There will be much more information about the musical news which I will
First of all, in Northeast Cleveland, Ohio over the weekend, a low-key
gathering of 20,000 people listened to the Foo Fighters. This was held
in Grohl’s home town area.
Second of all, The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees were given
their awards and tribute in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday. Even Ringo
Starr made a big point of saying it was nice the ceremony was held in
Cleveland. Sometimes, it is held in New York City, but since the Rock
Hall is in Cleveland, we may pout a bit if they go somewhere else.
The Class of 2015 was diverse, eclectic, rhythm and blues, electric blues,
rock n roll and soul. Some were posthumously given to family members.
1. Ringo Starr- Someone commented on the radio, that he doesn’t have
the body of work that others who are often in the ring contending for a
spot. I think the D.J. wished for Styx to finally make it. Ringo was the last
Beatle, who did have influence in the different international projects,
has been knighted and was overdue to be given his respect, I feel.
Sir Paul McCartney gave the award and made a joke about “Inducing”
Ringo. Then laughed and said, “I mean Inducting Ringo.”
2. Johnny and Edgar Tanner were the musicians who composed the band,
“The 5 Royales.” There were other members, hence the name of “5” but
the ones who led the group were the two Tanner brothers. This was a
rhythm and blues band which played from 1945-1965. They were the ones
who later were recognized as worthy of having their music “covered” and
considered strong influence on such greats as Ray Charles, Eric Clapton,
and The Rolling Stones’ lead singer, Mick Jagger.
3. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. I know you love their immortal or iconic
song, “I Love Rock and Roll. . . put a quarter in the jukebox, baby…”
I will let you look up their other famous songs or listen to parts of the
actual honorary ceremony. (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has its own
website and may have the whole thing on tape.)
4. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, known for playing blues at Woodstock,
from the 1960’s, coming from the South Side of Chicago. Their influence
of a genre called, “electric blues,” inspired such famous musical artists as
The Doors, Santana, Steve Miller Band, Allman Brothers and the J. Geils
Band, who had their ‘front man,’ Peter Wolf, present the induction trophy.
5. Green Day, who has not performed any new music for two years was
chosen for their body of work. They have been popular on the radio, too.
The group was given a tribute from an ensemble including John Mayer
singing their songs in a medley. I like their upbeat tempo and some of the
songs like “The Time of Your Life, ” while I have had my kids say they like,
“American Idiot,” “Dookie” and “Holiday.”
6. Lou Reed, who died in 2013 but his wife was given the award by Patti
Smith. I mentioned Lou Reed in my post about Jane’s and how I love the
song, “Sweet Jane.” Lou Reed is also known for “Walk on the Wild Side”
and “Perfect Day.”
7. Bill Withers, singer and lyricist. The famous tunes he is known for are
“Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Use Me,” and “Lovely Day.” Although
he has not sung for decades, at age 76 was asked to get up with a group
of artists, band members and he was not able to be heard. This may be
fine, since some people said he may have been ‘lip synching’ anyway.
8. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, who have been recognized
for quite some time as needing to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame. I like his vocals and the band is always so vibrant in “Pride and
Joy” and sweet tones in “Little Wing.”
The Main Event of the Weekend for me was on Sunday evening:
“The Fiftieth American Country Music Awards Show.”
The Duo of Hosts:
Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan.
I am someone who likes to be able to watch the awards shows, as they are
on television. I did enjoy watching parts of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony on Youtube. I did not see it as it was going on, nor did I
get to see it in its entirety.
I would have liked to seen the country music entertainers have a Red Carpet
Event. I checked on the channel the show was presented on, but it did not
have a Red Carpet. I started at 7:00 looking at “E!” Channel, which did not
have a Red Carpet for this either.
Well, guess why?
They were having to pack into the Texas “A T & T” Stadium. There was no
gracious way of filing in neatly or in nice little pockets, where journalists
could interview them. I was sad that everyone missed this opportunity to hear
what each country singers’ latest projects were. I think it was a shame they
could not reveal details about their wardrobe including jewelry, shoes, dress,
tuxedo suit. I like to hear which designer created their fashion for the evening.
