Rock Hall Induction 2014: Inside the Fights, Performances, Kiss’ Wrath

Hall of Fame CEO Joel Peresman gives Rolling Stone an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at music’s biggest event of the year

SOURCE: Rolling Stone

(as previously reported in their 40-year KISStory it was not till 2014 KISS made the cover of Rolling Stone. I wonder if Gene sent 5 copies to his mother.- az)

It’s less than a week until the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and the organizations’s President and CEO Joel Peresman is having trouble getting a good night’s sleep. “Some nights I wake up at 4 a.m. and write down notes for the next day,” he says from his midtown Manhattan office. “There are so many elements to deal with beyond what’s on the stage. I have to deal with seating, selling tickets, the various parties involved with the show and the logistics of getting people and equipment in and out of the venue. We have a great production team, but I have to be aware of all these little elements.”

He’s also had to deal with the wrath of Kiss frontman Paul Stanley, who has gone very public with his anger over the Hall of Fame’s decision to only induct the band’s original lineup. “I don’t need the Hall of Fame,” Stanley told Rolling Stone. “And if there’s not reciprocity, I’m not interested. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, practically every member was inducted, and virtually all 175 members of the Grateful Dead. Rules need to apply to everybody.”


“I don’t like all the sniping back and forth, though mostly it’s been forth,” says Peresman. “And I totally understand his point of view. What he’s failing to understand is that there are certain acts that are nominated and brought in on their entire body of work, up until the day before the nominating committee meets. They are still evolving bands that are breaking new ground. With Kiss, there wasn’t a single person we spoke to that didn’t feel the reason these guys were being inducted was because of the four original members. It’s an incredibly unique situation. I can’t think of another band, outside of Gwar, that has members that are dressed up in costumes. You basically have these new members that are replicating exactly and playing the music that was created by the two other members that are being inducted.”

Kiss has invited current members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer to sit at their table, along with former guitarist Bruce Kulick. “I appreciate how Tommy and Eric have filled in and the way they do things,” says Peresman. “They are fine musicians and I’m sure they’re lovely guys, but they are basically replicating the two members that are getting inducted. How could we have asked Ace and Peter to accept the award and then have other people in their guise playing their music? They probably wouldn’t have even come. They were very clear about that. . .Frankly, I’m really, really happy that Kiss are being inducted. It should have happened a while ago. The four of them will get up, accept their award, say what they want to say and then we’ll move on.”

The drama around Kiss has dominated press coverage of the Hall of Fame during the past few months, but they’re only one part of an evening set to also honor Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Hall & Oates, Nirvana, the E Street Band, Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham. “With the exception of Linda Ronstadt and Kiss, everyone is performing,” says Peresman. “Cat Stevens is going to play on his own and with Paul Shaffer’s band. There’s a tribute to Linda Ronstadt – who won’t be attending the show – featuring Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood and Sheryl Crow that’ll also use Paul Shaffer’s band. Peter Gabriel is playing with his own group, though Pino Palladino will be on bass because his regular bassist, Tony Levin, will be on a prog rock cruise.”

The exact plans for Nirvana’s performance remains a tightly guarded secret, while the E Street Band’s plans with Bruce Springsteen still aren’t clear. “I don’t know if all the new guys are playing or if they’re just going to use Jake [Clemons] to play Clarence’s parts,” says Peresman. “I haven’t heard yet, though I do think that [original E Street Band members] Vini [Lopez] and David [Sancious] will play with them. I know that Bruce has played with them in the past on certain occasions and it’s a situation where everyone gets along and is real friendly. I’m sure they’ll sort it out.”

Springsteen will personally deliver the induction speech for his longtime band. “He’s a great speaker and the speeches he gave in the past were always wonderful,” says Peresman. “I’m sure that’ll be a highlight of the evening.” Victoria Clemons, the wife of the late Clarence Clemons, will accept his award and Danny Federici’s widow Maya will accept his.

Most induction ceremonies end with a huge all-star jam, though that is also up in the air as of press time. “We honestly haven’t started talking about that yet,” says Peresman. “We didn’t come up with the idea with Rush until a few days before the show last year. I do think that ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ would be a natural end, but nothing has been discussed.”

Until a few years ago, the event was almost always held at New York’s Waldorf Astoria, but now the plan is to rotate on a three-year cycle between Cleveland, Los Angeles and New York. “We also want to keep having it at venues where the public can come,” says Peresman. “Whether that means having it an arena or not depends on how things work out aesthetically, financially and timing-wise.”

