The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have just revealed their “Class Of 2021” Nominations, so after some reminder premise on how one achieves such an “honor” I will line out the list for you in full and then offer up some personal editorial viewpoint. Let’s go.
The Criteria: Currently, groups or individuals are qualified for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Nominees should have demonstrable influence and significance within the history of rock and roll. Four categories are recognized: Performers, Non-Performers, Early Influences, and Sidemen (as of 2000). The General Public aka “Fans” get to participate in an online “Fan Voting” process but at the end of the day this really doesn’t amount to anything in terms of the induction process as it all sums up to one single vote.
The Nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 Are: Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, the Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner, and Dionne Warwick. Continue reading The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2021 Nominees Are:→
Based on the recent announcements, it looks like Boston is going to be the place to be a few times this year with stuff like the announcement we shared yesterday about Aerosmith doing a 50th Anniversary performance at Fenway Park (discussed HERE). Now comes the latest Music Festival details. Check it out down below.
Friday, May 22nd: Foo Fighters, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Brittany Howard, Noname, The Struts, Sharon Van Etten, Pup, Andrew WK, Iann Dior, The Districts, Brutus, Pony Bradshaw, The Sheila Divine, Liz Ladoux, DJ Knife and DJ Joshua Carl, Bearly yung, DJ Ryan Brown, Alingon Mitra, Will Smalley, Sam Ike, Emily Ruskowski, Shawn Carter, Drew Dunn, Katie Que. Continue reading Boston Calling Music Festival Announces 2020 Lineup→
You might have noticed that I’ve been trying to list more music festival announcements here in our “Upcoming Tours” category. For those who are curious, its because I figured it was a wise move with such a wide-readership base to our postings so with that said here is the skinny on the returning event known as “Cal Jam”.
The Press Release:
A year after the legendary debut weekend from which 30,000+ true rock believers have barely recovered… Cal Jam 18 is back for another weekend of joyful rock-n-roll abandon featuring 20+ bands on four stages this October 5-6, 2018. Promoted by Live Nation, the festival returns to Glen Helen Regional Park and
Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA, for an even more monolithic second incarnation of what the Los Angeles Times cited as the reason fans “come to music festivals: to feel connection and catharsis.”
Today, the festival has announced its guitars, guitars and more guitars lineup with Foo Fighters back as headliners and curators, and another once in a lifetime bill that proves that rock-n-roll is alive and well in California. The good times come at the affordable price of $99 (plus taxes and fees) for one day GA. This year, Saturday ticket holders have the option to buy a Friday night ticket for $30 (plus taxes and fees). All camping packages include free entrance to the Friday night Party. Tickets and camping packages go on sale this Thursday, May 17th at 10AM PST. Visit www.caljamfest.com and www.LiveNation.com for more information.
The good times begin with the Friday night party on October 5th, where those with camping passes and Friday night tickets will be invited to kick off the festival with 80s punk legend Billy Idol. Also on the bill is Bridget Everett, the comedian who Jerry Seinfeld called, “one of the greatest live performers I have ever seen in my life,” and Mexico City’s Mexrrissey, performing their set of Smiths and Morrissey cover songs in Spanish, plus so much more. Friday night attendees will also have first crack at the carnival rides and the Rock-N-Roll Museum.
On Saturday, October 6th, Cal Jam will continue last year’s tradition of a 12-hour rock extravaganza where anything can happen—literally anything: last year saw the likes of Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Rick Astley, Dave Koz, Liam Gallagher and more joining the Foo Fighters on stage (yes, all during the same show). Foo Fighters will close the proceedings with one of their traditional rock marathons, bringing back what Forbes called “another great rock and roll party from the band who does them better than anyone else today.” And where last year’s inaugural festival was the beginning of the Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold Tour, this year’s appearance brings it full circle as the tour’s final show in the LA area.
This year Dave Grohl and crew will be have set themselves up to play after literally the single hardest act to follow in the history of live music: the legendary Iggy Pop. Iggy’s Cal Jam 18 performance will be an exclusive one-off reunion with the all-star Post Pop Depression band that backed him on the handful of shows played in support of the album of the same name, featuring Queens of The Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, Dean Fertita and Troy Van Leeuwen and Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders.
The incomparable Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D will bring ‘The Metal’ to the masses, and alternative pop-rock icons Garbage will be bring their powerhouse live show to the stage. Also joining the bill will be some of the best that rock and roll has to offer from around the world with the likes of Greta Van Fleet, Silversun Pickups, Manchester Orchestra, Krist Novoselic’s new band Giant In The Trees, Slaves (UK), Gang of Youths, Black Mountain and more performing throughout the day. See full list below.
In addition to the full day of shred, the festival will include a number of activities open to attendees. Campers will be treated to outdoor midnight movies and access to the water park. As well as the newly christened Friday Night Comedy Tent curated by comedian Tim Hanlon (aka Dave’s cousin). Stay tuned for the full schedule to be announced! All ticket holders will be able to enjoy the site’s free carnival rides, the Rock-N-Roll museum, pop up record shop and a hillside full of flappy guys. Because we can. For those who are looking to imbibe in tasty eats and cold drinks, Cal Jam 18 offers a wide variety of curated food trucks, traditional festival food, and all sorts of delicious cold beer.
Friday, Oct. 5th: Billy Idol, Bridget Everett, Mexrrissey + More!
Saturday, Oct. 6th: Foo Fighters, Iggy Pop with Post Pop Depression, Tenacious D, Garbage, Greta Van Fleet, Silversun Pickups, Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Black Mountain, Deer Tick, Gang Of Youths, Slaves (UK), Giant In The Trees, Metz, Yungblud, Thunderpussy, Anna Von Hausswolff, Fea, Kingfish + More!
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: This was just a little concert PSA (public service announcement) for you as we shall not be able to attend. Unless one of you readers has a private jet and lodging access on the cheap (meaning free) to share with us here at the Metal Media Command HQ. What do you think about the return of this festival? Is it something you would hit as a fan? Chime in down below.
They say that its the most important night in music and if you’re a fan of Rap, R&B and lots of Pop stuff this is very possibly true. Most of the fans of the Rock and the Metal side of the fence don’t really lend too much attention to it since many of our category awards get presented before the show even airs on television. Though I cannot confirm since I don’t watch the broadcast, I’m fairly certain that the Metal performers don’t even get to play for the audience live anymore. With most of the categories that do hold some interest to our readers, I’m sharing them below for your awareness.
Best Rock Performance:
You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen – WINNER
The Promise – Chris Cornell
Run – Foo Fighters
No Good – Kaleo
Go To War – Nothing More
Yesterday afternoon we learned the nominees for the 2018 Grammy Awards and since that list is super long and doesn’t lean much on the music that we are discussing, I’ve added only “The Rock Categories” for you readers to peruse. Let’s take a look shall we.
Best Rock Performance: For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative rock recordings.
• You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen
• The Promise by Chris Cornell
• Run by Foo Fighters
• No Good by Kaleo
• Go To War by Nothing More
Best Metal Performance For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative metal recordings.
• Invisible Enemy by August Burns Red
• Black Hoodie by Body Count
• Forever by Code Orange
• Sultan’s Curse by Mastodon
• Clockworks by Meshuggah Continue reading The 2018 Grammy Award Rock Nominees Are:→