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Press Release

2015 Induction

 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees

30th Annual Ceremony Returns to Cleveland April 18
 

Cleveland (December 16, 2014) - Today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its Inductees for 2015:

Performer Category:

  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Green Day
  • Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • Lou Reed
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
  • Bill Withers

Award for Musical Excellence:

  • Ringo Starr

Early Influence Award:

  • The “5” Royales

“As we mark 30 years of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions, we’re proud to honor these artists,” said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President Joel Peresman. "These Inductees epitomize rock and roll’s impact over the past 50 years and continuing through today."

The 30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Tickets go on sale Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 10 a.m. EST. Additional ticketing details are below.

Ticket Purchase Information:
Tickets to the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony go on sale to the public on Thursday, December 18, 2014, beginning at10 a.m. EST. To purchase tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. Individual tickets to the Induction Ceremony are available for $75, $150 and $300. Tickets are expected to sell-out quickly. A two-ticket limit applies to all purchases.

Member Pre-Sale:
Active Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum members have the opportunity to purchase 2015 Induction Ceremony tickets in advance, beginning Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10 a.m. EST. To purchase tickets during the member presale, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call800-745-3000. A valid member number will be needed to access the member pre-sale.  A two-ticket limit applies to all purchases.

2015 Inductee Exhibit & Events:
Leading up to the April 18 ceremony, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will host a series of special events, including the grand opening of the major new 2015 Inductee exhibit, which will serve as an introduction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame visitor experience. The 2015 Inductee exhibit will also include exclusive interpretive content and video to engage fans, share the stories of the 2015 Inductees and inspire visitors to think about their impact on not only music history, but on their own lives.

“The 2015 Inductee exhibit is the first thing visitors will experience when they enter the Museum galleries,” said Greg Harris, President and CEO. “It’s prominently located to honor and celebrate these legends and the powerful impact of their music on our lives. It is a must-see, before visiting our other tremendous exhibits and theaters.”

About The Inductions:
The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performer inductees were chosen by a voting body of more than 700 artists, historians and members of the music industry. To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2015 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1989.
 
Induction ceremony presenters, performers and broadcast information as well as additional details about the week of events leading up the show ceremony will be announced at a later date. 
 
Klipsch Audio, a leading global speaker and headphone manufacturer, has entered into a three-year strategic partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that solidifies the brand as the first-ever presenting sponsor of Induction Ceremony events and the Rock Hall’s Main Stage. Klipsch’s renowned products will also fulfill all audio needs within the iconic museum.

The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction is presented by Klipsch Audio. The ceremony and events are made possible through the generous support of corporate sponsor PNC Bank. Additional generous sponsors include the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, the State of Ohio, Destination Cleveland, John P. Murphy Foundation, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and the Ohio Arts Council.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The 150,000 square-foot Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cleveland’s rapidly developing North Coast Harbor, is home to major artifact collections, four state-of-the-art theaters, and year-round educational and concert programming.

About Klipsch Audio:
For over 65 years, Klipsch has designed premium speakers for those who are passionate about great sound. Company founder Paul W. Klipsch started this legacy in 1946, and it continues today with sheer commitment to innovation and delivering the world’s most powerful, detailed and emotional sound reproduction. Today, the brand’s diverse product portfolio encompasses home theater, professional cinema, installed whole-house contracting, commercial, computer speakers, wireless portable speakers and headphones. As one of the first U.S. loudspeaker companies, Klipsch continues to be the high-performance brand of choice for audiophiles and home theater aficionados around the world.

About the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees:

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

“I was born in Chicago – nineteen and forty-one…”  The racially mixed Paul Butterfield Blues Band blasted off from the Windy City with a wall-of-sound fueled by Butterfield’s inspired harmonica and lead guitarist Mike Bloomfield’s explosive lead guitar – at that moment, American rock and roll collided with the real Southside Chicago blues and there was no turning back. Along with original members Elvin Bishop on second guitar and Mark Naftalin on organ, they conquered the landmark 1965 Newport Folk Festival. It was there Bob Dylan borrowed Bloomfield and the Butterfield Band’s African-American rhythm section of Sam Lay on drums and bassist Jerome Arnold (both former Howlin’ Wolf band members) for his world-shaking electric debut that Sunday evening. The Butterfield Band converted the country-blues purists and turned on the Fillmore generation to the pleasures of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Willie Dixon and Elmore James. With the release of their blues-drenched debut album in the fall of 1965, and its adventurous East-West follow-up in the summer of ‘66, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band kicked open a door that brought a defining new edge to rock and roll.

