Today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced the Alice Cooper Band, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits as its 2011 performer inductees. Also being inducted this year as individual recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award are Jac Holzman and Art Rupe. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award for Recording Excellence (previously the Sidemen category) will be presented to Leon Russell. The 26th annual ceremony will take place on Monday, March 14, 2011, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and be broadcast on Fuse, Madison Square Garden’s national music television network.
“We are pleased to welcome these artists and executives into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President and CEO Joel Peresman. “They truly represent the variety of people that have defined and continue to influence music and the business of Rock and Roll.”
The performer Inductees are:
· Alice Cooper Band
· Neil Diamond
· Dr. John
· Darlene Love
· Tom Waits
Ahmet Ertegun Award recipients (nonperformers):
· Jac Holzman
· Art Rupe
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award for Recording Excellence (previously the Sidemen category):
· Leon Russell
The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall ...
My favorite Christmas present arrived by email: a photo of a smiling Antoine “Fats” Domino in his home in Louisiana, holding his 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame American Music Masters Award. Domino’s daughter sent it to us in December. We wish Fats could have made it to Cleveland in November, but we all stayed in touch over the week with photos and streaming video and text messages, so it felt like Fats and his family were close by. This year’s program honoring Fats and Dave Bartholomew was a great success—it brought together all the Museum’s resources: exhibits, classes for students and adults, distance learning classes to New Orleans, interviews, a conference, and a course the great tribute concert—topped off with the Rebirth Brass Band playing in the lobby of the Palace Theater. We just couldn’t say good night too soon! You can see photos from the week and some videos from the conference here.
The New Orleans music magazine Off Beat will be honoring Dave Bartholomew with a Lifetime Achievement Award later this month, and they just published a great story on Dave and American Music Masters, written by Domino’s biographer ...
I'm just back from a great trip to Oklahoma City to see Wanda Jackson. Wanda and her husband Wendell invited me down to her homecoming concert at the ACM@UCO. It was a great celebration of her fantastic new album, The Party Ain't Over, produced by Jack White. The album is exploding everywhere. It’s wonderful to see Wanda getting so much attention—she’s appeared on The Conan O’Brien Show, The David Letterman Show, and was the subject of a wonderful New York Times profile last week. Since being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, she’s hasn’t rested on her laurels—she’s out there breaking new ground under Jack White’s guidance as a producer. Wanda told me how much she enjoyed working with Jack (she calls him the “velvet brick”)--she was especially happy with the band and the horn section that he put together for her.
I had the great privilege of introducing Wanda at the show, which gave me a chance to talk about how much she’s meant to me since I first heard “Fujiyama Mama.” It was a high energy show--Wanda looked ...
Over the next few weeks, NPR's David C. Barnett will showcase a different inductee from this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of inductees on Morning Edition.
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On the last day of the Rock Hall's From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen exhibit run, Bruce himself paid a surprise visit to the Museum to see the exhibit in its final hours and meet and greet with fans on February 27, 2011.
Click the slideshow below for this behind-the-scenes tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum with Bruce Springsteen!
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