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Blood, Punk and The Curse of The Damned

Friday, August 21: 12 p.m.
Posted by Wes Orshoski

English punk rockers the Damned in 1977 in front of Stiff Records office photo by Ian Dickson

“Wanna die today? Wanna die today?” The Damned’s Captain Sensible and I are standing on a secluded stretch of sidewalk in Croydon, South London, just a stone’s throw from his childhood home, and we’re being mugged.

All in the span of two, maybe three seconds, someone’s unsuccessfully attempted to yank the Canon 5D camera off my shoulder, and now we’ve both spun around and are being barked at by a man gesturing to his left pocket, where he appears to be concealing a blade. “Wanna die today? Wanna die today?” he says as his eyes scan for passersby. 

It only takes Captain Sensible a half-second to realize that, actually, no, today isn’t a good day to die. And he bolts off down the road, disappearing around the corner, all six-plus-feet of him. I quickly realize I’m not going to be able to outrun this guy, so I make a beeline for my rental car parked about 100 yards away. Best I can hope for is to beat him to the car, toss the camera in the back and get the fuck out of there.

We’re told from an early age that if ...


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Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco talks Weezer, Springsteen, Journey, Nirvana and AP

Friday, July 24: 12:59 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall

Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco interivew APMAS Alternative Press Exhibit Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Cleveland, Ohio

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Tell us about some of the artists, bands who really influenced you…

Brendon Urie: Weezer… huge influence on me. I learned to play drums to the blue album [Weezer]. When I got that… I took it from my sister; I just had the cassette, and I remember just popping it in my boom box (that was still a thing, kids) and… I would just put on my really shitty headphones, and just kind of try to like… I had to tape them up, just so that they didn’t move, and just playing along for six hours. I would just listen to that album constantly. So, I mean every one of those songs… I wanted to start surfing, because of [“Surf Wax America”]… I wanted to live how they were describing their songs… how Rivers was, you know… and then later I would learn like, he’s this English major, went to college for literature and stuff… just a super smart guy. So, everything he’s singing about is a personal experience that’s true, and that really, truly affected me and songwriting as I got older. I wanted to do that, I wanted ...


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Alternative Press Founder Mike Shea Says "Screw It"

Monday, July 20: 4 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall

interview with Alternative Press founder and editor Mike Shea Cleveland, Ohio, Rock Hall exhibit 30th anniversary

When Alternative Press was founded in 1985, mainstream music publications just didn't cover music on the fringes – punk, new wave, hardcore. That music had yet to be labeled "alternative," and its fans had few sources for information. Alternative Press set out to change that.

Truly a magazine written by and for diehard music fans, Alternative Press celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2015. The Rock Hall caught up with Alternative Press founder Mike Shea to talk about why he was angry about the Smiths, the earliest days of AP, punk rock clubs, an offer from Madonna and finally saying "screw it."

Never Give Up: Alternative Press Magazine at 30 opens at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 21, 2015.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Why did you start Alternative Press?

Mike Shea: I started AP because two things: I was bored, and also, I was angry. I was really mad because the Smiths, in 1985, were not coming to Cleveland. They were touring the U.S., and they didn’t have a Cleveland gig, and I was upset about that and I wanted to know why. So, the short of it is… I ...


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Sneak Peek of the 2015 Rock Hall Induction Performances with Green Day, Joan Jett and More!

Friday, May 29: 4:25 p.m.
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2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The 30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place on April 18, 2015 at Cleveland's Public Hall and the exclusive HBO premiere broadcasts Saturday, May 30 at 8 pm ET!

Sneak peek of the HBO premiere:

Bill Withers Sings "Lean On Me" with Stevie Wonder and John Legend

 

Joan Jett Sings "Crimson and Clover" with Tommy James, Dave Grohl and Miley Cyrus

 

Double Trouble performs "Pride and Joy" with Jimmie Vaughan, John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr.and Doyle Bramhall II

 

Green Day performs "American Idiot"


The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees are (click links for more Hall of Fame stories!):

Special presenters this year include Hall of Fame Inductees Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Steve Cropper and Patti Smith, as well as Peter Wolf, Fall Out Boy and John Mayer.

The star-studded performances this year include Beck, Dave Grohl, Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Walsh, Tom Morello, John Legend, Jimmie Vaughan and more!

2015 special marks the fourth year HBO has presented the Rock and Roll Hall of ...


