iStock/bestdesignsA host of celebrities, including well-known veteran musicians like David Byrne and U2 bassist Adam Clayton, have signed an open letter acknowledging being "hypocrites" in their efforts to raise awareness for climate change.
"Dear journalists who have called us hypocrites," begins the letter, which was published by the climate activist organization Extinction Rebellion. "You're right."
The letter continues, "We live high carbon lives and the industries that we are part of have huge carbon footprints. Like you -- and everyone else -- we are stuck in this fossil-fuel economy and without systemic change, our lifestyles will keep on causing climate and ecological harm."
To influence that systemic change, the artists who signed the letter plan to continue to use their platforms to raise awareness and encourage action.
"Climate change is happening faster and more furiously than was predicted," the letter reads. "Millions of people are suffering, leaving their homes and arriving on our borders as refugees."
It continues, "Alongside these people who are already paying the price for our fossil fueled economy, there are millions of children -- called to action by Greta Thunberg -- who are begging us, the people with power and influence, to stand up and fight for their already devastated future. We cannot ignore their call. Even if by answering them we put ourselves in your firing line."
Other musicians who've signed the letter include Brian Eno, Bob Geldof, Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, Mel B of The Spice Girls, Radiohead's Thom Yorke, and Natalie Imbruglia.
Courtesy of AXS TV & Joy FactoryDoors guitarist Robby Krieger and actor/musician Dennis Quaid are featured on the latest episode of the AXS TV series Mixtape, airing tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
Krieger and Quaid are friends, and Dennis sometimes plays Doors songs in concert with his backing group, The Sharks, and on occasion has even hit the stage with Robby.
On the show, the two stars discuss their all-time favorite songs, one of which is the Elvis Presley classic "Don't Be Cruel."
In a preview clip from the episode, Krieger explains, "'Don't Be Cruel' was like the first Elvis song that got to me. You know, it was rock 'n' roll, but it was nice too. It was like a love song."
Quaid then interjects, "Yeah, but it bounced. It made me bounce."
As the clip winds down, Robby and Dennis play a rendition of the tune acoustically.
In conjunction with the show, Krieger created his own playlist featuring the tunes that shaped his life and impacted his career. It includes plenty of Doors songs, as well as tunes by Bob Dylan, Eric Burdon and War, Them, Joni Mitchell, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, John Coltrane, Pearl Jam and Greta Van Fleet.
His mixtape also features a song by Dennis Quaid & the Sharks, Jose Feliciano's memorable cover of The Doors' "Light My Fire" and -- surprise!-- Elvis' "Don't Be Cruel."
Here is Krieger's full mixtape:
"Ramblin' Blues" -- Ray Koerner & Glover "The House of the Rising Sun" -- Woody Guthrie "Granadinas" -- Jaime Grifo and Nino Marvino "Spanish Caravan" -- The Doors "Back Door Man" -- John Hammond "Back Door Man" -- The Doors "Subterranean Homesick Blues" -- Bob Dylan "Mr. Tambourine Man" -- Bob Dylan "Spill the Wine" -- Eric Burdon and War "Gloria" -- Them "End of the Night" -- The Doors "People Are Strange" -- The Doors "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogany: Alabama-Song" -- Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya and Roger Bean "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" -- The Doors "Chelsea Morning" -- Joni Mitchell "Shake Your Money-Maker" -- The Paul Butterfield Blues Band "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" -- The Doors "Wouldn't It Be Mice" -- The Beach Boys "Play with Fire" -- The Rolling Stones "Light My Fire" -- The Doors "You're Lost Little Girl" -- The Doors "Yes, the River Knows" -- The Doors "Love Her Madly" -- The Doors "Touch Me" -- The Doors "Peace Frog" -- The Doors "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" -- The Doors "Take It as It Comes" -- The Doors "Birdland" -- Weather Report "My Favorite Things" -- John Coltrane "Highway Tune" -- Greta Van Fleet "Even Flow" -- Pearl Jam "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" -- Alton Ellis "Love Me Two Times" -- The Doors "Roadhouse Blues" -- The Doors "Strange 2013" -- Tech N9ne and The Doors "Breakn' a Sweat" -- Skrillex, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger "On My Way to Heaven" -- Dennis Quaid & the Sharks "Riders on the Storm" -- The Doors "Light My Fire" -- Jose Feliciano "Light My Fire" -- Minnie Riperton and Jose Feliciano "Don't Be Cruel" -- Elvis Presley
Megaforce RecordsFounding Santana and Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie has just released a video for "What About Love," the lead single from his new solo album, Sonic Ranch. The clip premiered Wednesday on Billboard.com and also can be viewed on Rolie's official YouTube channel.
