The Steve Miller Band has had 25 members in the past five decades, but the guitarist stood alone at the podium to accept the honor as the sole inductee on behalf of his group.
Miller was honored at the event alongside fellow inductees Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Chicago and N.W.A. The guitarist made some headlines backstage with a rambling speech before the press about his thoughts on the evening, reports the New York Times.
"The whole process needs to be changed; from the top to the bottom," said Miller. "Doesn't need to be this hard, there's nothing fancy going on out there that requires all of this stuff. They need to get their legal work straight, they need to respect the artists they say they're honoring, which they don't - I don't have any of my paper work...signed. I have no licensing agreement with these people, they're trying to steal my footage, they're trying to make me indemnify them."
"When they told me I was inducted they said, 'You have two tickets - one for your wife and one for yourself," he added. "Want another one? It's $10,000. Sorry, that's the way it goes.' What about my band? What about their wives?" Read morehere.
But now the wait could be over as he tells Rolling Stone: "The record is well on its way. It may come out any century now, actually. There's a saying: where there's life, there's hope.
"I'd say it's mostly done. There are all these other responsibilities that have to be taken care of. Life in Metallica these days is not only about making a record; it's about these things and we played a show at AT&T Park and he does this, I do this.
"We have all these sort of different things that we turn to. But the record gets worked on where there's absolutely nothing else going on." He adds: "In all seriousness, it's actually what we like. It works for us. It's not just record, tour, record, tour. We like to do.
"We're doing the Record Store Day next week and doing all that stuff. There's lots of stuff going on all the time, but the record is almost done." Read morehere.
Simmons compared their induction to seeing rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix being nominated for a Hip Hop Hall of Fame - something he doesn't envisage happening. He writes: ""Respectfully-- let me know when @JimiHendrix gets into the hip hop hall of fame. Then youll have a point. @icecube"
During N.W.A's induction, Ice Cube spoke out from the stage declaring rock n' roll was a lifestyle and a spirit more than a genre of music. He said: "The question is, 'Are we rock 'n' roll?' And I say - you goddamn right we rock 'n' roll.
"Rock 'n' roll is not an instrument. It's not even a style of music. It's a spirit that's been going on since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, rock 'n' roll, R&B, heavy metal, punk rock, and yes, hip-hop. Rock 'n' roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and life. That is rock 'n' roll and that is us."
But Simmons remains unmoved by the sentiment as his Tweet follows earlier comments made in the press in which he said: "It's really back-room politics, like Boss Tweed. A few people decide what's in and what's not.
"And the masses just scratch their heads. You've got Grandmaster Flash in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame? RUN-D.M.C. in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame? You're killing me! That doesn't mean those aren't good artists. But they don't play guitar. They sample and they talk. Not even sing!" Read morehere.
The first of two concerts this weekend at the new T-Mobile Arena saw the band rip through a 2.5 hour, 23-song set that mixed tunes from the group's classic era alongside tracks from 2008's "Chinese Democracy" and some select covers.
Axl Rose performed the show with his left foot in a cast while sitting atop the throne - on loan from Grohl - after reportedly breaking his foot during the band's club show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 1. "Do you like my furniture?" Rose asked the crowd. "A friend brought this." Grohl had used the throne for Foo Fighters shows after suffering a similar injury
Headliners Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan were rounded out with a lineup that included longtime GNR members Richard Fortus on guitar, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Frank Ferrer alongside new addition, keyboardist Melissa Reese.
Guns N' Roses will follow their Las Vegas dates with a set at Coachella on April 16, play a pair of shows in Mexico City and return to Coachella for an April 23 appearance at the event's second weekend. Check out the setlist and video of 8 songs from the showhere.
Local police tell TMZ Neil and Cage were inside the Aria Hotel around 5 PM when a woman approached the actor for an autograph. Neil allegedly got behind the woman, grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground.
Cage reportedly brought the rocker outside of the hotel to diffuse the incident, and the pair can be seen on video in a heated argument with the actor screaming at Neil to calm down.
The singer was cited for misdemeanor battery in the incident and is scheduled to appear in court on June 17. Neil could face a maximum sentence of six months in jail if convicted, according to local police. Watch the videohere.
The band filed a lawsuit against the German government at Bonn Regional Court this week, looking for €66,000 in damages which they say was caused by the Federal Department for Media Harmful To Young Persons 'indexing' the album in 2009.
According to Deutsche Welle, the governmental agency ruled that the song Ich Tu Dir Weh - along with image sin the record's booklet - were "brutalising" and "immoral."
When an artwork is indexed, it cannot be advertised and can only be sold under strict conditions. The indexing on Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da was overturned after six months when a Cologne court said the classification was unlawful. Read morehere.
