Saturday, April 20, 2024

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Show: Many Inductees Won’t Perform, Tix Priced High High High


The incredibly greedy Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation is at it again. And this time they may have painted themselves into a corner. The April 10th induction ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn is turning into a disaster.

This week KISS announced they’re not playing. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have not asked original but departed members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss to play with them. Simmons wants KISS’s newer members to play. So no one will play. The group looks like it’s bruising for a fight similar to Blondie several years ago. Nirvana won’t play without Kurt Cobain. If they did, they’d be the Foo Fighters. So scratch them.

Linda Ronstadt doesn’t perform anymore. If she even comes, someone else will have to do the honors.

The E Street Band was finally inducted this year to appease Bruce Springsteen. He was inducted years ago without them. Bruce and co. are on tour but they’re off on April 10th. Will Bruce play with them? Or will Steve van Zandt lead the group? The award is for them, in fact.

And then there’s the question of Cat Stevens. He’s Yusuf Islam now. And he’s had visa problems in the past. Will he make it? Will he allow anyone to call him Cat? Will he perform “Peace Train” if he performs at all?

Then there are the ticket prices. Tickets have already gone to scalpers. On Excite, the good seats are going for over $7,ooo. And they’re not even on the floor! Floor seats are reserved for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, which is selling tables for a range that goes up to $50,000. The inductees only get a plus one– that’s right! Want your kids to come? You gotta pay up. And past inductees– everyone from Paul McCartney to the O’Jays– have to buy tickets. There are no freebies except maybe for Yoko Ono and Jann Wenner’s family.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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