Like The Moody Blues, Bon Jovi have bumped the number of band members being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from five to six.
With the Moodies, the addition of singer-guitarist Denny Laine was a no-brainer. But Bon Jovi will bring along Hugh McDonald, who wasn’t made an official member until last year, when they’re inducted.
Last week’s announcement included the original lineup of Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan, Tico Torres and Alex John Such. McDonald became the fill-in bassist in November 1994 when John Such was shown the door, but didn’t achieve full-time status until 2016.
We once again reached out to the Rock Hall and Bon Jovi for comment, but have yet to hear back.
- With the Rock Hall brass announcing that additional members of the Moodies and Bon Jovi are being inducted, you can only imagine that this will ruffle the feathers of Paul Stanley of KISS, who felt that band’s numerous other members should have been recognized when they were inducted in 2014.
- Leaving Denny Laine out of the initial announcement was an obvious oversight by the Rock Hall. But was that the case with McDonald or did Jon Bon Jovi or someone in the band’s camp make a stink?
- While Bon Jovi has had staying power, there is no denying that got in on the strength of the early albums and singles recorded by the original five.
STEVE VAN ZANDT: Leading Tribute to a Fallen Smithereen
Steve Van Zandt and Patty Smyth will become honorary members of The Smithereens when the New Jersey band backs them at a tribute to their fallen leader next month.
Time and Time Again: A Celebration of Pat DiNizio will be held on January 13th at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey. The show was originally scheduled as a Smithereens show, but with Pat dying last week at the age of 62, it will now be a tribute.
Van Zandt says, “I was set to host this Smithereens and Patty Smyth and Scandal show as part of the Underground Garage at the Basie series. With the sudden, tragic passing of Pat DiNizio, I think it’s appropriate that we take this moment to pay tribute to him. I will be honored to sing a few of his songs with the band, and I’m asking any friends of mine if they can make themselves available for a song or two. We’ll see who’s around and announce them shortly.”
A portion of all ticket sales will go towards the establishment of the Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarship at the Basie’s Performing Arts Academy, which offers rock, jazz, vocal and classical music instruction.
Perhaps DiNizio could make an appearance at this show, since he was one of artists working with Eyellusion, the company behind the Ronnie James Dio hologram. He was part of the artist relations team.
GENE SIMMONS: Are the Floodgates About to Open?
Gene Simmons is accused of “unwanted sexual advances” not only in this country, but also on the other side of the world.
Kathy McCabe, a reporter for Australia’s Daily Telegraph, says her encounter with the KISS bassist happened in the ’90s when he allegedly repeatedly said to her, “I love coming to Australia because all the women have big (breasts) and big (behinds).”
Recalling the interview, she says, “(Simmons’) verbal harassment tipped me over the edge of professionalism and I responded that as I possessed neither attribute, would he mind answering a question. He laughed at me. I asked two more questions, he gave pretty much the same answer, and I told him he had wasted enough of my time.” She then walked out, the only time she ever walked out on an interview subject.
Kathy posted her story on Facebook and made a point to say, “The serial pest is due in Australia for a solo tour in February. Considering his relentless and vile disrespect of Australian women, I put him on my list of banned musicians about 15 years ago.”
She then put forth a challenge to Australia’s leading immigration officer, Peter Dutton, saying, “Now it’s over to you.”
Simmons has yet to respond to this accusation. But over the weekend, after having a suit filed against him by an unnamed female radio DJ in San Bernardino, California, he said, “For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way. I am conferring with my lawyers with the aim of vigorously countering these allegations. And, I look forward to my day in court, where the evidence will prove my innocence.”
- It’s probably safe to say that some of the things Gene has said about women over the years have crossed the line.
- If any of the charges or allegations against him stick, does this open the door for a feeding frenzy against other musicians?
- There is no doubt that quite a few artists have had their way with groupies. Will this start coming back to bite them in the backside?
IN OTHER NEWS
Benmont Tench, keyboardist in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is a dad. His wife, author Alice Carbone, gave birth to Catherine Gabriella Winter Tench on Saturday.
Brian Wilson will be backed by a symphony orchestra on May 7th when his Pet Sounds tour stops at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Eric Clapton, who has a festival date in London on July 8th, will play warm-up shows in Cologne and Hamburg, Germany earlier in the month.
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top will do a handful of solo dates in Australia next month.
Peter Frampton tweeted a video of police brutality in Pasadena, California with the caption, “Disgusting and this is the police! The good guys? No, these people are sadists.” One of his fans replied, “How about you keep making music instead of pushing things you have no clue about.” Frampton shot back with, “I can and will say whatever I want to. It’s my right as a U.S. citizen and human being. This is inhumane behavior no matter what political belief you have.”
Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen joined Deep Purple on stage Friday night in Rio De Janeiro for “Smoke on the Water.” The two bands just finished a South American tour together.
Dave Davies will be back in the U.S. in February. He has dates in Los Angeles, Monterey and Napa, California, with more to be announced.