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Old school record store days! Check out the hand made foamcore wall displays made the the artists at Tower Records Berkley to promote the “Standing On The Edge” and “Lap Of Luxury” albums in the 80’s. For more on those crazy rock n roll loving Tower Records Berkeley store artists (that helped influence the in-store look of Tower Records stores moving forward in the 80’s) check out the documentary “Art Gods” on DVD (artgodsmovie.com).
On Oct. 15, Elvis Costello came to Washington, D.C.’s Sixth and I to talk with Slate culture editor Dan Kois about his new memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. The pair discussed the moment when 8-year-old Declan MacManus first understood that music was a thing you could hold and love; how the Attractions were influenced by Neil Young, David Bowie, and Cheap Trick; and how his appearance in the Spice Girls movie reflects his feelings about the difficulty of pop songwriting. Plus, an audience member asked the most important question: “How do you really feel about Sting?”
Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander: From Safety Harbor to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
From October 8, 2015 through December 9, 2015 fans can visit www.rockhall.com to cast votes for induction. The top five artists, as selected by the public will comprise a “fan’s ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2016 Inductees. Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians and members of the music industry.
Here is the link to the poll:
Break out the white flags.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame may finally surrender to Cheap Trick, nominated for the first time for induction in 2016. Eligible since 2002, the I Want You to Want Me rockers join other first-ever nominees including R&B veteran Janet Jackson, new wave rockers The Cars and Mexican-American group Los Lobos.
Singer Chaka Khan is nominated solo (previously up for 2012 induction with funk band Rufus), while Steve Miller and Chicago are in contention after two decades of eligibility.Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., Chic and The Smiths — all in the running last year — are nominated again.
“It’s a wide range,” says Joel Peresman, CEO and president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “I always find that’s how it comes together, but it’s representative of different people’s definitions of rock.” With less-familiar artists such asJames Brown’s funk group The J.B.’s in the mix, “it’s not necessarily how many records you’ve sold, it’s about what your influence in the arts is.”
The nominees represent “the splintering of genres that increasingly began to characterize popular music since the ’90s — and the variety of nominees that I think we’ll see from now into the future,” says Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis. The inclusion of Los Lobos, in particular, “acknowledges not just decades of great work, but the important Latino influence in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.”
Inductees will be determined by more than 800 artists, historians and music-industry professionals. Artists are eligible for consideration 25 years after releasing their first single or album (1990, for the newest crop of nominees).
The public can participate in the process by casting votes through select media outlets, including usatoday.com, and at rockhall.com. Voting ends Dec. 9 and the top five artists will make up a fans’ ballot, which counts as a single vote.
The 2016 inductees will be announced in December and the induction ceremony will be held in New York in April.
This year’s hopefuls:
Cheap Trick. The hard-rocking, power-pop pioneers (Dream Police) found success in Japan before breaking through stateside and have toured almost nonstop over the band’s four-decade history.
Winners of a signed Cheap Trick set list from the Australia/New Zealand tour are:
Because we had a large amount of people with the correct answers, we have managed to get a few extra Grand Prize winners for the 2 tickets and VIP meet/greet access.
Craig Locaciato – Biloxi show
Andrea Roelle – Bethlehem show
Chris Nielsen – Bethlehem show
Elaine Fenz – Bethlehem show
Janice Kozack – Indio show
Kai Fritzschen – Indio show
Debbie Lowe – Kansas City show
David Whittaker – Kansas City show
Marcus Brown – Kansas City show
The CHEAP TRICK DAY 2015 contest is now closed, and winners have been announced. Here are the answers to the quiz:
HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS/ANSWERS!:
Cheap Trick are currently away on a month long tour of Australia and New Zealand, so what better way to celebrate Cheap Trick Day in 2015 than with a tour-based quiz?
1. We are starting our tour in the city where producer Jack Douglas was born. Which city is that?
NEW YORK CITY
2. We are now on the island where we recorded an album with Sir George Martin. Where are we?
3. In the third song on our 4th album release, what place was cancelled?
COLORADO (from “Lookout” lyrics)
4. We are now in a European city where, along with AC/DC and The Who, we played an outdoor show in front of nearly 80,000 people. Where is this?
