“People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least while the music lasts.” Paul Hindemith
HBO hosted a special event tonight: The 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which honored the artistic and musical contributions of the following inductees: Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Donovan, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Small Faces/Faces, Freddie King, Don Kirshner, Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns, The Crickets, The Famous Flames, The Midnighters, The Comets, The Blue Caps, and The Miracles. If you have never heard the music of any of these brilliant artistes, now is not a bad time to look them up and check out their sounds. Personally, I have a few favorites on the list and I’ll share some songs.
“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music” Sergei Rachmaninov
The show had its share of zany musicians, great speeches and stellar performances. I have to say that Ledisi did a brilliant rendition of Etta James song “At Last” as pictures of all the great musicians who passed away this year scrolled down a large screen. Bitter sweet to see Whitney Houston, Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, and a number of others on it. There were lots of moving, passionate speeches; Rappers Chuck D and LL Cool J and several others did a brilliant job when they paid tribute to the late Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys. Bette Midler gave a very emotional and touching speech about the brilliant work and life of Laura Nyro. ZZ Top paid a great homage to Freddie King. John Mellencamp, in his tribute, admitted to stealing material from Donovan.
A funny moment was when Chris Rock cracked a joke that if Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses was going to show up for the event, he would still be on his way… Axl Rose had declined to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for reasons he explained in a letter he wrote to the RRHF. I applaud his gumption. You can read the letter at end of this post explaining why. Meanwhile, Slash thanked everyone including the kitchen sink… just kidding. Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones was inducted again for his gig as a member, back in the day, of The Small Faces/Faces. He was inducted with fellow former band members Rod Stewart and Kenney Jones of The Who. Like Axl Rose, Rod was a no show…The Red Hot Chili Peppers wrapped up the evening performing Stevie Wonder’s ‘Higher Ground.’ with Ron Wood, Slash and George Clinton jumping in to bring the event to an energetic conclusion. Get a recap here: Ultimate classicrock. More below! 😉
“To study music, we must learn the rules. To create music, we must break them.” Nadia Boulanger
Presenters were Green Day for Guns n Roses, Chris Rock for Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Stevie Van Zant for The Small Faces/Faces, Chuck D for the Beastie Boys, Bette Midler for Laura Nyro, John Mellencamp (confessed to stealing Donovan’s music) for Donovan, Billy Gibbons & Dusty Hill (ZZ Top) for Freddie King, Carole King for publisher/promoter Don Kirshner, Robbie Robertson for producers Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns, and Smokey Robinson for a number of bands/groups; The Crickets, The Famous Flames (James Brown’s backup singers), The Midnighters, The Comets, The Blue Caps and The Miracles (his band). It was a good show with many high moments and I’ll recommend catching an HBO re-run.
Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? Did you watch the HBO show? What music are you listening to this weekend? Do you have any favorites you’d like to share? What new tunes would you recommend? Do share! Thank you. 🙂
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Plinky: Name your favorite rock album of all time.
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂
Positive Motivation Tip: Music heals and showers us with happy feelings… Find your song and sing it.
To: Cleveland, Ohio, Guns N’ Roses Fans and everyone who’s shown support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
I seriously didn’t plan on or expect the overwhelmingly positive response and public support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. With such a generous outpouring of solidarity from fans, media outlets, writers and other artists, I’m truly humbled, blown away and unbelievably relieved! To be honest, I thought it would go the other way and was just hoping to weather the storm. As I said, I sincerely didn’t want to disappoint anyone. It gets old being the outlaw even if “it’s only rock and roll”.
It took a lot of focus and soul searching to be sincere and informative while making a genuine effort to be somewhat diplomatic. We made, what I feel, are real efforts to learn about the Hall and the Board, spoke as I said with the president and various members, and though I inducted Elton John and Bernie Taupin in ’94 saying something to the effect of “I’m learning what the Hall’s about…”
I still don’t exactly know or understand what the Hall is or how or why it makes money, where the money goes, who chooses the voters and why anyone or this board decides who, out of all the artists in the world that have contributed to this genre, officially “rock” enough to be in the Hall?
This isn’t an attack. These are genuine issues I don’t have enough verified information on to have more than rough ideas. Certainly not enough information to make any judgments about.
I would like to apologize to Cleveland, Ohio for not apologizing to them beforehand for not attending [the ceremony] in their city. I think they know how much I genuinely love performing there. Cleveland does in fact Rock!!
Now that the smoke’s cleared a little, any desperate, misguided attacks have been just that, a pathetic stab at gossip, some lame vindictiveness, the usual entitlement crap, he’s obsessed, crazy, volatile, a hater. I once bought a homeless woman a slice of pizza who yelled at me she wanted soup. We got her the soup. You can get your own.
Again: HUGE thanks to the fans and to everyone for the incredible public support. My congratulations to the other artists inducted. And my apologies to the city and people of Cleveland, Ohio. I hope you’ll forgive me and we hope to see you again soon!
Unlike my open letter to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern this was written for GNR’s official website, Facebook account and my personal twitter account and not intended as a press release. If anyone does choose to pick this up as has been done previously I’d appreciate if you’d run in full including this paragraph so as not to give a partial picture, have things taken out of context or to imply or inadvertently give the impression this was intended for other outlets. Axl Rose’s letter via GnR Website
- Tonight’s HBO ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ special is a fitting eulogy for Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch: A review (thefirstdark.wordpress.com)
- Axl Rose Declines Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (eonline.com)
- Guns N Roses, Others in Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame (theepochtimes.com)
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Responds to Axl Rose (jdjournal.com)
- Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch Dead at 47 (newser.com)
- 2012 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony Set To Air This Saturday On HBO (wncx.radio.com)
- Music: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2012 (eof737.wordpress.com)