celebrating rock and roll
(above) via CNN - the inductees take the stage with some friends and fellow artists
On Saturday May 18, HBO aired the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. This year eight musical giants and trailblazers were indicted and welcomed into one of the most prestigious clubs around. New inductees join a family of over 270 other rock legends.
(above) via Rolling Stone - Rush, R. Newman, Public Enemy, Heart
The 2013 inductees include:
Rush. This band gained popularity in the early 1970s. Rush is probably best known, today, by their epic song “Tom Sawyer.” Rush enjoyed a surge in their fan-base due to the film “I Love You, Man,” and the lead characters love of the band. Members are Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson, and Geddy Lee.
Heart. This band burst onto the scene in the 1970s and was headlined by two powerhouse ladies, Ann and Nancy Wilson. Nancy dazzled as the lead guitarist, and Ann electrified with her amazing vocal range. Together the sisters, with band-mates Roger Fisher (guitar), Steve Fossen (bass), Howard Leese (keyboards), and Michael DeRosier (drums), took the world by storm, and proved that the girls could rock just as hard, if not harder, than the guys.
Public Enemy. Members, Chuck D, Professor Griff, Flavor Flav, and Terminator X gained major notoriety for their song “Fight the Power,” for Spike Lee’s film, “Do the Right Thing” in 1989. The group married innovative rhythms with social and political activism, and changed hip-hop.
Donna Summer. A.k.a: soulful “Queen of Disco.” Gave us hits such as, “Last Dance” and “Love to Love You Baby”. Sadly she passed away last year, due to a battle with lung cancer.
Randy Newman. Often known best for his distinctive voice, Newman is also a pianist, arranger, composer, and lyricist. One of his most popular songs “Short People,” is an example of his satirical and sardonic approach to songwriting. Newman has written numerous songs for other pop sensations, and scored films, such as “Toy Story.” We’ve all got a friend in you, Mr. Newman.
Albert King. You may not know this guitar God, but you probably know the countless artists he’s influenced. Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, even John Mayer, just to name a few. King was originally a blues artist but crossed over into the world of soul, and the rest is history. King passed away in 1992.
Lou Adler. A record exec and producer, Lou has worked with some of the greatest artist out there, including Carole King (who performed as a tribute to Lou), and had a hand in some of the most iconic and cult-favorite films. Cheech and Chong’s “Up in Smoke” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” He also helped produce the Monterey International Pop Festival in the 1960s.
Quincy Jones. Recognized as a producer, conductor, arranger, and composer — but the man is so much more. Jones has worked with everyone from, Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson. He’s even worked with Oprah. Jones is a powerhouse of a man, not limiting himself to just music, and going into the worlds of film and television. In 1985 he brought together the world’s top artists for the song “We Are the World” and raised over $10 million for humanitarian relief efforts in Ethiopia, just months after its release.
(above) via Rolling Stone - Lou Adler, Quincy Jones
The ceremony was held on April 18, at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Countless fans, fellow artists, presenters, and performers attended and everyone there seemed in awe of the incredible talent being recognized that night.
- Chelsea Davis