Entries in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (12)


Public Enemy, Rush Among Nominees for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame(NEW YORK) -- The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2013 were announced early Thursday, and they include Rush and Deep Purple. The veteran rock acts will make a bid for entry into the Rock Hall for the first time, as will influential rap groups Public Enemy and N.W.A.

The other nominees are Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Randy Newman, Procol Harum, Donna Summer, Kraftwerk, Chic, Albert King, The Marvelettes, The Meters and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

The inductees will be announced in mid-December.  Fans can help decide who's inducted by casting their votes on from now until Dec. 5.  The top five acts will make up a "fan's ballot" that will be included among the ballots of the 600 artists, music historians and members of the industry who will select the class of 2013.

The 2013 induction ceremony is scheduled for April 18 in Los Angeles.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn Dies

Rick Diamond/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Legendary bass player Donald “Duck” Dunn died in his sleep Sunday in Tokyo at the age of 70.

Dunn’s death was announced by his longtime friend and band mate, Steve Cropper.

“Today I lost my best friend, the World has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live,” Cropper wrote on his Facebook page.

The bass player had completed two shows at the Blue Note Nightclub in Tokyo, Cropper said.

Dunn was born in Memphis in 1941 and got his name from his father after watching a Donald Duck cartoon on TV.

He dabbled in the family candy-making business, but was eager to follow his passion for music.  He later recalled the first time he picked up a guitar at age 16.

“It had two strings too many.  It was just too complicated, man!  Plus, I grew up with Steve Cropper.  There were so many good guitar players another one wasn’t needed,” Dunn said.

He bought a new Kay bass, one of the cheaper models, he said, and the rest was history.

After high school, Dunn joined Booker T & The MGs, the house band at soul/R&B label Stax, where he performed on tracks for music heavyweights, including Otis Redding, Neil Young and Eric Clapton.  The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

Dunn accepted a lifetime achievement Grammy Award in 2007 for his work with Booker T & The MGs.

He was handpicked by Saturday Night Live stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd to play in The Blues Brothers Band and appeared as himself in the 1980 cult film.

“I like to keep things spontaneous,” Dunn said of live shows with Belushi and Aykroyd.  “That’s my way of playing.  Even though we were playing the same songs every night I like to think I can change it a little bit and use my input or creativity or whatever in any way that makes the band feel better.  If I make the band smile, I make everybody smile.”

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Axl Rose Says No to Hall of Fame Ceremony, Declines Induction

Robert Cianflone/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It looks like Axl Rose has put an emphatic kibosh on any possibility for a reunion of Guns N’ Roses classic lineup at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday in Cleveland. 

In a lengthy and detailed open letter sent via his publicist Wednesday morning to the Los Angeles Times, the singer declared that not only would he not be attending the event, but that he also was declining his “induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses.”

In the letter, addressed to “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,” Rose explains that when the induction was first announced, “I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing,” while realizing that the circumstances surrounding the band likely would result in “somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.”

He goes on to point out that several factors, including his observations of the Rock Hall induction committee’s actions and the negative comments made by some of his former GN’R band mates, led him to the conclusion that “the ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.”

Axl also addresses the possibility of reuniting at any time with his former GN’R members, noting that he would only consider playing live occasionally — as he has done in the past — with guitarist Izzy Stradlin and bassist Duff McKagan.

In addition, he praises the talents and relationships he has with Guns’ current lineup, saying, “I love our band now.  We’re there for each other when the going gets rough.  We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.”

Continuing, he thanks the Rock Hall for nominating and inducting GN’R, as well as the band’s fans “for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses music.”

He finishes by extending his “congratulations to all the other artists being inducted.”  

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Adds Six Groups to 2012 Class

George Rose/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2012 is expanding. According to Cleveland's The Plain Dealer, six groups -- the Crickets, the Comets, the Miracles, the Blue Caps, the Famous Flames and the Midnighters -- will also be inducted this year.

The selections were made by a special committee, which decided the groups belonged in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with their already-enshrined lead singers. The president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Terry Stewart, says, "There had always been conversations about why the groups weren't included when the lead singers were inducted."

An official announcement is expected to come Thursday.

The Crickets guitarist Sonny Curtis, who played alongside inductee Buddy Holly, reacted to the news of the band's upcoming induction by telling The Plain Dealer, "It's a real honor to take our place among all those great rock and rollers."

The Comets performed with Bill Haley; the Miracles were Smokey Robinson's group; the Famous Flames backed James Brown; the Midnighters are linked to Hank Ballard; and the Blue Caps played with Gene Vincent.

Those groups join previously announced 2012 inductees: Beastie Boys, Donovan, Guns N' Roses, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Small Faces/The Faces. The induction ceremony will take place on April 14 in Cleveland.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 Inductees Announced

Paul Natkin/WireImage(CLEVELAND) -- Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys are among the acts to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Donovan, Laura Nyro and The Small Faces/Faces have also been named as inductees, and the late bluesman Freddie King will be inducted as an early influence.  The induction ceremony will be held in Cleveland on April 14.