5. We love touring in Japan! We are now in the city where we played our last show of the 2003 Japanese tour, where are we?
6. We did a major tour in 1977 with Gene Simmons and his gang, which really got us some great exposure. In which city (and province) did that summer tour start?
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA (with KISS)
7. The final track from the studio album we released in 1986 had us on meeting on some streets. But if it wasn’t New York, where was it?
LONDON (“It’s Only Love” from The Doctor album)
8. It’s always good to be close to home! We played a huge hometown gig a few years back, which spawned a live double CD. But from which city and state were the location audio facilities provided for that show?
GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS (from the credits in Silver CD booklet)
9. We are in the one country that is specifically named in the 7th track of our fourth studio LP. Where is it?
CANADA (“Writing on the Wall” from Dream Police album)
10. Some of the band members traveled with the 1st Airborne Rock’n’Roll Division, entertaining American servicemen overseas. On the back cover of our eighth studio album, Rick is pictured wearing a personalized tour jacket. What’s the place name immediately below “Philippines”?
DIEGO GARCIA (Standing on the Edge album cover)
11. We are now standing outside the venue where we were once joined onstage by the sensational Alex Harvey. In which city are we?
LONDON (Hammersmith Odeon, 1980)
12. We’ve recorded in lots of places… we went to the pub in this small village and then we recorded “Money is the Route of All Fun” with Roy Wood. Which village and country are we in?
BATTLE, ENGLAND (from the liner notes in Sex, America, Cheap Trick)
13. Some location filming for the third video from our tenth studio album took place in this Olympian city. Where are we?
14. The title of the last song (unlisted on the original release) on our third LP was a play on the name of which town (where we played a lot in our early days)?
EAU CLAIRE (Wisconsin)
15. One of these is the ideal way to finish a Chinese meal… but in which city and state did we record the basic track of this song at a soundcheck?
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (“Fortune Cookie,” from the liner notes of Sex, America, Cheap Trick).
16. Getting awards is always nice. We were given an award by Classic Rock magazine at The Roundhouse in recognition of “At Budokan”, but in which city was the awards ceremony?
17. So here we are at the end of this tour! When we played in this city in October 1979, we set a sound level record of 116db! And funnily enough, we are playing in this city again today! Happy Cheap Trick Day!
AUCKLAND (New Zealand)
18. It’s always cool to be on the same bill as one of your heroes. Last time we were in Germany, we played two shows opening for the legendary Jeff Beck. In which city was the second of these shows?
19. In 1998 and 1999, we performed our first three albums at a number of cities all around the USA. In which city and state were the last album shows of 1998 performed?
20. The Stacked Actors opened a show for us in which Olympian city?
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (2002, Foo Fighters)
TOM’S TWO-PART TIEBREAKER:
Where did Tom live during the entire recording of Cheap Trick’s debut album in 1976?
Tom says: “”I lived at Jack Douglas’ apartment in New York City.”
Where did Rick live?
Tom says: “Rick lived at Jack Douglas’ house in Montclair, New Jersey.”
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KOOL AND THE GANG AND CHEAP TRICK
TO KICK OFF 2014 R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL WEEKEND
WITH FOURTH ANNUAL FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT
Concert Event in Champions Square Free and Open to Public
NEW ORLEANS (Nov. 20, 2014) – R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Officials announced today that Kool & the Gang and Cheap Trick will perform at the fourth annual “Friday Night Concert” on Friday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. in Champions Square. Admission to the concert is free.
The Friday Night Concert will kick off the fan festivities surrounding the 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The 2014 game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 10:00 a.m. (CST) in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Creating an estimated annual economic impact of $25 million to the city of New Orleans, this years’ matchup will include a representative from the Sun Belt Conference against a Mountain West opponent.
“Each year, the Friday Night Concert brings locals and visiting fans together to celebrate the city of New Orleans and the bowl festivities—and what better way than an open concert in Champions Square. Kool & the Gang and Cheap Trick promise to deliver another memorable bowl moment filled with free funk and fun.” said the Bowl’s Executive Director, Billy Ferrante.