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Rush and Heart named 2013 Rock And Roll Hall of Inductees

by on Dec.11, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

Rush and Heart named 2013 Rock And Roll Hall of Inductees

After many years of being passed over for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and quite possibly being the top band mentioned who should be in, Rush will become members in 2013. “We are honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” the band said in a statement on their Facebook page. “The three of us are especially appreciative of our loyal fans whose support and dedication has gone a long way to making this possible. P.S. And special thanks to our moms for voting 6,000 times!”

"It's a terrific honor and we'll show up smiling," Rush's singer and bassist, Geddy Lee, told Rolling Stone. "It made my mom happy, so that's worth it." Lee is especially happy for Rush's army of hardcore fans. "It was a cause they championed," he says. "I'm very relieved for them and we share this honor with them, for sure."

Besides Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart being named, Ann & Nancy Wilson with their band Heart were named as inductees as well. Heart rocked during a time of male dominated band's in rock n' roll, and showed that ladies can rock just as well, inspiring an entire generation of females. Ann Wilson of Heart said about the induction: "Some people have an idea of what the shape of rock & roll is supposed to look like. We're not really it. Personally, that's why I think it's taken quite a while...We're always traveling and out there doing it. It can start to feel like you're a tree falling in the forest, but nobody notices. So this kind of acknowledgement is really sweet."

The public was allowed to vote for the first time in the history of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. Votes were taken online, and the result was a "fan's ballot" that was counted along with roughly 600 other ballots.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on April 18th, 2013 at the Nokia Theater and then broadcast on HBO May 18th. Tickets for the public go on sale January 25th.

Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers announced the inductees earlier today, with blues legend Albert Lee, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Donna Summer joining Rush and Heart. Lou Adler and Quincy Jones were announced for induction as recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers. Other nominees Deep Purple, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Procol Harum, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Meters, Chic, the Marvelettes, Kraftwerk and N.W.A. did not gain enough votes necessary to make the 2013 class. Hopefully next year for the more than deserving Deep Purple.

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Rock Picks of the Week: Black Stone Cherry, Redlight King, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Papa Roach, Heart, Soulicit

by on Jul.27, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry have released another great single from the 'Beyond The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea.' 'Like I Roll' is the fourth single from the album, following 'White Trash Millionaire,' 'Blame It on the Boom Boom,' and 'In My Blood.' The road warriors recently wrapped up a successful tour with Chickenfoot in the U.S. and more dates in Europe, and are back on the road this summer starting July 28th in Dubuque, Iowa. Chris Robertson (vocals/guitar), Ben Wells (rhythm guitar), Jon Lawhon (bass) and John Fred Young (drums) will be starting work on their next album this fall, and by all indications, considering all the amazing groundwork the band has behind them, it promises to be their most successful yet. Until then, enjoy the great new video for 'Like I Roll,' which documents the band's time on the road. Go and see a great american ROCK band in concert if you get a chance, Black Stone Cherry!

Black Stone Cherry tour dates:
Jul. 28 - Dubuque County Fair - Dubuque, IA
Aug. 8 - Mojoes - Joliet, IL
Aug. 9 - District - Rockford, IL
Aug. 10 - Tyson IBP Events Center - Sioux City, IA
Aug. 11 - Will Rock Fest - Twin Lakes, WI (w/Saving Abel, Fear Factory, Shadows Fall, Deuce, Static X, Janus, Seven Day Sonnet, Red Line Chemistry and more)
Aug. 13 - Headliner's - Toledo, OH
Aug. 14 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
Aug. 16 - Madison Theatre - Covington, KY
Aug. 17 - Busters Billiards and Backroom - Lexington, KY
Aug. 18 - Rally On The River - Ironton, OH (w/My Darkest Days)
Aug. 25 - Rock Jam - Grand Junction, CO (w/3 Doors Down, Theory of a Deadman, Quiet Riot, Jackyl & Slaughter)
Aug. 26 - Club Sound - Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 27 - Martini Ranch - Scottsdale, AZ
Aug. 29 - The Beaumont - Kansas City, MO
Aug. 30 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO
Sep. 1 - Hersheypark Stadium - Hershey, PA - Rock Allegiance (w/Stone Temple Pilots, Seether, Three Days Grace, Buckcherry, Daughtry, Puddle of Mudd, Redlight King, Fuel, Charm City Angels, Foxy Shazam, Otherwise & more)
Sep. 2 - Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf - Buffalo, NY
Sep. 3 - Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion - Gilford, NH
Sep. 28 - Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair - Fort Smith, AR
Nov. 27 - Shiprocked - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (w/Godsmack, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, P.O.D., Sevendust, Filter, Fuel, Pop Evil, Lit, Helmet, In This Moment, Geoff Tate, Gilby Clarke, Dead Sara & more)

Redlight King and singer/songwriter Mark Kasprzyk are up next with the track 'Comeback.' Kasprzyk used to be known as Kazzer. That was about a decade ago. Although he got some traction with the song 'Pedal to the Medal,' Kazzer was only a brief flash in the pan in mainstream music. Now years later, Mark Kasprzyk is no longer Kazzer. He’s just Kaz and he’s front and center in a new project he started called Redlight King.

