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Mar 25

Michael Stanley Day

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10:15 AM - 05:00 PM
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Plaza
The Rock Hall honors Michael Stanley on what would have been the legendary Cleveland musician's 73rd birthday
Fans are invited to join Michael Stanley’s family, members of The Resonators, Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley, and more on the Rock Hall plaza or online for a special presentation of Michael Stanley Day.
Forever "My Town"

The ceremony kicks off at 10:15 am with a proclamation on the Rock Hall's plaza and is free to the public. The ceremony will also be streamed live on our Facebook and YouTube channels.

Throughout the day, Stanley’s iconic music and lyrics will be heard inside and outside the museum as well as the Rock Hall’s Rock Boxes located downtown along East 9th Street.  In addition, the Rock Hall’s Long Live Rock art installation will honor Michael Stanley, providing fans with a perfect photo opportunity to remember his life, his music, and his dedication to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

Inside the museum, artifacts from Stanley’s career will be on display in the Rock Hall’s In Memoriam exhibit on Level 3, including his Jon Hill custom guitar and new items from Stanley’s collection, including handwritten lyrics and setlists. Also on Level 3, fans can view Michael Stanley footage from the Rock Hall’s vault, featuring memorable moments and interviews from career that spanned five decades. Advance Rock Hall admission purchase is required to enter the museum.

Adult general admission tickets are $28 and discounted tickets are available to Northeast Ohio residents (zip codes starting with 440-443) for $25. Rocker level and above members and City of Cleveland residents are always free. Purchase/reserve your tickets now to guarantee your entry time.

Musical Tribute

In special honor of Michael Stanley Day, radio stations throughout Northeast Ohio are joining forces to celebrate Stanley’s legacy, including his home station of 98.5 WNCX, where he hosted his well-known afternoon show for 30 years. In solidarity, the stations will commemorate Michael Stanley playing his hit song “My Town” in unison at 10:35 a.m. Longtime fans will recognize the importance of 10:35 from the opening lines of the Michael Stanley Band hit “In the Heartland.”

Fans can also visit starting at 10:35 a.m. the same day to stream two new original songs that will be featured on Stanley’s upcoming, posthumous studio album, “Tough Room.” The album will feature 14 new tracks that Stanley recorded in the months before his passing earlier this month.

The album was produced by Michael Stanley featuring members of The Resonators and mixed by his longtime friend and executive producer Bill Szymczyk.



Michael Stanley performs "My Town"

at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997

Michael Stanley performs "My Town"

at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997
Jane Scott and Michael Stanley at Blossom
Jane Scott and Michael Stanley at Blossom

The Michael Stanley Band, formed in 1974, broke attendance records multiple times at Blossom Music Center, the Richfield Coliseum, the Front Row Theatre and MGM Northfield Park. Michael Stanley and The Resonators' final live performance took place at The Akron Civic Theatre on March 7, 2020 when Michael and The Resonators performed Stage Pass Revisited, a recreation of the landmark album Stage Pass recorded at The Agora in 1977. One of MSB’s greatest achievements was the total attendance record of 74,404 during a four-night stand at Blossom Music Center in 1982. 

Michael Stanley performs_Marcasky
Michael Stanley performs_Marcasky

“The energy of his music and its ability to bring people together helped to make Cleveland the Rock & Roll Capital of the World, and it galvanized the community to rally together and make our city the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. His contributions to rock & roll and our region will not be forgotten, and we are honored to preserve his legacy and tell his story forever at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”

Greg Harris, President and CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame


“On behalf of the citizens of the City of Cleveland, I extend my condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Michael Stanley. In celebration of his impact to the world of music near and far, I am pleased that Cleveland City Council declared March 25 as Michael Stanley Day.”

- Mayor Frank G. Jackson


“Michael Stanley was the first live concert I saw as a young person and he was the last live concert I saw at the Beachland Ballroom when he received the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2019. The Michael Stanley Band was the music of my youth and beyond.”

- Kevin Kelley, Cleveland City Council President

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