Nirvana, Kiss and Hall & Oates lead the list of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2014.
The group of potential inductees announced on Tuesday night (October 15th) also includes the Replacements, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, LL Cool J, N.W.A., Link Wray, the Meters, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Yes and the Zombies. Those artists who collect the most votes will be inducted in April at a ceremony in New York City.
For the second consecutive year, members of the public are invited to vote alongside the artists, historians and music industry insiders that make up the Hall of Fame's voting body. Fans can vote until December 10th at RollingStone.com, with the top five acts compiled from those votes onto a "fan's ballot" that will count as one of the more than 600 total ballots turned in.
Still missing from the ballot are other notable acts like Cheap Trick, Todd Rundgren, Electric Light Orchestra, Boston, the Monkees, Joe Cocker, Bon Jovi, Grand Funk Railroad, Chicago, Pat Benatar, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Humble Pie, T.Rex, Styx, Free, Billy Idol, the Guess Who, Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy, Joe Walsh, the Moody Blues, Mountain, Blue Oyster Cult, Jethro Tull, Foreigner, Bad Company and many more.
Of the current list of nominees, I feel the most deserving BY A MILE would be Deep Purple!
In 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd released the album "Street Survivors," with the original cover featuring the band members engulfed in flames.
On October 20, 1977, just three days after the release of Street Survivors, and five shows into their most successful headlining tour to date, Lynyrd Skynyrd's chartered Convair CV-300 ran out of fuel near the end of their flight from Greenville, South Carolina, where they had just performed at the Greenville Memorial Auditorium, to LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Though the pilots attempted an emergency landing on a small airstrip, the plane crashed in a forest in Gillsburg, Mississippi, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray were killed on impact; the other band members (Collins, Rossington, Wilkeson, Powell, Pyle, and Hawkins), tour manager Ron Eckerman, and road crew suffered serious injuries.
Following the crash and the ensuing press, Street Survivors became the band's second platinum album and reached No. 5 on the U.S. album chart. The single "What's Your Name" reached No. 13 on the single airplay charts in January 1978.
The original cover sleeve for Street Survivors had featured a photograph of the band, particularly Steve Gaines, engulfed in flames. Out of respect for the deceased (and at the request of Teresa Gaines, Steve's widow), MCA Records withdrew the original cover and replaced it with a similar image of the band against a simple black background. Thirty years later, for the deluxe CD version of Street Survivors, the original "flames" cover was restored.
Most Americans don't look forward to returning to work on Monday mornings.
According to an online poll from Monster.com, 78 percent of worldwide respondents said they experience the "Sunday Night Blues," or the feeling of dread and anxiety that kicks in when realizing that the weekend has come to an end. Forty-seven percent reported having a "really bad" case of the "Sunday Night Blues," and 22 percent said they were happy to rejoin their colleagues for another week's work.
The country with the most prevalent cases of "Sunday Night Blues" is the U.S., with 59 percent of Americans saying they dreaded going back to their jobs. Only 19 percent of Americans reported being happy about returning to their job on Mondays.
Here's a little blues to help you with your MONDAY blues!
Nashville's historic Germantown is gearing up for the 34th Annual Oktoberfest this weekend. Featuring live German music, food and beverages, the colorful, family friendly festival attracts over 30,000 people each year.
I've never made it to Octoberfest so maybe this year will be the exception. When I think of Germany, I think of two things - BEER and The SCORPIONS!!
One week from tonight, The Eagles will be in Nashville on their 40th anniversary of The Eagles tour. As part of this jaunt, original Eagle Bernie Leadon will be joining the band for part of the show! Here's Bernie and the boys ALMOST 40 years ago with an old Eagles classic...