THE ROCK N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES ITS CLASS OF 2021 INDUCTEES INCLUDING: THE GO-GOS, TINA TURNER, THE FOO FIGHTERS, RANDY RHOADS UNDER “MUSIC EXCELLENCE,” AMONG OTHERS, HOWEVER, IRON MAIDEN FAILS TO MAKE THE CUT

The inductees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 were announced this morning (May 12th).

“This diverse class of talented Inductees reflects the Rock Hall’s ongoing commitment to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth culture,” John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said in a statement Wednesday. “It will make for an unforgettable live celebration of music in October at this year’s Induction Ceremony in Cleveland.”

Among this year’s six artists recognized in the Performer category are the Go-Go’s, 40 years after the release of their landmark debut Beauty and the Beat. Controversially, the Go-Go’s had never been nominated before, despite making history when Beauty and the Beat became the first — and to date, still only — album by an all-female band that wrote all their songs and played all their instrument to go to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The group’s longtime snubbing was addressed in their 2020 self-titled documentary, with frontwoman Belinda Carlisle speculating that they’d been blacklisted because they once complained to Hall co-founder and Rolling Stone magnate Jann Wenner about their sexist Rolling Stone cover. Wenner stepped down as Hall chairman and was replaced by MTV co-founder Sykes in 2020 — a development that industry pundits presumed would lead to more diverse future ballots. 

The Class of 2021’s other two female inductees are Tina Turner (who won this year’s fan vote) and Carole King, both of whom were already in the Hall, but — bafflingly — only as co-inductees in conjunction with their respective ex-husbands, Ike Turner and Gerry Goffin. This now makes Tina Turner and Carole King only the second and third female artists to enter the Hall twice (following the Class of 2019’s Stevie Nicks), compared to the 23 male artists who are multiple inductees.

Joining the Go-Go’s, Turner, and King in the Hall is prog/powerpop songwriter and producer Todd Rundgren, on his third try, as well as alt-rock band the Foo Fighters and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, the only two Class of 2021 inductees to appear on the ballot in their first year of eligibility. (Each nominee’s first single or album had to have been released in 1995 or earlier.) The Foos’ entry also makes frontman Dave Grohl a double-inductee, as he was inducted with Nirvana when they too got in during their first year of eligibility, in 2014.

The shortlisted Class of 2021 artists that were passed over this year were Afrobeat trailblazer Fela Kuti, first-wave British metal band Iron Maiden, new wave mavericks Devo, political ‘90s alt-rockers Rage Against the Machine, glam-rockers the New York Dolls, Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige, soul divas Dionne Warwick and Chaka Khan, and British avant singer-songwriter Kate Bush, several of whom had been nominated before. However, two other artists that had been controversially snubbed in the Performer bracket for years were able to finally get in this year, albeit via other special categories.

Almost exactly 40 years after the release of their landmark eighth album Computer World, German techno architects Kraftwerk — who, it could be argued, laid down the blueprint for all electronic music — are at along last being recognized in the Early Influence category, after being nominated and passed over in the Performer category an astonishing six times. Kraftwerk’s fellow 2021 Early Influence Award recipients are “Father of the Delta Blues” Charley Patton and soul/jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron, who is considered by many music historians to be the first rapper ever.

Another rap pioneer, LL Cool J, had been nominated in the Performer category a shocking six times, including this year, but he will finally enter the Hall via the Musical Excellence Award (which seems like an odd consolation prize of sorts, given that Jay-Z was inducted into the Performers category on his first attempt). This year’s other two Music Excellence honorees are legendary late musicians keyboardist Billy Preston and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads. The 2021 Ahmet Ertegun Award, which recognizes non-performing industry professionals, will go to label executive, entrepreneur, concert organizer, and film producer Clarence Avant, whose storied career was the subject of the 2019 documentary The Black Godfather.

