More RRHOF Drama: Rod Stewart Calls In Sick To The Faces Reunion

by (@unclegrambo)

What started out as a SUPER promising Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Class of 2012 induction ceremony is turning out to be littered with disappointment. First off, Hall organizers announced that this year’s ceremony would take place on the same weekend as Coachella, forcing many people to make a difficult decision as to which event they would ultimately attend. Next, the Beastie Boys announced that they would not be performing at the ceremony this year as Adam “MCA” Yauch continues to recover from cancer (but they WILL be attending). Then, Axl Rose dropped a bombshell on Tuesday night when he penned an open letter to the Hall wherein he refused to be inducted alongside his former GNR bandmates (a decision that That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk applauded). Now, in a late breaking story, it appears that the eternally spiky-haired rocker Rod Stewart will be skipping out on the ceremony, too!

You see, Rod “The Bod” was supposed to join a reunion of the seminal sixties Brit rockers Faces, a band that also includes guitarist Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones), drummer Kenney Jones, and keyboardist Ian McLagan. However, at a press conference in Cleveland earlier today, Wood announced that “Unfortunately Rod is complaining of a sore throat,” and told a group of reporters that Stewart will not be attending the ceremony this weekend. Fortunately for fans of Faces, they have a backup: Mick Hucknall, the lead singer from Simply Red, will be taking Rod’s place. Now that we think of it, Slash, Duff and the rest of the guys in Guns N’ Roses might want to ask Mick if he knows any GNR tunes, too…

Rod Stewart To Skip Faces Reunion At Rock Hall Induction Due To Illness

Helping You Make The Tough Decisions At The 2012 Coachella Music Festival

by (@unclegrambo)

As we type this, the gates are about to open in Indio, California for the thirteenth incarnation of the Coachella Festival, and for the lucky few (hundred thousand) with wristbands (and the jealous/curious rest of us), the festival has posted set times for this weekend’s insanely strong lineup. There’s at least one performer worth seeing at any given time, so if you’re going, definitely try to check out at least one band you haven’t heard before. (If you’re like us and are sitting hundreds or thousands of miles away from the Empire Polo Club, YouTube will be livestreaming much of this year’s fest.)

As anyone who has ever attended a music festival will attest, the most difficult part of the weekend is choosing between one or more of your favorite acts who are scheduled to play at overlapping times. With that in mind, we’re here to help! Here are this weekend’s five most crowded time slots, along with our recommendations about who you should see at Coachella this weekend.

FRIDAY EVENING: Pulp vs. Frank Ocean
FRIDAY NIGHT: The Black Keys vs. Explosions In The Sky vs. M83
SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Childish Gambino vs. Azealia Banks
SATURDAY EVENING: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds vs. Martin Solveig
SUNDAY NIGHT: Florence + The Machine vs. DJ Shadow vs. AVICII

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Eddie Trunk On The Axl Rose Controversy: “Knowing What I Know About The Hall, I Like Him Even More For Standing Up To This Whole Thing”

by (@unclegrambo)

The buzz surrounding the rock royalty that will be in attendance for the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame’s 2012 induction ceremony this weekend is currently being overshadowed by the buzz surrounding the one person who will NOT be in attendance. Of course, we’re talking about the one and only W. Axl Rose, who gave the Hall the proverbial middle finger last night with his open letter declaring his refusal to be inducted alongside his former bandmates in Guns N’ Roses.

This declaration has sent shockwaves through the tight-knit community of hard rock supporters, so we thought who better to reach out to help us contextualize these developments than the host of That Metal Show himself, Mr. Eddie Trunk. Eddie has been communicating with his fans through his official @EddieTrunk Twitter account ever since the news broke, but we were able to get him on the phone earlier afternoon for an extended conversation about these controversial events. We caught up with him when he was playing blackjack (and winning!) at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, and as you might expect, he had LOTS to share about Axl, the likelihood of an eventual GNR reunion, his interest in creating an institution to rival the RRHOF, and his disdain for the Hall’s inductee selection process.

EDDIE ON WHETHER OR NOT HE WAS SURPRISED BY AXL’S DECISION:
“I’ve got to say, I was not surprised at all. Anybody who has followed, listened or watched me knows that not only do I have disdain for the Hall and the way they treat rock bands, but I never thought there was a chance in hell that Guns N’ Roses would play. Reading his letter, of course there’s deeper things there. Axl’s a complicated guy, everybody knows that. I thought it was extremely remote that Axl would ever show up.”

