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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014: Who should get in

Written by Scott Mervis on .

DeepPurpleDeep PurpleThe nominees for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction 2014 serve up a rare progressive rock band, a controversial folk legend, hip-hop gangsters, a bunch of rock 'n' misfits from Minneapolis and Seattle, and another chance for a pair of classic '70s bands.

 

The inductees: 

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Chic

Deep Purple

Peter Gabriel

Hall and Oates

KISS

LL Cool J

The Meters

Nirvana

N.W.A.

The Replacements

Linda Ronstadt

Cat Stevens

Link Wray

Yes

The Zombies

 

My Choices:

 

Deep Purple: I've talked to a lot of musicians about this. Bottom line: If you wrote "Smoke on the Water," you belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

yesYes: The keepers of the Hall have been stingy with progressive rock bands, having allowed only Pink Floyd (1996) and Genesis (2010). Each of the prog-rock bands brought something a little different and were constantly innovating, for better or worse. Yes on Yes.

 

KISS: The New York City band took Alice Cooper and multiplied it by four to create a fiery spectacle unlike any we'd ever seen. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the company then showed their longevity over four decades.

N.W.A.: The Rock Hall opened the door to hip-hop in 2007 with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and has since ushered in Run-DMC and Public Enemy. Time to go West Coast gangster with N.W.A., which not only recognizes the group but its heavyweight leaders Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.

 

1replacements540d2The Replacements: Although The Replacements weren't half as popular as Nirvana, these brats from the Twin Cities came along (with R.E.M.) to help save guitar-rock from extinction in the early '80s. Nirvana did something similar a decade later. The Placemats should go first. It's worth noting that Black Flag and Sonic Youth were both snubbed once again in this realm.

 

Thoughts on some of the others:

Link Wray: The innovative guitar hero has a place in the hall as an early influence.

Peter Gabriel: Already in with Genesis, so, despite a stellar solo career, he can wait for solo entry.

Cat Stevens: Sublime folk-rocker in a crowded field of them. His conversion to Islam and controversial remarks about Salman Rushdie will make him a tough sell.

Linda Ronstadt: The mid-'70s hitmaker is borderline Hall of Fame material but a sentimental choice given her recent revelation that she is suffering from Parkinson's Disease. She's as good as in.

Hall and Oates: A couple great albums early on, and then a lot of bad '80s music. Worth another look at a later date.

The Meters: Vital part of New Orleans scene and also worth a later look.

 

Here is the fine print:

The inductees are chosen by a secret ballot of more than 600 individual voters consisting of all past inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, musicians, historians, critics and members of the music industry.

 

The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in April 2014 in New York City. Venue and public ticket sale information will be announced at a later date. The Induction Ceremony will be presented on HBO in May.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2014 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1988.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will again offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning Oct. 16 and continuing through Dec. 10 at 5:00 p.m. (ET), the public can visit www.rockhall.com/vote, www.rollingstone.com and www.usatoday.com to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will constitute a "fans' ballot" that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2014 inductees.

All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, the nonprofit organization that tells the story of rock and roll's global impact via special exhibits, educational programs and its library and archives.

 

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Edward Norton, Kerry Washington to host 'SNL'

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

snllogoresizedEdward Norton will make his first appearance as host of “Saturday Night Live” on Oct. 26, with Janelle Monae making her musical guest debut. 
 
Norton will next appear in the 2014 movies “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Birdman” while Monae’s sophomore album, “The Electric Lady,” is in stores. 
 
Another first-time host — Kerry Washington — will appear Nov. 2, while Eminem will return for a sixth appearance a few days before his album, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” is released. 
 

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Renee Fleming to perform in PGH

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ICYMI: Opera superstar (and Western Pennsylvania native) Renee Fleming is coming to Pittsburgh for a solo recital presented by Pittsburgh Opera. More from the company below: 

As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, Pittsburgh Opera will present a recital by one of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time. A Western Pennsylvania native, soprano Renée Fleming will give a recital on February 18, 2014, 8:00 p.m., at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Tickets are available exclusively to Pittsburgh Opera season ticket holders until November 15, 2013.

