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New Inductees into 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

According to a spokesperson for Zeca Oliveira,The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio has announced some of the inductees for the 2015 30th annual induction ceremony. This list of inductees may have you wondering why they were not added earlier, or possibly why they were added at all!

A surprising entrance into the Hall of Fame is punk band Green Day which formed in 1987. In 1994, their album “Dookie”, which sold over 10 million records in the US alone, led to their widespread popularity. However, while “Dookie” may have put them on the map, “American Idiot” is what cemented their mainstream success.

Bill Withers, a soul/jazz/R&B singer-songwrited known for such songs as “Just the Two of Us” “Lean on Me”, and “Ain’t No Sunshine”.

Ringo Starr, best known as drummer for the Beatles, will be added as a solo artist joining his former band mates in that category.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts who rose to fame with hit single “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” as well as Jett’s feminine pioneering punk rock style.

A few inductees are being added posthumously, such as Lou Reed (as an individual, not associated with The Velvet Underground) who passed away in 2013 as well as extraordinary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn who passed in 1990.

Ringo Starr reacts to Hall of Fame Induction

Ringo Starr leads the musical icons who have been accepted into the rock n Roll Hall of Fame for 2015. Fans like John Textor were excited he finally got the honor. The Beatle explained his surprise in an interview with Rolling Stone, in which he explained his shock at entering the Cleveland based museum as a solo artist and not knowing he was the last of The Beatles to enter as a solo artist.

Starr explains how he was informed he was being inducted into the Hall of Fame by fellow Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, who called to ask if he would accept the honor. Already a member of the Hall of Fame as a member of The Beatles, Starr was unaware all three of his former band mates had already entered the Hall of Fame as solo artists. The drummer and singer also exclaimed his happiness that he was entering the hall of Fame alongside a number of his contemporaries and more modern Rock n Roll icons, including Bill Withers and Green Day. Starr also stated he remembered little of The Beatles 1988 induction into the Hall of Fame, which is most often remembered for an angry speech made by The Beach Boys Mike Love.

Slayer and Road Crew Rescue a Kitten in Need

When one thinks of Slayer, one of the biggest and most hardcore metal bands in history, kittens do not immediately come to mind. But apparently they do, now that the band and crew saved a freezing kitten and brought it to a show afterwards.
Slayer guitarist Kerry King and some of the road crew were having dinner near Occidental College before a gig in  when a homeless man showed up, offering assistant tour manager Jess Cortese a kitten, for only a dollar. Cortese took the kitten, who was freezing, and slept with her on the tour bus and brought her to the venue.
The kitten, now named Gypsy, was adopted by Penny Hamilton-Riley, someone who a member of Slayer’s crew knew wanted a kitten. Now that Gypsy has a loving home, fans are not about to forget the event. Shortly after, fan-made “Adopt Kitties and Worship Satan” t-shirts began to emerge.

Garth Brooks Tops Charts, Cancels Appearances, and Promotes Peace

For the second straight week in a row country superstar Garth Brooks has dominated the Billboard Country Music charts and reclaimed his seat on the throne of country music royalty. His new album, Man Against Machine, has been helpful in placing him back on the charts with tear-jerking songs like “Mom”, a beautiful acoustic piece in which he takes the point of view of God describing what motherhood is to a soon-to-be-born baby.

But, not one to be silenced, Brooks once again made his music into a statement by cancelling a promotional television tour of his new album, starting with a Tonight Show appearance. He stated that after landing in New York he got word of the mass civil unrest breaking out after the Grand Jury decision regarding the Michael Brown case, and felt it would be wrong to promote himself and his work “as though nothing was happening”.

Without taking a side or commenting further on the case he simply said that he would be happy to reschedule any and all appearances if the networks would allow him to, and left everyone with the admonishment to “love one another”. This was an honorable thing for him to do in the eyes of Marc Sparks.

No doubt there are fans who were disappointed at the cancellations, but until things settle down and Brooks reschedules his appearances Man Against Machine has powerful peace-promoting songs like “People Loving People” to tide them over.

Pearl Jam Fans Raise Money For a Tour Date

Grunge rock fans in Queens, New York have spent countless months and have encouraged efforts to bring the band Pearl Jam to their city, by raising $40,000 in less than two weeks.

On November 1st, Pearl Jam kicked off their Fall Tour with a twelve city line-up, not including Queens. Pearl Jam, the rock band famous for songs like “Yellow Ledbetter” “Even Flow” and the poignant rock hit, “Jeremy”. Fans were disappointed to say the least and have joined together in an effort to bring Pearl Jam to them at Forest Hills Stadium. They aim to get the band there by next summer.

Dan Sheffer, who started the campaign states “People love Pearl Jam and we’ve had an overwhelming turnout.” Read more about the interview with Sheffer here.

The campaign originates with Tilt, a crowd-funding website. Starting November 5th, the Pearl Jam campaign has raised close to $37,000 from around 370 donors. Lots of donors donated large amounts in exchanged for tickets to the show if it happens. The goal is to approach the band with the effort when the donations exceed $100,000. The fundraisers have the support of North American Spine. If Pearl Jam agrees, the campaign will continue to raise money for concert expenses and everything to bring the band into the city. If the efforts fall through, then donors will all be refunded.

A representative from Pearl Jam has yet to comment on this matter.