The first announcement explaining the zoo-like energy in the stadium was
this Award Ceremony and Show had made the Guinness Book of Records!
This was the largest gathering of people for an awards ceremony.
The show opened with a tribute to Merle Haggard. The song medley was
sung and guitars were played by Eric Church and Keith Urban. I enjoyed
this a lot. I only know the songs from the lyrics, so please fill in any blanks
you wish to in the comments section! I heard “Pledge Allegiance to the
Country?” “Love on a Sunday Night,” and “Raise ’em to the Sky” in the
words they sang.
The black and white background seemed appropriate for someone who
is recognized as one of the ‘all time greats’ of country music. It seemed
like an old-time set, with Keith and Eric both wearing black, too.
Later, another country music great was acknowledged as having been
“Entertainer of the Year,” for four decades in a row: George Strait.
There were recognition awards given to the following besides George
1. Garth Brooks
2. Brooks and Dunn
3. Kenny Chesney
4. Miranda Lambert
5. Reba McEntire
6. Taylor Swift
The song, “Sipping on Fire” scared me with such pyrotechnics and dramatic
flames surrounding the group, “Florida-Georgia Line.” I enjoy their singing
and was happy they won “Best Vocal Event of the Year.”
The “Best Song of the Year,” was given to Miranda Lambert, who writes her
own songs and is a very good singer. The song, “Automatic,” was chosen.
If you wish to hear a touching song, please listen to “Little Red Wagon.”
(I wrote about the Italian man who invented the Radio Flyer wagon, should
you wish to read about his interesting story, you can use your cursor to find
‘Radio Flyer wagon’ in the tags in the right column and it will take you to story.)
Other performances worth looking up and noting were:
Dirks Bentley singing, “Riser.”
Sam Hunt singing, “Make You Miss Me.” (I think, it started out as “I don’t wanna
make you love me. . .”
Casey Musgrave singing, “Follow Your Arrow.”
Everyone was dancing and singing along to Martina McBride’s infectious song,
“Independence Day.” Taylor Swift was dancing with a friend in the audience, too.
Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon looked beautiful and wished to thank
Miranda Lambert for writing a song for their movie coming out soon. Sofia was
wearing a black sequined tight dress and Reese was wearing a silver glittery
dress, knee length, It had ‘swing’ to it. The song is called, “Hot Pursuit.”
The Band Perry introduced the nominations and then gave the award for
“Best Vocal Duo” to the Florida-Georgia Line.
All together, Miranda Lambert won 4 awards and as I mentioned, Luke Bryan
won “Best Entertainer of the Year.”
Little Big Town may have won “Best Vocal Group of the Year,” but I don’t think
I will have time to check this one out. I like the way their voices blend together.
One of their nostalgic songs came out awhile ago, “Boondocks.” I love this one!
They sang, “Girl Crush,” on the awards show.
Rascal Flatts and Christina Aguilera sang together. Christina’s song is called,
“Shotgun,” while Rascal Flatts is called, “Riot,” and they made this into a
By the way, if you have not caught (ever) “Nashville,” check out last week’s
episode where Christina sang country song on stage and this was so much
Christina’s character, Jade St. John, had pink-colored hair but previews
show her in dark hair next week. She is trying to ‘rock the boat’ and break
up a couple on that silly evening soap opera.
I check “Nashville” out during commercials. . . smiles!
The music was louder than I have ever heard it at an awards ceremony,
with the stadium really echoing the voices. I enjoyed it, wished I had had
some kids to dance around the living room with, since I just sat and watched.
Sunday nights are fun nights to have award shows and the next one isn’t
until May, 2015.
One last positive musical ‘note’ is that Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi
Christina, has come out of her coma. There is hope for her to be able to
recover from her horrible, tragic bath accident, which may or may not have
involved drugs or foul play. I am just hoping for Whitney’s mother, Bobbi’s
grandmother’s sake, that she makes a full recovery.