Ms. Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. At a White House ceremony in July 2013, President Obama awarded Ms. Fleming the National Medal of Arts, America's highest honor for an individual artist. Known as "the people's diva" and winner of the 2013 GRAMMY® Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, she continues to grace the world's greatest opera stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media. Over the past few seasons, Ms. Fleming has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series for movie theaters and television, and Live from Lincoln Center on PBS.

Ms. Fleming's recital program will be announced at a later date. Tickets to the recital are $40 - $150. Ticket sales open to the public November 18 at www.pittsburghopera.org. For additional information, call 412-281-0912.

 

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Michael Fassbender on dating, darkness, (no) Oscar campaigning

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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Michael Fassbender, who will appear in both “The Counselor” and “12 Years a Slave” in the next couple of weeks, is on the cover (photo by Peggy Sirota /GQ) of the November issue of GQ. 
 
 See also GQ.COM.
 
It will be on newsstands Oct. 22 but the magazine provided a sneak peek at what he had to say to Zach Baron: 
 
Michael Fassbender on his dating history and being selfish:
 
“I’m kind of selfish with the hours that I put into the work,” Fassbender says. He was selfish even then, when there wasn’t much work to be had, and still is now at age 36, when he’s among the most in-demand actors in his entire industry. We talk about the toll this selfishness might take on a person’s life, on one’s ability to do right by friends, family, partners.
 
Does that selfishness extend to women, too? Since you started acting, what’s the longest you’ve dated someone?
 
He’s not sure he likes this line of questioning. (“I’m not sure I like this line of questioning,” he says.) But then: “I think the longest relationship that I’ve been in was two years. I started doing this when I was 17, so I guess in my dating, adult life, that kind of covers it.”
 
…on not campaigning for or attending the Oscars this year:
 
“That’s just not going to happen, because I’ll be in New Zealand. I’ll be on the other side of the world. You know, I get it. Everybody’s got to do their job. So you try and help and facilitate as best you can. But I won’t put myself through that kind of situation again.”
 
He goes on a bit about the process of campaigning for one of these things. “It’s just a grind. And I’m not a politician. I’m an actor.”
 
On meeting women: 
 
“I make a lot more friends, you know what I mean? You become a lot more successful in terms of, like, talking to a girl. She’s all of a sudden more interested in me. I know that, like, three years ago, she would’ve walked away after two sentences left my mouth. I remember I was sitting at this table at this thing, and I was talking to this girl. I was like, ‘God, I am so boring right now.’ But she was like, ‘That’s so interesting!’ I was like, ‘You know what? Five years ago, this would not have been interesting.’ ”
 
On darkness: 
 
“Let me put it to you this way, right? A lot of comedians are dark personalities, but they’re making people laugh. So, you know, it can flip the other way. People that are playing dark roles can actually be quite light. It doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand. I think sometimes maybe people that are lighter can access that darkness easier, whereas people that are dark don’t like to access it. 
 
“It’s too much maybe part of them that they don’t want to reveal. I know that I’ve got darkness, but for the most part I try and smile as much as I can, you know? I mean, David Cronenberg said it annoyed him that I used to come to work happy all the time.”
 
Fassbender, who still lives in the same East London bachelor apartment he’s had since his 20s, decided at age 17 he was going to be an actor. He had plenty of jobs and strike-outs before hitting it big:  barman, an unsuccessful audition for Ben Affleck’s part in “Pearl Harbor” (“Disney sent me a really nice note!”), unloading boxes off trucks, doing market research for Dell and the UK’s postal service, the Royal Mail. He would follow up on complaints but had to keep calls to 10 minutes or less, which forced him to “hang up on these, like lovely old people.” 
 

 

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Guide to Hunger Games sequel

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

AMC Theatres (which operates the AMC-Loews at Waterfront) will show “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” on Nov. 21, the day before the official Nov. 22 opening. It will give away collectible victor dog tags, too. More information, http://www.amctheatres.com

 
Tickets are now on sale for the sequel or special event and AMC has put together an unofficial look at each district in Panem, victors involved in the Quarter Quell and some other tidbits. 
 
Jennifer Lawrence, now an Oscar winner for “Silver Linings Playbook,” returns in the adaptation. 
 
Here it is:
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