WOMEN LEAD ROCKIN’ ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION PARTY
Thursday night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony welcomed performers Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt and the E Street Band into the pantheon of rock, and featured a plethora of female voices during the event’s traditional live performances. Joan Jett, Lorde, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and St. Vincent each took turns filling in for the late Kurt Cobain alongside surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novocelic, while Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Emmylou Harris paid tribute to Ronstadt, who did not attend due to health reasons. Meanwhile, the fireworks expected to be set off amongst the four feuding original members of Kiss turned out to be duds as everyone was on their best behavior. All four – Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss - took turns making separate acceptance speeches, but Stanley seemed to sum up the sentiment, saying, “To Peter, Ace, Gene – we are the original four, so we could not have done this if we didn’t start this together. Everything we’ve done is built on the past. We’ve got a great, great legacy.” Stanley also tipped his cap to the fans, and again flipped his middle finger to the Rock Hall powers that be, saying, “Here we are tonight, inducted basically for the things we were left out for. The people buy albums. The people who nominate do not.”
TYLER TOUTS UPCOMING “LET ROCK RULE” TOUR WITH SLASH
The once toxic tandem of Aerosmith and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash just announced details surrounding their highly anticipated “Let Rock Rule” tour, which spreads its wings starting July 10. With the amount of drugs and alcohol both acts consumed in their respective heydays, it seems a musical miracle both acts are still around to partner for what promises to be one of the hottest tours of the summer, but Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler isn’t surprised. He told Rolling Stone, “We’re an old fashioned rock band. We’re still f**king together, we still have the passion, and we still fight and we still make up and it’s still alive. It’s still rock & roll.” Meanwhile, Slash said of Aerosmith, the band he idolized as a kid, “It really became my band. It’s really the band that pointed me in a direction when I started playing guitar.”
SLASH SHRUGS OFF DUFF’S DECISION TO DO FIVE GUNS N’ ROSES GIGS
It would seem obvious that more than one Guns N’ Roses fan wondered (hoped? Prayed?) whether former bassist Duff McKagan’s decision to rejoin Axl Rose onstage for five shows in South America might prompt a full-scale band reunion. In a recent interview on UK radio, Slash squelched that prospect when he said, “What Duff does is what Duff does. It doesn’t really concern me. Duff’s relationship to Axl is different to mine. That call to me is just not going to happen.” Slash went on to explain, “I don’t judge Duff. He’s cool. He just has a way more amicable, neutral relationship with Axl than I do.”
NIGHT RANGER TAKES HIGH ROAD, READIES STUDIO ALBUM NO. 11
Obviously the members of Night Ranger feel they can still rock in America, aren’t ready to say goodbye and feel they still know the secret of their success. The veteran hitmakers have announced they’ll release their 11th studio album, High Road, on June 10. In a recent interview, bassist/singer Jack Blades said, “The music is classic Night Ranger stuff, really rockin’ and a carryover of what we do best, which is straight-ahead American rock and roll. Case closed.”
JOPLIN MUSICAL’S OFF-BROADWAY PREMIERE POSTPONED
Producers of the Janis Joplin-themed musical A Night with Janis Joplin announced the show’s off-Broadway opening at the intimate Gramercy Theatre has been delayed indefinitely. The show opened in October and was slated to move to Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood on Thursday, but “production issues” have put the brakes on the move. The producers are offering ticket refunds.
JOEL JOINS AUDIENCE AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TRIBUTE CONCERT
Young students at Deasy Elementary School in Glen Cove, NY received quite a surprise when Long Island native Billy Joel showed up in the audience to watch kindergarteners, first graders and second graders perform a tribute concert on Wednesday. Principal Nomi Rosen told Newsday, “I asked him if he wanted to sit in front, but he said he would rather stay in the back so he wouldn’t make the kids nervous.” The 64-year old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer lives just 10 minutes from the school.
SMASHING PUMPKINS PREP ADORE REISSUE SIX-DISC BOX SET
The Smashing Pumpkins are eying a summer release of an expanded edition of their 1998 album Adore. The forthcoming six-disc box set will feature a remastered stereo version of the original album, a mono version (available for the first time on CD), three CDs of previously unreleased music, and a live DVD culled from the band’s 1998 charity tour.
TEEN TAKES ON ENTIRE SIDE TWO OF BEATLES’ ABBEY ROAD
A seventeen year old has posted a YouTube video of himself performing side two of the Beatles’ Abbey Road in 15-second increments using a different instrument on each song. Dylan Gardner, who cleverly titled his clip #DylanBrokeUpTheBeatles, was inspired to record the tracks and post the video to mark the 44th anniversary of the Fab Four’s breakup on April 9, 1970. Gardner said of the video homage, “It’s just me around the house having a blast covering my heroes!” Not coincidentally, Gardner would also like us all to know that his debut album, Adventures in Real Time, will be released on May 13. Well played, Dylan. Well played.