The 72-year-old who has played in Ringo Starr's All Starr Band since 2012, tells ABC Audio that Starr's famous "peace and love" message was the inspiration for "What About Love."
"I came up with this thing and [the All Starr Band] jammed a little bit of it at a soundcheck, and then nothing ever happened," Rolie recalls. "Then I found the bass line when I went home, and I said, 'I'm gonna record this.' And I just went, 'I'm going to make this "What About Love," based upon [Ringo's peace and love] message.'"
The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee also notes that the song expresses his frustration at the world's current contentious social and political climate.
"I mean, really, quite simply, how about it, you guys?" Gregg declares. "You've tried all this other stuff. Every year, somebody's doing something. It's just a little boring for the average Joe on the street, which I am."
The "What About Love" video features a series of quick-cut clips capturing Rolie working in the studio and rehearsing, as well as footage of him playing live with Neal Schon's Journey Through Time side project along with bassist Mario Mendoza and ex-Journey drummer Deen Castronovo.
"Everyone who's seen [the video] goes, 'You look younger,'" Gregg maintains. "And part of the reason was 'cause I wanted to…have it look the way I feel."
Rolie adds that Starr gave the video a thumbs-up, "He loved it. He goes, 'This is really, really good.'"
Danny Clinch; Jody RogacWhen Jimmy Kimmel returns to his childhood home of Brooklyn, New York next week to host a series of episodes of his ABC late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, among his guests will be two Rock & Roll Hall of Famers -- Bruce Springsteen and ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.
There's no word yet on when Springsteen or Byrne will appear on the program, but it'll be recorded in front of a studio audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House, and air nightly from Monday, October 21, through Friday, October 25.
Byrne is listed as one of the musical performers on the show for next week. David recently brought a version of his American Utopia tour show to Broadway's intimate Hudson Theatre, where it's scheduled to run through January 19, 2020.
Other guests set to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! during its Brooklyn stay include Eddie Murphy, Alicia Keys, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kelly Ripa, John Krasinski, The National, Paul Shaffer, and The Sugarhill Gang.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.
Trafalger ReleasingIf you missed Metallica's S&M2 concert film in theaters last week, you'll have another chance later this month.
The movie, which made $5.5 million in its premiere screenings, will be back in cinemas worldwide for one more night on October 30.
S&M2 was filmed in September during Metallica's two shows with the San Francisco Symphony. The concerts marked the grand opening of SF's new Chase Center, and also celebrated the 20th anniversary of Metallica's similarly orchestra-accompanied S&M live album.
HBOLast year, a puppeteer for Sesame Streetrevealed that Dave Grohl would be a guest on an upcoming episode of the long-running children's TV series. Now, his appearance has been officially confirmed.
According to a press release, the Foo Fighters frontman is set to show up during an episode of Sesame Street's milestone 50th season, which premieres November 16 on HBO.
The season will be preceded by the Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration special, which will be hosted by Joseph Gordon Levitt and will feature guests including Elvis Costello, Meghan Trainor, Norah Jones, Patti LaBelle, Nile Rodgers and Whoopi Goldberg, among others. That show will air November 9 on HBO, and November 17 on PBS.
In addition to seeing him on your TV screen, you can catch Grohl live in person when Foo Fighters headline Las Vegas' Intersect festival in December.
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Ozzy Osbourne, KISS' Gene Simmons and Slash are among the rock stars featured in a new documentary The Rainbow, which tells the story of the legendary Sunset Strip watering hole The Rainbow Bar & Grill and the nearby Whisky a Go Go nightclub. The film will be available on demand and as a digital video starting Tuesday, October 29.
The movie also focuses on Mario Maglieri, who co-founded and co-owned The Rainbow and The Whisky until his death in 2017, as well as his son and grandson -- Mikael and Mikey -- who are carrying on the family businesses. Mario became well-known for helping many musicians get their start in the Los Angeles area.