The 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place October 30th at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, and will air on HBO and stream on HBO Max at a later date.

source: yahoo/entertainment

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“MONSTERS OF ROCK” ANNOUNCE 10TH ANNIVERSARY CRUISE, FEATURING HEADLINER ALICE COOPER AND OVER 35 OTHER ARTISTS, SAILING FROM MIAMI, FL FEBRUARY 9TH-14TH 2022

The annual Monsters of Rock Cruise, the world’s premier hard rock/heavy metal experience at sea, is returning in 2022 to celebrate its 10thanniversary. Departing out of Miami, Florida, promoter On The Blue announced the five-day/five-night full ship charter cruise will set sail February 9th-14th aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, visit two ports in CocoCay, Bahamas and Labadee,Haiti, and features performances from rock icon Alice Cooper, along with performances from over 35 artists.
The public on-sale starts today (5/11) at 9:00 am ET, with cabins starting at $1,799.00 per person (double occupancy, not including mandatory taxes and fee supplement). For more info and booking, visit MonstersOfRockCruise.com and follow @MonstersOfRockCruise on Facebook and Instagram and @MonstersCruise on Twitter.
The supporting lineup for MORC ’22 includes Queensrÿche, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer,Skid Row, Lit, L.A. Guns, Kix, WingerMichael Monroe, Great WhiteH.E.A.T, Loudness, Pat Travers, Y&T, Eclipse, Vixen, Rose Tattoo, Black ‘N Blue, Firewind, Chris Holmes, Joel Hoekstra, Lillian Axe, Faster Pussycat, Pink Cream 69, Dangerous Toys, Killer Dwarfs, XYZ, Beasto Blanco, Electric Boys, Crazy Lixx, Little Caesar, Roxanne, Signal 13, and The Mayor of MORC – John Corabi. Plus, official cruise hosts — Eddie Trunk (VH1, SiriusXM), comedians Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine (former hosts of VH1 Classic’s hit TV show “That Metal Show”), SiriusXM’s “Ozzy’s Boneyard” and “Hair Nation” hosts Keith Roth and Lüc CarlNikki BlakkIzzy and Brian, Metal DJ Will, and Ginger Fish — will be moderating Q&A’s and activities specifically designed to bring the party up a notch.
In addition to performances, MORC ‘22 will host interactive events between artists and cruisers, including: Artist/Cruiser Q&A sessions, Gong Show Karaoke, “So You Think You Can Shred,” Cooking with Rock Stars, Painting With Rock Stars, Rock Stars vs Average Joe Basketball, and Beach Volleyball, with more to be announced. Furthermore, the cruise will host themed nights, opportunities to dine with selected bands, and artist photo experiences.
The award-winning ship, Freedom of the Seas, received a massive makeover in 2020 as part of the cruise line’s “Royal Amplified” program. In addition to a ship-wide refresh, new bars and restaurants were added, complimenting the already endless  list of activities and features the ship offers (including the 40-foot-long surf simulator FlowRider®, dueling water slideTyphoon and Cyclone, Vitality at Sea Spa, Playmakers Bar and Arcade, and more). Spanning the entire length of Deck 5 and considered the heart of the ship is the Royal Promenade, which is a vibrant and exciting hub that connects cruisers to many of the performance venues, including two indoor main concert venues and the Pool Stage.
The first port stop on MORC ’22Perfect Day at CocoCay, is a private destination located in the Bahamas that’s exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests. Offering endless ways to enjoy its beautiful beaches and pristine water, including some of the tallest waterslides in North America at the Thrill Waterpark, the 1,600-foot long Zipline to get a view of the island at a heart racing speed, the Up, Up and Away-a helium balloon that floats up to 450 feet in the air. Plus, the Perfect Day at CocoCay offers loads of food options to fuel up in between adventures and access to the exclusive Coco Beach Club® includes elevated Mediterranean flavors paired with breathtaking ocean views.  Click here to see aerial drone views of Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at CocoCay.
Next up is the Private Isle of Labadee, the ultimate private destination for MOR cruisers, offering adventure, exploration and relaxation amongst its many bars and pristine waters. Vacationers can amp up the adrenaline on the Dragon’s Tail Coaster, a thrilling 30-mile-per-hour ride with incredible views of the island. For more action, adventurous passengers may choose to strap on a helmet and harness and soar 500-feet down on the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line, the world’s longest zip line over water. In addition, there are plenty of exciting options to choose from, including wave jet rides, parasailing, snorkel safaris, kayak tours, and much more. 

