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.


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.

Coming to stores November 5th: The Human Rights Concerts

This sounds like an awesome set. Great for the music lover on your holiday shopping list.


The following comes from

The “Human Rights Concerts” is the collective name of the series of concerts presented by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights organization Amnesty International in the years 1986-1998. 2013 is the 25th anniversary of the most high-profile of all the concerts in the series – the “Human Rights Now!” world tour. A six-week, five-continent, fifteen-nation, twenty-concert tour of the world in 1988 raising awareness of the human rights cause – headlined by Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssou N’Dour.

In celebration of this anniversary – and to raise further funds for – and consciousness of – Amnesty, the films of all the “Human Rights Concerts” have been digitally restored and are to be released in 2013 in DVD, audio and digital formats. Three of the four films have never been available in any format since their one-time-only airing on TV – making the upcoming release all the more exciting.

The complete concert set will be released on a 6-disc DVD box-set in the Fall of 2013. The title of the box-set is “¡RELEASED!”

In addition to the DVD set, the audio release in the USA & Canada will be a 2-disc set containing 30 songs drawn from the four concerts. There will also be a digital release of all 120 songs from the four concerts. (Fans outside of North America will see the release of four individual CD sets – one set for each of the four concerts.)

Check out this clip from the 1988 tour featuring Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssou N’Dour performing Bob Dylan’s “Chimes of Freedom”:

Peter Gabriel covers album out September 23rd. Even has some CanCon.

peter-gabriel“Rather than make a traditional covers record, I thought it would be much more fun to create a new type of project in which artists communicated with each other and swapped a song for a song, i.e. you do one of mine and I’ll do one of yours, hence the title – Scratch My Back – And I’ll Scratch Yours.”

Peter Gabriel

The first phase of this project, Scratch My Back, was released in March 2010 and featured Gabriel covering tracks by such artists as Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Lou Reed and Arcade Fire. Now comes part two. On September 23rd, Gabriel will release And I’ll Scratch Yours, in which many of the artists Gabriel covered the first go round return the favour here.  Among the Gabriel tracks covered are “Big Time” (Randy Newman), “Don’t Give Up (Feist) and Lou Reed turning one of Gabriel’s most popular songs, “Solsbury Hill”, into something far removed from the original. Very far removed.

Here’s the complete tracklisting for And I’ll Scratch Yours:

I Don’t Remember David Byrne
Come Talk to Me Bon Iver
Blood of Eden Regina Spektor
Not One of Us Stephin Merritt
Shock the Monkey Joseph Arthur
Big Time Randy Newman
Games Without Frontiers Arcade Fire
Mercy Street Elbow
Mother of Violence Brian Eno
Don’t Give Up Feist feat. Timber Timbre
Solsbury Hill Lou Reed
Biko Paul Simon

BONUS: You can listen to samples from the album here.

And just for fun, here’s Peter Gabriel riding a bike. Seriously.

It’s Friday. How about some tunes?

ipod-classic-accessories-3Here’s what I’ve been listening to in shuffle mode today as the end of the work week approaches. Have a great weekend everyone. Hopefully the weather will co-operate wherever you are.

As of the time of this posting, here are the last 15 to come up in the rotation.

1. Only Us–Peter Gabriel

2. Lovers Jamboree–Nick Lowe

3. Business Time–Flight of The Conchords

4. Roll Away The Stone–Leon Russell

5. On Green Dolphin Street–Oscar Peterson Trio with Milt Jackson

6. Always On The Run–Lenny Kravitz

7. The Real Feeling–Ace

8. None But The Brave–Bruce Springsteen

9. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window–Joe Cocker

10. Memphis–Chuck Berry

11. Golden Sorrows–Blackie & The Rodeo Kings

12. Johnny Guitar–Pearl Jam

13. Lincoln Town–John Hiatt

14. Synchronicity I–The Police

15. Hey Bartender–The Blues Brothers

Montreal gets Peter Gabriel; Toronto gets Dave Matthews

As mentioned in my last post, Montreal gets the lone Peter Gabriel date this spring. So now it’s Toronto’s turn to get the only date of what will sure to be a very hot ticket this year. Arguably one of the biggest touring acts around and a summer tradition, the Dave Matthews Band have announced their summer tour and Toronto gets the lone Canadian date. The band hits the stage of the Molson Amphitheatre Tuesday June 1st. Tickets go on sale February 26th. No word yet on ticket prices but based on what’s being advertised for some of the U.S. shows on the tour expect them to be in the $80 ballpark.

The band will be touring in support of last year’s excellent “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King’. You can also catch them on the tube this weekend when they perform on the Grammys airing this Sunday night on Global. Here’s “Why I Am” from their latest disc, a killer track.

Montreal gets lone Canadian date for Peter Gabriel mini-tour; new Bowie live disc

Peter Gabriel, whose new all-covers disc “Scratch My Back” hits stores mid-February, will be launching a North American mini-tour this spring in just three cities: Montreal, New York and Los Angeles. It actually comes as no surprise that Gabriel would choose Montreal as the city’s music fans have long had an affinity for the prog-rock sounds of Genesis, Pink Floyd, ELP and the like. Gabriel hits the Bell Centre on April 28th, followed by two shows on New York May 2nd and 3rd and an L.A. show on May 7th. No word on any further dates.

“Scratch My Back” is an all-orchestral covers album (as noted on his website, no drums and no guitars) and includes covers of David Bowie’s “Heroes,” Radiohead’s “Street Spirit (Fade Out)“, Neil Young’s “Philadelphia” and Paul Simon’s “The Boy in the Bubble”. There are also plans for a disc called “I’ll Scratch Yours” featuring covers of Peter Gabriel tunes by those same artists. Ticket info for the Montreal show has not yet been announced.

Gabriel’s cover of “Heroes ” can also be heard on Download To Donate for Haiti, a compilation of as-yet unreleased music with proceeds going to earthquake relief. You can hear “Heroes” and other tracks here.

And speaking of Bowie, his new live double-disc souvenir of his 2003 Reality tour hits stores tomorrow. It contains over 30 tracks including such hits as “Rebel Rebel”, “Changes”, “Ziggy Stardust”, the aforementioned “Heroes” plus selections from his “Reality” disc, which while not up to par with some of his earlier work is actually pretty good. Check out live clips here.