'Comeback' conveys a message of hope, a message of not giving up no matter how far down you are. You can make a 'Comeback' with this inspirational track. It delivers a message of hope in these troubled times. The song is featured on the 'Avengers Assembled' soundtrack as well as the band's album 'Something For the Pain.' The band has had success with the Neil Young cover 'Old Man' and the previous rock pick of the week 'Bullet In My Hand.'


Redlight King is on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival along with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, In This Moment and Fozzy. The tour kicks off on August 17th in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Before that the band will be part of the K-Rockathon in Syracuse, NY on July 29th with The Offspring, Korn, Public Enemy, AWOLNATION, P.O.D., The Gaslight Anthem, Eve 6, Civil Twilight, Walk the Moon, Evans Blue and Kill The Noise.

Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour dates:
Aug. 17 - Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone - Bonner Springs, KS
Aug. 18 - Arkansas State Fair Complex - Little Rock, AR
Aug. 19 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Maryland Heights, MO
Aug. 21 - Rock the Rapids at Festival Village - Grand Rapids, MI
Aug. 24 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
Aug. 26 - Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA
Aug. 28 - Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain - Scranton, PA
Aug. 29 - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center - Darien Center, NY
Aug. 31 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA
Sep. 1 - Hersheypark Stadium - Hershey, PA
Sep. 2 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA
Sep. 5 - Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park - Simpsonville, SC
Sep. 7 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI
Sep. 8 - Klipsch Music Center - Noblesville, IN
Sep. 9 - Blossom Music Center - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sep. 11 - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC
Sep. 12 - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood - Atlanta, GA
Sep. 13 - 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre At the Florida State Fairgrounds - Tampa, FL
Sep. 15 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - The Woodlands, TX
Sep. 16 - Gexa Energy Pavilion - Dallas, TX
Sep. 18 - Comfort Dental Amphitheatre - Englewood, CO
Sep. 19 - USANA Amphitheatre - West Valley City, UT
Sep. 21 - Greyhound Park and Event Center - Post Falls, ID
Sep. 22 - White River Amphitheatre - Auburn, WA
Sep. 23 - Sleep Country Amphitheater - Ridgefield, WA
Sep. 25 - The Idaho Center - Nampa, ID
Sep. 28 - Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino - Las Vegas, NV
Sep. 29 - Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
Sep. 30 - Hard Rock Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM

Red Hot Chili Peppers have released the latest track and video from the 'I'm With You' album. 'Brendan's Death Song,' is a ballad the band wrote in honor of Brendan Mullen, founder of late Seventies Hollywood punk club the Masque. After it was shut down in 1978, Mullen booked shows on the Sunset Strip's Club Lingerie. One day in 1983, Anthony Kiedis and Flea showed up at the club with a boom box and asked Mullen to listen to their demo. He did, and offered them an opening gig for Bad Brains.

"It was a huge step for us to get that gig," Flea said in an interview in 2009. "But in a much more important way, I felt profoundly validated to be accepted and acknowledged by Brendan Mullen, who was a crucial part – a hub – of a scene that for me had mythological status." Mullen suffered a massive stroke and died on the first day that the Chili Peppers were to rehearse with their new guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer.

"When I got to rehearsal I delivered the news to my band that we just lost this beautiful person," said Kiedis, "and then we started playing without really talking. The second thing that came out of that jam was the basis for 'Brendan’s Death Song.'" Keidis also revealed that Mullen was working on a coffee-table book about the band, called 'The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History,' when he died.

Check out the jazz funeral-themed video for "Brendan's Death Song," which was shot in one day in New Orleans and directed by Marc Klasfeld.

Papa Roach are back with the new single 'Still Swingin' from the upcoming album 'The Connection.' The band recorded in their home studio in Sacramento and also worked in Tommy Lee's Atrium Studio.

Bassist Tobin Esperance said the band basically lived out of the recording area 24/7 while completing the disc. He laughed about how the band laid down 20 tracks, cut it down to 12, and then decided to write five more.

Some of the album tracks include 'Before I Die,' with electronic-programmed verses and a big rock chorus, 'Where Did the Angels Go,' 'Wish You Never Met Me,' produced by Sixx: A.M.‘s James Michael; 'Not That Beautiful' featuring guest vocalist Shanaz; and 'Leader of the Broken Hearts,' a track Shaddix says was initially influenced by their past favorite, 'Forever.'