This is the first time the ceremony has been held at a basketball arena, and it’s posed some logistical challenges. There’s a Miley Cyrus concert five days before the show and a Brooklyn Nets game the day after. “From a production standpoint, it’s an incredible challenge,” says Peresman. “In hindsight, we could have used one extra day afterwards. We have to get all these things into the building, out of the building and onto trucks and out. Some of the stuff we’re going to have to leave up. We’ll have rigging in the ceiling that we have to leave up and take out after the basketball game.”
All-star events like the Hall of Fame ceremony often stretch on well past midnight, but Peresman is determined to start the show at 7 p.m. and wrap it up before 11:15 p.m. “We’re talking to all the inductees about limiting their speeches,” he says. “We want to be respectful, but they know to be succinct. It’s not live and HBO is going to air a two and half hour edit, but we don’t want people sitting around for 10 minutes between acts. We have this down to a science. There should be only a few seconds between acts, maybe a minute. When people are speaking, the next act will be set up. It takes an incredible amount of coordination.”

Artists are eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first single or album, meaning they are on the verge of honoring artists that began their careers in the 1990s. “You have Green Day and Pearl Jam coming up,” says Peresman. “And then eventually Eminem at some point.”

Pearl Jam should pose another conundrum considering the fact they’ve had five separate drummers. “I’m just trying to get through next Friday,” says Peresman with a big laugh. “I’ll deal with Pearl Jam’s drummers after that.”





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PETER CRISS And PAUL STANLEY Spar Over ‘Beth’ Songwriting Credits

In the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine, KISS frontman Paul Stanley and original KISS drummer Peter Criss spar over the band’s hit ballad “Beth”, which holds the disctintion of being KISS’ highest-charting single in the U.S., having reached position No. 7 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart back in 1976. Criss claims to have co-written the song with the late Stan Penridge while Criss and Penridge were in the band CHELSEA. In the song’s original version, the title name was “Beck” after Becky, CHELSEA bandmate Mike Brand’s wife, who often called during practices. Criss later received a People’s Choice Award for the track, which was heavily tweaked and arranged by producer Bob Ezrin for the “Destroyer” album sessions.

Despite the fact that Criss is listed as a writer, along with Penridge and Ezrin, in the song’s official credits, Stanley claims the drummer had little to do with its creation. “Peter can’t write a song, because Peter doesn’t play an instrument,” Stanley told Rolling Stone. “Penridge came up with [sings], ‘Beth, I hear you calling…’ Peter had nothing to do with it. Because if you write one hit song, you should be able to write two. That’s the reality. Devastating? It’s the truth. It was a lifeline that Peter hung on to validate himself, but it wasn’t based on reality.”

“Paul is so full of fucking shit,” countered Criss, “’cause as a lead singer of the band he never got to write the hit. That’s his problem. They hated the fact that I wrote a hit record and won a People’s Choice.”

In a 2000 interview, Penridge was asked how “Beck” was written and how much of it Peter was really responsible for, if any. “‘Beck’ was written, almost word for word, from Mike Brand’s responses to his wife’s constant calls that interupted our rehearsals,” Penridge explained. “It got to the point where I wrote down his remarks over a period of 3 or 4 days in what I called my ‘wizard book.’ It was merely a small notebook I carried to jot down silly sayings, sketch in, anything….to save ideas. If you look at the lyrics and view them as a hen-pecked hubby’s remarks to his nagging wife, you’ll see what I mean. Just pause after every sentence and pretend there’s a bitch at the other end of the line. You’ll catch it — I’m sure.”

He added: “[Peter was] absolutely not responsible [for it] at all. Another poorman’s copyright by me in ’70.”

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Bruce Springsteen, Michael Stipe, Questlove, Chris Martin, Tom Morello and many others will Appear at Rock Hall Induction

SOURCE: Rolling Stone

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced further details of the April 10th induction ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center: Michael Stipe is inducting Nirvana, though there’s no word on whether or not the surviving members will perform together. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello will induct Kiss, who opted not to perform after a very public disagreement regarding which members would get to participate. Bruce Springsteen will induct the E Street Band, and they will perform together as well.