Guns N’ Roses and Small Faces/Faces made it in their first nomination.  The Beastie Boys, Donovan, Nyro and The Red Hot Chili Peppers have previously been nominated but failed to make the cut until now.

Guns N' Roses crashed onto the scene 25 years ago with the debut album Appetite for Destruction, which according to the Recording Industry of America, has sold some 18 million copies.

The Small Faces first arrived in the 1960s and by the 70s -- after several lineup changes including the arrival of singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ronnie Wood -- became simply Faces.

The Beastie Boys -- Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “MCA” Yauch -- made their mark in 1987 with (“You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party).”

L.A.’s Red Hot Chili Peppers and its still active founding members Anthony Kiedis and Michael “Flea” Balzary arrived in the 80s with its funky alternative rock sound.  The band’s biggest hit is the ballad “Under the Bridge.”

The Scottish folk singer Donovan was big in the 1960s with hits such as “Sunshine Superman” and “Mellow Yellow.”

Laura Nyro was a New York City singer/songwriter whose tunes became hits for others.  The band Blood, Sweat and Tears scored a top 10 hit with Nyro’s “And When I Die.”  Nyro died in 1997.

The list of nonperforming inductees includes the late producer Don Kirshner and record producers and engineers Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns and Cosimo Matassa.

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2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

Digital Vision/Photodisc/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- One of the most eclectic rosters of nominees in recent memory was announced Tuesday for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Potential inductees include Guns 'N Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, rappers the Beastie Boys and Eric B. & Rakim, 1960s rock icons Donovan and The Small Faces, the late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, former disco queen Donna Summer, pioneering female rockers Heart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and others.

“The 2012 Nominees embody the broad scope of what rock and roll means,” declared Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.  “From vocal groups to hip-hop, from singer-songwriters to hard rocking artists, this group represents the spirit of what we celebrate at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

In order to make this year's ballot, an artist had to have released their first single in 1986 or earlier.
The 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, April 14 of next year.

There are currently 619 people in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame among 296 total inductees, including individuals and groups.

Here are the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees:

- Beastie Boys
- The Cure
- Donovan
- Eric B. & Rakim
- Guns 'N Roses
- Heart
- Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
- Freddie King
- Laura Nyro
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Rufus with Chaka Khan
- The Small Faces/The Faces
- The Spinners
- Donna Summer
- War

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Lady Gaga's Meat Dress Arrives at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Not long ago, it was announced that one of the attractions at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's new Women Who Rock exhibit would be Lady Gaga's famed meat dress, but the garment didn't actually arrive at the Hall in Cleveland until Thursday, according to MTV.

The meat dress, which Gaga wore to the MTV Video Music Awards last year, will join her childhood piano, song lyrics and other memorabilia in the exhibit, where it will be on display until February of 2012.

Jim Henke, the chief curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, spoke to MTV about the precautions the museum is taking to keep the dress from rotting while it's on display.

"It's going to be in a case, and we are putting some canisters in there to control the humidity," he explained.  He added that they have a canister in the case that "soaks up glutens," as well as "gels to control the environment."  The dress has also been treated with a special chemical solution.

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New Beatles Exhibit Opens at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Ohio) -- A brand-new exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio features what the website calls "the most comprehensive collection" of items and artifacts from The Beatles.

The exhibit includes a total of 70 treasures, ranging from Paul McCartney's handwritten arrangement for the song "Birthday" to an acoustic guitar John Lennon used to write "Norwegian Wood."

Jim Henke, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum's vice president of exhibitions, said that due to relations with Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison's estate, they were able to build what he calls an "absolutely incredible collection."   

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Inductors Announced for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rolling Stone reports that Elton John, Paul Simon and Neil Young are among the big names who'll be serving as inductors at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, scheduled to take place March 14 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.  Elton will induct his hero and collaborator, Leon Russell, into the sideman category.  Young will induct his longtime friend Tom Waits, while Paul Simon will do the honors for Neil Diamond.  Before finding fame as artists in their own right, both Simon and Diamond worked as professional songwriters at New York's famous Brill Building.

In addition, Grammy-winning R&B star John Legend will induct New Orleans piano legend Dr. John, while Rob Zombie will induct his hero and tour partner Alice Cooper.  Bette Midler will do the honors for Darlene Love, one of her idols.

In the non-performers category, Doors keyboard player John Densmore will induct Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records, the Doors' label, and R&B legend Lloyd Price will induct Art Rupe, who founded Specialty Records and discovered Price.  The ceremony will be telecast on Fuse.

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Female Artists to Be Featured in Rock Hall of Fame Exhibit

Photo Courtesy - Streamline/KonLive/Interscope(CLEVELAND) -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland will be opening a new exhibit dedicated to the "women who rock."

The exhibit will explore female musicians who've influenced the rock genre through the decades, including more recent artists like Lady Gaga, Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Cyndi Lauper and Janet Jackson.

The exhibit, which is called "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power," will be open from May 13 of this year to Feb. 26 of next year.

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