Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announces 
additional tribute concert artists and conference panelists for 
the 18th Annual Music Masters™ Series honoring the Rolling Stones


CLEVELAND (October 10, 2013) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University are pleased to announce additional performers and music conference panelists for the 18th annual Music Masters series It’s Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It): The Music of The Rolling Stones. The series begins on Monday, October 21 and culminates with an all-star tribute concert on Saturday, October 26.  The series is sponsored by ELS Studio.

The tribute concert on October 26 will feature a group of top flight musicians who have performed with the Rolling Stones over their fifty year career and contributed to shaping the band’s extraordinary sound.  Joining the all-star house band is Nils Lofgren of the E Street Band.  New guests include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chuck D, Sugar Blue, Lee Fields, Patterson Hood, Dave Pirner, Earl Slick and Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson of the Flamin’ Groovies. 

A limited number of VIP packages are available beginning at $250 by contacting the Rock Hall’s development office at (216) 515-1201 or

To view the complete schedule of events for the 2013 annual Music Masters series, visit  Updated events include:

Saturday, October 26 from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. – Annual Music Masters Conference in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Foster Theater. A special screening of “Charlie is my Darling: Ireland 1965”; interview with Merry Clayton the unforgettable voice on “Gimme Shelter.” Just announced conference panelists are Andy Babiuk and Rona Elliot. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE at $25 ($10 lunch voucher included) and are available through the Rock Hall website at  or at the Rock Hall Box Office. Admission to the Museum is free with the purchase of a conference ticket. Portions of this event will be streamed live on

Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tribute Concert at Playhouse Square’s State Theater. Tribute concert performers previously announced include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Ian McLagan, Merry Clayton, Sarah Dash, Bernard Fowler, Steve Jordan, Bobby Keys, Trevor Lawrence, Steve Madaio, Waddy Wachtel and Willie Weeks.  Joining the all-star house band is Nils Lofgren of the E Street Band.  New guests include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Chuck D, Sugar Blue, Lee Fields, Patterson Hood, Dave Pirner, Earl Slick and Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson of the Flamin’ Groovies . Tickets to the October 26th tribute concert range from $30 - $80 and are available at the PlayhouseSquare box office, by calling (216)241-6000, or by visiting  TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE, BUT ARE GOING FAST.   

More information about the performers added to the 18th annual Music Masters® Tribute Concert:

Chuck D., front man of 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee group Public Enemy, is routinely rated as one of the greatest rappers of all time.  He pushed the art of the MC forward with his inimitable, rapid-fire baritone, as he connected the culture of hip-hop with Black Nationalism and the ideas of Malcolm X.  Public Enemy’s first two releases - Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987) and It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988) – were hailed as a hip-hop masterpieces.  In 1989, the group recorded “Fight the Power,” which was the theme song for Spike Lee’s film Do the Right Thing.  The group has also been a major influence on a variety of artists, from  Kurt Cobain to Björk, from Trent Reznor to Ben Harper and on and on.

Perhaps best known for his signature riff and solo on the Rolling Stones' hit “Miss You”, harmonica virtuoso Sugar Blue (born James Whiting) made his first recordings in 1975 with legendary blues figures Brownie McGhee and Roosevelt Sykes.  Blue can be heard on the Rolling Stones’ Some Girls, Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You.  He received the 1985 Grammy Award for his work on the Atlantic album, Blues Explosion, recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival.  Blue has played and recorded with musicians ranging from Willie Dixon to Stan Getz to Frank Zappa to Bob Dylan. 

Since the late sixties, Lee Fields has amassed a prolific catalog of albums and has toured and played with such legends as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal.  His latest album Faithful Man (recorded with his group The Expressions) was released in March 2012 on the Brooklyn-based Truth & Soul Records, earning rave reviews.  Recently, the band has opened for The Black Keys, Pretty Lights, and Wilco.

The Flamin' Groovies formed in 1965 in their hometown of San Francisco, California.  In 1969, they released their major label debut Supersnazz on the Epic label, followed by two albums on Kama Sutra (home of their heroes, The Lovin' Spoonful), including the now revered classic Teenage Head (1971).  In 1971, lead guitarist Cyril Jordan moved the group to England with Chris Wilson taking over as front man, where they continued to record through the mid-1970s.  In 2013, Jordan, Wilson and original founding member and bass player George Alexander reunited for the first time since 1981.  The Flamin’ Groovies will be performing at the Beachland Ballroom on November 9, 2013 ( 

Patterson Hood is the co-founder of the rock band, Drive-by Truckers. Together with Mike Cooley, Hood and his band released Gangstabilly in 1998 and gained critical acclaim with their ambitious double-disc set, 2001's Southern Rock Opera. The Drive-by Truckers have played at Bonaroo Music Festival, Austin City Limits and backed up Bettye LaVette and Booker T. Jones.  Hood is the son of Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section bassist David Hood, who has twice been a member of the annual Music Masters house band.