The "5" Royales

The "5" Royales are responsible for crafting some of rock and roll's first true standards. Over the course of two decades, from 1945 to 1965, the group created a remarkable body of work that laid the foundation for a host of music that followed in its wake, with pivotal recordings and performing techniques that helped define a variety of styles under the rock and roll umbrella. The group transitioned to secular music by the early 50s, and they were among the very first to incorporate elements of gospel, jazz and blues into the genre of group vocal harmony. Their resoundingly soulful sound was built around the dual-lead vocals of siblings Johnny and Eugene Tanner. That combination paired perfectly with Lowman Pauling's exceptional songwriting and innovative guitar playing, which profoundly influenced the likes of Steve Cropper and had many similarities to the single-string soloing favored by Albert King and Freddie King. With a move to King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1954, the "5" Royales hit a stride that produced "Dedicated to the One I Love," which decades later became a hit with versions by the Shirelles and the Mamas & the Papas; and "Tell the Truth," later recorded by Ray Charles and also covered by Eric Clapton. The "5" Royales' "I Think" was a Top 10 R&B hit in 1957 and is a nearly unclassifiable masterpiece. In 1960, "Think" made the R&B Top 10 for a second time in a radical re-working by James Brown and the Famous Flames that pointed toward future funk classics like "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "Cold Sweat." In 1993, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger recorded a version of "Think" for a solo album, Wandering Spirit. Not long after recording a handful of singles produced by James Brown, the “5” Royales disbanded in 1965.

Green Day

Fueled by the manically prolific imagination of lyricist, guitarist and lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day are the perennial punk adolescents, true to the ethos of every basement and garage-rock band that preceded them. Building on the trail blazed by the Clash, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, Green Day are forever wed to The Wild One credo: “What are you rebelling against?" What do you got?”  The pickings were slim for a pair of teenagers from the East Bay enclaves of Berkeley and Oakland in the 80s, when Armstrong and bassist/backing vocalist Mike Dirnt first hooked up and began playing in high school. Within three years, the drum chair was filled by Tré Cool, and Green Day were on their way. Arguably, the 75 million or so records they have sold, the tours and the Grammys haven’t changed their outlook very much – they’re still on the outside looking in. Who doesn’t hold dear their battered CD of Dookie, with its litany of hits – “Longview,” “Basket Case,” “Welcome To Paradise,” “When I Come Around” and “She” – that collectively held radio hostage for over 15 months in 1994-95? Green Day touchstones raved on as the millennia changed: “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” spent an astounding 43 weeks on the pop chart in 1997-98. Their rock opera masterpiece American Idiot was a damning indictment of the Bush administration, catapulting the group to another level.  “American Idiot” went all the way to Rolling Stone’s "500 Greatest Songs Of All Time;" and 2004’s “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” took the Grammy for Record of the Year. Anyone who caught Armstrong in one of his hair-raising stints as St. Jimmy in the Broadway musical of American Idiot witnessed something special.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts created a potent mix of hard rock, glam, punk, metal and garage rock that sounds fresh and relevant in any era. Their biggest hit, “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Number One in 1982) is a rock classic – as pure and simple a statement about the music’s power as Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven.” The honesty and power of their records make you believe that rock and roll can change the world. As Jett once described rock and roll: “It’s a feeling thing, it’s emotion. You don’t think about it. If you start thinking rock ‘n’ roll, you’re f**ked. That’s when you’re homogenized. That’s when it’s boring. And that’s when it’s bullsh*t.” From her days as a founding member of the all-female Runaways, Jett has made loud, hook-laden records that convey toughness and joy. Sporting black leather and a shag to create a sexy and androgynous look, Jett took over a role formerly reserved for male rockers. She formed the Blackhearts in 1982, and their classic four-piece sound (with Gary Ryan on bass, Lee Crystal on drums, and Ricky Byrd on guitar) muscled past the synthesizers that dominated the 80s and carried the flag for rock and roll. Three of their albums – I Love Rock ‘N’ RollAlbum and Up Your Alley – reached the Top 20, behind songs written by Jett and manager Kenny Laguna. By covering songs from all corners of the rock catalogue – from Gary Glitter to Tommy James to Sly and the Family Stone – the band effortlessly broke down barriers between genres and eras. In the 90s, Jett’s no-nonsense attitude and vocal style was a major influence on the riot grrrl movement, and she went on to produce Bikini Kill and record with L7. She continues to be an inspiration for young female rockers.