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN REVEALS “PARABELLUM” ALBUM DETAILS; LYRIC VIDEO FOR “WOLVES AT THE DOOR” POSTED

The name of Yngwie Malmsteen has always stood for uncompromising excellence. In a career that now spans more than 40 years he has proven himself to be a unique artist. You can try to categorize him in any way you wish. But the manner in which this supreme Swedish craftsman has continually developed his music makes Malmsteen sublimely transcend any definition you attempt to impose.

He now has a catalog of 21 solo studio albums, each of which has much to commend. Moreover, the guitarist played a crucial role in helping to establish Alcatrazz as a significant force in the 1980s. Malmsteen’s artistry has always clearly incorporated a healthy virtuosity, but his talent goes well beyond a comprehensive control of the guitar. The man is a fine composer and, on recent releases, has also showcased a strong vocal presence.

One aspect of his approach has always shone through, and that is an abidingly deep respect for the music he plays. Malmsteen has constantly done whatever it takes to bring out all of the color, shade and hue embedded in each one of his compositions. Merely doing a very good job isn’t an option. He wants to go — and does go — well beyond such limitations, into the rarefied realms inhabited by an elite number of timeless masters. This has never been more focused and informed than on Parabellum.  Malmsteen shares, “I always try to push myself on every album I do, and attempt things which are more extreme than previously. But what has helped this time is that I wasn’t able to go on the road because of the pandemic. It meant I could take much longer in the studio, both to write and record. Because I am usually always on tour, which is great, I haven’t had the luxury of spending a lot of time working on new music for more than 20 years. But I suddenly had no pressure at all on that front. And I feel the album has benefited enormously as a result.”

There are instances when musicians can have so much time available to them for the purposes of recording and writing that what comes out of the process is a little stilted and overthought. But that is never the case here. He reflects, “I am the sort of person who doesn’t like to do take after take after take of any track. If something isn’t to my satisfaction, I’ll move on. But there were occasions with this album when I dismissed something because I thought it was a stinker. I went back a couple of days later, listened to it and wondered why I thought it stank in the first place. That’s the beauty of having everything available you’ve done through Pro Tools. Nothing is lost. Things were changing all the time. Song titles, tempos. Everything was fluid. I would listen to a part I had done for one specific song, and realise it worked better if I transposed it into another track.”

Four of the songs here feature vocals. But once more, this wasn’t mapped out in advance. Malmsteen offers, “I love to listen back to what I’ve done in the car. Sometimes I find myself singing along to what was supposed to be an instrumental. That’s when I realize this song does need vocals. The opposite happens as well.”

On occasion, it does sound as if Malmsteen has surely incorporated keyboards into the fabric of the album’s sonic tapestry. But this is not the case. He reveals, “I can assure you that, while it may seem as if there are keyboards, everything has been done by myself on guitar. Even what sounds like a piano intro to Wolves At The Door (listen below), the opening track, has been played on guitar.” This particular composition also includes a clever reference to 19th century classical master Paganini. “It’s the sort of thing I love to do. It’s my way of paying homage to him. And here it works very well within the flow of the track.”

The album title Parabellum is Latin, translating as “Prepare For War.” “There’s a track on the album called Si Vis Pacem) Parabellum,” he says. “This translates as ‘If you want peace, then prepare for war.’ It was a last-minute decision to make this the album title. But I think it fits very well.

