18 items from 2014
Before it was announced publicly that Ringo Starr would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an Award for Musical Excellence recipient, the former Beatle's onetime bandmate, Paul McCartney, phoned the drummer to give him the good news. McCartney joined The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday to talk about Starr being enshrined in the Rock Hall.
"I was talking to a friend and he said 'Brian Epstein is getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.' I said 'That's great, because he's the Beatles manager, »
Green Day, Ringo Starr and Lou Reed are among the artists who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The 'Basket Case' hitmakers will be enshrined at the 30th annual induction ceremony at Cleveland's Public Hall in Ohio on April 18, 2015 and frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, 42, admitted he ''had to go for a walk'' when he first heard the news. He told Rolling Stone magazine: ''We're in incredible company and I'm still trying to make sense of this. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has always held something special for me because my heroes were in there. This is a great time for us to sort of reflect and look back with gratitude.'' The hall also announced on Tuesday (16.12.14) that it will also honor Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and 'Ain't No Sunshine' hitmaker Bill Withers, who hasn't released new music in »
Aaron Paul is taking on the role of Luke Skywalker in a one-night-only live-read of "The Empire Strikes Back." The three-time Emmy winner from "Breaking Bad" will perform the role for director Jason Reitman this Thursday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It is part of a very popular ongoing series of live shows produced by Reitman, including previous ones for "The Princess Bride," "Ghostbusters," "American Beauty," and "The Apartment." All casting decisions have not yet been unveiled, but here are the ones now known: Oscar contender J.K. Simmons (Darth Vader), Stephen Merchant (C-3Po), Dennis Haysbert (Lando Calrissian), and Kevin Pollak (Yoda). Entertainment Weekly -Break- The 2015 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be Green Day, Ringo Starr, Lou Reed, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, "5" Royales, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, and Bill Withers. El »
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame didn't exactly take a walk on the wild side with its picks for the incoming class. But an eclectic group has been voted in nonetheless. Lou Reed, who died in October 2013, heads up the list of 2015 inductees, which also includes Green Day, Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and, posthumously, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Reed was previously inducted as a member of the Velvet Underground in 1996. 1950s R&B group The "5" Royales are getting the Early Influence Award. Starr will receive the Award for Musical Excellence, and now all four Beatles will be in the Hall individually as well as part of the »
The punk trio Green Day, poet of the New York underground Lou Reed and "Lean on Me" singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The hall announced Tuesday that it will also welcome Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, who famously sang about loving rock 'n' roll, and make Ringo Starr the fourth ex-Beatle enshrined as an individual. Besides Reed, the class includes other posthumous inductees Paul Butterfield and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The 30th annual induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland's Public Hall on April 18. Public tickets go on sale Thursday. »
- Associated Press
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just announced its class of 2015 inductees: Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan (and his former band, Double Trouble), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Green Day (which is deserving but still surprising to see). (Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., the Smiths, Kraftwerk, and Chic were among those nominated who didn't get enough votes to earn induction.) Ringo Starr will receive the "Award for Musical Excellence," making him the last and final Beatle to enter the Hall of Fame as a solo artist — after the band was inducted as a group in 1988. Perhaps the best response to the news comes from Withers, who has been mostly missing from the industry since the mid-'80s: "I just never felt that anyone owed me this. It's something that's nice that happened. I guess I'll have to go buy a suit. »
- Lindsey Weber
Name: Ben Haenow
Job: Van driver
Category - Mentor: Overs - Simon
Fast fact: Ben used to be in a band with his brother called The Lost Audio
Room Audition: 'Ain't No Sunshine' by Bill Withers
Cheryl: "I really like the tone of your voice and that real, genuine grit. It's an authentic sound."
Mel B: "Your voice is absolutely killer. I loved it."
Simon: "Ben, what can I say, you picked an amazing song. You've got a brilliant rock voice. I can't believe it hasn't happened to you before this, but this is your moment."
Mel B: "Well that was intense. You've just got it. »
Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are two of the first-time artists on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee list for 2015. The new long-list ballot "represents a broad, diverse group of artists and demonstrates how rock 'n' roll has evolved over the years," says foundation president Joel Peresman. Other groups on this year's ballot are: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, N.W.A., The Smiths, The Spinners, and War. The late Lou Reed and Sting are eligible as solo artists after previous inductions for their groups Velvet Underground and The Police, respectively. Others hoping for induction are Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bill Withers. Final inductees from this list will be announced late this year with the ceremony slated for next April. USA Today -Break- Prepare for an onslaught this weekend at the arthouse and indie theaters everywhere. Many potential »
Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Sting (solo) and others are among the first-time nominees to this year's class of nominees to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Stevie Ray Vaughn and Bill Withers are also among the first-timers; N.W.A., Lou Reed (solo), Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, the Marvelettes, the Spinners and War are all repeat nominations. Sting and Lou Reed have previously been inducted with their bands The Police and the Velvet Underground, respectively. Green Day and Nine Inch Nails earned their first nods for this, their very first year they're eligible; a rule from the Rock Hall constitutes that a 25-year period needs to have passed since the first single or album was released in order for an artist to be eligible. Trent Reznor and Co.'s debut album "Pretty Hate Machine" and Green Day's first »
- Katie Hasty
Chuck Berry. Buddy Holly. Fats Domino. Elvis Presley. The Beatles. Green Day? Yep, Green Day — that band from your childhood bedroom — might join those artists in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as they were one of the artists nominated for induction this year. Also nominated were Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, the Smiths, Lou Reed, Sting, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Marvelettes, the Spinners, Stevie Ray Vaughan, War, and Bill Withers. To be considered, artists needed to have released their first single or album in or before 1989. We guess these were the artists Taylor Swift has been referring to? »
- Jesse David Fox
And the nominees are … Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are among the notable nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2015. They're joined by N.W.A., a pioneering west coast rap group that was passed over for induction last year. Also making the cut as potential honorees for the upcoming 30th annual induction ceremony are: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, Lou Reed, The Smiths, The Spinners, Sting, Stevie Ray Vaughan, War and Bill Withers. See video: Nirvana Reunites With Lorde, Joan Jett for Kurt Cobain Covers In 2014, Nirvana, »
- Tony Maglio
What’s most intriguing about the cinematic treatment of Brown’s life – both on- and off-screen – is that so much of it took place in front of a camera. In fact, Elvis Presley aside, it’s hard to think of a more physical performer that spent so much time being captured on film in the early days of the rock n’ roll/rhythm and blues era.
