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U2, Pretenders Join Rock's Hall of Fame at NY Gala

New York – Irish rockers U2 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, led by their charismatic singer Bono, whose work on behalf of Africa’s poor have also earned him status as a political statesman. The 20th annual ceremony on Monday night at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel also honored The Pretenders, led by singer-guitarist Chrissie Hynde, soul veterans Percy Sledge and The O’Jays as well as blues-guitar great Buddy Guy as members of rock’s elite. “(U2) are the keepers of some of the most beautiful sonic architecture in the rock-and-roll world,” said rocker Bruce Springsteen while… Read more »


We Need To Revive Lilith Fair: The All-Female Music Festival

“Did you know there was an all female music festival back in the 90’s?” My mother asked me this question a few weeks ago as we were getting ready to go out to dinner. Standing side by side in my hall bathroom, making some last minute touches to our hair and outfits, Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) blasted from the living room speakers. My mom has always been my go-to when it comes to women in music, exposing me to an endless slew of amazing female artists as I grew up. The conversation started as we praised Taylor Swift for the… Read more »


Foo Fighters, Haim, and More Announced on Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Festival

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is bringing back the annual Ohana Festival this fall to Dana Point, CA, and he’s bringing some renowned friends with him this year. Returning to California from Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Doheny State Beach, the latest installment features Vedder headlining alongside The Killers, Haim, The Chicks, Foo Fighters, and Pretenders. Spread across 3 days this fall, Ohana Festival will also feature performances from Japanese Breakfast, Suki Waterhouse (who recently starred in ‘Daisy Jones and The Six’ as keyboardist Karen Sirko), Amos Lee, and plenty more. Check out the day-by-day lineup breakdown below. Presale tickets will be… Read more »


Chrissie Hynde sings at Ohio benefit

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Chrissie Hynde and Jerry Lee Lewis performed at a concert to benefit a local theater and celebrate the upcoming opening of Hynde’s vegetarian restaurant. Hynde, an Akron native and the lead singer of The Pretenders, presided over a weekend-long celebration of VegiTerranean, her eatery that will feature a blend of Mediterranean and vegetarian cuisine when it opens here in October. The events started with a Friday night acoustic performance, continued Saturday afternoon with the restaurant’s ribbon-cutting ceremony and ended Saturday night with the concert. Hynde handed out bean salsa and other hors d’oeuvres… Read more »


Emo-Punk: Hair Metal's Second Coming

Recently, Maureen Callahan wrote a piece for the New York Post about Crush Management, the NYC cadre that shepherds the careers of Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, the Academy Is … , Boys Like Girls and Armor for Sleep (or, as Callahan puts it, “basically any band that a 13-year-old girl with a blog and a Hot Topic habit obsesses over”). Aside from providing readers with some genuinely bananas quotes from songwriter/ rock-and-roll vampire Butch Walker about credibility (especially considering this is on his résumé), the article is excellent primarily because it floats the hypothesis that the artists… Read more »


Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Grammys?

It’s no secret – particularly to various employees at Gambleversity.com, MyBookie.org and/or BetOnAnythingThatMoves.net – that we here at MTV News enjoy the occasional foray into the exhilarating world of wagering. Of course, the key word here is occasional. But with Sunday’s Grammy Awards on the horizon, we convened the MTV News Bet-ological Braintrust – which is really nothing more than a couple of writers and “Hammerin’ ” Hank Goldberg on speakerphone – and determined just which of the Grammy’s 108 categories are most ripe for some sweet speculation. While there are plenty of intriguing possibilities – the battle between Eddie… Read more »


Non-Niche Radio Is Becoming the New Niche

New York – Radio’s playlist liberation movement hatched in late 2001 at a birthday party in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A radio was blasting when Howard Kroeger, director of operations and programing for CHUM Broadcasting’s Winnipeg stations, arrived at his friend’s 40th-birthday bash. It was a competitor’s classic rock station, and Kroeger used the occasion to conduct an informal focus group among the partygoers, most in their mid- to late 30s. Whenever Boston, the Cars, Meatloaf, Supertramp or some other ’70s staple came on, it got an overwhelming thumbs-up from the Molson-enhanced crowd. But there was a noticeable lack of enthusiasm when… Read more »


O'Jays Protested Induction To Rock Hall Of Fame by Timberlake

Veteran band protests about Justin Veteran R&B group the O’Jays protested about Justin Timberlake’s involvement in their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group were introduced by the 24-year-old singer at the ceremony at in New York. The O’Jays are best known for their disco 70s hits Love Train and Backstabbers. Eddie Levert, 62, said they were unhappy about Timberlake inducting them into the Hall. He said: “We protested, kicked and stomped. But it is out of our control.” His bandmate Walter Williams, 61, added: “No offence to Justin, because he deserves the respect he has… Read more »

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