The Rainbow also features conversations with Lita Ford, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz and, in one of his final interviews, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The bar was famously Lemmy's favorite L.A. haunt, where a lounge was named after him after he died in 2016.
"Telling the story of The Rainbow Bar & Grill, The Whisky a Go Go and the Maglieri family in this film has been a great honor and one that truly represents the history of rock 'n' roll in America," says Matthew Perniciaro, one of the documentary's producers.
Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMeA limited-edition Beatles box set containing 180-gram-vinyl versions of the 22 singles that the band released in the U.K. from 1962 to 1970, as well as a newly created disc featuring the group's mid-'90s singles "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love," will be released on November 22.
The Singles Collection boasts a total of 46 tracks that have been newly cut for vinyl using the original mono and stereo master tapes at Abbey Road Studios in London. Each of the seven-inch discs is housed in its own picture sleeve, the designs of which replicate ones that appeared for the first-issue releases of the singles in various countries around the world. The countries represented are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, France, Greece, Holland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the U.K., the U.S. and West Germany.
The box set comes packaged with a 40-page booklet containing photos, memorabilia, and essays penned by Beatles historian Kevin Howlett.
The U.K. singles featured in The Singles Collection span from 1962's "Love Me Do" backed with "P. S. I Love You," to 1970's "Let It Be," backed with "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)." Impressively, 17 of the 22 singles hit #1 in the U.K.
"Free as a Bird" and "Real Love" were created using demo tapes recorded by the late John Lennon, with the three surviving Beatles adding their parts in the 1990s. The songs were originally released, respectively, in 1995 and 1996 on the Anthology 1 and Anthology 2 compilations.
Here's the full track list of The Singles Collection:
1962 [sleeve art: U.S.] A: "Love Me Do" B: "P. S. I Love You"
1963 [sleeve art: Italy] A: "Please Please Me" B: "Ask Me Why"
1963 [sleeve art: Norway] A: "From Me to You" B: "Thank You Girl"
1963 [sleeve art: Greece] A: "She Loves You" B: "I'll Get You"
1963 [sleeve art: Chile] A: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" B: "This Boy"
1964 [sleeve art: Austria] A: "Can't Buy Me Love" B: "You Can't Do That"
1964 [sleeve art: Holland] A: "A Hard Day's Night" B: "Things We Said Today"
1964 [sleeve art: Sweden] A: "I Feel Fine" B: "She's a Woman"
1965 [sleeve art: Spain] A: "Ticket to Ride" B: "Yes It Is"
Courtesy of earMUSICAlice Cooper is all set to kick off a fall U.S. leg of his "Ol' Black Eyes Is Back" tour on November 3 in Fort Myers, Florida, but the rocker has also lined up a new series of North American dates for spring 2020.
The newly announced trek gets underway on April 1 in the Canadian city of Peterborough, Ontario, and is plotted through an April 22 show in Portland, Oregon. Lita Ford will open all of the new concerts.
Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public stating Friday, October 18, at 10 a.m. local time. VIP pre-sales will be available beginning Wednesday, October 16 at 10 a.m.
Prior to the 2020 North American concerts, Cooper will visit Australia and New Zealand for a short trek in February.
In September, Alice released a new six-song collection titled The Breadcrumbs EP that pays homage to the music scene of his former hometown, Detroit. The record features guest appearances by notable Motor City musicians like ex-Grand Funk Railroad singer/guitarist Mark Farner, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels drummer Johnny "Bee" Badanjek, and Dirtbombs frontman Mick Collins.
Cooper recently told Billboard that he's planning to release a new studio album sometime next year.
