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Celebrity Sightings: Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, David Arquette, Seether and Neon Trees tour the Rock Hall

Tuesday, May 31: 12:07 p.m.
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Each year, more than 100 musicians, celebrities and artists tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. This past holiday weekend, we were pleased to welcome actors David Arquette and Danny DeVito along with his wife actress Rhea Perlman, as well as the bands Seether and Neon Trees to the Museum.

Check out photos from their tours at the Museum below! (You really never know who you might run into while you're here!)

Danny DeVito
President and CEO of the Rock Hall Terry Stewart, actress Rhea Perlman, actor and director Danny DeVito, and Rock Hall exhibitions coordinator Shelby Morrison at the Museum on Saturday, May 28, 2011. Of his visit to the Museum, DeVito called the Rock Hall "far out..you gotta see this" via his Twitter page.


Actor David Arquette (center) toured the Rock Hall with a friend (left) and Terry Stewart (right) on Friday, May 27, 2011. Arquette particularly enjoyed the Museum's Elvis exhibit pictured here and also on the actor's Twitter page.


Rock band Seether visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday, May 27, 2011 for the first time while touring through Cleveland. Of the items in the Museum, singer Shaun ...


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Rock Hall President & CEO Terry Stewart honors Record Store Day with a discount on vinyl at the Rock Hall's museum store

Friday, April 15: 3:42 p.m.
Posted by Terry Stewart
Record Store Day is Saturday, April 16, 2011.

I can’t believe I forgot again….

Tomorrow is National Record Store Day!  As you can guess, this should be my favorite holiday right behind Christmas and Thanksgiving.  Seeing as how I have hundreds of thousands of records and I buy vinyl every day on-line...what was I thinking…..or not thinking?

This is a long winded way of getting to the fact that the Museum has one of the best record stores in the mid-west.  Our selection of vinyl is prodigious and includes 45s and LPs, reissues and new, picture discs, etc.  And I’ll bet that a lot of you did not know that.  Of course, our selection of CDs is also unparalleled in this part of the world.

All that said, I urge you to stop in tomorrow at the Museum….see some of the new exhibits that are a result of our renovation and purchase some music….in either digital (CD) or analog (records) format.

And not that you need any more incentive other than the new stuff in the Museum, let me offer up a 10% discount for all vinyl purchases*.

If I don’t see you at some of my favorite places like Blue ...


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Rock Hall President Terry Stewart Shares His Favorite Rock and Roll Holiday Songs

Thursday, December 17: 12 p.m.
Posted by Terry Stewart
Terry Stewart shares some of his favorite holiday songs at Rock and Roll Night School on December 16

Man oh Man was last night’s holiday edition of Rock and Roll Night School fun! And we all learned so much about a very special niche of music. In fact, we are thinking about doing this again and maybe streaming the program online. So……anybody out there, let us know if this would be something you would like to participate in…and if you can’t make it in person, consider possibly participating online or via the phone.

Below you’ll find a list of my favorite rock and roll holiday songs. Also, feel free to comment on all of the lists if you were here last night. Most importantly, let us know if we missed any holiday songs by Inductees.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Come to Cleveland!

27.) Merry Christmas – Lightning Hopkins
26.) Christmas Presents – Solomon Burke
25.) Not So Merry Christmas – Bobby Vee
24.) There’s Trouble Brewing – Jack Scott
23.) Chipmunk Song – Canned Heat and the Chipmunks
22.) Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy – Buck Owens
21.) Man with all the Toys – The Beach Boys
20.) Papa Noel – Brenda Lee
19.) Chinchy Old Scrooge – Phil Moore
18.) Jingle Jangle – The Penguins
17.) Christmas in ...


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Remembering “Rock and Roll Reviver” Richard Nader

Thursday, December 10: 9:20 p.m.
Posted by Terry Stewart
Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock Hall

As the world turns and we get further and further away from those early days of rock and roll…or the Big Bang Period as I often refer to it…it seems that we lose another pioneer almost daily.  This week is a sad one as we mourn the passing of a man who drew attention back to a whole generation of artists, many of which continue to shine brightly today.  I speak of Richard Nader, the impresario of the “Rock and Roll Revival Shows” which featured all of the great acts that at that time were only 10 or so years from their heyday…but had been shoved into the shadows, obscured by the British Invasion, the rise of folk rock, the advent of the summer of love and the psychedelic craze that followed and so on.  I speak of Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, the Five Satins, the Moonglows, the Penguins, Jackie Wilson, the Shirelles, the Platters and many more.

The Rock and Roll Revival Shows held at Madison Square Garden were a huge success with almost all of the original 25 selling out in this mother of all venues.  I was lucky enough to be at ...


