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No Hall of Fame for Styx

Another year has passed and one of the greatest pop rock bands to hit the music scene has been overlooked again.  In an effort to express himself, Dennis DeYoung took to Facebook with his thoughts.

“Interesting. After you informed me of the latest round of inductions into the R and R Hall of Fame I looked up Joan Jett only to find that she did not write her biggest hit I Love Rock and Roll but a band named the Arrows did. Wow! I did not know this. Their version nearly identical to hers is on YouTube.

Fans of bands like Styx, Journey, Boston, Foreigner and others, are stuck with the fact that the people who decide who is worthy of induction are for the most part the same ones who never liked these bands. Anything said by any of us who were in those groups in defense will sound like sour grapes no matter how valid the statistics, how persuasive the arguments. Music is subjective. As the Romans said “de gustibus non disputandum est which kinda means “to each his own said the lady as she kissed the cows ass”. This is the thing I remember most from four years of high school Latin, that and amo amas amat.

Here is a good article about we faceless bands written back in1982. Bernstein from Lieberman Krebs sums it up by stating the obvious, writers never liked these bands so they had no interest in their faces. Writers are adept at making unknown acts they prefer into a big deal thus giving them pumped up identities and yes faces. Styx’s former manager not only distrusted the press and ignored them but went one step further and actively antagonized them. He and I had many a heated discussion over his policy. My view was simple, as individuals we had worthy opinions and were not without humor or charm and we should find those in the press willing to give us a chance. We finally revolted as a group and in1981 hired The Howard Bloom pr firm who did a masterful job in publicizing the success of that tour and album. But by that time the image or should I say non image had been established. I heard that Rush’s fan base and the kiss Army were instrumental in getting them inducted so there are more ways to skin a cat.

On a related matter on a recent visit to FBI headquarters I went through a facial recognition apparatus only to hear the operator proclaim,”sorry Dennis this machine can’t find your face. Cheers Dennis”


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Joan Jett to Open for The Who

Yes, The Who is still touring.  The band recently announced that Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will be joining the rock gods for the North American portion of their 50th anniversary tour that kicks off April 15th in Tampa, Florida.

“Having Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, a great American rock band, support us on our North American dates will ensure concertgoers a full night of entertainment,” says Roger Daltrey. “I love her.”

Pete Townshend adds, “We’ve been very close friends with Joan Jett for a long time.  She is the real deal.  This will be a great night of rock and roll for everyone.”


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Paul McCartney Making The TV Rounds

Sir Paul McCartney is making the rounds to promote his new single, Hope for the Future.

Last night McCartney visited Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and briefly addressed former bandmate Ringo Starr’s impending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (again).

When asked if he’ll attend the ceremony, he replied, “I definitely am. I’m really excited.”

McCartney’s scheduled to appear on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night.


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No Doubt Fills in for U2

Its becoming the gig of the year, fill in for U2.  Over the weekend, U2 was slated to headline the annual Almost Acoustic Christmas concert.  Good thing Gwen and the rest of No Doubt were available to fill in.

“It’s beyond flattering,” a gushing Stefani told Yahoo Music before Sunday’s show. “It’s weird, too, because we toured with U2 back in the day and I know Bono quite well. He is, like, a real magical guy, and I can’t believe that happened to him. I feel bad about Bono and the guys; they just worked so hard on their record and they’re so excited, and then that happened. But he’s just so resilient. He’ll get better, and I’ll be praying for him. But yes, we were flattered to be asked, of course.”


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Class of 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Class of 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced.

  • Ringo Starr
  • The “5” Royales
  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Green Day
  • Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • Lou Reed
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
  • Bill Withers

The induction ceremony is set for April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall.


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