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Blondie, Black Sabbath & More Inducted into Hall of Fame

March 13: This Day in Rock History

In 2006 – Blondie, The Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Miles Davis are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Blondie’s performance is marred when several old members of the band try to rush the stage.

In 1970 – Police fear a Beatles connection when a terrorist organization calling itself Revolutionary Force 9 takes credit for three bombings in New York.

And in 1966 – Rod Stewart leaves Steampacket to go solo.

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Steve Smith: Perry Passed the Torch’ to Arnel Pineda at Hall of Fame

After 12 years, Steve Perry joined his former Journey band members on stage to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. According to drummer Steve Smith, when Perry decided not to sing, he “passed the torch” to the band’s current vocalist Arnel Pineda.


Smith spoke to Las Vegas Weekly and discussed the level of interaction he had with Perry during the HOF induction. “Whatever you saw onstage was it! I think some of the guys saw him backstage for a little bit, but I just saw him onstage. It was great to see him. He was very gracious. I thought he gave a beautiful speech, thanking the band, the management and the fans. And also he acknowledged Arnel, which was really a beautiful moment. It really makes it clear that he’s passing the torch to Arnel. He’s the lead singer in Journey and he’s doing an amazing job. He’s a tremendous singer and a really compelling frontman.”
On the subject of speculation that Perry had considered singing at the induction, Smith said: “There’s really not much of a story there. We asked him if he wanted to sing, and he declined – he said no, but that he would be there.”


2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony Date and Location Revealed

The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a huge success, and the Hall has already begun their planning for 2018.

The Rock Hall has announced plans to return to Cleveland at the Public Hall on April 14th, 2018.  This will continue the pattern of returning to Cleveland every three years; it was most recently held there in 2015, and previously in 2012 and 2009.

A press release also announced “a series of events” that will surround the induction. Attendees of the induction will experience a community celebration including free admission to the Rock Hall and 2018 inductee exhibit.
This will be the 33rd annual induction.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reveals Presenters For Journey and ELO

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place on April 7th, and the Hall has revealed more of the presenters and performers set to appear at the induction ceremony in Brooklyn.

Rolling Stone reports that Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) will be inducted by Dhani Harrison. This comes from the long-time friendship and collaboration between Dhani’s father, George Harrison, and ELO’s Jeff Lynne.

Pat Monahan, frontman of Train, will be on hand to induct Journey.

The Rock Hall’s most recent announcements come after earlier word that Neil Young, Rush, and Jackson Browne would be on hand as presenters. Young will be inducting his buddies Pearl Jam, Rush welcomes Yes to the Hall, and Browne will be brought to the stage to induct Baez.


Also on tap for the night, is a special Rock Hall tribute to Prince, performed by Lenny Kravitz. It is assumed that the tribute will include some of Kravitz’s favorite Prince songs. “Not to be dramatic or overly sensitive, but I really feel like a piece of me died,” Kravitz wrote after Prince’s death last year. “He was a mentor and then someone I got to know as a friend and play with. So when he left, a part of me really went too.”



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