In closing, he shares, “The bottom line for me is that the passion I feel for the music I make has to be obvious. I am the sort of person who lives in the moment. I wanted this album to have a joyous, spontaneous atmosphere. This must never sound as if it’s been rehearsed so much that it becomes routine. I hope people will put on this record at the start and listen right through to the end, from start to finish. I recorded this as a singular piece of art. Not as a collection of 10 tracks you can hear in any order you want. I was asked by Mascot what song would be the lead track. The one for which I’d do a video. You know what? I’d like to do videos for everything here. I view this album as having a natural flow from start to finish. It’s not to be cut up into little pieces. I want fans to experience the delight I had in making it.”

 Parabellum track list:

Wolves At The Door, Presto Vivace in C# MinorRelentless Fury(Sis Vis Pacem) ParabellumEternal BlissToccataGood Particle Magic Bullet(Fight) The Good Fight and Sea Of Tranquility.

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KIX ANNOUNCE THAT GUITARIST RONNIE YOUNKINS “IS TEMPORARILY UNABLE TO PERFORM FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE” ANNOUNCE ADDITION OF BOB PARÉ

Maryland rockers Kix have posted the following message on their Facebook page:

“Kix regrets to announce that our friend and brother guitarist Ronnie “10/10” Younkins is temporarily unable to perform with KIX for the foreseeable future. We wish Ronnie all the best, and we hope for his speedy return to the band.

Meanwhile, we welcome guitarist Bob Paré for Kix’s upcoming performances. Bob is an accomplished musician, having studied at The Music Institute in Los Angeles, CA, and having taught music theory and guitar at several institutions including Western Maryland College and Maryland Institute of Music. Bob was a session musician for several independent label releases, and has spent most of his long career performing live in the Maryland, Washington DC area with various bands including Forcer, Ever Rise, Project: Euphoria, and most recently, Rush tribute band Sun Dogs with Kix bassist Mark Schenker. Please join Kix in welcoming Bob to the family, while we await Ronnie’s eventual return.”

On November 20th, 2020, Kix celebrated the 35th anniversary of their album Midnight Dynamite by releasing Midnite Dynamite Re-Lit. The band partnered with long-time collaborator and the album’s original producer, Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Ratt, Warrant), for a blistering update of the fan-favorite album.

The album which was originally released on  October 7th, 1985, featured the slash-and-burn riffing of the album’s title track and the high-speed antics of Layin’ Rubber, to the Aerosmith-flavored groove of numbers like Cold Shower and Sex.

Thirty-five years after its initial release, Midnite Dynamite remains a fan and band favorite, and Hill (who also remixed Kix’s hit album Blow My Fuse to mark its 30th anniversary in 2018) relished the opportunity to return to the original 1985 multi-track tapes.

Read more about about Midnite Dynamite Re-Lit here, and to order the release, please go here.

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“THE METAL TOUR OF THE YEAR” FEATURING MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD, TRIVIUM AND IN FLAMES, ANNOUNCE RE-SCHEDULED DATES

As previously reported,  MegadethLamb Of GodTrivium and In Flames have announced their new make up dates for their pre-planned The Metal Tour Of The Year.

All previously purchased tickets for any of the rescheduled dates listed below will be valid for the new date. For any canceled dates, refunds will automatically be processed at your point of purchase. Tickets and VIP packages for all artists go on sale to the general public beginning May 7th at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com.

Speaking on the long-awaited announcement of the rescheduled run, Mustaine says, “Can you hear that sound of armies on the march — of destruction on the horizon? That’s this tour, coming for you. We cannot wait to return to the stage and I promise you you do NOT want to miss these shows. You’re not going to know what hit you!”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy adds, “The Metal Tour Of The Year couldn’t be stopped by anything. It is still happening, and we can’t wait to bring back shows with this monumental tour. We’re ready. Are you?”

In Flames singer Anders Fridén said, “I can’t really describe how good it feels to be really talking about going on tour, let alone The Metal Tour Of The Year. This setup is long overdue and we can’t wait to finally make it happen.”