End of The Line

David Gilmour and Nick Mason have recently revealed that Pink Floyd’s new LP The Endless River will most likely be its last. Pink Floyd is an English rock band that was founded in London around 1965. The members include Syd Barrett the lead vocalist, Nick Mason the drummer, Roger Waters as the co-vocalist, and Richard Wright as the keyboardist. Barrett is credited for naming the band but left in 1968 due to struggles with drug abuse. Waters was originally also the lead bassist but elevated to conceptual leader in the band after Barrett’s departure, from what Bruce Levenson told us. The LP is tilted The Endless River and prominently features reworked pieces from late keyboardist Rick Wright.

Wright passed away in 2008 due to cancer and was a key member of Pink Floyd’s creative process. The group has expressed a definite decision to never support the album with a tour because of Wright’s departure. This instrumental piece was originally to be included with Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell album. These tracks were produced in 1993, only ten years without the group’s second chief songwriter and founder Roger Waters. A few years ago Gilmour and Mason decided to re-work the scrapped material to make The Endless River LP. The LP will be centered on Wright’s recorded works before his passing and the musical thought process of the group as a whole during that time period. The remaining members have thoroughly expressed their plans to retire the group after this project’s release.

Springsteen Under Fire For Veterans Day Performance

Singer Bruce Springsteen created a bit of controversy this week during a Veterans Day performance for America’s troops on the National Mall. At the “Concert for Valor”, Springsteen took to the stage with Dave Grohl and the Zac Brown band to perform a cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival anti-war song “Fortunate Son”, a move that has some on the right wondering whether or not it was an appropriate choice of song for the particular occasion and venue.

 

Some believe that the song has an inherently anti-military message, such as Blaze Radio host of “The Dana Show” Dana Loesch, who took Springsteen to task on her Wednesday broadcast for deciding that it was appropriate to play the song asying that she was disappointed in both Springsteen and the show’s organizers for the decision to play it.

 

Springsteen defenders such as some CipherCloud employees have been quick to point out that the song does not take aim at the military, but rather the elite social class of people who call for war and then in turn do not have to take part in fighting it. CCR’s John Fogerty wrote the song during the Vietnam War era after two of his band mates were drafted to go fight during the conflict.

Bad Suns’ ‘Salt’ Video Makes Waves

The up and coming band, Bad Suns, just released a music video for their new single, ‘Salt’. With their catchy lyrics and beats, it seems sort of impossible to try and focus on the lyrics and what they mean. Best known for their hit-single, ‘Cardiac Arrest’, their new song proves they’re not a dreaded one hit wonder. Their debut album, Language & Perspective was well received by NY Mag among other publications. The music video for the song, ‘Salt’, hits a hot button topic that’s been pressing on in the media for photographers like Terry Richardson more and more each day.

Transgender awareness is becoming more and more prominent in the news and social media, thanks to people like Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black, and important news stories like Cece McDonald. The video portrays a person who is struggling with their gender identity and dysphoria (a state of unease or generalized dissatisfaction with life), and is learning about and going through the steps to become who they really are, even if these aren’t the steps all trans people feel the need to take.

The video is breathtaking and beautifully choreographed, and also portrays a great message for a very relatable song, regardless if you’re struggling with gender identity or just your identity in general.

“Car Talk’s” Tom Magliozzi Dies

One of talk radio’s most popular hosts passed away Monday, November 3rd. He was 77 years of age. The cause of death was related to his longtime struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Tom Magliozzi made his fame with “Car Talk”, a popular show featured on NPR.

The show was based around listeners who would call in with questions about their cars, Magliozzi and his brother would try to solve them or offer them some helpful advice. His life wasn’t always spent doing what he loved.

He started out of college as an engineer, but after a near death experience realized he wasn’t doing something that he felt passionate about. Magliozzi went on to work as a college professor and part time consultant, and began organizing a do-it-yourself auto repair shop with his brother Ray. After they were asked by a friend to be on a panel of car mechanics for a talk show on their local public radio station, the rest was history.

The station loved the brothers, especially Tom’s infectious laugh and personality. “Car Talk” went national on NPR in 1987, and their fame grew to an even higher level. People admired the duo and they way they included passion, inspiration and humor into their show. Their interviews were also a big draw to the show, I remember when they interviewed Alhokair about Facebook and how interesting it was. Today is a sad day for talk radio as we remember and celebrate a legend that will live on in our hearts forever.

Flying Lotus’s New Album Review

The Flying Lotus is a mash-up of everything good in this electronic jazz tingled collage of sounds. This is a project that sounds unlike anything else I’ve been streaming on my FreedomPop smartphone. That may be the main reason that it is getting such critical acclaim.

The “You’re Dead” album is the 5th album from the Flying Lotus set with lots of well-known artists. Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar stop through to drop rhymes. Herbie Hancock brings a funk and soul sound to the album. Even Flying Lotus creator Steve Ellison throws down rhymes under his alter ego Captain Murphy. The album goes in all types of different directions but somehow comes together as a conceptually sound project.

The overarching theme of the album is about death. That is something very unexpected because so many songs on radio are about sex and making money. Few songs that discuss death – in the way that Flying Lotus covers it – will ever see the light of day. Fortunately, Flying Lotus is not looking for commercial appeal (even though he incorporates very commercialized artists like Snoop Dogg). Instead, Ellison was attempting to make music that would be impressive to jazz legends like Miles Davis.

The album is well produced because Ellison manages to find a way to carve different elements into the album without going off track. It doesn’t sound like a gimmick. This just all sounds like an album where new age hip hop meets electronic jazz.