Halls of Fame
I’m passionate about a few things. Two of them being Rock n Roll and baseball. There will be a lot of baseball references in these blogs. The old saying is athletes want to be rock stars and rock stars want to be athletes. This is true in a lot of cases.
One of the coolest events I’ve ever been a part of was the yearly TJ Martell sports week in Los Angeles. TJ Martell was the son of a music industry guy that tragically died from leukemia . His dad started this weekend to raise money to help find a cure. There was a bowling tournament, a golf tournament; one year there was a hockey game. The big event was the softball game. There were a couple of games in one day the first was a radio station game KLOS vs my station KNAC. We would recruit some rock stars to play on our team. One year I was playing shortstop and Kerry King from Slayer was our second basemen. We turned an ESPN SportsCenter worthy double play during the game, but ended up losing.
Six months later I’m at LAX waiting on a family member to fly into town for the holidays. Yes, this was back when you could meet your party at the gate. The place was full of people and I heard over the masses “Jack Trash, Jack Trash.” I turned around to see who it was. I would get recognized, but not that often. Dude with long hair, beard, hat, and a pair of sunglasses comes over shakes my hand. We did the chit chat thing for a minute. Then he had to catch a plane. At this point I didn’t know who he was; I thought it was a listener of the station. Right before he turned away to go to his plane. He said, “We’ll get those bastards next year and we’ll turn a triple play on them.” I immediately palmed my forehead and thought “Aw shit that was Kerry King from Slayer.”
Something that both baseball and Rock N Roll have in common is a Hall of Fame. I’ve been the baseball one but not the other. As museums, I’m sure they are very similar because they both of really cool stuff in them. I was a kid when I went to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and I would love to go back. I would also love to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to see the great memorabilia that I’m sure they have too.
Here’s another thing they have in common. Controversy with the inductees in each. In baseball you have to be retired for five years. One then needs to receive 75% votes from the baseball writers of America. The all-time hits leader Pete Rose is not inducted. Neither is the all-time home run leader, Barry Bonds. Rose is not in because he bet on his own team while he was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Bonds is not in because he is accused of taking illegal substances. How Rock n Roll of them both.
For the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and band or artist must be active for 25 years, and have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence. Which, of course, is subjective at best.
Not in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, eligible bands like Deep Purple, Bon Jovi, Judas Priest, and Journey to name a few. Artists that are in including Madonna, Randy Newman, and Bill Withers. While, I’m sure, great in their own rights. When were any of them considered rock artists?
This is an old topic to debate. Rename it the Music Hall of Fame and we can go about our lives. Here’s my question. What rock bands whose first record came out after the years 2000 have a shot at being inducted when they are eligible? For the life of me I can’t come up with a good argument for one. Which is a bit scary. Not the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the ultimate goal of anyone starting a rock band, but since it’s here let’s use it. Why is this happening? Is it because, for the first time in decades the kids of today did not grow up listening to rock for their rebellion. Rap has taken the lead in that subject. Who is going to be the band to take the flag and run with it? I don’t think rock is dead but it definitely could use a shot of B12.