It began life as a planned reunion with fellow Deep Purple ex Ritchie Blackmore, but became a Whitesnake title after the pair failed to reach artistic agreement.
Coverdale tells Rolling Stone: "I was trying to retire. I reached out to Blackmore after 30 years of hostility to bury the hatchet. We started communicating into 2013, when he asked me to speak to his manager about either a Blackmore-Coverdale or some kind of Purple thing.
"But I couldn't agree with the ideas that they had. So I thought, 'Well, this will be my farewell album.'" He adds: "It did so f***ing well, it's like, now I'm looking at retiring next year, on the 30th anniversary of the 1987 album." Read morehere.
The song - Talking Tragedy - is only available via Stray From The Path's Bandcamp page and the money raised will help pay for medical bills facing the members of TGI who were badly hurt in the tour bus accident in El Paso, Texas, in November 2015.
Drummer Andrew Tkaczyk lost a leg in the crash while frontman Jonathan Vigil broke his back, neck and ankles. The bus driver and the driver of the other vehicle involved were killed.
Stray From The Path say: "We wrote this song for The Ghost Inside. Some of our best friends we've met while being in this band. This song is about what it was like to go through this as another fellow touring band, and how amazing it was that everyone pulled together for the band and their crew.
"It is only available on Bandcamp and every dollar will go to The Ghost Inside. Enjoy, and thanks for helping our friends." Read morehere.
Sharks were originally formed in 1972 by Andy Fraser after the demise of Free, who left the band before their second album, Jab It In Yore Eye, which gained them a cult following amongst the punk cognoscenti, including The Clash, Chrissie Hynde and The Sex Pistols. The latter worked with Spedding on the demos for Never Mind The Bollocks.
Over the last 40 years guitarist/singer Spedding and singer/composer Snips have performed and recorded with the likes of Paul McCartney, Johnny Marr, The Sex Pistols, Ginger Baker, The Cramps, Elton John, Roxy Music, Tom Waits and The Wombles.
"For me Sharks reforming is both surprising and an inevitable turn on the wheel of fortune," says Snips. "Surprising because me and Chris have never been look-back guys. Inevitable because since I returned to performance after being an invisible music guy for film and TV, everything I've done has been with Spedding." Read morehere.
The follow-up to last year's Frank Sinatra-inspired covers project Shadows In The Night sees the singer produce and deliver versions of twelve tunes written by some of music's most acclaimed and influential songwriters, including Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn and Carolyn Leigh.
Dylan recorded Fallen Angels with his touring band at Capitol Studios in Hollywood with the help of engineer Al Schmitt, who also worked on the 2015 covers album.
Schmitt tells Billboard: "We're like two old shoes together now, we're so comfortable with one another now. He's extraordinarily smart and he's so aware of everything that's going on, so he knows what's happening at every moment." Read more and stream the songhere.
May tells the Daily Mail: "Sacha became an arse. We had some nice times with Sacha kicking around ideas but he went off and told untruths about what happened.
"Why would he go away and say that we didn't want to make a gritty film? Are we the kind of people who have ever ducked from the truth? I don't think so.
"We decided he wasn't right for the role for very good reasons, which will become apparent if you watch what he's done recently." Read morehere.
Guitarist Tom Maxwell says of the follow-up to 2014's Blood For Blood: "There's a lot of new stuff coming out that we've never tried before, and a lot of heavy sh*t. It's going to be moody, it's going to be dark, it's going to be crushing, it's going to be heartbreaking, it's going to be everything.
"So it's going to be a proper take-off from our last record, but with a lot of new surprises, musically and lyrically. We are moving forward with the path that we've taken with Blood For Blood. It's a really, really savage album, and we're really excited for fans to hear it." Read more and check out the previewhere.
Pierce The Veil say: "We are excited to announce that this summer we are hitting the road on The Misadventures Tour with I The Mighty and Movements. We will be playing our album Misadventures from front to back each night."
Singer Vic Fuentes recently explained the four-year wait for the follow-up to 2012's Collide With The Sky by saying: "We went into this record wanting to top the last one, which we try to do with every record, and we kept setting the bar higher and higher." See the tour dateshere.
Produced by bassist Marco Coti Zelati, the project marks the Italian outfit's first studio effort since splitting amicably with longtime guitarist Marco Biazzi in January.
The group have recruited Black Lodge guitarist Daniel Sahagun to fill Biazzi's role on a temporary basis. Vocalist Cristina Scabbia says: "Everything feels different this time in the Lacuna Coil camp. It's something I can hear and something I can breath. A new wave of confidence, a renewed essence and pure drops of energy sweating out of our pores.
