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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.
Beatles News: Paul McCartney nearly hit by pop princesses car, premieres new videos starring Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp
Last night (Apr. 13) at an exclusive screening event at the Stella McCartney store in Los Angeles, Paul McCartney premiered his brand new, self directed videos for his song 'My Valentine'. The track is one of two original compositions on his new studio album 'Kisses on the Bottom', which was released in February of this year and went to Number One on the Billboard chart.
The gala premiere event hosted by Paul and Stella saw the likes of Orlando Bloom, Jordana Brewster, Julie Delpy, Zooey Deschanel, Jane Fonda, Dave Grohl and Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters, Woody Harrelson, Joan Jett, Quincy Jones, Miranda Kerr, Jason Lewis, Lykke Li, Chris Martin, Jayma Mays, Gwyneth Paltrow, Richard Perry, James Ransone, Amy Smart, Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal of No Doubt, Kristen Stewart, Rumer Willis, Reese Witherspoon and more applauding Paul's visual interpretations of 'My Valentine' featuring Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp each translating the lyrics of the song into sign language--each giving distinctly different performances, making both videos compelling viewing. A third version combined both Natalie and Johnny's performances into one film. Watch the videos below and read the entire story here: www.paulmccartney.com
Paul's video premiere psrty went off without a hitch, but there was a chance that it would not have happened and it would have been all pop star Demi Lovato's fault. Lovato was lucky enough to meet Sir Paul, just not in the way she envisioned.
Lovato tweeted earlier this week (April 9) and revealed that she had nearly hit a pedestrian while parking her car. "So ... today I was pulling into a parking space that some guys were standing in the middle of, and almost hit them," Demi explained. "When one of the guys turned around ... it was a BEATLE ... Yes, YOU HEARD ME ... SIR PAUL McCARTNEY!!!"
Apparently, Sir Paul took the incident in stride. "He was so sweet!! Can't believe I met him today ... WOW!" Demi said. Lovato was close to being public enemy #1!
Smithsonian Magazine recently conducted an interview with Eddie Van Halen about his decision to donate his guitar, the Frank 2, to the National Museum of American History.
When asked which of his past musical collaborations stands out his favorite, Eddie said, "Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' is a stand out for me. (Producer) Quincy Jones called me up and asked me to play on it. When I got there, it took me 15 minutes to rearrange the song and I played two solos and told them they could pick the one they liked best. Then Michael walked in and said, 'Wow! I really like that high fast stuff you do.' It was a lot of fun to do. It's crazy that something could take such a short amount of time and can grow into something beyond anything you could ever imagine." Check out the Q&A here: smithsonianmagazine/Eddie VH Q&A
Slash recently said about the new Van Halen album: "They're finishing (up their new album right now), actually. I don't wanna speak on their behalf, but one of the guys that works for us works for Van Halen in the studio and he told me that they're in the mixing stages." The group began recording in January with producer John Shanks.
Van Halen will play their first official tour dates in 2011 in Australia at the traveling Soundwave Festival. The Van Halen lineup consists of Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen, as well as the return of David Lee Roth on vocals. No official word on the new album being released before the Festival, but it is possible a single could be out by then, with the new album by the end of the year.
The Soundwave Festival includes Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Alter Bridge, Hole, Danzig, Bad Religion, Hellyeah, Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Sum 41, The Damned Things and more.