I’ve been listening to Jack White’s new, debut solo CD, “Blunderbuss” a lot this past week, since it came out and it’s pretty awesome!!! This is real Rock & Roll, from deep down. The album is not only rocking, but also quite experimental, with even a little Ragtime style piano thrown in. It’s Blues/Rock, but so much more. The more I listen to the album, the more I really appreciate it. I’ve always liked The White Stripes and I must say he is just as good by himself. He was the main creative force behind The White Stripes, so this is basically the same exact thing, but with just himself. Today’s song of the day is the song “Sixteen Saltines” from the album. The whole album is great, but I really like the songs “I’m Shakin'” & “Trash Tongue Talker”. Have you heard the album? What do you think?
Dick Clark passed away yesterday at 82 from a heart attack. He was the legendary host and producer of “American Bandstand” the longest running variety show in history. He and the show played a huge part in legitimizing Rock & Roll to the masses. He was a nice clean cut guy, who parents felt comfortable with, thereby making them more comfortable with their kids listening to the Rock & Roll he introduced them to. He helped break the careers of tons of heavy hitting music acts from Buddy Holly, Chubby Checker, The Beach Boys, to Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Simon and Garfunkel, The Jackson 5, to Madonna, Queen, Run-DMC and many others.
He also has rung in the New Year in Times Square, every year since 1974, with his annual show “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” which has been co-hosted with Ryan Seacrest for the past 5 years. It’s safe to say that Ryan Seacrest will become the Dick Clark for a new generation, what with hosting “New Year’s Rocking Eve” and the modern day “American Bandstand”, “American Idol”. Although Seacrest is a shoe in to take over Dick’s legacy, there will never been a more influential, successful and beloved TV host as Dick Clark. R.I.P.
Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Laura Nyro, Small Faces/Faces, Beastie Boys, Freddie King, Don Kirshner, Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns, The Crickets, The Famous Flames, The Midnighters, The Comets, The Blue Caps and The Miracles are all being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame this year at the 27th annual ceremony on April 14th. Being that they don’t televise the event (which I just don’t get) the only way to see the historic night will be to either attend the event in Cleveland, Ohio or to watch the live simulcast via the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website. It should be an interesting night, what with the possibly of Guns N’ Roses finally reuniting to perform together for the show. I’m personally excited about the Red Hot Chili Peppers being inducted. They are SUCH a great band!!! They definitely deserve the honor. It will be interesting to see if they reunite some old members (and by members, I mean guitarists) for the show too. And the Beastie Boys will become only the 3rd (I think) Rap act to ever be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Kudos to all the inductees!!!
”Rock & Roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world. So they became OK with the idea that the biggest Rock band in the world is always going to be s**t – therefore you should never try to be the biggest band in the world. F**k that!”
– Patrick Carney of The Black Keys in the last issue of Rolling Stone –
I couldn’t have said it any better myself……