"I can't wait to show it to all my friends and welcome you all once again in our family. Trust me, this is a Delirium you will feel the need to be part of." Read more and stream the songhere.
The Theater Equation was filmed last year in Rotterdam and features Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie alongside Heather Findlay, Anneke van Giersbergen and others, plus a 19-piece rock choir.
The story follows lead character Me (LaBrie), an immoral businessman who battles against the personas of his emotions while in a coma after a car crash. Meanwhile, his closest friends hope he'll recover - while never discovering the truth behind the supposed accident.
Lucassen, who was special advisor to the production but did not take part, says: "Even today I'm amazed and touched by how hard everyone worked, and how much love and care they gave to make it all happen. Sometimes the dream becomes reality!" Read morehere.
He tells the Sun Herald: "When the time is right we will get back out there, without a doubt." The vocalist adds that he is always writing new music so is never short of material. He says:
"I actually carry an awesome studio rig with me so I'm always in the studio. I've done work on the bus, plane, dressing rooms, hotel rooms. Whenever the moment hits, I'm able to capture the idea." Read morehere.
The Tennessee rockers shot a promo video in the capital which sees the boys following a masked street artist through the capital's back-streets in Brick Lane, South Bank and Shoreditch, as the band's lyrics and logo are tagged on every available surface before taking refuge in a dimly lit East London dive bar.
Drummer Neil Mason says: "We have had such a warm welcome from our fans in the UK and with the Night Life Religion Tour, we thought it would be really cool to film the video in London with all of the unique street art everywhere." Watch the videohere.
When Peter Heseltine died recently, many of his records were donated to the Oxfam shop in Huntingdon - where the Slim recording was discovered by manager Geoffrey Stalker.
He tells the Lynn News: "I rang the sound archive at the British Library, and as they were so very interested, I donated it to them. The British Library think this may be the only existing recording. It's of such historical interest, the team are very excited.
"They're currently digitizing it, and they'll make it available to the public at some point." Read morehere.
The album, featuring mostly rock covers, will feature a number of guests, including Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum on Bob Dylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry," John Stiratt of Wilco on the Who's "Armenia City in the Sky" and the members of Hanson on Paul Revere & the Raiders' "Him or Me."
The album also features indie rock legend Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices on an update of his own song "Do Something Real" (hear that at Rolling Stone) as well as on a cover of the Bee Gees' "Idea." Original Cheap Trick singer Xeno sings two songs as well. Read morehere.
He works with a range of guests including Patrick Stump, Gerard Way, Quinn Allman, Ashton Irwin and Rian Dawson on the record. In a video in which he takes questions from fans, Biersack says: "I was going to do something that musically wouldn't necessarily fit into the context of Black Veil Brides but something that I felt was true to myself and my interests.
"One thing that has alway been upsetting to me as a fan of music or a fan of many bands is that the singer, or whoever, will get an idea to change genre because they are interested in something else.
"And very rarely does it come through in terms of execution, where the person feels like they've gotten their message through. It mostly just dilutes the sound of the band.
"So I thought rather than doing that, it would be better to take this as a side-project or something that I done in addition to Black Veil Brides." Read more and watch the videohere.
Vocalist Connor Garritty says Mr. Murder was written as a surprise for his best friend Matt, before Matt's death last year. Garritty says: "Mr. Murder was written about my best friend Matt who passed away last year. He was one of the most influential people for me growing up and throughout my music career.
"The song was originally written in tribute to him and his unbelievable strength and passion for life. He left us unexpectedly before I could show him the song. It was supposed to be a surprise, almost a thank you to him for helping in more ways than he knew."
36 Crazyfists' Brock Lindow guests on the track. Garritty adds: "Brock and Matt were friends as well, so it seemed fitting that this would be the song he sang on." Check out the songhere.
Leon says of Break Out: "The song is about staying true to yourself and questioning the establishment – be that religion, the government or anything else which constrains the human spirit.
"Of course, in typical White Wizzard tradition, our video is a very tongue-in-cheek take on that message and we had a real blast making it." Watch the new videohere.
Multi-instrumentalist and producer Reed is joined by Toto and Mike Oldfield drummer Simon Phillips on the follow-up to 2014's Sanctuary - which was Reed's personal tribute to Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells and saw him playing all the instruments himself.
He has produced, mixed and engineered Sanctuary II himself once again, with help from the original Tubular Bells production team of Tom Newman and Simon Heyworth.
Reed says: "There's a well-known interview with Mike Oldfield in which he said that he was so disappointed that nobody had carried the torch forward that he had lit with Tubular Bells - creating long form music, completely hand-played with real instruments, music that relied on emotion and melody, music you could lose yourself in.