Here are all of Cooper's upcoming North American tour dates:
11/3 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 11/5 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center 11/6 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live 11/7 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 11/9 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage 11/10 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center 11/12 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center 11/14 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center 11/15 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Concert Hall 11/16 -- Roanoke, VA, Berglund Performing Arts Center 11/18 -- Richmond, KY, EKU Center for the Arts 11/19 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre 11/21 -- Glen Falls, NY, Cool Insuring Arena 11/22 -- Brookville, NY, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts 11/23 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Ocean Resort Casino - Ovation Hall 11/25 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre 11/26 -- Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theatre 11/27 -- Evansville, IN, Old National Events Plaza 11/29 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino Showroom 11/30 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre
2020 4/1 -- Peterborough, ON, Canada, Memorial Centre 4/3 -- Grand Rapids, MI, DeVos Music Hall 4/5 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Performing Arts Center 4/7 -- Omaha, NE, Orpheum Theatre 4/8 -- Davenport, IA, Adler Theatre 4/10 -- Grand Forks, ND, Alerus Center 4/11 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Centennial Concert Hall 4/13 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Conexus Arts Centre 4/15 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium 4/16 -- Prince George, BC, Canada, CN Centre 4/18 -- Abbotsford, BC, Canada, Abbotsford Centre 4/19 -- Penticton, BC, Canada, South Okanagan Events Centre 4/20 -- Seattle, WA, McCaw Hall 4/22 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
Courtesy Henry HoltElton John's promotional tour in support of his new memoirME, out now, included apit stop on ABC'sJimmy Kimmel Live! where he and Jimmy discussed his storied past, including snowmobiling withStevie Wonderand a game of charades withBob Dylanthat didn't end so well.
As Elton tells it, he was invited to dinner atNeil Diamond's house, along with Dylan, where someone suggested playing a game of charades.
"I said, 'Great! -- sounds like, two syllables,'" he recalls. "The greatest poet in the world, could he do 'sound like, two syllables?' No."
"And he was on my team," Elton continued, "and I am a competitive M F********."
The result? "I threw oranges at him," says Elton, who downplayed the incident by adding, "They were small, they were Satsumas."
Another gem from the Rocket Man's past included a hairy incident at a hotel in Atlanta.
"I took my hair off, and then I heard this noise," he recalls. "And I thought, 'I'm being burgled."
"I was afraid and I thought, "I've gotta go see what it is," he continues. "And I heard these guys and the lights went on. So I put my hair on, glasses, went in the corridor and it's a water leak." Upon returning to his room, Elton looked in the mirror to find his wig "was on backwards."
Other tales from Elton's past included the time he let Stevie Wonder ride his snowmobile: "And we thought, 'Okay, that's another rival gone."
Elton also revealed his remedy for stress: shredding paper. Unfortunately it only created tension when he accidentally destroyed the guest list to his wedding that husband and managerDavid Furnishhad been working on for two days.
Douglas Mason/WireImageGrateful Deadco-founder and bassist Phil Leshwas forced to postpone several shows following surgery on his back. That, unfortunately, applies to his annual Phil-O-Ween shows.
The shows were set to take place on October 31 and the first two days of November. In Lesh's place, theDarkstar Orchestra, a tribute band, will hold down the fort at New York's Capitol Theater.
However, disappointed fans will be able to claim full refunds for their tickets or have them honored at Lesh's rescheduled shows.
As of now, the new Phil-O-Ween dates have yet to be announced.
Lesh announced the postponement onFacebook, "I want you all to know I’m very disappointed I’m not going to be able to make these shows." He adds that he's "feeling really good" but the doctors told him to sit things out to "recover from the surgery" he recently had.
Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Gijsbert Hanekroot/RedfernsAs announced Tuesday, The Doobie Brothers are among the nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2020. Although the band has been eligible for the honor since 1997, this marks the first time that the group has been nominated.
In response to the news, The Doobies posted the following message on their official website and socialmedia sites: "We are honored to be nominated for the @RockHall of Fame and thrilled that members of the band, past and present, have been included."
Nine musicians who have played with The Doobie Brothers will enter the Rock Hall if the band gets inducted, including founding and current singer/guitarists Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, former singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald and longtime multi-instrumentalist John McFee.
Rock Hall CEO and president Greg Harris tells ABC Audio that he's excited about The Doobies' nomination, while noting that the band's complex history may have been one of the reasons why the group was overlooked for so long.
"When a band has two distinctly different eras or changes over time, it sometimes takes a little bit longer for the nominating process," Harris maintains. "And The Doobies enjoyed…great success in one era, and then, had a bit of a transformation to be more of a piano-driven...band, and saw a resurgence in another era."
Harris was referring to the period from the mid-'70s to the early '80s, when McDonald fronted the group.
Last year, Tom Johnston told ABC Audio that he felt induction into the Rock Hall would "be a great feather to have in your cap, and a compliment that people recognize that…you are of quality to be in the [Hall]. And, frankly, I think we are."
ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica is here to help your outfit stay metal from head to toe.
The legendary band has teamed up with the company Stance to release a new line of Metallica-branded socks. The offerings include designs based on the albums Kill 'em All, Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets, as well as general Metallica logos.
Also available are options for kids and even infants, in case you need people to know how cool your baby is.
Meanwhile, Metallica has also announced new additions to the group's watch collaboration with Nixon, including a limited edition "Enter Sandman"-inspired piece. You can pre-order yours now via Metallica's webstore.
The annual Stagecoach Festival focuses mainly on country music, but the event often features some well-known veteran rock and pop artists as well....and the upcoming 14th installment is no exception.
ZZ Top and Bryan Adams are among the acts scheduled to perform at the 2020 edition of Stagecoach, which is scheduled to run from April 24 to April 26 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
The Texas trio will rock the festival on Saturday, April 25, while the Canadian singer will perform on the three-day extravaganza's final day.
The respective daily headliners for next year's Stagecoach festival are Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church. Other popular country acts playing event include Brett Young, Billy Ray Cyrus, Alan Jackson, Dan Shay and Midland.
Three-day passes go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 18, at 11 a.m. PT at StagecoachFestival.com.
Steve Cash, center, in plaid; Andrew Putler/Redferns/Getty ImagesSteve Cash, a founding member of the veteran Southern rock group The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, died Sunday at his home in Springfield, Missouri, according to the Walnut Lawn Funeral Home website. He was 73.
Cash played harmonica and sang backing vocals in The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, and also wrote or co-wrote many of their songs. Among the tunes Steve co-wrote are the band's two biggest chart hits, "Jackie Blue" and "If You Wanna Get to Heaven," which reached #3 and #25, respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975 and 1974.
A message posted on the group's Facebook page reads, "Steve Cash spent 48 years pouring his heart and soul into this band. He was our poet laureate, an amazingly talented harp player, but more importantly, he was our friend and brother and that presence cannot be replaced."
The note adds, "We ask that you send good thoughts to his family in this difficult time. Steve Cash may be gone from this Earth, but his lyrics and music will live on forever."
In 2018, health issues forced Cash to retire from touring with the band. The Ozark Mountain Daredevils continue to perform live and record.
Cash is survived by a son, a daughter and four grandchildren.
GeffenGuns N' Roses' video for "Sweet Child o' Mine" has officially hit one billion views on YouTube.
The iconic visual features footage of a young GN'R rocking out in a rehearsal space, complete with Axl Rose's signature slinky dance moves. It also includes shots of all of the band members' then-girlfriends.
According to a press release, "Sweet Child o' Mine" is the first video from the '80s to hit one billion views on YouTube. The clip was first uploaded to the site in December 2009.
Notably, Guns is also responsible for the only '90s video with one billion views: "November Rain."
"Sweet Child o' Mine" is a track for Guns N' Roses' 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction. It was released as a single in 1988 and became the first and only GN'R track to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Chrissie Hynde, The Eagles' Joe Walsh, Queen's Roger Taylor and Heart's Nancy Wilson are among the guest stars featured on an upcoming album from Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins' side band The Coattail Riders.
The record, titled Get the Money, will be released on November 8. It's Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders' third studio effort.
Other guest artists who've lent their talents to the album include Hawkins' Foo Fighters band mates Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, current Yes lead singer Jon Davison, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, Level 42 singer/bassist Mark King and country/pop star LeAnn Rimes.
The first single from Get the Money is called "Crossed the Line," and features Grohl and Davison. You can download the track, which includes a reference to the Foo Fighters hit "Best of You," now via digital outlets. You also can check it out at Hawkins' official YouTube channel.
The Coattail Riders also feature longtime Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, as well as guitarist Bent Woods.
Here's the Get the Money track list:
"Crossed the Line" -- featuring Dave Grohl, Jon Davison "Don't Look at Me That Way" -- featuring Duff McKagan, Nancy Wilson "You're No Good at Life No More" -- featuring Dave Grohl "I Really Blew It" -- featuring Dave Grohl, Perry Farrell "Queen of the Clowns" -- featuring Mark King "Get the Money" -- featuring Joe Walsh, Chrissie Hynde, Duff McKagan "C U in Hell" -- featuring LeAnn Rimes "Middle Child" -- featuring Dave Grohl "Kiss the Ring" "Shapes of Things" -- featuring Roger Taylor, Pat Smear
Courtesy Rock & Roll Hall of FameSoundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil and Chris Cornell's widow Vicky Cornell have shared their reactions to the grunge band's first-time nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Speaking to Billboard, Thayil says that the nomination is "important, especially for the legacy of Soundgarden, and for Chris' legacy."
