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Hey Soul Mates,
the Rock Hall inductee class of '06 has been announced. Now, my high school mates (especially, Mike) can shut up about Jacksonville's own, Lynyrd Skynyrd making the Hall. Congrats to them. This is not my favorite group of Hall of Famers: Miles Davis, Black Sabbath, Blondie and the Sex Pistols. Of this batch, only Blondie was a contemporary presence for me. No disrespect to the fans of the other artists. Just not my cup of tea. I'm sure my buddy Mark though is still lamenting Chicago's absence from the Rock Hall.

The induction ceremony should be interesting though, because a lot of country-rockers are going to come out of the woodwork to honor Skynyrd. Blondie, Sabbath and the Pistols are all relatively intact so their performances will be highly anticipated. I'm particularly anxious to hear what the Sex Pistols portion of the evening will entail. Who will induct them? Green Day? U2? That's sure to be the highlight of the night. That, and Ozzy's acceptance speech: "Mummmble, errr. Uh, thank urrgh, I aaach. Wuh. Wuh. Gourds, galleons, gaaah. Who, mumble Sharon (indecipherable). Rubble, rubble. G'night!"

Miles Davis: much love, Miles - you had a rebel spirit, but you were never rock and roll. There are plenty of jazz artists who did heavily influence pop music, Miles isn't one of them. They would be: Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller. Even Coltrane seems to be a larger influence on pop/rock than Mr. Davis. Maybe if Davis' work with Prince gets an official release...? Yet, now he's a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer.

I'm bummed about Chic not making it. Grandmaster Flash has been robbed again. I can only truly imagine that the voters are waiting to make Run DMC the initial rap inductees. Mellencamp will probably have to wait a few more years. It's almost like he's still too active, but not enough a marquee name like U2 or Prince to put him in while he's still creating. The Dave Clark 5 (along with Chic) would have been sufficient motivation to try to attend the ceremony in NY.

Regardless, I look forward to seeing the new inductees getting their due and checking out their legacy at the Rock Hall.
Love, Power, Peace

Happy Birthday to Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers!


Mike J said…
Mike from Florida, officially shutting up about Skynyrd! :-)
Anonymous said…
Most of the poeple calling Cleveland radio stations after the Hall of Fame nominations agree with the 'much love, Miles, but you ain't rock and roll' assessment. And most of us say 'Blondie? WTF?'

LeBron sez hi.

Pete from Cleveland

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