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Guns and Roses??? Really, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Gund - n -Roses Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Guns-n-Roses? Really?

The 2012 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced recently.

The concert and induction ceremony is scheduled for April 5 -14th in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

The Red Hot Chili Peppers

 

The inductee’s included The Red Hot Chili Peppers,

 

 

 

 

 

The Faces/The Small Faces,

The Small Faces/The Faces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and the great Freddie King.

Freddie King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were several other worthy inductees as well that I am choosing not to mention at this time.  The criteria the Hall of Fame uses is very broad and subjective.  Basically, they can induct who ever they want to.  He is the verbatim quote from the Hall of Fame’s own site:

To be eligible for induction as an artist (as a performer, composer, or musician) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the artist must have released a record, in the generally accepted sense of that phrase, at least 25 years prior to the year of induction; and have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence.  We shall consider factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique, but musical excellence shall be the essential qualification of induction.

So here’s my opinion.  Guns-n-Roses is not worthy of the Hall of Fame.  They formed in 1987 and broke up in 1994.  Their lead guitar player, Slash,  has reformed the band with new members including a new lead singer.  They put out 2 really good recordings; Appetite for Destruction, and Use Your Illusions I & II.  The Hall praised them as “The Rolling Stones of their time…”  You have got to be kidding me!  I saw GNR twice.  The first time I saw them the opened for Arrowsmith.  They were awesome and I really enjoyed their show.  The second time I saw them was in Texas Stadium at an all day Rock Concert.  The headliner was INXS.  GNR went on right before INXS.  They made it through about three songs.  Axle Rose, their lead singer, started kicking INXS’s equipment off the stage.  He went on rant about the fact that they should have been the headliner of the concert.  The Irving Police Department had enough of his appetite for destruction, and profanity.  Axle had to stop using his illusion and ended up in the Irving jail charged with public lewdness and destruction of property.  This alone is enough to block them from the Hall of Fame.  It’s okay if a musician doesn’t like another musicians music, but it’s not okay for them to disrespect another musician.  The Hall is about honoring musicians.  I believe that in order for you to be honored, you should have to be honorable.  GNR’s  brevity of career, lack of a significant body of work, and their attitude toward other musicians make them a poor choice for the Hall of Fame.  Shame on the voters and shame on the Hall of Fame.  Congratulations to all the other inductees.  They are all worthy candidates.

It’s my opinion.  I could be wrong.  What do you think?

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Did Led Zeppelin Rip Off Spirit???? The Story of Spirit Continued…

 

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So my Spirit posting last week brought out some great comments from my faithful readers.  First my brother brought up the story that Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin ripped off the guitar intro to “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirits song “Taurus”.  I had left this story out because I could not find the song and hear it myself.  My brother sent me the song by Dropbox so I’ll share it with you now and let you decide for yourself.

Taurus

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So what do you think? Pretty obvious isn’t it?

Next I received a comment from a reader who goes by the name realgreecer.  He is circulating an on-line petition to get Spirit inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  I think this is long over due so I signed the petition immediately and I am posting the link to the petition below.  Please sign it and tell others you know to do so as well.  Let’s get this terrible oversight corrected as soon as possible.

http://www.petitiononline.com/12dreams/petition.html

Wouldn’t be funny to have Neil Young be the inductor for Spirit.  He and Randy California used to be friends.  There is a famous story about one of the reunion tours of Spirit where Neil Young tried to walk out on stage to sing “Like a Rolling Stone” with the band.  The keyboard player John Locke had invited Neil to join the band for the encore but Randy didn’t know anything about it.  Randy felt Neil was trying to upstage him on his comeback tour so he punched out Neil Young and pushed him off the stage!  John Locke got so angry about it that he stood up and announced that he was leaving the band and walked off stage.  That ended the 1975 come back tour of Spirit.  Last is the synthesizer that Randy California introduced to Jimmy Page called the Theremin.  Several readers weren’t sure what I was talking about so I am posting a photo of a Theremin below.


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Thanks for all the great comments and keep ’em comin’!

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