Posts Tagged ‘Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’

For this week’s Unsigned Band Of The Week, we are leaving the sunny beaches of California and we are heading back east to the home of the rock and roll hall of fame in Cleveland, Ohio for the band Titans In Time. I love the band’s description that they have on their Facebook page which reads as, “For centuries, many have been captivated with myths of the Greek titans. Commanding and powerful, their stories have set the ideal standard for dominance. However, the Greeks are not the only ones with their set of titans. In Cleveland, Ohio, a new group of titans are emerging and are equally as dominating.” The track I chose for you guys from the band comes from their latest EP Vulcan and the song is called Over And Over. The band has a wide range of influences and it’s clear when you hear the track because you can hear elements ranging from FFDP to Breaking Benjamin in their music. This is truly a band to be reckoned with and you should check them out. You can follow them on Facebook page here or just check out their website here

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Kiss vs nwaIt has been quite a long time since the last time we did a When Metal Bands Fight: A Rock And Metal News Special Report and we have a unique one for all of you. Whether you have npticed it or not, there has been a battle that has been waged since the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame allowed it’s first rap/hip hop group Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five into it back in 2007. The hall has since inducted Run DMC, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, and now N.W.A.. Should there be a line drawn in the sand when it comes to who is inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame and what makes someone rock and roll anyways? What is the criteria for someone to be considered rock and roll since you have Metal bands, punk rock bands, Southern Rock, blues, R&B, alternative, and so many more in the hall of fame right now. Should hip hop groups even be allowed into the hall of fame? Well, if you ask Gene Simmons of Kiss what he thinks about it, he’ll tell you, “I am looking forward to the death of rap. I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I’m concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody. Rap will die. Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy.” Those were the words that usher the next phrase in, “shots fired.”

nwaN.W.A., the most notorious group that single handledly created the genre Gangsta Rap seemed to disagree about that this past Friday during the rock and roll hall of fame induction ceremony. MC Ren was the first member of the group to fire a shot back at Gene Simmons when he said, “I want to say to Mr. Gene Simmons that hip-hop is here forever — get used to it.” Ice Cube would come up to the mic next and after thanking who he had to thank addressed the crowd about what makes something rock and roll. He said, “The question is, ‘Are we rock ‘n’ roll?’ and I say ‘You g–damn right we rock ‘n’ roll!’ Rock ‘n’ roll is not an instrument — rock ‘n’ roll is not even a style of music. Rock ‘n’ roll is a spirit! A spirit that’s been going since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, heavy metal, punk rock, and, yes, hip-hop!” He continues, “And what connects us all is that spirit — that’s what connects us all is that spirit. Rock ‘n’ roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and life. That is rock ‘n’ roll and that is us. Rock ‘n’ roll is not conforming, rock ‘n’ roll is outside the box and rock ‘n’ roll is N.W.A.

kissIt didn’t take long for the always controversial and opinionated Gene Simmons to fire a shot back at N.W.A. when he took to Twitter saying, “Respectfully– let me know when @JimiHendrix gets into the hip hop hall of fame. Then you’ll have a point. @icecube.” You can’t deny that Ice Cube makes a great point as far as what he is saying, but I kind of disagree with him a little on the idea that rock and roll is not a style because it actually is. It died the day the music died because no one in this world has been rock and roll since then in my opinion. Everyone has been a form of it in one way or another (just my opinion). With that being said, I disagree with Gene Simmons on the notion of who should be in and who shouldn’t. If you’re going to have a hall that includes the likes of ABBA, Miles Davis, Sex Pistols. Guns N Roses, Madonna, Albert King, and Parliament-Funkadelic to name a few then why not N.W.A. and the others? You guys decide if they should be in or not and what makes them rock and roll or not?

2016 rock hall.pngThe rock and roll hall of fame from time to time has shown us how off they are at recognizing who belongs and when they deserve to get in. Guns N Roses, Metallica, Van Halen, and Green Day were all inducted into the hall of fame before Deep Purple and Cheap Trick. If it weren’t for bands like them, none of these bands would be around. For years, the hall had snubbed acts like Rush and Kiss inducting these bands way after the time they were eligible to be placed in. This year, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame made up for some hefty mistakes as they finally inducted Deep Purple and Cheap Trick into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Class Of 2016. It has been a long time coming for a band that has had so many members and so many amazing albums over the years n Deep Purple. Along with the two, the Hall also inducted Gangster Rap pioneers N.W.A., Steve Miller, and Chicago.