Shaddix says that he got sober during the making of the record and also dealt with his wife leaving him, stating: “We wanted to make a dynamic and explosive record that captures the raw emotions of life. We also wanted to incorporate the biological sounds of rock with a digital edge to have a fresh sound. This is our own version of what we think the radio should sound like. This is the soundtrack to my life and once again I went through some dark shit and came through thanks to the music."

Here's a three-and-a-half-minute video clip capturing the creative process that went into the making of the cover artwork for 'The Connection':

Ann and Nancy Wilson will release the new Heart album 'Fanatic' on October 2nd. 'Fanatic' was recorded in hotel rooms and studios up and down the West Coast, with Grammy-winning producer Ben Mink back at the helm with the Wilson sisters drawing from their own lives and personal experiences as inspiration for their music. "Rock Deep (Vancouver)" harkens back to the city where Dreamboat Annie was written; and "Walkin' Good" (a duet with Vancouver resident Sarah McLachlan) captures the joy of finding new life in a new love.

The title song is a celebration of the Wilson's life spirit: Ann and Nancy are fanatics about love, art, truth, and the belief that they can do anything together they set their minds to.

Heart will be touring throughout the summer and fall (June 29-November 17). Alejandro Escovedo and Shawn Colvin will be supporting in October and November. This fall, Ann and Nancy Wilson will be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (followed by a live concert webcast).

The hardcover edition of 'Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll,' will be released by HarperCollins on Sept. 18th. The memoir was penned by Ann & Nancy Wilson with noted Seattle-based author Charles R. Cross ("Room Full of Mirrors - A Biography of Jimi Hendrix"; "Heavier Than Heaven" - a biography of Kurt Cobain).

Here's a podcast on the release of the Heart 'Strange Euphoria,' box set with the title track from 'Fanatic'

Soulicit is comprised of lead vocalist Darick Parson, guitarist Roll, bassist Kevin Parrow & drummer Trent Boehner. The band delivers a straight ahead, energetic, classic hard rocking sound with a sense of humor to boot. Check out the band's hilarious video below and you'll see what I'm talking about.

In September of 2011 Soulicit inked a deal with Thermal Entertainment based out of Greenville, SC. The work began immediately as the band wrapped up recording their first full length label release titled 'Parking Lot Rockstar' which is now being distributed by Megaforce. Check out entire album on the band's official website: www.soulicitrock.com

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Metallica News: Watch Rock AM Ring Festival in Germany via free stream this weekend, ‘Birth School Metallica Death: Volume I’ autobiogaphy due in 2013, band member biopics

by on May.29, 2012, under INTERVIEWS, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Metallica News: Watch Rock AM Ring Festival in Germany via free stream this weekend, ‘Birth School Metallica Death: Volume I’ autobiogaphy due in 2013, band member biopics

Metallica will be headlining the annual Rock AM Ring Festival in Nurburgring, Germany this Saturday, June 2, and you can watch it live via a free live stream. The band will be performing their 1991 self-titled album, known as 'The Black Album,' in its entirety. The twenty year old album features such classic tracks such as 'Enter Sandman,' 'Sad But True,' 'Nothing Else Matters' and 'The Unforgiven.'

The live concert stream will start at 3PM ET/12 PT this Saturday, June 2nd. Check it all out here: www.orionmusicandmore.com/rock-am-ring-livestream. Metallica will also be performing 'The Black Album' in it's entirety along with ‘Ride The Lightning’ at their inaugural Orion Music + More Festival in Atlantic City,  N.J., on June 23rd & 24th.

Da Capo Press has announced a forthcoming two-volume biography of Metallica. 'Birth School Metallica Death: Volume I ' is slated for release in the fall of 2013, with the companion following a year later.

"Metallica's story is an epic narrative finally getting the same multi-book treatment as Elvis Presley, Charles Darwin, and several former Presidents," said editor Ben Schafer.

Authors Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood have reportedly based the books on more than 75 hours of interviews. They hung with the rockers in their natural habitat, compiling information for what figures to be a comprehensive look at the enduring metal outfit's long and storied career.

The first volume will chart the band's early years and end circa the 1988 album ...And Justice for All, their commercial breakthrough. The second installment tells the remainder of the story -- a period that, though not without its triumphs, includes the group's divisive latter-day records, drummer Lars Ulrich's battle with Napster and of course, the icky inter-band squabbling documented in the 2004 film "Some Kind of Monster."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danish-born Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich plays Dutch documentarian Joris Ivens in the new HBO biopic 'Hemingway & Gelhorn,' which made it's TV debut Monday night (May 28). The movie has numerous airing upcoming, so check your listings.