Lou Reed

With the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed created music that ranked him among the Beatles and Bob Dylan in terms of both importance and influence. Every alternative movement that arose from the late 60s until his death in 2013 – from punk to grunge and beyond – owed Reed an essential debt. In the course of a fearless solo career that lasted more than 40 years, Reed both solidified and enhanced the stature he had attained with the Velvet Underground. He consistently took an uncompromising stance in the service of his artistic vision – often following commercial breakthroughs with daring, experimental projects that initially confounded both fans and critics only to gain recognition decades later. That willingness to follow his creative instincts wherever they led him, regardless of the cost, made him a figure of tremendous symbolic significance to succeeding generations of artists – from David Bowie to R.E.M., from Iggy Pop to U2, from Patti Smith to Arcade Fire. In addition, like James Joyce with Dublin or Bruce Springsteen with the Jersey Shore, Reed became inextricably associated with New York, transforming the city in his songs into a cauldron of moral challenges, a spiritual proving ground in which damnation and redemption were sometimes impossible to tell apart. Reed both observed the world and transformed it, definitively shaping the sound and the sense of contemporary music. His impact has been so total that it can be easy to overlook. It’s hard to remember that one man could be responsible for so much that came after him, but in the case of Lou Reed, it’s not only true, but also undeniable.

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr is one of the greatest and most creative drummers in rock and roll history. He got to know the members of the Beatles while both groups were playing clubs in Hamburg, Germany, and occasionally sat in with them. He joined the group in August 1962, providing the musicianship and personality that the group needed to become stars. Starr’s drumming was key to the Beatles’ overall sound. Their songs rested on his always-steady backbeat, and he added creative, memorable fills on songs like “Ticket to Ride” (1965) and “A Day in the Life,” (1967) one of his finest moments on record. Throughout the Beatles’ career he sang on many lighthearted and funny songs (“Yellow Submarine,” “Octopus’s Garden”), providing sly humor and clever turns of phrase that helped cultivate the group’s image and persona. Starr was the first Beatle to have significant solo hits in the 1970s.  “Back Off Boogaloo,” “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Photograph,” “Oh My My” and “The No No Song” dominated the U.S. and U.K. charts. His 1973 album Ringo, produced by Richard Perry, is the best representation of this period – a time during which he also played on some of the best Beatle solo records of the era, such as George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band. Starr’s revival with the All-Starr Band has lead to the recording of a series of strong albums, including Time Takes Time (1992), Ringorama (2003) and Liverpool 8 (2008), a reflective album about his birthplace. Starr continues to be a vital rock and roll musician.

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

on Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:18.

WQMX brings you another in our Concert Series for local Charities.

With KRISTIAN BUSH (of Sugarland) & rising star MICHAEL RAY,   Friday January 30th at 8pm @ the Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown

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Proceeds benefit:  NEOPAT—the Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism –helping vets and their familes

AND Pay it Forward for Pets: improving the lives of pets and people. Details on the  charities are here:

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Tree of Lights, with the support of the Klaben Auto stores.

There are 3 ways to donate:

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on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 11:38.

Today is Today is the kick-off to the 15th annual Tree of Lights, to raise money for the fine work of Haven of Rest in downtown Akron. Donate in person online or by call the JW Didado phone line at  855-254-2819  Online @ wqmx. We are here all day Friday and Saturday raising money for Haven of Rest...a homeless ministry in Akron 

It is also  National Comfort Food Day 

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JAKE OWEN Cut all his hair off –  Looks like a different guy!

According to a University of California, Santa Barbara study, one hour of chopping wood will increase a man's testosterone levels by 48%

Perceptions are if you put on a few pounds and be tall to be perceived as an alpha male. New study says facial features have nothing to do with it anymore.

Birth Rate? The birth rate in the USA has hit an all time low.

on Monday, 01 December 2014 12:03.

Cyber Monday will supposedly be better than Black Friday this year for the first time ever. 

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