) August to finish our long-awaited CD. Icing on cake, Jack Douglas is producing.

"The band (definitely) wants to tour after the new CD. We want to rock out in the U.S. and for our Blue Army behind some new songs.

"There is no peace pipe to smoke because I have no problem with anything Steven is doing. It's all media driven. In case ya didn't get that."

Douglas, who has also worked with The Who and John Lennon, produced a number of classic Aerosmith albums in the Seventies, including "Toys In The Attic" and "Rocks". He also worked on 2004's "Honkin' On Bobo" covers set.

In other American Idol news; last weeks eliminated contestant and rocker James Durbin, from Santa Cruz, California, performed a cover version of the Judas Priest's "You Got Another Thing Coming", Sammy Hagar's "Heavy Metal" and other songs by Elton John and Stevie Wonder on this past Friday night's edition of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on NBC.
He also made an appearance on Live! With Regis & Kelly this past Monday morning (May 16). The rocker sang one his Idol tunes, the Carole King song, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” and then joined the hosts for a chat.

Asked what he was doing before the show, James said, "I delivered pizzas. Two days before auditions, I got laid off." He said the pizza place closed, leaving him out of a job. Even after his Idol experience, "Technically, I'm still unemployed," he added. He really iisn't though, since he will be a part of the Idol Top 11 summer tour across North America.

Durbin told USA Today on Friday that he is planning to record an album, with what he described as a "(Dio) 'Holy Diver', (Black Sabbath) 'Neon Nights'-type" feel. "I potentially heard my first single yesterday," he said, adding that it "still has a heavy edge and is radio friendly." He plans to reunite with a friend from home who will be his lead guitarist. He also hopes to work with Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater.

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