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NEWS - AC/DC, The Clash, Costello, The Police & Righteous Brothers To Enter Rock Hall
(11/7/02, 10 a.m. ET) -- AC/DC, the Clash, the Police, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, and the Righteous Brothers have been elected to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The Cleveland-based organization made the announcement of the artist inductions Thursday (November 7). The names selected for the sideman and non-performer categories will be revealed soon.
The Rock Hall gave these brief descriptions of each of the new inductees:
AC/DC--Australia's best loved hard rock export, AC/DC is characterized by bluesy guitar and screeching vocals, and they have nurtured at least three generations of heavy metal boogie fans.
The Clash--At the dawn of British punk, the overtly political Clash railed out against war, racism, a dead-end economy, and true romance to earn the title of "the only band that really mattered, and the last great British rock 'n' roll band"...The Clash imparted a conscience to punk and a jolly wink at rock's corporate bluster in those first heady days of MTV.
Elvis Costello & the Attractions--Elvis Costello emerged as part of the new wave of next generation singer-songwriters with the raw energy of punk rock, and his impact as one of New Music's emblematic figureheads was writ large on memorable tours with the Attractions.
The Police--The trio broke through in the late '70's with some of the most influential music since the advent of punk...The band took a pass on histrionics, and instead forged an understated virtuosity, burying their chops inside reggae grooves and intricate arrangements. Between 1977 and 1983, they released five critically acclaimed albums and had numerous top 10 hits before splitting up.
The Righteous Brothers--"Blue eyed soul" was coined to categorize the music of this duo, whose string of hits began with the Phil Spector-produced "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," one of the most enduring classics of popular music.
Suzan Evans, the Rock Hall's Executive Director, said, "These inductees represent many influential genres of rock, including '60's soul, heavy metal, and 1970's English punk. The potential for historic performances is evident."
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's 18th annual induction ceremony will take place March 10, 2003, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. And edited version of the ceremony will air shortly thereafter on VH1.
Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record, and among the considerations are the influence and significance of the artist's contribution to the development and perpetuation of rock-and-roll. Similar criteria, including the 25-year rule, are used for the non-performer and sideman category.
-- Bruce Simon, New York
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I'll close this one - theres another HOF thread running, and yes I know this one was started first, but the other ones garnered a response so we'll leave it active
Thanks anyways FH [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]A little zen....... Headed your way.......
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