Joris Ivens work chronicling the Spanish Civil War lured Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn to the Iberian Peninsula in the late 1930's. Hemingway and Gellhorn are played by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman in the biopic. Here's a recent USA Today article for more of Ulrich talking his latest movie role: www.usatoday.com

Another member of Metallica is involved in his own biopic. This from USA Today on May 24: If it sounds strange that a metal master is financing a movie about a jazz virtuoso, there's a thing or two you need to learn about Metallica's Robert Trujillo and the late bass ace Jaco Pastorius.

"Jaco was my hero growing up. Hearing him was like hearing Eddie Van Halen doing Eruption for the first time: You thought, 'What instrument is that?' " Trujillo says.

"I loved jazz fusion and branched out from there," he says. "But Jaco had an edge that far exceeded his jazz persona. He was funk, he was rock, he was soul. And his whole attitude was punk."

Tentatively titled Jaco, the documentary Trujillo took on two years ago is being directed by Stephen Kijak, who helmed 2010's Stones in Exile, about the Rolling Stones' creation of Exile on Main Street. Trujillo says he hopes to premiere the movie at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

"The film for me is from the heart," says Trujillo, who met his hero only once and had hoped to help Pastorius as he battled mental illness. "I wanted to rescue him, but I learned that Jaco didn't want to be rescued."

Pastorius died in 1987 from a beating suffered in a Florida bar's alley. He was bipolar and had wrestled with substance abuse. Although only 35 when he died, Pastorius already had revolutionized the electric bass with searing multi-note fusillades and delicate chord-based harmonics.

"Jaco was the Babe Ruth of the bass," says his biographer, Bill Milkowski. "His is an unbelievably fascinating story."

Befriending Pastorius' family, Trujillo obtained never-seen footage. And Pastorius' revered status among musicians "made it easy to get Sting, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, (Carlos) Santana and (director) Mike Figgis to comment on his influence," Trujillo says.

So what made Pastorius so great? "Well, there's just sheer genius, of course," Trujillo says, shrugging. "But frankly, maybe his being bipolar helped him push past boundaries that are there for the rest of us. Because Jaco was nothing if not fearless."

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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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Ex-Cream bandmates documentaries: ‘Beware of Mr. Baker’ wins Jury Award at SXSW, Watch ‘Jack Bruce: The Man Behind The Bass’ in its entirety

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

Ex-Cream bandmates documentaries: ‘Beware of Mr. Baker’ wins Jury Award at SXSW, Watch ‘Jack Bruce: The Man Behind The Bass’ in its entirety

The new movie focusing on the life of Cream/Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker, won the Jury Award for best documentary feature at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas, last week. 'Beware of Mr. Baker' takes a candid and in-depth look at the volatile, self-destructive 73-year-old drummer, got its world premiere at the SXSW festival on March 9. The film also screened one last time in in Austin, on March 16 at the Paramount, but there is no telling where it will be shown next.

Much of 'Beware of Mr. Baker' was shot at Baker's horse ranch in South Africa, which he bought after Cream reunion gigs with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce. The story follows Baker's past drug addiction, his work as a jazz musician and acceptance by the jazz drummers he idolized, and the amny dramatic career moves he made, including moving to Nigeria after the break-up of Blind Faith to spend six years working with Fela Kuti, the creation of jazz-rock ensemble Air Force, his love of horses and polo and his return to performing as a jazz drummer. The film also features conversations and memories of Baker from Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Carlos Santana, Nick Mason, Bill Ward, Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart, Max Weinberg, Marky Ramone and Johnny Rotten.

Co-producer Fisher Stevens told billboard.com, "We have been accepted to a bunch of festivals, but they have told us not to tell anyone," he explained. "We would...love to get a theatrical release and maybe even do a tour. Take the movie on tour with CDs [and] T-shirts."

Ginger Baker's ex-Cream bandmate Jack Bruce also had a documentary recently air on BBC 2-Scotland. The hour long 'Jack Bruce: The Man Behind The Bass' can be viewed in its entirety below.

Bootsy Collins, U2′s Adam Clayton and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, as well as Bruce’s band mates Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker are all featured in the interesting film.

Bruce returned to Scotland for the documentary, and re-recorded six songs he calls pivotal to his life and career. He is joined by several of Scotland’s notable musicians, including folk trio Lau, percussionist Jim Sutherland, keyboard player Andy May, guitarist Taj Wyzgowski, drummer Chris Peacock, and his nephew Nico Bruce on bass.


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Bruce's new blues-rock outfit, Spectrum Road, featuring Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, keyboardist John Medeski and drummer Cindy Blackman-Santana (wife to Carlos), will make their festival debut this summer with sets at Tennessee's Bonnaroo Festival (June 9) and at the Playboy Jazz Festival (June 17) at the Hollywood Bowl. The band's self-titled debut will be released on June 5 through Palmetto Records.

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