"What I am trying to do with the Sanctuary albums is to carry that ideal forward." On working with Phillips, Reed adds: "I wanted to do something different on this new album. I had played all the instruments on the first, so this time I decided to use real drums." Read more and watch the trailerhere.
Porcaro says: "I've always been writing and recording over the years, hoping to find homes for these songs with other artists. Lately, I've been reminded repeatedly how short life is, and I think it's finally sinking in and with the encouragement of my band, family and fans, I decided it was time to remove my excuses, throw down, let go and finish these songs the way I hear them."
The album features Porcaro on lead vocals for seven tracks and guest singers Michael McDonald on Swing Street and Night Of Our Own, Jamie Kimmett on She's So Sky and Face Of A Girl, Michael Sherwood on Make Up and Mabvuto Carpenter on Painting By Numbers. Read morehere.
Leach makes the revelation on Loudwire's popular Wikipedia: Fact Or Fiction series: "I was a really antisocial, strange person back then so I don't really remember much of the first show.
"I was the kind of person who would go play a show and just disappear. I didn't like talking to people. I was a really annoying person back then. I was a jackass when I was young."
Killswitch Engage are currently on the road across the US in support of their seventh album Incarnate. They'll also support Bullet For My Valentine on their upcoming UK winter tour. Watch the episode and see the tour dateshere.
The band was honored at the event alongside fellow inductees Cheap Trick, Steve Miller, Chicago and N.W.A. The ceremony inducted most of Deep Purple's first three lineups into the Hall, including Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Ritchie Blackmore, Rod Evans, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.
As expected, Blackmore did not attend the ceremony following word that the present day lineup of the group refused to perform with former members at the event.
Metallica drummer and hardcore fan Lars Ulrich delivered the induction speech, recalling his discovery of the group in 1973 at the age of 9 while offering praise to each of the group's 8 inductees and 14 members overall.
"With almost no exceptions," said Ulrich, "every hard rock band in the last 40 years, including mine, traces its lineage directly back to Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple."
Frontman Ian Gillan began the acceptance speeches by giving a shout out to every member in the band's history, adding, "You know, this is not really for us. I think this award is very much for families and business connections, our crew and our friends who have been absolutely amazing, watching for over 50 years."
Drummer Ian Paice thanked fans, friends and family as the lone surviving original member of Deep Purple since their formation in 1968. "I'm the guy who has been there from the beginning," said Paice. "I've seen it all. And when I say I've seen it all, I mean it. The good, the bad, the crazy, the stuff where we go, 'How the hell did we get into that situation?'
"Bands are a weird conglomeration of people. You can work together, and you can create wonderful things, and then you find that you can't deal with each other. You can see a way out, you just can't get there. You look back, and you wonder how you can be so stupid. But you come again, so there's nothing better."
The present day lineup of Deep Purple - including non-inductees Steve Morse and Don Airey - performed a mini-set featuring "Highway Star", a snippet of Booker T. & the M.G.'s "Green Onions", their Billy Joe Royal cover of "Hush", and "Smoke On The Water." Watch video of Lars Ulrich and the Deep Purple speecheshere.
The rare intimate concert before a packed house served as the official launch of the band's 2016 reunion tour. The original members were rounded out with a lineup that included longtime GNR members Richard Fortus on guitar, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Frank Ferrer alongside new addition, keyboardist Melissa Reese.
The 17-song set featured material from the band's classic era, a pair of tracks from 2008's "Chinese Democracy", and covers of tunes by The Who, Paul McCartney & Wings, Bob Dylan, and The Damned.
The surprise club show was offered in sync with the official announcement of the band's summer stadium tour of North America. Read more and watch the video footagehere.
Kid Rock was on hand to induct the Rockford, IL band, declaring "When disco and soft rock had taken over our radio - thank God I wasn't alive then - they were exactly what we needed, a garage band in sheep's clothing. They had a punk soul, a pop heartbeat and Beatles ambitions."
Cheap Trick reunited with estranged drummer Bun E. Carlos for the evening; he left the touring lineup in 2010 and was replaced by guitarist Rick Nielsen's son Daxx.
Carlos took his turn at the microphone during acceptance speeches by the four original members, including frontman Robin Zander, who said "Our fans really deserve this honor more than anyone for sticking up for us as long as they have. I know that's been rough over the years, but most of all, thanks to this band, Cheap Trick, for giving me the life I've always dreamed of and our families for putting up with this for over 40 years."
Cheap Trick then performed three of their many classics, including "I Want You To Want Me", "Dream Police" and "Surrender", before hosting the traditional end-of-evening all-star jam with all of the inductees on the Fats Domino track "Ain't That A Shame." Check out the videoshere.
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