Brown’s popularity rose and sustained itself for so long that it’s often easy to forget that while he was a fixture well into his more funk-driven days of the 1970s alongside the likes of George Clinton, he got his start as a contemporary of Little Richard.
By time 1964 rolled around and The Beatles and The Rolling Stones »
- Shane McNeil
A brave Marine who lost part of his leg in Iraq inspired all four judges on America's Got Talent Tuesday as he shared how music helped him through his pain. Sal Gonzalez, 29, who lives in Nashville but grew up in Los Angeles, earned "yes" votes and praise for not only his singing but his work with the Wounded Warrior Project, in which he helps other injured veterans re-adjust to life back home. "You are very, very inspirational … You can sing!" judge Mel B said after Gonzalez delivered a soulful rendition of the Bill Withers Grammy Award-winning classic "Ain't No Sunshine. »
- Andrea Billups
Looking back over his performances on "American Idol," exiting contestant C.J. Harris tells Gold Derby (in the webcam chat below) that two were his best. "I think the Marshall Tucker Band 'Can't You See' worked really good for me and 'Gravity' by John Mayer. I think those two are probably my strongest performances. "I was hoping to get further down in the competition and do more things that fit my voice, but, unfortunately, I didn't get to," he adds. "I would've done some Gary Clark Jr., Dobie Gray, Bill Withers --- that old soul music that really fits me." -Break- Aside from music moments, Harris says how happy it was to have his family join him at the telecast. " Me and my mom and my sister -- we've been through a lot as a family. For me to make it that far and for my mom being able to come »
[Press Release] Los Angeles, Feb. 19, 2014 -- On March 25, hot on the heels of their Grammy nomination, force-of-nature blues-rock vocalist Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa will deliver Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Live In Amsterdam (2Dvd/Blu-ray/2Cd) – the very first live experience from one of music's most powerful female voices and one of the world's greatest guitar players. Against the backdrop of the beautiful, historic Koninklijk Theater Carre in Amsterdam, the performance wows with scorching soul covers from the duo's 2011 debut album Don't Explain and 2013 follow-up Seesaw, originally made famous by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Donnie Hathaway, Lucinda Williams, Bill Withers, Delaney & Bonnie, Buddy Miles, »
- Pietro Filipponi
My subtitle is the title of a great Bill Withers song, but an even greater Creative Source song. If you are of the age where you think of Twilight as a classic film, chances are you have never heard of Bill Withers, Creative Source or that song.
I could understand not being aware of Creative Source. They were a bit off the beaten path. However any music fan not aware of Bill Withers should drop less Ecstasy and lighten up on the trance. People, Boom, Boom, Boom with an occasional auto corrected voice may be music, but a song it is not.
Whatever age you are, if you are a fan of comics you should have heard of Jim Steranko, or simply Steranko as he is better known.
A comic fan, a true fan of the medium, not aware of Steranko is akin to a history buff thinking Lincoln is only a carmaker. »
- Michael Davis
TV audiences may have grown bored with the 56th annual Grammy Awards, but the audience at Los Angeles’ Staples Center maintained a high level of excitement throughout the show Sunday. The audible thrills started with Beyonce and Jay Z’s sexy performance and plateaued during collaborations between Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons and later when Stevie Wonder joined Daft Punk. TheWrap was inside the Staples Center for all the action — as it happened. Here of 24 of the seen-and-heard highlights from our reporter on the scene: 3:15 Grammy Award winning music legend Bill Withers’ wife and daughter, all dressed up for the. »
- Pamela Chelin
Which music stars went home with awards at the 2014 Grammy Awards? Find out with this full winners list.
Winners in each category are bolded.
Record of the Year
"Radioactive" -- Imagine Dragons
"Royals" -- Lorde
"Blurred Lines" -- Robin Thick feat. T.I. and Pharrell
Album of the year
"The Blessed Unrest" -- Sara Bareilles
"Random Access Memories" -- Daft Punk
"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" -- Kendrick Lamar
"Red" -- Taylor Swift
Song of the year
18 items from 2014
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