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Rock Hall Inductee Jerry Wexler’s Life and Legacy Celebrated

Thursday, November 5: 2:56 p.m.
Posted by Terry Stewart
The Rock Hall's Atlantic Records exhibition case in the Main Exhibit Hall.

While the Rock Hall team was in New York for the 25th Anniversary Concerts, a celebration of the late Jerry Wexler’s life and his legacy was held at the Director’s Guild.  This tribute was a lively event meant to rejoice in all of the music that Hall of Fame Inductee Jerry was responsible for or had touched in his inimitable way.

Jerry’s daughter and son, Lisa and Paul, got it started with a few words about their Dad. Both discussed how much he meant to each of them and what a powerful influence he had been on their lives as well as so many others in the music industry.

The program was divided into two parts: first, speakers who gave personal remembrances; and second, a group of performers doing renditions of songs that Jerry produced and/or loved…..or both.

Many of the speakers gave testimony as to what Jerry had meant to their lives.  Several talked of his being a “rabbi” of sorts.  David Ritz,  who co-authored Jerry’s autobiography and is the dean of musical biographers, even provided the audience with some very specific legal advice that Jerry had proffered in response to one of ...


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Hanson Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Wednesday, October 7: 4:25 p.m.
Posted by Terry Stewart
Hanson visit the Rock Hall.

Rock Hall President and CEO Terry Stewart talks with Hanson about Chuck Berry, Leon Russell and more.

Had a great visit with some old (relatively speaking) friends of the Museum, Hanson.  These guys are incredible music lovers and self-described music geeks.  They first toured the museum almost 10 years ago when they had their break-out record.  Since then they’ve been back several times.  Yesterday they were doing a short performance and signing of their new book. Then they came down to our offices and we had a conversation about how much they love classic rock and the artists from the 50s like Chuck Berry.  In turn, it led to an interesting discussion about an artist who has a lot of influence on them, Leon Russell.  They wanted to know about the nominating process because they know I’m on the committee. I explained to them that Leon is an tremendously gifted musician, singer, producer, etc.  and really qualifies in two categories – Performer and Sidemen.  In fact, during the past year, we received numerous communications from fans and inductees and others lobbying for his induction in either of these categories. We spent some time talking about his varied and long ...


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Todd Rundgren Unveils His New Spotlight Exhibit and Meets with Fans

Monday, September 14: 5:02 p.m.
Posted by Terry Stewart
Hundreds of fans line up to meet Todd Rundgren and members of Utopia at the Rock Hall.

photo caption two: Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock Hall (right), poses with Todd Rundgren in front of his exhibit.

Labor Day was an exciting day for Cleveland and the Rock Hall. Todd Rundgren came to town to kick off the first two dates of his A Wizard / A True Star album tour.  While in town, he also wanted to come by the Museum for the unveiling of his new spotlight exhibit which features a number of artifacts to tell the story of his career, including his Back to the Bars stage outfit and Patti Smith’s “Star Fever” poem, which was included in the first issues of A Wizard / A True Star. In addition to seeing his exhibit, Todd took time to see and meet his fans.

It was an exciting time in the Museum for fans to see an artist up close and an incredible amount of people stopped in for a photo and autograph.  It’s hard to really capture the excitement of the people who came to the Rock Hall from all around the world to meet Todd Rundgren.

Along with Todd were his two of his band mates from Utopia, Kasim Sulton and ...


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Johnnie Carter’s Voice Lives On

Wednesday, September 2: 5:09 p.m.
Posted by Terry Stewart
The Dells. L-R: Mickey McGill, Chuck Barksdale, Marvin Junior, Johnnie Carter, Vern Allison

As many of you may know, I’ve always felt strongly about the Dells and their place in the history of rock and roll. This past Sunday, I attended a memorial service in honor of the passing of two-time Rock Hall Inductee John Edward Carter.  It was a wonderful evening, but a very sad occasion. Best known as one of the greatest tenor voices in popular music, Carter was a founding member of the Flamingos and a member of the Dells – the longest running vocal group in history with virtually the same members throughout their career.

Carter’s memorial service was held at Bethlehem Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Harvey, Illinois. The crowd that came to pay respect to the late singer overflowed from the church and into a side room where the two-hour service was also simulcast. Numerous personal tributes and proclamations were read along with several moving musical performances. Among one of the most memorable was that of Gerald Alston of the Manhattans, who performed “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” a gospel hymn that brought the crowd to their feet singing in a joyous outpouring of emotion. An explosive eulogy was delivered by Elder John Holley.

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