maxresdefault.jpgIt’s kind of ironic how Deep Purple was in the news before the announcement talking about the Hall Of Fame and now they’re in. Ian Paice, the drummer for Deep Purple recently spoke about being inducted saying, “I knew it would probably happen one day. I do appreciate how difficult it probably was for them to do it with so many lineups, so many different members. It’s a minefield, really. I suppose it’s rather nice.” That’s Ian Paice being optimistic, but earlier in the week he suggested it could be chaotic when the band members step on stage. He spoke about what could happen on stage saying, “You also have to bear in mind, that if some people are inducted together, it could end in a punch-up. I don’t need to tell anyone certain key members and former members of this band do not get on. Personally, I think they would be better off inducting us individually. That avoids the problem.” Nevertheless, he is happy about the induction as we are as well. When asked if Ritchie Blackmore would be there, Ian said this, “That’s questionable. He can confuse you sometimes. You think he’ll do one thing and he’ll do the other. I wouldn’t put money either way on that one.”

PaiceyWhat Line up will be inducted, well here is what Loudwire.com pointed out about all the different incarnations of Deep Purple, “Before splitting up in 1976, there were famously four incarnations of the band, labeled MK I, II, III and IV. MK I included singer Rod Evans and scored hits with covers like “Hush” and “Kentucky Woman,” II was the most successful including frontman Ian Gillan, III saw the entrance of David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes and IV experienced the departure of Ritchie Blackmore and a one-off album with guitarist Tommy Bolin who died of an overdose before the band folded. The MK II lineup reunited in 1984 and famously stormed back withPerfect Strangers. Deep Purple have undergone several lineup changes since, but still remain active on tour and in the studio.” I’ll be interested to see where the drama leads us before April 8, 2016 when the bands are inducted. Stay tuned for more info as it comes.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I have been chomping at the bit waiting for Rush, the legendary Canadian, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducted, Progressive rock act to announce another tour. I unfortunately have never seen Rush live and I am happy the band is granting me another chance to see them as they announced tour dates for their R40: Rush 40TH Anniversary tour. The tour is going to span over 34 cities and the band has stated on their website that it’s probably going to be their last tour of this size. So, you definitely want to check them out as they play songs that span the band’s whole career. Below are the tour dates, but below that enjoy a Rush song from an album that I absolutely love and that I will cover for Album Of The Week.

5/8 – Tulsa, Okla. – BOK Center
5/10 – Lincoln, Neb. – Pinnacle Bank Arena
5/12 – St. Paul, Minn. – Xcel Energy Center
5/14 – St. Louis, Mo. – Scottrade Center
5/16 – Austin, Texas – 360 Amphitheater
5/18 – Dallas, Texas – American Airlines Center
5/20 – Houston, Texas – Toyota Center
5/22 – New Orleans, La. – Smoothie King Arena
5/24 – Tampa, Fla. – Amalie Arena
5/26 – Atlanta, Ga. – Verizon Amphitheater
5/28 – Greensboro, N.C. – Greensboro Coliseum
5/30 – Bristow, Va. – Jiffy Lube Live
6/8 – Columbus, Ohio – Nationwide Arena
6/10 – Buffalo, N.Y. – First Niagara Center
6/12 – Chicago, Ill. – United Center
6/14 – Detroit, Mich. – The Palace of Auburn Hills
6/17 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
6/19 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
6/21 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
6/23 – Boston, Mass. – TD Garden
6/25 – Philadelphia, Pa. – Wells Fargo Center
6/27 – Newark, N.J. – Prudential Center
6/29 – New York, N.Y. – Madison Square Garden
7/9 – Kansas City, Mo. – Sprint Center
7/11 – Denver, Colo. – Pepsi Center
7/13 – Salt Lake City, Utah – Maverik Center
7/15 – Calgary, Alberta – Scotiabank Saddledome
7/17 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
7/19 – Seattle, Wash. – KeyArena
7/21 – Portland, Ore. – MODA Center
7/23 – San Jose, Calif. – SAP Center at San Jose
7/25 – Las Vegas, Nev. – MGM Grand Garden Arena
7/27 – Phoenix, Ariz. – US Airways Center
7/30 – Irvine Meadows, Calif. – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/1 – Los Angeles, Calif. – Forum

