Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Best Bet

I began to feel the magnetic pull of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 ceremony today. The event takes place this year in Cleveland at the Rock Hall on Saturday, April 14th.

Exclusive of being there in person (for the fortunate few as its sold out) here is the next best bet Internet option available for rock and roll fans.

SiriusXM and the Hall have created Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Radio Channel 310. If you are a SiriusXM subscriber you can listen online. I listened to the channel for several hours today while I worked. During the first hour, I logged into our SiriusXM account via a Web browser and took advantage of the Harmon Kardon HP PC speaker system. I listened the remainder of the time through the SiriusXM iOS App on the iPad Pro which has much better built-in speakers and sound. Tomorrow I’ll listen to SiriusXM on the SONOS 1.

The music and information programmed on this exclusive (temporary?) channel were well curated. There wasn’t one song or artist I did not appreciate in four hours. How can you go wrong with music from Rock Hall inductees? I mean seriously.

Channel 310’s piece de resistance is the 2018 Backstage Induction Broadcast on Saturday, April 14th from 7:00 pm until Sunday, April 15th 12:00 am.

It’s the biggest honor in music, induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Get backstage coverage, insight, and music from 2018 inductees Bon Jovi, The Cars, Nina Simone, Dire Straits, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and The Moody Blues! Also thoughts from performers and presenters exclusively on SiriusXM’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Radio’s backstage broadcast!


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The HBO live recording being filmed that evening does not air until May 5th.


Enter Deep Purple In The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Already!

It is a tragic error that Deep Purple is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Critics be damned enter this seminal heavy metal band already! One listen to any of their mega hits should tell you why they deserve to be included.

I was pleased to learn that Lars Ulrich of Metallica is actively working on making this happen. According to the Deep Purple Web Site:

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich last year told writer Peter Makowski that he is working on getting his all-time favorite band, DEEP PURPLE, a long-overdue spot in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Asked why the creators of “Smoke On The Water” were not in there yet, Ulrich said, “What you’ve got to understand is that a lot of the people that have run the selection process are critics, and DEEP PURPLE, as you know, were never a critic’s band — especially in America, because their influence was probably felt more in Europe.”

But Ulrich added, “It’s only a matter of time. Rather sooner than later. We’ve already lost one member. The fact that LED ZEPPELIN and BLACK SABBATH are in and PURPLE is not is one of the crimes of that whole institution. We’ll get them in soon enough. I’m working on it.”


Founding PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord passed away in July 2012. Ulrich, who wrote a tribute to Lord on METALLICA’s web site, told Makowski, “I’m not sure that the people in today’s hard rock world really truly understand how innovative this guy was . . . he really did something nobody had done before with the sound of the keyboards and I think that’s probably the biggest thing to remember him for.”

Full Nirvana Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction

I don’t get HBO on my Optimum Cablevision system. I was thankful that Rolling Stone Magazine posted information that the full HBO Nirvana Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 induction ceremony was available on YouTube.

If you love Grunge Rock and emotionally inspirational live music performances you should watch the 38:39 YouTube HD video segment. It also includes the three-minute video intro, featuring archival commentary from Kurt Cobain and reflective asides from drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic.

“It is the highest calling for an artist, as well as the greatest possible privilege, to capture a moment, to find the zeitgeist, to expose our struggles, our aspirations, our desires, to embrace and define their time,” he says. “That is my definition of an artist. Nirvana captured lightning in a bottle. – Micheal Stipe, R.E.M. Induction Speech”

There are four wide-ranging performances, with Grohl, Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear joined by four female rock icons. Joan Jett helps out with a seering “Smells Like Teen Spirit”; Sonic Youth vocalist-bassist Kim Gordon adds abrasive wails to “Aneurysm”; St. Vincent’s Annie Clark helps out with “Lithium” and Lorde assist on “All Apologies.”

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Favorite Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction

I have read a great deal about last night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction. Thanks to the eye of the camera lens which captured two wonderful “emotional” moments that took place for Nirvana. How could the music of our heart not be consoled and glad for all.

I am eager to see the HBO broadcast of the 2104 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 31, 2014 at 9 p.m. EST.

1) Kurt Cobain‘s Mother

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I’m probably going to cry. I’m already crying because he’d be so proud. He’d say he wasn’t, but he would be. I just miss him so much. He was such an angel,” said Kurt Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, after Nirvana was inducted. Cobain was 27 when he died.

