The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have announced a new round of presenters and performers who will take the stage at the Sold Out 2013 induction ceremony on Thursday, April 18.
John Fogerty and Jackson Browne have been added to the evening’s starstudded performance roster. Four of this year’s inductees will perform at the event; Heart, Rush, Public Enemy and Randy Newman. The ceremony will also posthumously honor Donna Summer and blues man Albert King.
Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell will induct Heart, while Foo Fighters members Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will induct Rush. Eagles and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Don Henley will be inducting Randy Newman.
Browne and Fogerty slated to perform alongside Newman, while Alice In Chains‘ Jerry Cantrell and Pearl Jam‘s Mike McCready will perform with Heart. Carole King, John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr. and Harry Belafonte are among the other guests that will be on stage before the night is over.
The Rolling Stones have reportedly inked a deal with AEG Live to produce an arena tour this May and June that will feature 18 concerts.
Industry publication Pollstar reports that their sources tell them that the deal has been made and an official announcement is expected in April.
Many expected that if the Stones were to launch a tour that it would be produced by Virgin Live who were responsible for the band's 50th anniversary run last fall. Pollstar reports that the band is not interested in performing more than 18 shows or for touring for longer than two months.
The plan is reportedly for the band to play in major markets and they will stage multiple nights in some markets, but at this point the details are still being "locked down."
Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and The Ramones’ self-titled debut album were inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry today alongside 25 other songs and records — including ‘Cheap Thrills,’ by Big Brother and the Holding Company, Chubby Checker’s ‘The Twist,’ Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Sounds of Silence,’ and the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ soundtrack — as examples of the “richness and variety of our audio heritage.”
The recording that received the highest number of public nominations for this year's registry was Floyd's ‘The Dark Side of the Moon.’ The library said it was notable as an example of "brilliant, innovative production in service of the music."
The Who have teamed up with designer Lyric Culture on a men’s collection of apparel that will be sold exclusively in Bloomingdale’s starting April 15th.
The Who Collection of graphic screen print tees and hoodies will be available at select Bloomingdale’s locations, with prices ranging from $48 to $98. The designs feature iconic album imagery as well as lyrics to some of their greatest hits, including ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again,’ ‘Who Are You,’ ‘Baba O’ Riley,’ ‘My Generation,’ ‘Pinball Wizard,’ ‘Behind Blue Eyes,’ ‘Long Live Rock’ and many more.
Despite reuniting, the members of Van Halen are not done arguing with each other. David Lee Roth says: “The conflict was immediate and sustained from day one. Not a note of this symphony has changed.”
In a recent radio interview Roth explains, “There is always conflict. I’m not gonna sugarcoat it. In our band, there is constant back and forth, and at the same time, I think everybody’s more than old enough now to really respect what we’ve been allowed to do. We’ve been allowed to do this job for how many summers in a row? It’s like we’ve never been kicked out of summer camp!”
Roth also explains that he talks to drummer Alex Van Halen almost every day to plot out the band’s next moves — “I call it, ‘Coffee With Al’”
Roth sums up his thoughts on the band going into therapy: “I think all you learn in therapy is how to lie to each other.”