Nils Lofgren is a renowned guitar player and songwriter and current member of the E Street Band. He joined Neil Young’s band when he was only 18, and played on Young’s classic albums After the Goldrush and Tonight’s the Night.  Lofgren began his solo career with Nils Lofgren in 1975 (featuring ‘Keith Don’t Go (Ode to the Glimmer Twin)’) the first of many powerful and acclaimed solo albums. In 1984 he joined The E Street Band. He has recorded with Springsteen on five studio albums and several live albums and toured with the Springsteen and the E Street Band all around the world.

David Pirner is the lead vocalist and guitarist for Soul Asylum.   In 1992, Soul Asylum released Grave Dancers Union, which went triple-platinum and featured the  Grammy Award-winning single “Runaway Train.” The band played the Bill Clinton inauguration early the next year. Soul Asylum later earned a platinum record with Let Your Dim Light Shine.  In 2013, the band released No Fun Intended, an EP of punk rock covers.

At age 22, guitarist Earl Slick joined David Bowie for the Diamond Dogs tour, and appeared on Bowie’s David Live (1974) Young Americans (1975), Station to Station (1976), Heathen (2002) Reality (2003) and The Next Day (2013).  Slick worked alongside John Lennon and Yoko Ono on Double Fantasy (1980) and also appeared on Milk and Honey (1984). 

More information about the newly added music conference panelists:

Former music correspondent for NBC’s TODAY Show, Rona Elliot has interviewed countless legends in the music industry. She recently published the eBook, Mick & Keith: Never Stop with exclusive, never before seen interviews with Mick Jagger & Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones during the Steel Wheels tour.

Andy Babiuk is a musician, writer, producer, founding member of the Chesterfield Kings, and owner of the boutique guitar shop Andy Babiuk’s  Fab Gear. He wrote the critically acclaimed book Beatles Gear (2001) and has a new book, Rolling Stones Gear, due in early 2014.

About the Music Masters™ Series

The Annual Music Masters series, a co-production of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University, celebrates the lives and careers of artists who changed the shape and sound of rock and roll music. Beginning in 2013, the series was renamed the Annual Music Masters series to better reflect the evolving and expanding rock and roll story. Each year, the Music Masters series explores the legacy of a pioneering rock and roll figure in a range of events that includes Museum exhibits, lectures, films, a major conference and a tribute concert benefiting the Rock Hall’s education programs. Drawing together experts, artists, fans and friends, these events provide new perspectives on the most beloved and influential musicians of the past century.

The tribute concert brings together a diverse mix of artists and musical styles, and as a result, many magical moments have taken place over the years. Chuck Berry took the stage last year and during a performance of his song “Reelin’ And Rockin’” he surprised the audience with his signature move – “the Duck Walk.”  In 2004, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss performed onstage together for the first time to honor Lead Belly. The pair was awarded the highest honors of Album of the Year for Raising Sand and Record of the Year for "Please Read The Letter" at the 51st annual Grammy Awards. Honoree Jerry Lee Lewis, who was not scheduled to perform at the 2007 concert, was moved to take the stage at the end of the show. Lewis tenderly played the piano and sang “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. At the first Annual Music Masters tribute concert, Bruce Springsteen set the bar high and performed in honor of Woody Guthrie. The most star-studded and unique performance by a trio was Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke and Elvis Costello paying tribute to Sam Cooke in 2005. In 2008, a 93-year-old Les Paul took the stage with his trio and then led an epic jam with some of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists, from Jennifer Batten to Slash. Janis Joplin was honored in 2009 by Grammy winner Lucinda Williams with a song she composed especially for the occasion, and in 2010, Dave Bartholomew brought down the house with a performance in tribute of honorees Fats Domino and Bartholomew himself. In 2011, Aretha Franklin was not planning to perform, but at the last minute she requested a piano and took the stage to perform Leon Russell’s “A Song for You,” which she recorded in 1974. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment of all Ohioans.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational activities.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

About Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is among the nation’s leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case Western Reserve offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work. Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities Established in 1996 with a generous gift of endowment from Eric and Jane Nord to celebrate the achievements of the arts and humanities, the Center facilitates cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaborations that address questions and problems of broad human interest.