He adds that the nomination is "very bittersweet" without Cornell around to see it.
"He would be pleased with [being nominated]," Thayil says, adding that Cornell, who died in May 2017, felt the impact of the Rock Hall after he inducted Heart into the institution in 2013.
"He saw the significance of it and saw how important it was to the fans and to the bands being inducted," Thayil explains. "So he would be very excited."
Vicky Cornell echoed Thayil's sentiments regarding her late husband, tweeting that Chris "would be so honored" by the nomination.
"Thank you @rockhall this means so much & thank you to all the fans who's love & support continues to cement Chris' life and legacy," she writes.
Speaking to ABC Audio, Rock Hall President and CEO Greg Harris said they're "thrilled" that Soundgarden's nominated, adding, "They are the first grunge band to be signed to a major label, and truly their impact is exceptional."
Soundgarden is the third major band from the grunge scene to be nominated, following Nirvana and Pearl Jam, who were inducted in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Both of those groups were nominated and inducted in their first year of eligibility, while Soundgarden has been eligible since 2011.
"In the scheme of things, with all of these inductees across the decades, they're actually going in right around the same time as some of their peers, like Nirvana and Pearl Jam," Harris says.
Amanda Taraska/Courtesy of AXS TV-News & Guts Media Chicago singer/keyboardist Robert Lamm and trumpet player Lee Loughnane are the guests on the latest episode of the AXS TV series The Big Interview, which airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. On the show, the two Rock & Roll Hall of Famers chat with host Dan Rather about the band's long, storied career, while recalling how some of the group's most enduring tunes came to be.
In a preview clip from the program, Lamm shares his memory of how he wrote the Chicago classic "25 or 6 to 4."
Lamm says he came up with the idea for the music for the tune while Chicago was serving as the house band on certain nights at the famous Los Angeles club the Whisky a Go Go.
"I was living up the street from the Whisky. Coming home one night, I was just kind of unwinding, I sat down at the piano and started playing something like the riff, which had no name and had no lyrics yet," Robert recalls. "And I just kind of fooled around with it for…maybe half an hour, looked out over the city, looking at the lights on the tall buildings. So that was, like, [the] 'flashing lights against the sky' lyric."
Then, as he tried to figure out what the song was going to be about, he came across the inspiration for the enigmatic lyric to the its chorus.
"I couldn't quite make out what the time was, but the hands on the clock were somewhere around 25 or 26 to 4 a.m.," Lamm explains. "And I thought, 'Well, for now, I'm just going to describe the process of writing this song. I'll figure out what the lyrics are going to be later.' But I didn't need to."
Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for induction in 2020.
Sixteen artists are eligible for the honor, nine of which have been nominated for the first time: The Doobie Brothers, Pat Benatar, Thin Lizzy, T. Rex, Soundgarden, Motörhead, Dave Matthews Band, late pop superstar Whitney Houston and late rapper The Notorious B.I.G.
Rounding out the ballot are Todd Rundgren, Nine Inch Nails, Judas Priest, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, MC5 and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, all of whom have been nominated at least once before.
Of the first-time nominees, glam-rockers T. Rex have been eligible for induction since 1994, while both The Doobie Brothers' and Thin Lizzy's first year of eligibility was 1997.
Influential German electronic group Kraftwerk has received the most previous nominations, having been on the Rock Hall ballot for induction five times previously.
Artists need to have released their first "commercial recording" at least 25 years ago to be eligible.
If Benatar gets inducted, her husband and longtime guitarist Neil Giraldo will enter the Rock Hall with her.
Starting today and continuing through January 10, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET, you can vote for your favorite nominees at RockHall.com, via Google by searching "Rock Hall Fan Vote" or any nominee name, or at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland. The five artists with the most votes will make up a "fans' ballot" that will be counted along with the voting committee's ballots. The 2020 inductees will be announced in January.
The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on May 2, 2020.