Coldplay’s Chris Martin will pay tribute to Peter Gabriel, who plans on performing. Glenn Frey of the Eagles will induct his former bandleader Linda Ronstadt, and a unique tribute will be staged to the singer featuring Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt. Questlove of the Roots will pay tribute to Hall and Oates, and the duo plans to play at the ceremony. Peter Asher is going to induct Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham. There’s no word on who will induct Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam).

This year’s event marks the first time the general public has been able to attend the ceremony in New York City. All previous ceremonies in the city were held at the Waldorf Astoria’s grand ballroom. A limited number of tickets have recently been made available on Ticketmaster due to production updates.

An edited version of the ceremony will air on HBO on May 31st at 9:00 p.m.

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GWAR’s DAVE BROCKIE To Be Laid To Rest Today

SOURCE: Blabbermouth
According to DEVILDRIVER vocalist Dez Fafara, late GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (a.k.a. Oderus Urungus) will be “laid to rest” later today (Tuesday, April 1).


Brockie was found dead in his home in Richmond on March 23. He was 50 years old.


GWAR manager Jack Flanagan released a statement saying, “It is with a saddened heart that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR, passed away at approximately 6:50 p.m. EST Sunday, March 23, 2014 . . . A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963. My main focus right now is to look after my bandmates and his family.”


Brockie is the second member of GWAR to die within the past three years. Guitarist Cory Smoot, who played the character Flattus Maximus, died of a heart attack on the band’s tour bus in November 2011 at the age of 34.


Brockie said at the time, “I think Cory’s death is a big wake-up call for all of us. We all breathed a big sigh of relief when we found out it wasn’t a drug overdose, to speak quite frankly. But then to think that he was 34 and died of a heart attack — it’s really scary.”


According to The Pulse Of Radio, Brockie was the last remaining original member of GWAR, which was founded 30 years ago. The future of the band at this stage is uncertain.


The satirical metal band earned a following for its macabre, over-the-top costumes, offensive lyrics and graphic, gore-soaked shows, in which the band members performed as the descendants of alien warriors who arrived on Earth to enslave and slaughter the human race.


The band released its 13th album, “Battle Maximus”, last year.

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MOTÖRHEAD’s LEMMY: ‘I Am Feeling A Lot Better Than I Did, Which Was Terrible’

SOURCE: Blabbermouth

Lemmy Kilmister was interviewed on the March 28-30 edition of Full Metal Jackie’s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow.


To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to


Full Metal Jackie: So great to hear your voice. It has been a while. What have you been up to?


Lemmy: I have been ill for about a year, but I am pulling out of it now. I am getting better now.


Full Metal Jackie: You are feeling good?


Lemmy: Not good yet, but I am feeling a lot better than I did, which was terrible.


Full Metal Jackie: Well, that’s good. I will take that as a positive.


Lemmy: Yes, it is onward and upward, you know?


Full Metal Jackie: You are going to be having some tour dates in April, with Coachella, and it looks like a week of dates. Are you looking forward to getting back out on the road?


Lemmy: Yeah, it’s about time.


Full Metal Jackie: You have spent most of your time on the road on tour, it seems. Do you feel out of place or out of sorts when you are not out on the road?


Lemmy: I did at first, but then I got comfortable, but I will be alright.


Full Metal Jackie: You are looking forward to it, though?


Lemmy: Yeah. I am looking forward to hear some of the crowds again, you know?

Full Metal Jackie: I know us, the fans, are really looking forward to seeing you out there playing again. We are looking forward to that. That is happening in April there is going to be about a week of dates. Coachella, which you obviously have never played before have you ever been?


Lemmy: No, we are doing two shows at Coachella. The first one and the last one.


Full Metal Jackie: Are you looking forward to that?


Lemmy: Yeah, yeah. It depends on how the first one goes.


Full Metal Jackie: Over nearly 40 years, MOTÖRHEAD has played some unlikely venues but on paper a cruise ship sounds like the strangest to me. What appeals to you about the upcoming MotörBoat cruise?


Lemmy: It is something we haven’t done. We have played in places where there is a truck door to get off the stage, we’ve played in jail, we’ve played a lot of weird places, but we have never been on a boat. I used to go, when I went up to Liverpool to see THE BEATLES, they used to have rock ‘n’ roll cruises on these two old ferry boats. You get five bands and you go out for three or four hours and they [get up on] a stage and come back in. I used to go on those so I got the idea. I just told the people who run it to put their heads together and know what they are doing. Otherwise, it would be a terrible fiasco, you know?

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