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Rock Hall Inductions Tonight

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland is airing a closed-circuit feed from the Induction Ceremony from the Waldorf Astoria in NYC tonight. My great pal Johanna Hoadley is webcasting the event live from the Rock Hall:

    8:31 p.m.
    Ahmet Ertegun, founder and chairman of the rock and roll hall of fame, has started the ceremony. He’s welcoming the audience to the 19th induction ceremony of “this grand organization”

    He is thanking Clive Davis for donations to the foundation. And welcomes Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio who is at the Waldorf-Astoria. He’s urging everyone to go visit the museum in Cleveland (and the crowd cheers loudly.)

    8:29 p.m.
    “We don’t know when it’s going to start, but I’m sure it will start soon,” says the local DJ in Cleveland.

    8:19 p.m.
    Got a bunch of asking about what folks are wearing at the show in NY. So far we haven’t seen any stars/inductees yet, but I’ll be sure to clue you in on Prince and Bob Seger’s attire when they take the stage.

    Locally the attire is casual. Lots of jeans and cargo pants. We’ve got a couple folks sporting the Harley Davidson/ZZ Top look in long beards and lots of black leather. I’ve got a couple of Jackson Browne fans sitting directly behind me that drove all the way from Cincinnati to see their favorite musician inducted in the hall tonight. They are praying for the snow to hold off for their drive back south tomorrow.

    ….5:59 p.m.
    Prince is doing a quick sound check (“Let’s Go Crazy” – perhaps a sign of what’s to come later tonight) and the technical folks at the Rock Hall are testing out the equipement for the simulcast.

    Things are looking and sounding great!

    Stay tuned here for play-by-play throughout the evening. The Induction Ceremony official start time is 8 p.m.

    Got questions during our coverage?

Click over to Cleveland.com and jsut refresh the page periodically to get updates. Have fun Jodi!

For my overview of the Induction Ceremony, the Rock Hall, and the aritist being inducted, please see my story on MSNBC.com here.

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7 comments

  1. I read your MSN article and was pretty amazed by your observation regarding this year’s inductees to the R&R Hall of Fame. You claim that “perhaps none except Prince belong to rock’s core pantheon?!?!?!?!?” Surely, you misspoke.

    Prince, in my opinion, is the LEAST appropriate of the selectees in this otherwise venerable list! While his music was somewhat listenable, he has never really been a musician as much as a showman. His videos consist of masturbatory teenboy images of presumptive lesbianism, risque pelvic posturing and flashy pirrouettes that would do James Browne proud but lacking the raw fervor of the “hardest working man in show business.”

    As for the music he incidentally produced to accompany this softcore porn, it was formulaic, predictable and ensemble centered with no clear, distinctive voice. Lots of heavy breathing, Michael Jacksonesque squealing and heavy production values DO NOT a classic rocker make!

    He does not belong in a class with such icons as George Harrison, ZZ Topp and Jackson Browne. At least that is how I feel.

  2. I think that’s a good point Buddy. Hell, I argue all of the inductees. Prince is immensely talented. Comparison’s to Sly are accurate, as Prince plays multiple instruments and writes all of his own songs – and songs for others. But every inductee has had a sporadic and inconsistent output. It’s an unusual list this year. Perhaps the annual list of inductees should be decreased?

  3. I’m not sure which “Prince” you guys are listening to, but it isn’t the same one who recorded much of the greatest music of the ’80s: the albums Dirty Mind, Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain, Around the World In a Day, Sign O the Times form the backbone of one of the greatest careers of the rock era. His output has been inconsistent over the last 10 years-plus, but who hasn’t been inconsistent with that kind of volume of creative output? And you couldn’t be more wrong about his musicianship – astounding.

    I you take away Harrison’s work with the Beatles (and he is already in the Rock Hall with the Beatles, obviously), his solo career isn’t nearly as impressive or important as that of Prince. Harrison’s only great album is All Things Must Pass. I would put Traffic ahead of him as well, and I like George.

  4. I think they must have caught Lynyrd Skynyrd wagering on rock and roll. This seems to be the only way they should be excluded, considering the standards that have been set thus far.

  5. I don’t have a big problem with Lynyrd Skynyrd getting in, although I think there are several who should get in before they do: Black Sabbath, Roxy Music, Iggy Pop/Stooges, Pretenders, Donovan, Alice Cooper, Todd Rundgren, Yes, Chicago, Deep Purple.

    There is no question that they are into a second tier now, but that is pretty inevitable when you have a chronological requirement – 25 years after first recording in this case. there are a lot of second-tier players getting into the Baseball HOF as well.

  6. Black Sabbath, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and Deep Purple aren’t in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?
    whoever makes the decisions about the inductees should be shot…

  7. Their taste-range is very skewed and excludes entire sub-genres, like metal (other than LZ, which is many other things as well) and lighter rock. They are heavy on anyone who has ever recorded for Atlantic (Ahmet Ertegun is head of the Hall of Fame Foundation), doo-wop, soul – politics, like anything else.

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