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A Moving Tribute to the Late Lou Reed at the 2015 Hall of Fame Inductions

Monday, April 20: 12 p.m.
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Laurie Anderson accepts Hall of Fame Induction for Lou Reed at 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

"It’s wonderful to be here in Cleveland, and Lou would've loved this," said Laurie Anderson, 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Lou Reed's widow. "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the place where the names of great musicians become completely magic words – Buddy Holly, Little Richard, the Coasters. And now, Lou Reed is one of those magic words."

Click to see photos from the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 18, 2015!

Karen O Lou Reed tribute at 2015 Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyAnderson's speech followed an extraordinarily moving induction by Lou Reed's friend and fellow Hall of Fame Inductee Patti Smith. "His consciousness infiltrated and illuminated our cultural voice," she said. "Lou was a poet, able to fold his poetry within his music in the most poignant and plainspoken manner.

"True poets must often stand alone. As a poet, he must be counted as a solitary artist. And so, Lou, thank you for brutally and benevolently injecting your poetry into music."

The speeches were complemented by two powerful tribute performances: Karen O and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs did a brilliant version of "Vicious," the opening track on Reed's classic ...


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Green Day Delivers Punk Rock Blast of Dookie-era Hits

Sunday, April 19: 3:30 a.m.
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"Everything you guys do is punk rock in the sense that you’ve never gone the easy route, the obvious route, the safe route," said Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz inducting Green Day. "You’ve never repeated yourselves, you’ve never done anything to please the suits…  Like Queen, the Who or the Clash, the best bands go on to defy and define the labels they get saddled with…the best bands are legend on record and onstage.

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Green Day Basket Case Live at Cleveland Induction Ceremony

"This is a band that’s so in tune with their audience that they let a random kid onstage and play in the band, in arenas" added Wentz. "They literally fulfill that improbable daydream every kid has playing onstage with their favorite band."

A confessed diehard fan, Fall Out Boy singer and guitarist Patrick Stump said: "Billie Joe’s signature snarl and strong, sarcastic lyrics, that eternally youthful voice, those bright, open chord structures. The way a silhouette of him playing guitar would be as recognizable a posture to any punk rock kid as Michael Jordan's mid-air dunk is to sports fans."

After accepting their Inductee honors, the guys from Green Day – Tré Cool, Mike Dirnt and Billie Joe Armstrong ...


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Dave Grohl joins Joan Jett and the Blackhearts for Surprise Induction Performance

Saturday, April 18: 11:54 a.m.
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Rock Hall 2015 Induction Performance Joan Jett and the Blackhearts with Dave Grohl

"At first, having this honor to induct Joan Jett into the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was overwhelming," said Miley Cyrus. "There was so much that I could say and she just had a life in music that is rare. She's had a career that's decades long. She's been the first to do many things and not just as a woman, but just as a badass babe on the planet."

Not long into the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna, Dougie Needles, Thommy Price and Gary Ryan – were joined on stage by 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Dave Grohl, of Foo Fighters fame.

"Rock and roll, I think, is my entire life," said Jett from the Induction stage. "I come from a place where rock and roll means something more than music, more than fashion, more than a good pose.  It's a subculture of integrity, rebellion, alienation and the glue that set several generations free of societal and self-suppression.''

Joan Jett 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Click to see photos from the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 18 ...


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The Rock Hall's Guide to the Essential Lou Reed Songs

Wednesday, April 15: 9 a.m.
Posted by Jason Hanley

As both a member of The Velvet Underground and a solo artist, 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Lou Reed transformed music forever with his uncompromised and daring artistic vision that has influenced artists for decades, from David Bowie to U2 to Arcade Fire. Here are my picks for Lou Reed essential tracks.

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Lou Reed

“Walk on the Wild Side”
Off 1972's Transformer (produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson), “Walk on the Wild Side” was Reed’s first hit after the Velvet Underground broke up and remains his most well know tune till this day. The lyrics of the song told the story of people Reed knew from the Andy Warhol/Factory days, while the iconic bass line has been sampled numerous times in everything from hip-hop to electronica.

“Satellite of Love”
This song was originally demoed by the Velvet Underground in 1970 as a possible track for the Loaded album but was eventually rejected. The lyrics are sung from the point of view of a man who is watching a space launch on TV and simultaneously reflecting on his unfaithful girlfriend. The end of the song features a fantastic vocal arrangement performed by Reed and David Bowie ...


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