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.

 

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Sirius XM Volume, Channel 106

For me  it’s always been “debatable” has SiriusXM provided innovative and compelling programming options?  Years ago they launched subscriber based satellite radio. Howard Stern aside,  I think they have struck flint from time to time with the Bob Dylan* and Tom Petty channels where these two illustrious musicians have served as disk jockeys. Those broadcasts have been enlightening as we gain insight from music subject matter authorities who have written the songs that harmonize our lives. (*Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 2016)

SiriusXM has decided to create a music talk channel, Volume, Channel 106 that premieres on Monday October 17th. SXM’s first all-talk channel about music. Live shows, weekly specials, documentaries with the most respected people in music.

The channel features an interesting cross-section of distinct music aficionados, personalities and unique music characters. To my way of thinking that is novel programming and my goal is to promote what bodes to be a worthwhile experiment.

The first show on the Volume channel that has caught my attention will feature a music journalist I respect, Alan Light and one of the original MTV music video jocks (VJ) , Mark Goodman. They will be hosting a program called Debatable.

Debatable Weekdays 4-7 p.m. ET

Every true music fan has gotten into an argument with their friends discussing topics like: Who is the best lead singer of all time? Is KISS better than Mötley Crüe? Who is the best MC of the 90’s? Each afternoon, legendary MTV VJ Mark Goodman and former Spin and Vibe editor Alan Light will attempt to answer these questions on Debatable with the help of celebrity guests, listener phone calls and social media posts.

Curious to hear how this goes as a SiriusXM subscriber.

 

The Rascals “Once Upon A Dream” Reunion Show

My wife and I were listening to Cousin Brucie’s Saturday Rock and Roll Party on SiriusXM Satellite Radio this past Saturday night. We were blown away by the live announcement Gene Cornish made during the broadcast. The Rascals, all four original members, Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish, and Dino Danelli would be reuniting for three special concerts December 13, 14, and 15 at The Capitol Theatre in Portchester, New York. Let me tell you cousins this is fantastic concert news!

Tickets go on sale Friday I hope I can score two tickets to this event. We’d love to see The Rascals Live 🙂

Miami Steve Van Zandt announced a Kickstarter crowd-funding project for The Rascals yesterday. “Once Upon A Dream” is a combination concert/theatrical event produced and directed by Steven Van Zandt and lighting/projection wizard Marc Brickman.

I applaud what Miami Steve has done here and how it allows us Rascals fans a chance to take part and support the production. I just have to figure out what option I am going to pledge 😉

In addition to the concert experience, the history of The Rascals, and the history of the ‘60’s through their music, will be dramatized by a combination of narration, filmed scenes of actors acting out key moments in the band’s history, news footage, and archival footage of the band.

There will elements of the staging and light design never seen before just as Marc Brickman has done in his earlier groundbreaking work with Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Blue Man Group, the Olympics, and Roger Waters’ recent ‘The Wall’ tour..

When I began record collecting in 1966 my focus was to own every Rascals vinyl LP as they became available. They have been the foundation of my music collection these past 46 years.

Gene Cornish autographed their first album The Young Rascals for me a couple of years ago at a Beatles Convention in Stamford, Ct. I’d love to get the rest of the group to sign this LP 😉