2) “The” Healing Hug

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Many Nirvana fans were probably holding their breath last night when Courtney Love walked up to the podium. She’s done little to mask her feelings about Dave Grohl over the years and one never know what she’ll say in front of an open microphone. But Courtney seemed overwhelmed by the moment — particularly after watching Kurt Cobain’s mother cry — and she completely abandoned a long speech she prepared and used the time to pay tribute to her Nirvana “family,” speaking for no more than a minute. When she got to “Mr. Grohl,” she teared up, walked over and gave him an enormous bear hug. It was one of the emotional high points of an extremely emotional night, and a very classy move for Courtney. ​

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Plenty afoot with Little Feat!

Waiting for Columbus
Waiting for Columbus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I enjoy the magic Little Feat shows. I have seen them perform five times in the past three decades (the last time being on the card with Gov’t Mule where they jammed in each others set). I love the sound and collective energy they bring to the stage. I feel their music as gumbo sound. Waiting for Columbus is my favorite album.

Little Feat is an American jam band institution who began in 1969. The band took a hiatus from 1979-1987 due to the death of Lowell George. They have been performing and recording solidly for the last 27 consecutive years!

Little Feat has several projects afoot that I am excited to share with you.

1. Box Set

The first project is Rad Gumbo: The Complete Warner Bros. Years 1971-1990, a 13 audio CD box set from Rhino Entertainment (part of the Warner Music Group). The clamshell box includes the Feat’s nine studio albums from 1971 to 1990, plus a generous helping of their live recordings and studio outtakes.

Neon Park‘s genius expression as their cover artist captivates the eye and the soul of Little Feat’s mystique.

Little Feat’s box set is due for release on February 25th. Refer to their Rhino press release for more information.

2. Negril, Jamaica

What is it about Negril, Jamaica and Jam Bands? Negril has become the annual home for Gov’t. Mule and Little Feat fans to congregate for a vacation music get together. Gov’t Mule is there right now and as you can see from the poster Little Feat and Craig Fuller, The Midnight Ramble Band, Jorma Kaukonen, David Bromberg, and Vince Herman will be “in-residence” for Ramble On The Island March 5-9, 2014.

I’d love to take Rosemary and I away to Negril to catch either band in their Caribbean island magic someday.

3. Book

Ben Fong-Torres has written a substantive book, Willin’: The Story of Little FeatI am seeking to get a signed copy by the author. My InterWeb research about the book came up with this review as the most “comprehensive”.

If you combine this biography with the box set you will have the best resources to understand Little Feat deeply. Now all we have to do is get Little Feat nominated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here is the ipetition that you and your friends can sign to help that cause.

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Buddy Guy A True Legend

I have had the good fortune to see Buddy Guy perform live five times in my life. I have seen him at Toads Place with John Mayer, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert with Jeff Beck(2009),  the 200 Year Salute to the Blues at Radio City Music Hall(2003) and Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport (twice).  He is always the consistent showman who possesses this incredible knack of coaxing the blues out of his polka dot guitar.

It has been an exciting and rewarding time for Buddy Guy these past few months. He received the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors on December 2nd, 2012. It was a well deserved recognition for one of our national treasures.

Here is the CBS video segment about the Buddy Guy tribute in its entirety.

At age 76 Buddy Guy shows no signs of slowing down. If anything he has picked up momentum. He is playing his 16 night annual Winter residency at his Buddy Guy Legends Club in Chicago right now.


Last year Buddy Guy released a biography co-authored with David Ritz. David Ritz has written some great music biographies about B.B. King, Ray Charles to name a few. I ordered this item as my new Audible audio book to listen to in the car.

Buddy Guy Live At Legends

Buddy Guy released last month a live audio CD of a past Winter residency that was recorded at his old Legends Club in January 2010. It also includes as a bonus three studio tracks. I’m listening to this on Spotify 😉

He appeared on the David Letterman Show last night with his band to promote that recording. He performed “Damn Right I Got The Blues“.

Heart in Concert at Foxwoods 10/6/12


Heart is on a roll. Their recent set of accomplishments is a testimony to the ever enduring work ethic of Ann and Nancy Wilson, their band and management team.

Heart’s impressive accomplishments include:

  1. The Strange Euphoria Box Set
  2. A new book – Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll
  3. A star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  4. A new studio album – Fanatic
  5. 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominee

We caught Heart live in concert on Saturday night at Foxwoods. It is the mercurial time for the Wilson sisters.