EDDIE ON WHY AXL DECIDED TO BOW OUT OF THE CEREMONY:
“When we sat down to talk to him about it on That Metal Show, he seemed like it was at that point he wanted to take a look at it and see what was involved in it. Judging from his letter, he clearly did look at it, had conversations with them, and saw that it wasn’t for him. Here’s why I think that this happened: He had issues with the Hall. Listen, if he doesn’t even want to be inducted, obviously something really went wrong there in the discussions. Purely speculating, I can tell you that this is a guy, for right or wrong, completely wants to promote and embrace his current band. This induction is NOT about his current band; they’re not included. He saw this for what it really was. If he stands up on stage with Slash and those guys, it’s going to throw a huge gallon of gas on this reunion outcry, and it’s the last thing he wants. I know the fans want it, but I can tell you this: I know all of the original members of GNR better than Axl, and none of them, with the exception of maybe Steven Adler, ever talk about a reunion. They’re all focused on their other projects.”

EDDIE ON THE “REAL” REASON THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IS INDUCTING GNR IN THEIR FIRST YEAR OF ELIGIBILITY:
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That Metal Show Sneak Peek: Find Out Why The Dokken Reunion Never Ended Up Happening

by (@_bobina)

Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by Scott Ian (Anthrax) who helped us with the TMS Top 5, Alice Cooper, Jack Russell (Great White) and Brian Tichy who rocked out on the drums. (Did you miss it? Watch it online here!)

This week, we welcome back Slash, who is here to help us with another celebrity edition of the TMS Top 5. We are also joined by Mick Brown, Jeff Pilson, and George Lynch of the newly founded T&N. The guys address rumors and talk all things Dokken. Our guest musician for the week is …wait for it…BRIAN TICHY! Brian Tichy is back for a second week and will be speed bagging and drumming at the same time, which is pretty cool if you ask us. A brand new episode of That Metal Show airs this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/10 CT on VH1 Classic.

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Want To See Jill Scott Perform At Her VH1 Storytellers Taping?

by (@unclegrambo)

Earlier today, we announced the lineup for the 16th season of VH1 Storytellers, featuring performances from Jill Scott, Norah Jones, Jason Mraz and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. Now, we’re excited to announce that we’re now accepting entries for a chance to win tickets to the taping of Jill Scott’s VH1 Storytellers performance!

Starting today, visitors to StorytellersSweeps.com will be able to sign up to enter to win tickets to attend the taping in person, brought to you by Motions. Also included in the prize package is a day at the spa, in addition to round trip air fare to and from NYC. We’re also accepting submissions via SMS text; simply text STORY to 22422 to enter. Good luck!

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Eminem, Warren G, And A Holographic Nate Dogg (!) To Join Dr. Dre And Snoop At Coachella This Weekend

by (@unclegrambo)

Our insane jealousy for people who are en route to Indio, CA at the moment for the 2012 Coachella Festival was abated slightly last night when we got to see Pulp perform at Radio City Music Hall. However, the pangs of jealousy will surely once again surface once we starting seeing our Twitter feed fill up with “Wish you were here” type missives tomorrow. This year’s lineup is chock full of sure-to-be-awesome performances, but perhaps none more so than Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg‘s festival closing set on Sunday night.

It’s not being billed as a “One Night, One Album” kind of event (like 50 Cent’s performance of Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ at SXSW last month), but you can bet that their performance is going draw heavily from their landmark gangsta rap classics, The Chronic and 2001. Rolling Stone is reporting that Eminem, Warren G and Daz Dillinger are going to make “surprise” appearances, which isn’t exactly a huge shocker, but news leaked today about one TOTALLY unexpected cameo. TMZ is reporting that Nate Dogg, who passed away last year, will be appearing on stage in the form of a hologram (!!!), a la Will.I.Am during the 2008 election. We wouldn’t put it past Coachella promoter Paul Tollett to have invented an app that can call on Nate Dogg’s spirit from an astral plain somewhere, but more realistically, the hologram will be old footage of Dogg from one of Dre’s previous tours. Either way, this moment promises to be one of the most discussed concert moments of the year 2012.

Eminem, Warren G Will Join Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg at Coachella [Rolling Stone]
Nate Dogg Performing at Coachella … From Beyond the Grave [TMZ]

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Jill Scott, Norah Jones, Jason Mraz And Grace Potter To Appear On Latest Season Of VH1 Storytellers

by (@unclegrambo)

VH1 Storytellers Season 16 Includes Jill Scott, Norah Jones, Grace Potter and Jason Mraz

Great news! The 16th season of VH1 Storytellers is on the horizon, and we’re excited to announce another outstanding array of artists that will be appearing on the intimate and confessional program. Jill Scott, who dazzled at VH1 DIVAS this past December, will kick things off with an episode premiering on May 21. She’ll be followed by one of our BFFs, Jason Mraz, on June 1, who will be performing faves from all of his albums, including his brand new one, Love Is A Four Letter Word.

