Here are the final nominations list for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Yes, LL Cool J and the Replacements.
The remainder of the 16 acts that made the ballot will go to Rock Hall voters and they are: the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Hall and Oates, KISS, N.W.A., the Meters, Link Wray and the Zombies.
Inductees are expected to be announced in December. The induction ceremony is slated for April in New York City, and highlights from the event will be shown on HBO in May.
What are your thoughts on these nominees? How did LL Cool J wind up in there along side Peter Gabriel? This is a very diverse group that is FOR SURE. They surely are not “rock and roll” they are “music hall of famers” right? Right.
Starting last year, the process expanded to include a fan vote. Fans can weigh in with their choices starting Oct. 16 and continuing through Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Pacific time at the Rock Hall’s official website, and also at Rolling Stone and USA Today sites. The top five vote-getters will constitute the “fans’ ballot” that will be counted among the other 600 to be cast.
Ane Brun is pleased to announce that she and her band will open Peter Gabriel’s upcoming North American tour. The 16-date tour dubbed “Back to Front” will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his classic So which he will perform from start to finish — plus “some of his other biggest hits”. Ane has been collaborating with director Magnus Renfors on a film “One” based on music from her recently released album It All Starts with One. Watch the new video for “Words”, which is also the prologue to the film, on YouTube and Vimeo.
Much like her music, the path that led Ane Brun to It All Starts With One was peaceful, unhurried and full of unexpected, subtle surprises. It’s taken her from her small Norwegian hometown of Molde, to Barcelona where she was a street performer, and across the US last year, supporting Peter Gabriel and singing on his New Blood album.
“Back to Front” Tour Dates
Sept. 16: Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City, QC
Sept. 18: Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
Sept. 19: Air Canada Centre, ON
Sept. 21: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 23: Nikon at Jones Beach, Wantaugh, NY
Sept. 24: TD Garden, Boston, MA
Sept. 26: Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
Sept. 27: United Center, Chicago, IL
Sept. 30: Red Rocks, Denver, CO
Oct. 2: HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA
Oct. 5: Planet Hollywood Showroom, Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 6: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 8: Valley View Casino, San Diego, CA
Oct. 9: Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA
Oct. 13: Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, NY
Oct. 14: Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA
A new episode of The Voice Project featuring Peter Gabriel covering Tom Waits’ “In The Neighborhood” was released today simultaneously across five non-profit web sites. Invisible Children, Oxfam America, Resolve Uganda, WITNESS, and HOPE Campaign teamed up to premiere this latest installment of The Voice Project, a music based initiative that’s raising awareness and support for the war torn region of Central East Africa.
Northern Uganda, Southern Sudan, Eastern Congo and Central African Republic have been severely affected by the ongoing violence of Joseph Kony’s rebel army the LRA in Africa’s longest running conflict. Women’s groups in Northern Uganda have been using songs to send messages of forgiveness to those abducted and forced to fight, many of whom escape but hide in the bush afraid to return home for fear of reprisals. The songs are played on the radio and passed by word to let the soldiers know they are forgiven and can come home.
“The life I was leading was a hopeless life and I could not imagine that I could come back home,” said former child soldier Odong Martin. “When I heard the song I felt happiness in my heart and I began to say that surely, people at home are really caring for us, that they are longing for us.”
Like the women in Uganda, the artists from around the world participating in The Voice Project are using music to pass the message. Each artist has been covering another’s song creating a chain of melodies, awareness and support. In this particular chain London based artist Gary Go passed the torch to his friend Joseph Arthur by covering “Chicago,” Joseph passed it to his friend and mentor Peter Gabriel with his version of “Shock the Monkey” and now Gabriel has passed it to Tom Waits with this cover of “In the Neighborhood.” “I love the idea that a song can reach people that can’t be touched in any other way,” said Gabriel. “The Voice Project is a movement that grew out of a few songs with a simple message. Almost everyone on the planet has access to a mobile phone, which means we can start dealing with the world’s problems linking person to person. That is what is powerful about The Voice Project’s original dream.”
Peter Gabriel just finished his world tour in support of his covers album “Scratch My Back” and his daughter Anna Gabriel is one of the founders of The Voice Project. “I am enormously proud of all my daughter’s work on this and I was very happy have been asked to participate. I’ve wanted to sing Tom Waits’ “In the Neighborhood” for a long time and this was a great opportunity.”
“Music has always been a part of my life and I believe it’s one of the most powerful and effective tools to bring about change,” said Anna. “My father has inspired me with his humanitarian work and has always been supportive of my work as a film maker so shooting this video in particular bought together all aspects of my life in an amazing way.”
“Peter Gabriel has totally inspired us, from ‘Biko’ to ‘Scratch My Back,’ said The Voice Project’s Chris Holmes. “He has been sharing his uniquely personal voice to make a change in the world around him. It’s amazing to see the transformative power that music can have in solving problems and healing wounds when words and diplomacy have failed.
The Project utilizes what it calls a content driven model of philanthropy, using the music and video content created on the Website not only to raise awareness but also to attract advertisers, sponsors and donors. “We’re using the content on the site as a means to fund initiatives on the ground that could contribute to ending the conflict and helping people in the region rebuild,” said Voice Project co-founder Hunter Heaney.
Heaney continued, “We wanted to release this video together with some of the organizations who’ve been working so hard and for so long on this issue. These are organizations we’ve been working with and who’ve become friends. One of the great things you can see happening now is how willing everyone is to work together at this problem, and all of us releasing this video in unison is a reflection of that.”