Archives: May 2014

Watch KISS, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana & More Honored on HBO’s 2014 Rock Hall of Fame Induction Special on Saturday

Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameThis past April 10, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony for the first time in Brooklyn, New York, a star-studded event whose honorees included KISS, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt and The E Street Band. As you’d expected, the bash included plenty of heartfelt speeches by both the inductees and the guest presenters, as well as many unforgettable performances. Plenty of highlights from the event will be featured on HBO’s 2014 Rock and …read more

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Watch KISS, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana & More Honored on HBO’s 2014 Rock Hall of Fame Induction Special on Saturday

Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameThis past April 10, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony for the first time in Brooklyn, New York, a star-studded event whose honorees included KISS, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt and The E Street Band. As you’d expected, the bash included plenty of heartfelt speeches by both the inductees and the guest presenters, as well as many unforgettable performances. Plenty of highlights from the event will be featured on HBO’s 2014 Rock and …read more

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Marty Balin to Reunite with Ex-Jefferson Starship Band Mate Slick Aguilar at NYC Show This Week

Photo: Mike ThutFormer Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship singer Marty Balin currently has just one concert on his schedule, but it’s shaping up to be a special one. When Balin performs at the Cutting Room club in New York City this Saturday, one of his former Jefferson Starship band mates, guitarist Slick Aguilar, will be on hand to perform a few songs with him.

Aguilar was forced to leave the Jefferson Starship in 2012 when he discovered he was in need of a liver transplant. Last summer, the veteran musician underwent a successful transplant …read more

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Jimmy Page Says “Stairway to Heaven” Plagiarism Claim “Is Ridiculous”

Photo: Ross HalfinLed Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has responded to claims that he copied the famous opening riff of “Stairway to Heaven” from a song by the band Spirit. During a recent interview with French newspaper Liberation, the rock legend was asked about the accusations, to which he replied, “This is ridiculous. I have no further comment on the subject.”

As previously reported, Francis Alexander Malofiy, an attorney who represents a songwriting trust for the late Spirit frontman Randy California, recently told Bloomberg Businessweek that he was preparing a copyright-infringement lawsuit and an …read more

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Chad Smith and Will Ferrell Offer Drum-Off Swag for Charity

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCThe drum-off between Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith might be over, but its charitable spirit lives on. Ferrell and Smith have signed a very limited number of drum-off swag items, which you can snag, if you act fast.

On the Chili Peppers Facebook page, there’s a link to GumRoad.com, which is hosting the sale of cymbals, drum heads and, of course, cowbells — all screened with the Smith/Ferrell Drum-Off graphic and personally signed by both.

A cowbell will set you back $400, a drumhead is $500 and a 20-inch Sabian …read more

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