Norah Jones has a highly anticipated album, Little Broken Pieces, on the way, and she’ll be visiting us on June 8. The season will wrap up in super sexy fashion with an appearance by another former VH1 DIVAS fave, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, on June 15.

Complete press release for you below!

VH1 STORYTELLERS RETURNS FOR A 16TH SEASON WITH AN ALL NEW LINE UP OF TOP SINGER/SONGWRITERS

New Season Will Feature Jill Scott, Jason Mraz, Norah Jones, And Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Episodes Will Premiere on VH1 and Online at Storytellers.VH1.com

VH1 has announced the newest artist lineup of its critically-acclaimed original music franchise VH1 Storytellers. This season will continue to deliver the intimate stories and live performances from some of the most popular and influential music artists of our time. Featured artists premiering this season will include multi-platinum selling artist Jason Mraz, Grammy-winning chanteuses Norah Jones and Jill Scott and roots rockers Grace Potter & the Nocturnals.

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Read Axl Rose’s Open Letter To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Wherein He Declines To Be Inducted Alongside His Former Guns N’ Roses Bandmates

by (@unclegrambo)

Axl Rose Gives The Finger To The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame

May the bridges I burn light my way!

Ever since it was announced that Guns N’ Roses would be inducted as part of the 2012 Class of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, the question on everyone’s lips has been “Will the original lineup of GNR reunite for a one night only performance?” Well, as it turns out, we have been asking the wrong question all this time.

Last night, Axl Rose shocked the world when he sent an open letter addressed to “The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern.” Not only will he not be performing alongside Slash, Duff, Steven and Izzy, but he won’t even be attending the ceremony AT ALL. But that’s not it. He’s even instructed the RRHOF Committee not to induct him into the Hall, period. As he writes, Axl “strongly request(s) that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf.”

Here’s the complete text of the letter, courtesy of the L.A. Times:

To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,

When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N’ Roses were to be inducted it’d be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.

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Courtney Love Accuses Dave Grohl Of Trying To Sleep With Frances Bean Cobain

by (@unclegrambo)

One of the reasons why Courtney Love remains fascinating despite not having recorded a worthwhile album since the ’90s is because she totally lacks a filter. Just last month, she accused the Muppets of “raping” the memory of Kurt Cobain, but now she’s trained her sights on her longtime enemy, Dave Grohl. Gawker is reporting that Love accused Grohl of trying to seduce her estranged daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, using the private Twitter handle of @Cbabymichelle. Or, as she puts it, “Nothing cuts through the sh*t like a gross old man macking on kurt cobains only child.”

Dave Grohl quickly issued a statement through his rep to Gawker, telling them that “Unfortunately Courtney is on another hateful twitter rant. These new accusations are upsetting, offensive and absolutely untrue.”

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Posse Up! Q-Tip Joins Kanye and The G.O.O.D. Music Team

by (@Lacezilla)

With an impressive dossier full of production credits compiled over the years, Q-Tip is a behind-the-scenes force on his own. Just this morning, however, Def Jam released a press release announcing that, through Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint, the A Tribe Called Quest co-founding rapper/producer has been added to the label’s esteemed hip-hop family, reuniting him with chairman and CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam, Barry Weiss, whom Tip knows from his days at Jive in the early 90s.

Joining the already-robust G.O.O.D. Music roster alongside Big Sean, John Legend, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, and others, Q-Tip will be able to flex his creative muscle amongst other hungry artists – veterans and up-and-comers alike – all while consulting and collaborating with head honcho, Kanyeezy. In friendship and in business, the rapping producers clearly see eye to eye; back in December, we saw Kanye and Tip palling around together backstage at Florence + The Machine’s MTV Unplugged taping with some tall ladies in tow, and overheard them discussing plans to hit the studio that night. It seems that our in-that-moment daydreaming wish for a fresh collaboration from the pair (beyond Watch The Throne’s “That’s My Bitch” and others of the past) seems to have morphed into a bigger partnership – one which further solidifies G.O.O.D. Music’s crew-cred within a hip-hop ecosystem that’s slowly becoming more and more about who’s on which team: MMG. YMCMB/OVOXO. Grand Hustle. ASAP Mob.

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