Rock Class of 2012:
And the Rock Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2012 announced this morning in order of the alphabet include the Beastie Boys, Donovan, Guns N’ Roses, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Small Faces. At least in the “Performer Category.” An “Early Influence” nod went out to blues icon Freddie King, among other industry non-performer awards. Unlike previous years’ ceremonies being held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC, the April 14th event will take place at the Hall of Fame proper in Cleveland. For those who don’t know the 25-year clause that makes a band eligible from the drop date of their respective debut, the 2012 ceremony also marks the 25th year of the ceremony itself. In other words, there are plenty more opportunities for the rock you grew up on to remind you that you’re getting older.
The Radioheads Occupy:
The Occupy movement is still not dead. In London last night, a handful of British movers and shakers of the UK music realm – Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke, UNKLE‘s 3D and members of Massive Attack—hosted a pop-up fundraising DJ set in an abandoned complex owned by Swiss banking giant UBS on the East side of the city. The irony is that only a small percentage of special invitees were invited to the “thank you” gig. However, other percentages have all access to a “pay what you want” recording of the event, with proceeds directly funding the UK Occupy movement in additions to sister and brother encampments around the world. The Guardian peeps were on the invite list, and have some choice words and video on hand.
Once There Was A Musical:
That tale of a “Broken-Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy,” and the Czech flower-girl that kept him company for a bit in Dublin, played by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova in 2008’s “Once,” of which the two artists won an Academy nod for best original song with “Falling Slowly,” is making its way to Broadway come March 18th, 2012. Based on a book by Enda Walsh, the Broadway production will star Steve Kazee and Cristin Miloti. Here’s to hoping they have the same star-crossed chemistry as their silver screen counterparts (Via Billboard).
Your Attention Please: The Afghan Whigs Return:
Cincinnati’s resident brooding shredders of the 90s, The Afghan Whigs, that never-commercially-could, despite being poached by Sub Pop as the first non-Pacific Northwest crew signed to its label, have announced their first return to live music-hood since they split around the turn of the millennium. The Whigs will be amongst the talent at the final night of London’s All Tomorrow’s Parties on May 27th, 2012, followed by another ATP curated event in New Jersey’s Asbury Park on September 22nd, 2012 (Via Spin). How’s about a solute to these fantastic screaming gentlemen?
As the great Onion crew commented via headline this afternoon, the “Least Corrupt Politician In Illinois History,” Rod Blagojevich, was sentenced to 14 years in prison this afternoon for over 18 corruption charge convictions. His final plea: “I am unbelievably sorry.” Our broken-hearted lyricapsule plea via fellow IlliNOISians, Alkaline Trio: