Calling Dr. Love! 2014 RNRHOF Inductees Announced

2014-Inductees-Rotator_1Yep, so KISS finally made it. And the E Street Band! Should make for one helluva ceremony.  Read all about the inductees here.

From USA Today:

The 29th annual induction ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 10, and will be open to the public (as it has for recent ceremonies in Los Angeles and Cleveland). The event will air as an HBO special in May.

“We know that engaging the fans is a huge opportunity,” says Joel Peresman, president/CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “It gives them a chance to be a part of the ceremony, but it also adds a palpable energy to the event. Once we decided to open the ceremony to the public in New York, that had a huge impact on the decision to have it at Barclays Center.”

Chosen by more than 700 voters (artists, historians and music industry professionals) of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, the 2014 honorees will also receive an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland in conjunction with the ceremony. Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first recording.

For a second year, the Rock Hall implemented fan voting in choosing this year’s inductees, which was available on its official site, Rolling Stone and USA TODAY, and generated nearly 1.4 million votes this year. The five artists with the highest number of votes (three of whom will be inducted) made up a fans’ ballot, which counted as a single vote in choosing this year’s honorees.

Among fans, Kiss (239,000 votes) and Nirvana (218,000) enjoyed easy victories. Two artists that failed to receive induction despite swells of public support were Yes (151,000) and Deep Purple (166,000), beaten out in the overall balloting by Hall & Oates (113,000), Peter Gabriel (111,000), Linda Ronstadt (85,000) and Cat Stevens (75,000).

Aside from Kiss and Stevens — who received Rock Hall nominations in 2010 and 2006, respectively — the Class of 2014 is made up of first-time nominees. And although fans may believe that many of the 16 artists put to the vote are long overdue for induction, Peresman assures that no artist is ever considered a “natural,” shoo-in choice.

“All of the 2014 inductees introduced us to something new,” Peresman says. “They might have drawn from their predecessors or built on what came before them, but they all took something from their roots, transformed it, made it their own and brought it to the world at the right time.”

Additional honors will be given to late Beatles manager Brian Epstein and former Rolling Stones manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham, who picked up Ahmet Ertegun lifetime achievement awards for their work behind the scenes in the music industry. The award for musical excellence (formerly known as the sidemen category) was given to Bruce Springsteen’s longtime backing group, the E Street Band.

Tickets go on sale in January, with an exact date to be announced.


Check out this list of artists that never had a No. 1 hit

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What do Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Who and James Brown have in common? Well besides being music legends, none of them ever topped the Billboard Top 40,  which factors in both sales and airplay and is viewed as the official ranking system in the US (as opposed to the genre charts). But still, it’s pretty insane that these musical monsters haven’t scaled this mountain and tasted Billboard glory.

Below are the first ten on the list. For the complete list, click here.

Artist: Bob Marley Close Call: “Roots, Rock, Reggae” hit #51 in 1976, “Exodus” hit #19 on the Billboard R&B charts in 1977

Artist: Bruce Springsteen Close Call: “Dancing In The Dark” hit #2 on May 26th 1984

Artist: Bob Dylan Close Call: “Like A Rolling Stone” hit #2 on August 14th 1965, “Rainy Day Women #12 & #35” hit #2 on April 23rd 1966

Artist: James Brown Close Call: “I Got You (I Feel Good)” hit #3 on November 20th 1965

Artist: KISS Close Call: “Beth” hit #7 on September 25th 1976

Artist: Beastie Boys Close Call: “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Fight (To Party!)” hit #7 on January 24th 1987

Artist: Led Zeppelin Close Call: “Whole Lotta Love” hit #4 on December 6th 1969

Artist: Green Day Close Call: “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” hit #2 on December 25 2005

Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers Close Call: “Under The Bridge” hit #2 on April 18th 1992

Artist: R.E.M.Close Call: “Losing My Religion” hit #4 on April 20th 1991

RnR Hall of Fame Class of 2014 nominees announced: KISS, Nirvana on the ballot

rock-and-roll-hall-of-fameAs sure as the sun rises and sets every day, you can always count on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s yearly announcement of the next batch of inductees to result in no end of arguing and griping from fans and critics alike. And of course, this year’s list is sure to be no different. From prog rock to rap, folk to heavy metal, this year’s batch of nominees covers a wide range of genres. Here’s this year’s list of nominees:

  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Chic
  • Deep Purple
  • Peter Gabriel*
  • Hall and Oates*
  • KISS
  • LL Cool J
  • The Meters
  • Nirvana*
  • N.W.A.
  • The Replacements*
  • Linda Ronstadt*
  • Cat Stevens*
  • Link Wray*
  • YES*
  • The Zombies*

*First-time nominees

Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll.

According to the RNR HOF website, the public has the opportunity to vote for the five nominees they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2014 inductees, who will be announced soon.

Fan voting will be open until December 10th.  You can find the ballot here.

I think 2014 will finally see KISS enter the Hall. I also think Nirvana, Deep Purple and The Meters each have a good chance as does Linda Ronstadt who will have the sentimental vote wrapped up.

Side note: I visited the Hall for the time in August. Loads of fun and highly recommended. Check out my pictures here.

And here’s a great clip of the closing jam from the 2013 ceremony. Always a highlight of the festivities.

Tour news: KISS Canadian dates announced. Sir Paul, Stones dates to follow?