Heart played a fast paced  and balanced 90 minute set. They are hard rock in glorious splendor. I love how their music beckons.

Ann Wilson’s magnificent voice filled the MGM Grand Theater. Her voice is powerful, I love her delivery. She sounded vibrant and chilled me to the bone several times last night. She touched the music of our heart the most with the song”Alone”.

Nancy Wilson is a talented guitarist and vocalist. She stepped out front, very much in charge, several times during the show. She got crazy on us and that was cool to see. She high kicked and moved with amazing fluidity. She played lots of guitars, I was fascinated by her technique.

The ending song that was the most pleasant surprise was Led Zeppelin’s “Misty Mountain Hop“. Heart knocked that song out of the park. They added a dimension and reverence to this timeless classic that echoes with resonance inside of me.

Heart Fanatic Tour Set List

  1. Intro (In The Light)
    (Led Zeppelin cover)
  2. Fanatic
  3. Heartless
  4. What About Love 
  5. Mashallah
  6. 59 Crunch
  7. Even It Up 
  8. Straight On
  9. Dog & Butterfly
  10. Walkin’ Good
  11. These Dreams 
  12. Alone 
  13. Dear Old America
  14. Barracuda 
  15. Misty Mountain Hop

2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


We watched the HBO Special last night, the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The show was taped at the Cleveland Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio on April 14th. It was a very entertaining and well-coordinated event. I like that it was held in a huge arena in Cleveland because it allowed many more fans to attend than the annual event at the Waldorf-Astoria ballroom permits.

I wanted to watch this event primarily out of respect for Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys who had passed away on Friday. It was a sharp contrast to just see the two Beastie Boys approach the podium and accept their induction award. They read a message from Adam, MCA who was too ill to attend. It really reached my heart what he wrote for them both. So sad to lose MCA as we did.

Highlights of the event:

  • John Mellencamp inducting Donovan. I loved the enthusiasm John Mellencamp expressed for Donovan. Mellencamp brought with him to the podium his personal copy of Donovan’s vinyl album, Fairytale which I dug seeing him do. Donovan’s induction has been way over due.
  • Bette Midler inducting Laura Nyro. Her love and genuine emotion for Laura Nyro’s music affect epitomized how Laura Nyro won my heart as a music fan. So glad to see Laura Nyro finally recognized for her talent.
  • The Guns and Roses music segment hit it perfectly. “Sweet Child of Mine” with Slash playing those chords and notes on his Gibson Goldtop guitar really did it for me. Axl Rose’s decision not to attend and accept his award was truly his blunder.
  • I was moved to see the members of various groups like The Miracles, The Flames, Bill Haley and the Comets, Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps on the same stage, acknowledging their awards and admiration of their fans. You could so feel the love and mutual respect for these pioneers of music.
  • Flea’s acceptance speech was my favorite acknowledgement of the night.The Red Hot Chili Peppers live music segment was the performance highlight of the evening. They played my favorite song, “By The Way”. Their energy levels are amazing.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 – Laura Nyro

The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Laura Nyro, c. 1968
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I was truly pleased to see Laura Nyro‘s name among the 2012 inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That honor has been long overdue. I wrote a blog post earlier this year about Laura Nyro. I mentioned in that post that Earthworks Films, Inc. is working on a film about Laura Nyro entitled, December’s Boudoir. It would be terrific and well-timed if that movie was ready to be released in harmony with Laura Nyro’s induction. I’d love to see some of the footage shown as part of her induction. Keeping my fingers crossed about that possibility 🙂

The induction ceremony moves to Cleveland, Ohio and will be held on April 14, 2012. It will be the culmination of a 10 day celebration starting April 5th. There will be more details of that celebration posted on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Web site going forward. I see lots of advantages moving the induction ceremony from the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to Cleveland. One can only hope that for the 10 day celebration the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame plans to use the Web more actively with live Webcasts, video of recorded events and Web page information about each day of Induction 2012. It would be wonderful to include a wider, interested audience in this celebration.

I read and listened to Scott Simon NPR column, Simon Says about “Laura Nyro’s Lasting Eclectic Musical Legacy” which serves as the impetus for today’s music blog post.

Thank God for Spotify’s extensive music cloud which offers a comprehensive choice of Laura Nyro’s catalog.  Christmas and the beads of sweat is an ideal listen as we enter the twelve remaining days of Christmas 2011.


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