Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chrissie Hynde visited the Museum this afternoon.
Hynde was in town with her band JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys who perform live tonight at the Grog Shop. But first, a stop to the Rock Hall's Alan Freed studio for an on-air interview and live performance on V 107.3. The group talked about Chrissie and JP's first meeting, collaborating on their new album Fidelty! in Havana, Chrissie's restaurant The Vegiterranean in Akron and more. Click here to listen to the interview.
Related: Chrissie Hynde performs at the Rock Hall's 2007 American Music Masters tribute concert honoring Jerry Lee Lewis.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Solomon Burke was called the “king of rock and soul” only a few years into his career, and decades later his title remains unquestionably valid. A true musical pioneer, his voice was one that brought what we now call rock and roll to the masses, bridging the gap between races, musical genres and even geography. It’s with deep sadness that we now mourn his loss, but his musical legacy will never be forgotten in shaping American history and influencing generations to come.
Related: Solomon Burke: biography, timeline, song clips and photos
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Steven Tyler and Joey Kramer of Aerosmith stopped by the Rock Hall yesterday and toured the Museum.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Clem Burke of Blondie toured the Museum today!
One of my favorite New Orleans words is "lagniappe." Pronounced "lan-yap," it means something extra, a bonus. It can also be defined as an unexpected gift.
For me, this year’s American Music Masters series honoring Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew has been nothing but lagniappe. Having moved to Cleveland from New Orleans about a year and a half ago, I’m beyond excited to celebrate the music and spirit of my former hometown, and to pay homage to one of the greatest partnerships in rock and roll history. The line-up for the tribute concert on November 13th alone is phenomenal, not to mention the week’s worth of events that precede it. This is not to be missed – believe me.
The real gift to me, however, came last week when I was able to connect with a seventh-grade class at the Intercultural Charter School of New Orleans East, with an On the Road distance-learning program on Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, and New Orleans rock and roll. Working with teachers at the school and with KID smART, a local arts integration education initiative, we were able to present a special interactive video-conferencing class just to them, and just for them ...
Over the past few weeks I have traveled to New Orleans several times and had the chance to see Dr. John perform live at Lafayette Square, play with the band Widespread Panic, and even sit next to him as he played in a small rehearsal studio just west of the French Quarter. Each time my eyes were fixed on his hands as he moved them effortlessly across the keys. What an amazing player; Dr. John holds the history of New Orleans piano music in his head and the soul of the sound in his hands.
The reason I’ve seen him so many times is that Dr. John and his band, the Lower 911, will be the house band for the upcoming American Music Masters Tribute to Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. It is a perfect combination: Dr. John leading the band that will honor one of the giants of rock and roll piano, Fats Domino. As you can imagine I have been thinking a lot about the music of New Orleans, the piano style of Fats Domino, and the rhythms of Mardi Gras. What makes Fats’ music so exciting is the way it blends together several major musical ideas ...
Twenty-two years ago, December 6, 1988, rock and roll legend Roy Orbison passed away from a heart attack. Orbison was then at the height of his career with two albums in Billboard’s Top 5, Mystery Girl and The Travelling Wilburys. He left behind one of history’s greatest musical legacies.
Since his untimely passing, not a day goes by without a glimpse of Roy Orbison’s lasting influence, from his iconic sunglasses to his romantic, unforgettable voice singing some of rock and roll’s most famous songs. The lyrics he wrote echo what millions have felt. What would the world be like without “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Only the Lonely,” “Crying,” “In Dreams,” “Blue Bayou,” and “You Got It”?
Please join us at RoyOrbison.com or at Roy’s Facebook Page to celebrate the life of this great singer, songwriter, musician, husband, father, and friend. Please leave your favorite Roy Orbison memory, story, or photo in our forum. The 10 best fan submissions will be chosen and displayed on the front page of RoyOrbison.com. Winning fans will also receive exclusive items from the Roy Orbison Store.
Sony Legacy and Roy Orbison Enterprises are also gearing up a special campaign ...
It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years since John Lennon was assassinated outside of his apartment in New York City. At the time, I was running Rolling Stone magazine’s bureau in Los Angeles. I had just gotten into my car to drive home from work when a news bulletin came on the radio stating that John Lennon had been murdered. How could this happen? The world was shocked. We simply could not believe what we were hearing on the news. Here was a man who worked so hard to bring peace and love to the world, and someone kills him. We immediately dropped what we were doing at Rolling Stone, so we could put together a special issue about John. In the years since, I have been fortunate to get to know Yoko Ono, and she has been very generous to the Hall of Fame. In 2000, we did a major exhibit about John here at the Museum. Then, when we had our Hall of Fame Annex in New York, we did a big exhibit about John’s years in New York. We also have several of John’s things – his Sgt. Pepper uniform, lyric ...