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Monday June 2



Rock Hall CEO Uses Race Card On KISS Frontman

Rock Hall President and CEO Joel Peresman used the race card when responding to criticism from Paul Stanley, saying that the KISS frontman has "been almost borderline racist" for the suggestion that non-rock artists do not belong in something called the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Peresman made they comments during an interview with Radio.com. They were discussing this year's induction and the interviewer pointed out that Gene Simmons' speech was surprisingly gracious and Peresman responded, "It was a lovely speech, it was actually kind of classy, as opposed to Paul [Stanley]'s. That speech was the best advertisement for [pointing out that] what we did was right. He's been almost borderline racist, not in that speech, but in other interviews talking about how hip-hop artists shouldn't be inducted because they don't play instruments. It's like, 'What are you, kidding?' "And he talks about the nominating committee, and how those guys don't buy records. Those guys buy records! They're f—ing fans! Those guys are writers and critics and musicians. Those are the people who buy records and got into the business because they love music." But it appears that Peresman fired at the wrong target. While Stanley has made a lot of headlines being critical of the Rock Hall, it was Gene Simmons who called into question the Rock Hall's practice of inducting non-rock artists. Simmons told Radio.com "I have no beef with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You go on with your bad self and get more disco artists. Get the Boston Pops Orchestra to be inducted! "A long time ago it was diluted. It's really back room politics, like Boss Tweed. A few people decide what's in and what's not. And the masses just scratch their heads. You've got Grandmaster Flash in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Run-D.M.C. in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You're killing me! That doesn't mean those aren't good artists. But they don't play guitar. They sample and they talk. Not even sing!" Simmons was asked a follow-up question about his friend Donna Summer "finally" being inducted and he responded, "What do you mean 'finally?' Donna was my next door neighbor for many years, I knew and liked her, she was on my [1978] solo record. But if you asked Donna, 'What kind of artist are you?' do you think she would say 'rock?' If you asked Madonna, 'What kind of artist are you?' do you think she would say, 'Oh, rock!' "So what they hell are they doing in the Hall of Fame? They can run their organization any way they'd like, but it ain't rock! It just isn't! If you don't play guitar and you don't write your own songs, you don't belong there."

Read more: Monday June 2

Friday May 30



Bret Michaels Suffers Medical Emergency During Concert

Poison frontman Bret Michaels, who has type 1 diabetes, was rushed off stage during a concert in Manchester, NH, on Thursday night and was treated by paramedics on the scene, according guitarist Pete Evick. Michaels was performing with his solo band at the Palace Theater and shortly into the band's set the singer was forced to rush off stage. Evick posted the news to fans on Michael's Facebook page. He wrote, "This is a message I never imagined I'd have to post. Tonight in Manchester, NH, three songs into the set Bret had me sing a song as he rushed off stage. "In the nine years I've stood next to him, I've never seen a look like the one on his face as if I was a complete stranger. One of the crew returned instantly to notify me that Bret's blood sugar was extremely low. "He returned to the stage only to announce that he could not continue. As you all know he is a health fanatic and fiercely monitors his blood sugar, he basically had to be dragged off the stage in his sickest of conditions. When I rushed to the bus he could barely speak, but begged me to apologize to the fans and seemed only concerned for them. "As of now he is with paramedics being evaluated. We will keep you posted throughout the evening." At press time, several hours later, there were no further updates aside from this message: "Sending a huge shout out to all the paramedics both on and off duty who have assisted Bret tonight. No words can thank you enough for your help."

Read more: Friday May 30

Thursday May 29



Axl Rose Rejects World's Greatest Singer Title

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has reacted to a recent "world's greatest singers" study which found that he had the greatest vocal range out of a number of popular singers. His reaction comes as an expanded study reveals that Faith No More's Mike Patton actually holds the crown. Rose reacted humbly to the findings of the ConcertHotels.com list, offering his own list of the greatest singers. He penned a response to Spin after he read an article they published about the study. Axl sent the following statement to Spin, "Big thanks to all the fans and media for the props reacting to the Spin top vocalists article. From what I could tell, the original article was for the most part only talking about the professionally recorded vocal range of the singers they compared calling the entire group 'The World's Greatest Singers.' It's very flattering and humbling to be included in such an illustrious ensemble. "If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I'd say first that I don't know there's a definitive answer as in my opinion it's subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers. "That said, I enjoy Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Dan McCafferty, Janice Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and a ton of others (predominantly 70′s rock singers) and would rather hear ANY of them anytime rather than me! Peace! Axl." After ConcertHotels.com published their chart, which listed 77 popular singers ranging from Rose to Taylor Swift, Vintage Vinyl News took the study even further by studying the vocal range of singers that were not included on the original list. VVN found that of the additional singers that they studied, Faith No More's Mike Patton comes out on top with a 6 octave range, followed by Slipknot and Stone Sour's Corey Taylor (5 octaves), avant-garde singer Diamanda Galás (5 octaves), Van Halen's David Lee Roth (5 octaves). All four came in ahead of Axl Rose in the expanded study.

Read more: Thursday May 29

Wednesday May 28



Motley Crue's Vince Neil Now Part-Owner Of Pro Football Team

(hennemusic) Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has signed on as part-owner of the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League. Neil's ownership venture into the AFL follows the recent purchase and launch of the LA KISS by KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. "As an owner, I'm just here to cheer on the team, you know," says Neil about his new role in an interview with First Coast News. "…and get some new fans in the seats - people who are maybe thinking about going to the game but really haven't committed to it - get off the couch and come down to the game. It's something really, really exciting and I think once you go, you'll be hooked." Vince and Motley Crue will launch their farewell trek - billed as "The Final Tour" - on July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan with guest Alice Cooper. The band will release a new song, "All Bad Things Must Come To An End", as part of a new greatest hits package that will surface in sync with the tour.

Read more: Wednesday May 28

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