Singer/ songwriter K. Flay made an appearance at InCuya Music Festival on August 25, 2018. The festival was organized by AEG Presents, the Cleveland Concert Company and Destination Cleveland in partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Welcome to a new feature I like to call “Pop Culture Tidbits.” Here is where I will report on things that are currently happening in pop culture or discoveries that I have made in terms of pop culture.
- “Heroes” to Return to NBC: It was announced yesterday that the hit TV show “Heroes” will returning next year as a 13-episode miniseries called “Heroes Reborn”. While no storyline or characters have been announced, I am hoping that Zachary Quinto, Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia will return to reprise their roles. For more information, check out this article on TV.com and here is the teaser video that NBC released:
- KISS Decline to Perform at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction: On their website today, KISS announced that no incarnation of the soon-to-be-inducted band would be performing at the April 10th induction ceremony in New York City. The band claimed it was “an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.” At first, I was going to say that this was another incident similar to the whole Axl Rose with his Rock Hall induction but upon reading that quote, it was the diplomatic thing to do. More on this story at the link below.
- New Music Discovery: Last night while watching the Canadian sci-fi show, “Continuum”, I heard a song that I fell in love with. The song is called “Everyone is Everyone (and Everything is Everything)” by Au4. Here is the song:
For more information about Au4, go to their website.
- “Dallas” Season 3 starts tomorrow night: Nothing more needs to said about this. Here is the teaser:
In February, it was announced that Guns N’ Roses were being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For most artists, it’s an honor to be among the group of inductees for that year, but that wasn’t the case for GNR frontman Axl Rose. On Wednesday, Axl sent an open letter to the L.A. Times music blog:
To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,
When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N’ Roses were to be inducted it’d be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.
Since then we’ve listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N’ Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists’ comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.
Under the circumstances I feel we’ve been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N’ Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things… no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.
For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It’s their show not mine.
That said, I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of “Guns N’ Roses”.
This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp’s perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I’m sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I’ll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we’ve actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” scenario all the way around.
In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I’ve publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing’s changed.
The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of “for the fans” or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and DJ Ashba.
Izzy came out with us a few times back in ’06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in ’06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in ’11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that’s enough.
There’s a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn’t room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.
Maybe if it were you it’d be different. Maybe you’d do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We’re there for each other when the going get’s rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.
So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another’s, or in this case several others’, expense.
But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the “no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn’t care about the fans” crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let’s move on. No one’s taking the ball and going home. Don’t get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court.
In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I’d like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns’ induction. More importantly I’d like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses music.
I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!
P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III
Within a matter of hours, fans of Rose and Guns N’ Roses reacted to the GNR frontman’s letter. Some were outraged by Rose’s decision while others defended his choice.
My opinion on Axl Rose is that he should have swallowed his pride for one night. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were honoring the Guns N’ Roses that had both Axl and Slash. The fans were the ones who made Guns N’ Roses a success back in the late eighties and throughout the nineties. The way that Axl Rose acted towards the idea that his fans wanted to see him back together with the original Guns N’ Roses was that of an ungrateful asshole. Sure people hoped that there would be an amicable truce between Axl and Slash which would lead to a reunion tour but at the most that was a pipe dream. Axl owed it to the fans to put aside his differences with Slash for one night to bring a memorable performance.