220px-KissMonsterAlbum2As reported here back on February 21st, Kiss have finally confirmed their Canadian tour dates for this summer. Here are the official dates:

July 5 – Save On Foods Memorial Center (Victoria, BC)

July 6 – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena (Vancouver, BC)

July 8 – Prospera 

July 10 – Enmax Centre (Lethbridge, AB)Place (Kelowna, BC)July 12 – Rexall Place (Edmonton, AB)2Paul

July 13 – Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary, AB)

July 14 – Credit Union Centre (Saskatoon, SK)

July 16 – Evraz Place (Regina, SK)

July 17 – Keystone Centre (Brandon, MB)


July 18 – MTS Centre (Winnipeg, MB)

July 25 – Scotiabank Place (Ottawa, ON)

July 23 – Sudbury Arena (Sudbury, ON)

July 26 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (Toronto, ON)

July 27 – Budweiser Gardens (London, ON)

July 29 – Bell Centre (Montreal, QC)

July 31 – Harbour Station (Saint John, NB)

Aug 1 – Metro Centre (Halifax, NS)

Aug 3 – Mile One Stadium (St. John’s, NFLD)

Aug 4 – Mile One Stadium (St. John’s, NFLD)

Jacksonville Florida-based hard rockers Shinedown will be the opener for the tour. Ticket info can be found here.

***IN OTHER NEWS***: Paul McCartney has just announced the first U.S. date of his upcoming ‘Out There’ tour–July 9th at Boston’s Fenway Park–which means more dates will be coming soon. With the Toronto Blue Jays out of the Rogers Centre for 10 days (plus the all-star game) in mid-July, I would not be surprised if a Toronto date is announced for sometime during that stretch.

***IN OTHER OTHER NEWS***: North American dates for the Rolling Stones’ 18-date trek are supposed to be announced tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Break out the earplugs: KISS is coming to town.

220px-KissMonsterAlbum2Believe it or not, 2013 is KISS‘ 40th anniversary and there are no plans for Gene, Paul, Tommy and Eric to slow down any time soon. They released their 20th studio album, Monsterlast October and are hitting the road in March for a series of dates in Australia to be followed by a European trek in June. Now comes word (not yet 100% official, mind you) that the boys will be heading North in July and early August for a coast-to-coast Canadian tour, and it’s not just big cities where they’ll be unleashing their own brand of rock  ‘n’ roll. Stops on the itinerary include towns like Moose Jaw SK and Brandon, MB.

Here are the unofficial dates:

7/5 – Victoria, British Columbia
7/6 – Vancouver, British Columbia
7/8 – Penticton or Kelowna, British Columbia
7/10 – Lethbridge, Alberta
7/12 – Edmonton, Alberta
7/13 – Calgary, Alberta
7/14 – Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
7/16 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
7/17 – Estevan, Saskatchewan
7/18 – Brandon, Manitoba
7/22 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
7/25 – London, Ontario
7/26 – Ottawa or Hamilton, Ontario
7/27 – Ottawa, Ontario
7/29 – Montreal, Quebec
7/31 – St. John, New Brunswick
8/1 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
8/3 – St. John’s, Newfoundland

I’ve seen KISS twice. Once in 1977, and again in 2009. You can read about my experiences at the 2009 show here. (I think twice is enough for me.)

Here’s the lead single from Monster, “Hell or Hallelujah”: 

U2, Christina Aguilera Postpone Dates; Toronto to get Kiss’d, Lyle Lovett

Tour news is on the agenda today. First up, both U2 and Christina Aguilera have postponed their North American summer tours until 2011.

In the case of U2, this is due to Bono’s recent back surgery and the time needed to recuperate. At first only a couple of the dates at the start of the tour were postponed but it seems Bono is going to need more time off. According to band manager Paul McGuinness: “Our biggest and I believe best tour has been interrupted and we’re all devastated. For a performer who lives to be on stage, this is more than a blow. He feels robbed of the chance to do what he does best and feels like he has badly let down the band and their audience. Which is of course nonsense. His concerns about more than a million ticket buyers whose plans have been turned upside down, we all share, but the most important thing right now is that Bono make a full recovery. We’re working as fast as we can with Live Nation to reschedule these dates.” Canadian dates affected are June 23rd in Edmonton, July 3rd in Toronto and July 16th & 17th in Toronto. No word yet on new dates.

As for Christina Aquilera, whose new disc “Bionic”  drops June 8th, her outing is being postponed because the singer has stated she needs more time to prepare for the tour. The only Canadian date affected is a July 20th date in Toronto. New dates are expected to be announced later this year. Refunds for her show as well as the U2 shows are available at point of purchase.

With respect to newly announced shows, it looks like Toronto is going to get a return visit from KISS. Less than one year after blowing the roof of the Air Canada Centre (not to mention the sound system), the elder statesman of all things over-the-top have just announced a new North American tour entitled “The Hottest Show on Earth” tour. So far Toronto is the only Canadian stop on the trek which gets underway at the end of July. They’re booked for Friday September 10th at the Molson Amphitheatre; tickets go on sale June 4th.

And way at the opposite end of the musical spectrum form KISS, one of my favourite singer-songwriters Lyle Lovett has added a Toronto date to his current summer tour. He’ll hit the Massey Hall stage Tuesday August 10th. Ticket info has not yet been announced so keep checking the Massey Hall website.


Christina Aguilera:


Lyle Lovett: