"Stevie Ray Vaughan is the ultimate guitar hero," proclaimed John Mayer as he inducted Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
A who's who of axe slingers took the stage with the original members of Double Trouble to deliver blistering versions of three Stevie Ray Vaughan tracks: "Pride and Joy," "Texas Flood" and "Six Strings Down."
The set kicked off with "Pride and Joy," as John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr., Doyle Bramhall and Stevie's brother Jimmie Vaughan traded licks on the blues-rock classic.
It was a fitting choice as opener. Texas blues received a jolt of energy from 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, though the Austin-based group already had a considerable following when the legendary John Hammond produced Texas Flood, their debut album. "Pride And Joy" from that album received substantial airplay on album rock-radio.
From its screeching guitar opening through a steely mid-section solo and on to the concluding guitar passage, "Pride And Joy" declared Stevie Ray Vaughan the first Texas blues-rock guitar god since Johnny Winter's late 60s heyday. He would go on to help foster a blues revival ...
Green Day Delivers Punk Rock Blast of Dookie-era Hits
Inducting Green Day, the guys from Fall Out Boy noted: [quote]
After accepting their Inductee honors, the guys from Green Day – Tré Cool, Mike Dirnt and Billie Joe Armstrong – took the stage to thunderous applause from a crowd full of fans.
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In a decade-spanning, three-song set, the 90s punk revivalists performed the title track from their much-lauded American Idiot album, before shifting to Dookie-era hits "When I Come Around" and "Basket Case."
Dookie, the band's third album and major-label debut in 1994, became their mass-market breakthrough, with U.S. sales of well over 10 million copies. One of Dookie's most popular tunes was "Basket Case," a song largely inspired by bandleader Billie Joe Armstrong's own struggles with panic disorder and the emotional distress he experienced before his condition was diagnosed.
"Basket Case" embodies most of Green Day's salient qualities, dealing with its subject matter with both humor and compassion while delivering the hard-hitting, melodically infectious songcraft for which the band is known. Mark Kohr directed the music video, which was shot in an abandoned California mental institution, and was a staple on MTV ...
Not long into the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna, Dougie Needles, Thommy Price and Gary Ryan – were joined on stage by 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Dave Grohl, of Foo Fighters' fame.
"Rock and roll, I think, is my entire life," said Jett from the Induction stage.
The group delivered a raucous version of "Cherry Bomb." The song is the opening track of the Runaways' – composed of Los Angeles-area teenagers Cherie Currie, Joan Jett, Sandy West, Lita Ford and Jackie Fox – self-titled 1976 debut album, and its glitter-beat decadence, punk-rock aggression and defiantly explicit sexuality was an unprecedented achievement delivered with electrifying effect. With its near X-rated lyrics that promise to "have ya, grab ya, 'til you're sore," "Cherry Bomb" resonated with youthful rockers around the world.
Tonight, it was part of a bombastic set that also included "Bad Reputation" and "Crimson and Clover" with Tommy James, and the soundtrack to Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Hall of Fame Induction.
Recently, former Black Flag frontman, solo artist and writer Henry Rollins shared his top 10 underground songs of all time with Esquire magazine. So what does that have to do with Cleveland's rock history? Turns out, a lot.
Mid-70s Cleveland was the perfect breeding ground for a band like Pere Ubu. The city had seen better days, and amid the post-industrial bleakness, a group of young creative men formed Pere Ubu. "Ohio was one of the most fertile grounds for what could be called underground music. I could make this list only using bands from this state and do just fine," Rollins said. "David Thomas, Pere Ubu's vocalist and leader of the band to this day, has been making records under the Pere Ubu moniker as well as solo for decades. He is one of my favorite performers, and I see him whenever the opportunity presents itself. The band's early singles are now fairly pricey items... What is true of [the Pere Ubu track] 'Final Solution' is true of this initial batch of Ubu. It is visionary stuff from the schools of rock, what would be called punk, and art, all mixing with time, place, and restless ...
Nine Inch Nails had been building its reputation in the industrial music scene since 1988, but with the release of their second full album, The Downward Spiral, in March 1994, the band was poised to take its intense sound to a wider audience. Their aggressive and sometimes haunting evening performance at Woodstock in 1994 was groundbreaking. It had been raining most of the day and the band decided to use the mud that filled the field as part of their show – coating themselves and their equipment in it along with the audience. The fact that entire thing was broadcast to a pay-per-view audience helped to push them into worldwide mainstream success.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will open its latest featured exhibit, Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience on Friday, April 25, 2014. The exhibition will be an engaging look at the music festival as more than just an outdoor concert, but as a community experience. Whether it‘s forging human bonds, building a sense of community, providing broad exposure for musical artists or as one of the most important economic engines of the music industry, the story of the music festival is inextricably linked with ...
Sunday, February 9, 1964 was the day that changed music and pop culture forever. The Ed Sullivan Show was one of the most popular television programs in the United States and at 8pm Eastern Standard Time, the Beatles made their live debut on American national television before an estimated 73 million people. This single television appearance mesmerized an entire generation. How many future musicians’ dreams began that day? How many kids were inspired to form bands and be like the Beatles? Virtually every famous American rock musician would say later: “When I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan it changed my life.”
It was on that Sunday night that the Beatles conquered America and Beatlemania had taken hold of the nation. Their music, mop-top hairstyles, matching suits and "Beatle" boots all helped create the image that we all know and love, but it was their instruments that also made a huge impression on everyone watching. Paul McCartney’s Hofner 500/1 bass, John Lennon’s 325 Rickenbacker guitar, George Harrison’s Gretsch Country Gentleman and Ringo Starr’s Ludwig drum set, all became extensions of each of their personalities.
This instrumental lineup was a major part of America’s first ...
For as long as there's been an entertainment industry, an “insider’s scoop” has been a reliable way to gain media attention. Over the years, however, many of those rare glimpses, unique perspectives and behind-the-scenes stories have been lost – or perhaps they were never shared. As we discover almost daily at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Library and Archives, many such stories are hidden within the boxes of an archives, waiting to be discovered by researchers. Art Collins has one such story.
Collins began his career at the age of 22 in the Atlantic Records promotion department, and two years later, in 1977, he joined Rolling Stones Records as the Stones’ tour manager. For the Rolling Stones’ 1978 U.S. tour, Collins traveled with the band from show to show, and he took notes about each stop on a yellow legal pad. These notes were later condensed into a report for the in-house Atlantic Records bulletin. Both versions can be found in Collins’ files, but, for a researcher, the handwritten draft tends to be the more valuable of the two, because it may contain extra information that does not make it into the final ...
The latest addition to the Library and Archives' Northeast Ohio Popular Music Archives is the new Collection on Peter Laughner, Cleveland punk legend. In his short lifetime, Laughner co-founded both Rocket from the Tombs – a band described by writer Lester Bangs as "an amphetamine-driven blend of Velvets-Stooges" – and Pere Ubu, and was a contributing writer to rock magazines like Creem and an all-around gadfly of the Midwest and New York rock scenes. Journalist Richie Unterberger wrote of Laughner, "As a singer, songwriter, and performer in numerous Cleveland bands, he was probably the single biggest catalyst in the birth of Cleveland's alternative rock scene in the mid-'70s.
The Peter Laughner collection at the Library and Archives includes rare vinyl, ¼-inch and audiocassette recordings of Laughner solo and with his bands, as well as performances from his wife, poet Charlotte Pressler. Those keen on learning more about the 1970s Cleveland underground music scene will want to read Pressler's first-hand account in the issue of CLE Magazine, also included in the collection; while those interested in Laughner’s pre-punk career will want to take a look at the poster for his first band, a blues group called Mr. Charlie ...