The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have just revealed their “Class Of 2020” 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 2020 Are: Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, Motorhead, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, MC5, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy. Continue reading The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2020 Nominees Are:→
Back in May, Kerrang Magazine offered up the nominees for their “Kerrang Awards” and you can peruse the full list of who was up for what along with my own predictions by clicking HERE. Yesterday they announced who won and since I’d like to keep you in the know, I’ve shared that information below. Let’s take a look.
Best British Breakthrough Act:
Yonaka WINNER – IDLES
As the more tenured readers are aware, PiercingMetal has been going to the American International Toy Fair for just about ten years now and one of the favorite companies visited over the last few of them have been the folks over at Super7. Initially they impressed me with small scale action figures known as “ReAction” Figures for properties like “Masters Of The Universe” and other Science Fiction but since they are also Metalheads, they offered up these same figure styles for both Iron Maiden and Slayer. Yesterday, the company did their official reveal to the masses for two more awesome figures which you can see down below. The copy and images come from their Official Facebook. Read on.
“Devilock!” Arriving next Wednesday (6/19) is the official Super7 x Jerry Only 3.75″ ReAction Figure. Jerry comes armed with his Devastator bass and wearing his terrifying spiked Fiend vest! This is not a limited edition release but set your alarms and alerts for next week. #misfits #jerryonly #reactionfigures #super7
I hadn’t even finished the first cup of the morning coffee when I started hearing the buzz about the passing of former Motorhead/Fastway guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke. He was 67 years of age and was apparently in the hospital being treated for pneumonia. Thanks to “Fast” Eddie, the world of Heavy Rock and Metal were never the same as so many of the Motorhead songs became timeless classics.
Born Edward Allen Clarke, he was a very active musician even before he would hook up with Lemmy and Phil in around 1976 and begin making history. Together, these three formed a lineup that is still revered to this very day as its most classic. “Fast” Eddie was not only a part of the bands very first album but so many other seminal classics like “Bomber”, “Overkill”, “Iron Fist”, “Ace Of Spades” and of course the live album that everyone I knew owned at one time or another in “No Sleep Til Hammersmith”. After leaving Motorhead based on creative differences (as it always happens), “Fast” Eddie would form Fastway with former UFO Bassist Pete Way (get it? Fast and Way? Wonderful). I used to catch both bands videos on a channel called U68 and their “Power Hour”. Look it up, its rather popular and important to a lot of certain age Rock and Metal fans. Sadly, despite my deep appreciation for the Rock and Metal here, I never ever saw Eddie in Motorhead or even Fastway. Motorhead toured often but I don’t really know how often the latter band was in the states or if I was even seeing shows yet based on my vintage. It’s a sad loss and like so many of our other memorial toasts, my words just briefly touch upon his talents as interested folks can learn more by clicking through to his official Wikipedia entry since all the things you need to know have been already written down.
Being an active local musician way back in the day I can admit to knowing many guitarists who aimed at learning the sonic riffs of “Fast” Eddie Clarke. Some succeeded while others really didn’t. While there are so many amazing songs that he was a part of, if you have a copy of the “No Remorse” compilation release this will give you a fine example of what made “Fast Eddie Clarke so special to us. We’ve lost so many musicians over the last couple of years and so many of them still resonate a few years later. We wish his family, friends, fellow musicians and the worldwide fans that he made over the years the deepest of condolences. Rest In Peace Eddie and thank you for all the great riffs. If you should hear a rumble in the skies tonight, it’s because the classic lineup of Motorhead is back in the rehearsal space. Fans are encouraged to leave their fondest memory of “Fast” Eddie Clarke down in the comments below.
Though I wanted to get this online yesterday for the actual anniversary, I’ve been a bit numb at the news of the passing of the great Adam West whose death we had to address for our “In Memoriam” section. Now that some reflection has been done in his memory it’s time to speak about the 40th Anniversary of the single “Motorhead” by the band of the very same name. Now this is the bands second single as their first was “Leaving Here” but I felt that this one was more worthy of a toast. The song is actually a number that was written by Lemmy for the band Hawkwind who he was a member of for a few years. This was the last song that he would write for them before being dismissed for substance abuse. Fans of the tune should find a version by Hawkwind since it’s so incredibly different from the one so many of us have some to love. Continue reading Motorhead’s “Motorhead” Single Hits “40” (1977-2017)→