The rescheduled dates are as follows:

Aug. 20 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater 
Aug. 21 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 
Aug. 22 – Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman 
Aug. 24 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center 
Aug. 25 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater 
Aug. 27 – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena 
Aug. 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre 
Aug. 31 – Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center 
Sep. 1 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre 
Sep. 2 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion 
Sep. 4 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center 
Sep. 5 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre 
Sep. 9 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago 
Sep. 11 – Danville, VA @ Blue Ridge Festival* 
Sep. 12 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 
Sep. 13 – Boston, MA @ Leader Bank Pavilion 
Sep. 15 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion 
Sep. 16 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center 
Sep. 18 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Music Center 
Sep. 19 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre 
Sep. 20 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion 
Sep. 22 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP 
Sep. 24 – Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre 
Sep. 26 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis 
Sep. 28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Armory 
Sep. 30 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage 
Oct. 1 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell 
Oct. 2 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron

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IRON MAIDEN FRONTMAN BRUCE DICKINSON, AND “ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL!” FILMMAKER SACHA GERVASI, TO CO-WRITE SCREENPLAY

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is teaming up with filmmaker Sacha Gervasi (Anvil: The Story of Anvil!) to co-write a narrative screenplay about the now-cult rock concert Dickinson played during the height of the Siege of Sarajevo in 1994.

Risking their lives, Dickinson and his band Skunkworks were smuggled into the besieged city by the UN to play a concert for its beleaguered citizens amidst the chaos of war. The journey was captured in a 2016 documentary Scream for Me Sarajevo.

The Siege Of Sarajevo was the longest siege in modern history lasting 1,425 days and resulting in more than 11,000 killed, including 1,600 children. The city was decimated, infrastructure destroyed, and there was wide spread damage to many cultural institutions, government buildings, hospitals, and schools.

In 2019, the Sarajevo City Council granted Dickinson the title of “Honorary citizen of Sarajevo,” in remembrance of his visit and the band’s performance at the peak of the Bosnian war. At the presentation Mayor Abdulah Skaka said, “The arrival of Mr. Dickinson in Sarajevo in 1994 was one of those moments that made us in Sarajevo realize that we will survive, that the city of Sarajevo will survive, that Bosnia-Herzegovina will survive.”

…Said Dickinson, “The few incredible days I spent in Sarajevo with my solo band pre-Christmas in 1994 were some of the most intense of my life. Crafting a story to bring the emotions, madness, tragedy and triumph to the screen is no easy task. My own journey was as a long haired heavy metal singer driving through firefights into a city that had been under siege longer than Stalingrad. Mine was not, of course, the only journey taken on that day, and afterwards, at home in London, I left behind in Sarajevo travelling companions on the road of life. This movie is actually dedicated to their story, not mine.”

Gervasi commented, ”I first met Bruce Dickinson as a 15 year old Maiden fan in London in 1982.  Now, nearly 40 years later to be co-writing this extraordinarily intense and personal story with Bruce himself is a genuine and unexpected honor. The real story of the kids and local musicians who attended that show is as poignant as it is inspiring. Many of them didn’t make it. As Bruce has already said, we hope this film will be a tribute to them.”

Dickinson and Gervasi sat down with award-winning podcaster Alex Ferrari for an exclusive discussion about their collaboration and inspirations on Ferrari’s new podcast, Next Level Soul which will air on Saturday, May 1st.  See exclusive preview clip here.

Dickinson is the lead singer of Iron Maiden one of the world’s greatest and most successful heavy metal bands who have sold in excess of 90 million albums.  His incredible array of talents include being a commercial airline pilot, entrepreneur, best-selling author, International fencer, brewmaster, and motivational keynote speaker.

Gervasi’s critically-acclaimed Emmy award-winning rock documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil also won the Film Independent Spirit Awards, two International Documentary Association prizes, and earned him a DGA Nomination.  Gervasi’s Hitchcock received BAFTA, SAG, and Golden Globe nominations for Helen Mirren’s performance as Alma Reville, as well as an Oscar nomination for make-up and hairstyling.  His 2018 film, My Dinner with Hervé starring Peter Dinklage was nominated for PGA, WGA, and the Critics Choice Award, as well as a primetime Emmy for Outstanding Television Film.

source: deadline.com

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