APRIL 10, 2014
“I wanna rock n roll all nite….” and everyone BUT KISS will! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled for tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Apparently there’s been no change of heart for KISS, as they are holding firm in their refusal to rock and roll all night on this night. Only in the crazy world of rock and roll would this kind of thing happen. Here’s a band that built their rock empire largely on their anthemic “Rock ‘n Roll All Nite” approach to life. Back then, nothing else mattered. Enter politics. What’s at issue here is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s decision to induct only the four original members. KISS believes that they should also induct those players who replaced original members over the years. Defending their decision, a spokesman for the hall of fame said that no new music that had an impact on the band’s success was made after the departure of two of the original members. In other words, playing dress up and singing karaoke, no matter how close to the original you sound, will not get you into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Paul Stanley has been very vocal with his thoughts on the subject, which should make their acceptance speech interesting. The evening usually ends with a jam session involving the inductees. Maybe KISS will have enough alcohol in them by then to remember they love being the center of attention and end the night the way they always ended their concerts…..sing it like you mean it guys!!
The other bit of intrigue for the evening will be who takes the stage to perform with members of Nirvana. Michael Stipe, a close friend of Cobain’s and lead singer for R.E.M., will do the induction honors for the band and it was rumored that he may take over lead vocals in Kurt’s place for the performance. Original member, Chad Channing, was also rumored to be part of the performance but both scenarios are looking less likely as we near show time. Joan Jett’s guitar is said to be in the house and a picture of the set up has been posted to the Foo Fighters Instagram account by Dave Grohl. Grohl and Jett have collaborated in the past so this isn’t an unlikely pairing. Also adding a spark to the evening will be Courtney Love sharing a table with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. Twenty years later and they still aren’t on good terms. Whether they can put aside their differences and play nice for one evening remains to be seen. Again, add alcohol and things could get ugly. Out of respect for Kurt’s legacy, I think Michael Stipe is the obvious choice and Chad Channing should be playing but, they didn’t ask me, so Joan Jett it is! “I Love Rock ‘N Roll!”
The rest of the inductees for the evening don’t seem to be causing any problems as of now. Peter Gabriel will be performing and Chris Martin of Coldplay will do the induction honors. Daryl Hall and John Oates (Hall and Oates) will also be performing and Questlove will induct them. Linda Ronstadt will not be attending the ceremony due to health concerns. She suffers from Parkinson’s disease and travel is difficult. Glen Frey, of the Eagles, will give the induction. Prior to forming the Eagles band with Don Henley, Frey was part of Ronstadt’s backing band. Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, and Sheryl Crow will be on hand to perform a musical tribute to Linda Ronstadt. That should be one of the highlights of the evening. Cat Stevens will be performing but as of yet, no presenter has been announced for him. The E Street Band will be receiving the Award for Musical Excellence and Bruce Springsteen will present it to them. They also will be performing and I’m sure Bruce will lend his vocals! When Bruce was inducted in 1999, it was as a solo performer. This honor for the E Street Band is long overdue.
Tonight’s event will be recorded and HBO will air the induction ceremony on May 31 at 9pm.
Here’s a look at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2014 and some of the songs that made them famous!
His most successful album was So released in 1986. “Sledgehammer” was one of his biggest hits from that album. It went to #1 in the US in July, 1986. At the MTV Awards in 1987, the music video for the song won a record NINE awards! As of 2011, it was the most played music video in the history of MTV! Watch!
HALL AND OATES
Billboard magazine named them the most successful duo of the rock era. They had six number one hits and 34 chart hits on the Billboard Hot 100. They had seven platinum albums and six gold albums. Their six number ones were: “Rich Girl,” “Kiss On My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” “Maneater,” and “Out of Touch.” “Maneater” was off their 1982 album, H2O, and went to number one in December of that year. It stayed in the top spot for four weeks, longer than any of their other number ones. Watch!!
In 1977, KISS was the most popular band in America. Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, and Paul Stanley took the rock world by storm in costumes and makeup. They have 28 gold albums to date, topping all American rock bands. Their worldwide sales exceed 100 million records, making them one of the best selling bands of all time. On September 10, 1975, they released Alive! It earned gold status and gave them their first top 40 single, “Rock ‘n Roll All Nite.” It was a live version of the song and it caught fire with their fans. KISS in the studio, not so hot. KISS LIVE, on fire!! This video is a live recording from a KISS concert in 1996 under the Brooklyn Bridge. Who knew they’d refuse to sing it 18 years later at their hall of fame induction ceremony nearby? How’s that for irony?! Watch!!
Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl took grunge mainstream in the early 90s. Nevermind was released in 1991 and put this Seattle based alternative band on the charts. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was their first single off this album and would become the band’s biggest hit. It topped the charts and is now considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time. To date, Nirvana has sold over 75 million records worldwide and four of their albums hit number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death was just this week, April 8. Watch their iconic song, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the beginning of Kurt’s legacy.
Linda has been referred to as the most successful female singer of the 70s. Rock, pop, country, she could sing it all. She has 11 Grammy Awards and two ACMs. She released over 30 studio albums and 15 compilations or greatest hits albums. She had 38 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. She has sold over 100 million records worldwide and was one of the top grossing concert performers for over a decade. She was a pioneer in the women’s rock movement and has always been a strong supporter of songwriters and musicians. Her only number one single was “You’re No Good,” from the 1974 album, Heart Like a Wheel. This video of Linda singing her #1 hit will definitely take you back to the 70s! Watch!!
Cat Stevens made an impact on the music world in the years 1970-77. His sound would reach radio across multiple genres including rock, folk, and pop. In 1970, Tea for the Tillerman was his first breakthrough international album followed by 1971′s Teaser and the Firecat. Both have been certified triple platinum. Catch Bull at Four was released in 1972 and sold half a million copies in its first two weeks. It spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard album chart. ASCAP honored his songwriting twice for “The First Cut Is the Deepest” which became a hit single for four different artists. Cat Stevens scored hits with “Father and Son,” “Wild World,” “Peace Train,” “Moonshadow,” and “Morning Has Broken.” “Wild World” remains one of his most popular and identifiable songs from his first hit record Tea for the Tillerman. Watch Cat sing “Wild World” with that distinctly recognizable voice that became a radio favorite in the 70s!
E STREET BAND
The E Street Band has backed Bruce Springsteen up since 1972. Individually and as a band they have also recorded with a wide range of others including Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Nicks, Ringo Starr, The Grateful Dead, and Aretha Franklin to name just a few. Many have also pursued solo careers, produced records, been session musicians, as well as songwriters and actors. It seems there is no end to the talents this group possesses. The original E Street Band was formed in 1972 but not formally named until 1974. They have been together continuously since. While they did contribute to studio recordings with Bruce, they were never fully credited as a band on any of his studio albums. In concert, they were incorporated into the show and given stage billing by Bruce. Even more impressive, Bruce split concert revenues equally with the band members which was unheard of in the music industry for backing bands. In January of this year, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band released their EP, Blood Brothers. This Spring, they will kick off a 16 date tour, guaranteed to be a sell out wherever they go! This video is a concert recording of Bruce and the E Street Band performing their classic “Glory Days!” Watch!!
Rockin’ from WAY North of Nashville….Bev Miskus
KISS – ROCK ‘N ROLL ALL NITE – ALIVE!