The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced today that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it will replace its annual live induction ceremony with an exclusive special honoring this year’s inductees. The program will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max November 7 and will replace the live 35th annual Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony that was originally scheduled for May 2 of this year. It was announced in March that the ceremony would be postponed due to the pandemic. The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame 2020 inductee class includes Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex and Ahmet Ertegun Award Honorees Jon Landau and Irving Azoff.
During this time of self-isolation and quarantine, we are all just looking to keep entertained and our minds busy. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thankfully is answering the call, sharing their treasure trove of content from their history. They have shared their Punk and New Wave Collection to watch their YouTube playlist and archival stories from Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie, Patti Smith Group, The Clash, The Stooges, The Sex Pistols, Lou Reed, and Green Day. The Rock Hall also has history lessons on the genre for rockers of any age! Continue reading
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has officially announced its 2020 inductees: The Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex and Whitney Houston will all join the class of 2020. They will be inducted on May 2 at a ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Surprisingly metal favorites Judas Priest, and fan-favorite Soundgarden which includes late frontman Chris Cornell, The Dave Matthews Band and Pat Benetar did not get enough votes to be elected. Other deserving artists on the ballot and not earning election include Thin Lizzy, Motörhead, Kraftwerk, MC5, Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, and Todd Rundgren. Continue reading
After many years of eligibility, Def Leppard was inducted into The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame last night. Inducted by their friend and peer, Dr. Brian May of Queen, the band was gracious and overcome with happiness. Band members entering the Rock Hall include the current lineup — Joe Elliott, guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, bassist Rick Savage and drummer Rick Allen along with founding guitarist Pete Willis and late guitarist Steve Clark. For the performance part of the evening, the band played four of its biggest hits: ‘Hysteria’, ‘Rock Of Ages’, ‘Photograph’ and ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’. The 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame concluded with an all-star performance of David Bowie’s “All The Young Dudes”, featuring Def Leppard, Ian Hunter, May, Steve Van Zandt, The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs, and The Zombies’ Rod Argent. HBO will broadcast a truncated version of the ceremony on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. EST. Continue reading
The ever-edgy and controversial Rock And Roll Hall of Fame announced it’s 2019 induction class. Making it in Def Leppard, The Cure, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Janet Jackson, The Zombies, and Roxy Music. Not making the cut from the finalists were Todd Rundgren (who like Def Leppard and Nicks factored in the fan voting) Rage Against the Machine, MC5, Kraftwerk, Devo, LL Cool J, John Prine, and Rufus & Chaka Khan. The fan voting actually carries very little weight (one 1,000th of a real vote), but plays out in public on social media. In total, an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, including current living inductees, historians and members of the music industry, were able to cast their votes alongside the fan ballot. Factors such as the artist’s musical influence, length, and depth of their career, their body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique were taken into consideration. What kind of Hall of Fame is it really when Rage Against the Machine or Devo can’t get in? Anyway The 34th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will take place on Friday, March 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Ticket on-sale dates for the event will be announced in January, though a limited number of pre-sale tickets are available to Rock Hall members. As in past years, HBO will have a Rock Hall special airing not long after the ceremony, while SiriusXM will also have a radio broadcast. Continue reading
In a terrible loss to the metal world, as well as the overlapping areas of film, video, and comics, Jonathan Schnepp – best know to metalheads for his work co-creating Metalocalpse/Dethklok has passed away following a stroke. He was 51. He suffered a stroke and passed away following a hospital stay in which he lapsed into a coma. Schnepp was a longtime music video director, writer and comic book artist, which led him to help create the Dethklok metal parody show with Brendan Small. Their work is currently exhibited in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Schepp also acted in and directed countless music videos, mostly metal, co-created the Slayer comic series, and directed films and animated series such as his acclaimed work on The Black Panther. Later he was the host of Collider’s YouTube channel. Collider helped break the news of his passing, along with his partner Holly Payne. We send our sympathies out to Jon’s family, friends and loved ones, and his legion of fans at this time. Continue reading
When it comes to rock and heavy metal, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame often comes up lacking as far as diehard fans are concerned. In a case where they got it 100% right, their new exhibition Stay Tuned: Rock On TV is all about the history of music told through the lens of television and video, and features the much-missed Metalocalypse – Dethklok show in it. As reported by co-creator, director, artist and author Jonathan Schnepp on his Twitter account last week and on his Collider Video show yesterday, Schnepp shared the news that Dethklok original artwork and other collateral was included in the exhibit launched on May 26th .
As the last bits of black confetti floated down from the rafters to the floor, three of the four original members of Black Sabbath posed for a photo while hugging tight in a semi-circle, and the roaring crowd behind them chanted for “one-more-song”. This was the scene for the closing seconds of the final show from the greatest band in metal history. Continue reading