720x405-HOFThis year, the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame has unveiled what I think is a controversial list for the class of 2015 all because of one name. The class of 2015 is Lou Reed, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble, Bill Withers, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Green Day. Ringo Starr is going to be receiving the award for musical excellence. Now let’s soak this in for a minute and understand that in order to be eligible for the rock and roll hall of fame, your first album had to have come out 25 years ago. Also, let’s soak in the fact that Joan Baez, Harry Nilsson, Dolly Parton, Deep Purple, Yes, Warren Zevon, The Cure, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Depeche Mode, Slayer, Bon Jovi, and so many more have still not been inducted into the hall of fame, but you decide to induct Green Day on their first year of eligibility? I get their first record 1000 Hours EP was released 25 years ago, but no one knew who they were until Dookie was released. I would have made the band wait a little longer, but they make the calls, not us. Let’s be honest, I would love to see Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Slayer get inducted into the hall, but that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.I also can’t believe that they continue to ignore Deep Purple, it’s astonishing. I essentially do not have a problem with Green Day being in the hall of fame itself because after all my generation’s first compact disc purchase was Dookie (or at least everyone I meet says it was their first record they bought with their own money). Again, I just would have made them wait a little longer.I think it’s about damn time that Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble get inducted cause that was a given and I understand them putting Lou Reed in considering he died not too long ago. I’m just saying the hall has absolutely no clue.

Wearing makeup or a mask is a tradition that has been associated with the holiday of Halloween and since we are in observance of the holiday on this blog I have something special for all of you. This week’s Top 5 looks at my five favorite masked or make up wearing bands of all time and believe me there have been plenty of them along the way.

5. Hollywood Undead– My nephew actually introduced to these masked rappers from Hollywood and I was blown away. They were like a combination of early Eminem, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park all rolled into one. They had songs that were vulgar and humorous, but at the same time they had songs with a message. The band was supposed to release an album this year, but as of now the album is still unreleased.

4. GWAR– I’m not the hugest GWAR fan in the world, but I have a huge deal of respect for these guys and what they did in their careers and all of the awesome costumes this band ever had. They are still continuing strong even though they lost their lead singer Oderus Urungus (Dave Brockie).

3. Ghost– I immediately became a huge fan of this band from Sweden whose band members are simply known as The Nameless Ghouls and a creepy singer named Papa Emeritus II. Their music is incredible as it’s atmospheric and creepy and they sound a little like The Blue Oyster Cult. Check them out if you haven’t already.

2. Slipknot– What isn’t to love about these masked men from Iowa? These nine individuals banded together to change the metal world and they rose to the top doing it their way with their ever changing evolving masks. They may have lost one member due to death and another for reasons that are still unknown, but if The Devil In I is any indication as to what to expect from the group now, then I am completely sold.

1. Kiss– They were essentially one of the first bands to introduce the make up to hide their identities and for a long time it actually worked. No one had any clue as to what the members of Kiss’s true identities were until they removed the make up in the 80’s. Controversially, the band is still going strong an they even saw themselves get inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame this year. So grab your Love Gun so that we can head down to Detroit Rock City while we Rock and Roll All Nite and party every day cause that is Dr. Love‘s orders.

Kiss Play The Forum in LondonGene Simmons, the legendary bassist of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame act Kiss has a tendency to open his mouth and declare things just to get a reaction. Gene was interviewed by his song Nick for Esquire Magazine when he dropped the bomb that Rock is dead. In the interview he explains his side of the story as to why he claims that and he offers advice to young artists everywhere. He says, “The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed, and now it won’t, because it’s that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it. Don’t quit your day job is a good piece of advice. When I was coming up, it was not an insurmountable mountain. Once you had a record company on your side, they would fund you, and that also meant when you toured they would give you tour support. There are still record companies, and it does apply to pop, rap, and country to an extent. But for performers who are also songwriters — the creators — for rock music, for soul, for the blues — it’s finally dead. Rock is finally dead.” Gene will go on to talk about how he feels about a so-called “Lost Generation” when he says, “It’s very sad for new bands. My heart goes out to them. They just don’t have a chance. If you play guitar, it’s almost impossible. You’re better off not even learning how to play guitar or write songs, and just singing in the shower and auditioning for ‘The X Factor.’ And I’m not slamming ‘The X Factor,’ or pop singers. But where’s the next Bob Dylan? Where’s the next Beatles? Where are the songwriters? Where are the creators?”

I can’t say that I completely disagree with everything that he said in the above paragraph, but it’a kind of an overstatement to say don’t quit your day job because everyone knows that your money is made touring today. There was however one band that has stepped up to disagree with Mr. Simmons and it’s the Foo Fighters. The band simply responded to Gene Simmons statement with a simple tweet, check it out below and ask yourself whether you believe that everything Gene says is true or not!

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