'Idol Top 9' perform Rock Hall of Fame hits
April 6th, 2011
08:00 PM ET

'Idol Top 9' perform Rock Hall of Fame hits

9:22 p.m. – Paul closes out the show with Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues."

Jimmy tells him he needs to sing it crazy. I'm not sure how crazy he got, but it was rockabilly fine with him on that guitar. I felt like I was for real at a concert.

Wait, did Paul just bring it? I'm going to have to rewind the DVR and peep that again.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces inductees
December 15th, 2010
03:10 PM ET

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces inductees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ready to admit a new class: Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love and Dr. John have all been inducted for 2011, the foundation announced Wednesday.

With the exception of Waits, this was a first time nomination for all of the inductees. Artists aren’t eligible for induction until 25 years have passed from the release of their first single or LP, but many in this class got their start in the 60s, except for Waits, who arrived on the scene in ’73, according to Rolling Stone.

Some of the younger nominees, like Bon Jovi, the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J – who, along with the Beastie Boys, has been nominated for induction more than once – will just have to hope for next year.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees announced
September 28th, 2010
05:19 PM ET

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees announced

Alice Cooper, the Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi and LL Cool J were some of the big nominees announced this morning for induction into the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The full list heralds other music stars like Chic, Neil Diamond, Donovan, Dr. John, J.Geils Band, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Joe Tex, Tom Waits and Chuck Willis.

Cooper was thrilled with his nomination and told CNN, "We are honored to be nominated for induction in to the Hall. Anytime you are nominated in your chosen profession, it's definitely a compliment to be recognized."

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March 15th, 2010
10:13 AM ET

Most shocking Rock & Roll Hall of Fame snubs

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Clearly making it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has very little to do with popularity.

At tonight's ceremony, ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, The Hollies and the Stooges will each receive their well deserved induction. This honor is given out annually to inductees selected by a voting committee from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible to be inducted 25 years after their first recording is released.

But what's more interesting is the growing list of artists and groups who get passed over each year, despite record sales, reputation in the industry and lobbying from fans around the world. FULL POST

October 30th, 2009
08:36 AM ET

Rock and Roll wrap up


Producer Doug Ganley blogging from backstage at Madison Square Garden where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert took place Thursday night.

A long night at Madison Square Garden wrapped up close to 1:30 on Friday morning with Bruce Springsteen belting out "Born to Run" with Billy Joel.

The concert started late and the sets were pretty long.

Take Stevie Wonder who was on stage for more than an hour and told the crowd that he was there to “turn this mother out!”

There were some moments that definitely stood out for me at the end of the night.
Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon arm in arm performing some of their biggest hits. Garfunkel said backstage that he and Simon had “a lovely falling back together again,” after their long feud.
Stevie Wonder, John Legend, and BB King singing “The Thrill is Gone” definitely riled up the audience as well.
But Bruce Springsteen took the cake. He came out on stage just before midnight and played until well after 1 am.

This is not a young crowd, and I’m sure at least some of them had to be at work in the morning, but it looked like they kept the place pretty full through Bruce’s set.

They were flying when Bruce brought out Sam Moore to sing “Hold On I'm Coming.” You may not recognize Moore’s name (he's from the duo Sam & Dave) but you’ve heard his voice, which Bruce called “one of the best voices of all time.”

The crowd  got louder when the Boss was joined by John Fogerty for “Fortunate Son” and “Proud Mary.”

But the favorite moment for the New York audience came when Bruce discussed his theory of continental drift and how that separated Long Island and New Jersey.

To reunite the two, he held a “Bridge and Tunnel Summit,” with Long Island’s own Billy Joel. The term comes from how people, who live in New York City, disdainfully refer to their suburban neighbors. Everyone loved the pair singing Joel’s hit “New York State of Mind.”

As the concert wrapped up,  even the celebrities discovered that it can be tough to get out of the Garden. As I walked out I saw Shania Twain trying to get past some determined autograph seekers and into her car.

The concert will air on HBO November 29th, after it’s edited down and combined with another show starring Metallica and U2 scheduled for Friday night.

One of the persistent topics backstage was what bands will eventually wind up in the Rock Hall of Fame. So I’ll put it out to you, what acts do you think should be enshrined in the Cleveland museum?

October 30th, 2009
12:40 AM ET

Heavy hitters take the stage at Madison Square Garden

Producer Doug Ganley blogging from backstage at Madison Square Garden where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert took place Thursday night.

The first highlight of the night came when Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel took the stage arm in arm. The audience loved renditions of "Sounds of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson" and "Bridge over Troubled Water."  They walked off to a standing ovation from the crowd and gave one last encore with "Cecelia."

Crosby, Stills and Nash followed with a good set and some assistance from Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor. David Crosby told us backstage that they are able to keep their songs fresh because, "We don't remember how we did it last time."

The crowd is into it, but definitely skews a little older. With all of the grey hair out there, I bet this is one of the only nights at Madison Square Garden where the beer vendors haven't asked anyone to show an I.D.

Bonnie Raitt told us that she was having a ball. "The hallways are happening" she said, "I wish this could last a month."

Stevie Wonder just took the stage, and after battling technical problems started off with a cover of "Blowing in the Wind." Covers seem to be a theme tonight because Crosby Stills and Nash say they're going into the studio tomorrow to do an album of covers.

Which brings to mind the question what's your favorite cover?

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