Thursday, April 25, 2019

ItsNotYouItsMe Flash Back Friday Celebrates Kelly Clarkson's Outstanding Award Show Performances!




Ahead of this year's 2019 Billboard Music Awards airing on May 1st, thee host and all around vocal prodigy Kelly Clarkson we honor! Celebrating her most outstanding award show performances right below!

"Kelly Clarkson onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas.
Since being crowned the first American Idol winner in 2002, Kelly Clarkson has gone on to showcase her powerful pipes and deserving headliner status year-after-year. An engaging entertainer, Clarkson has also been a staple at awards shows with performances that both emote and energize.

Whether she’s singing a medley of her own hits or the biggest songs of the year, Clarkson dazzles on stage. The Texas native has performed with a wide array of artists over the years, including country superstars Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire and Dan + Shay, as well as putting her own spin on songs by Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendes, among others.

Clarkson will return to host the 2019 Billboard Music Awards for the second time on May 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with the show airing on NBC at 8 p.m. ET/PST. In addition to her hosting duties, the singer will also perform on the broadcast. To celebrate her return to the BBMAs, here are six of Clarkson’s greatest awards show performances, in chronological order.





“Since U Been Gone” at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards



Nearly three years after she won American Idol, Clarkson took the stage at the VMA’s and showed off her punk-rock side. Dressed all in black and barefoot while she ran through the audience, Clarkson never missed a note. While her powerful vocals amped up the crowd, so did the downpour on stage during her energetic (and wet) set. On a night that further cemented her star power, Clarkson also took home two trophies for best female video and best pop video for breakthrough hit “Since U Been Gone.”

“Because of You” at the 2006 Grammys



Clarkson gave a stirring performance of “Because of You” at the 2006 Grammy Awards. A song she penned herself, the emotion in the poignant lyrics were highlighted by the orchestra behind her. Clarkson’s vocal range was also evidenced as she effortlessly segued from a belt to a whisper, garnering her a much deserved standing ovation.

“Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Jason Aldean at the 2010 CMA Awards



Not one for many collaborations, Aldean enlisted Clarkson for this powerful duet that went on to win CMA musical event of the year and later, in 2011, single of the year and vocal event of the year at the ACM Awards. The memorable duet showed Aldean’s sensitive side as he and Clarkson sang of taking a new relationship slowly. All the while, their voices complement each other impeccably well making “Don’t You Wanna Stay” one of the most talked-about country duets of all time.


"Miss Independent" / "Since U Been Gone" / "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" / "Catch My Breath" mashup at 2012 American Music Awards



This hit-laden, high-energy performance kicked off with Clarkson reenacting her American Idol audition. Once crowned winner, the "judges" left the stage as she performed a medley of her most memorable hits and urged the crowd to clap, sing and get up on their feet and they more than obliged thanks to her commanding presence.

"Miss Independent" / "Love So Soft" at the 2017 American Music Awards



Five years later, Clarkson returned to the AMA stage with a full band that included a riveting horn section. With the vibe of a lounge singer complete with backing vocalists, the songstress showcased her soul as she put a new spin on “Miss Independent.” She then segued into the rhythmic “Love So Soft,” which continued to showcase her vocal prowess and jaw-dropping vocal range.

Medley of the biggest songs represented at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards



Clarkson served as an affable host at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. During her opening medley, the singer offered up snippets of the biggest hits of the year including Maren Morris' "My Church," Sam Smith's "Too Good at Goodbyes," Kendrick Lamar's "HUMBLE.", Imagine Dragon's "Thunder," Khalid's "Young, Dumb and Broke," Bruno Mars and Cardi B's "Finesse (Remix)," Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You," Shawn Mendes' "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back," and Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do." She also gave quite the show with backup singers serving as a gospel choir, a tight rope walker, drummers, plenty of choreography and show girls. After all, she was in Vegas." - Billboard.com

MISSIO's Stellar Hot "Rad Drugz" Official Musique Video Is Here!



Just this past month we featured rock duo MISSIO and their new single tune "Rad Drugz". Now the
two members consisting of frontman powerhouse lead vocals Matthew Brue and his forever partner in songwriting and producing, David Butler.

MISSIO has divulged with the recent proclamation of a two-part record entitled, The Darker The Weather, The Better The Man. They shall commence a tour called the Rad Drugz Tour kicking off in April and concluding at the end of May.

In the meantime, the far-out boys unleashed a stellar musique video for their current single“Rad Drugz.” The video is directed by Noah Conopask via RCA Records. It's a visually moody wonderland. It's an aesthetic feast of pulsating yet juxtaposing slow cinematic dark components.

Without further ado, dig out thee latest ItsNotYouItsMe musique video hit parade with MISSIO and their groovtastic masterpiece "Rad Drugz".




Taylor Swift Shake Rattles & Rolls This Year's Time 100 Gala!



Sometimes in life, you don't need an essay or a hundred words to evoke what you really want to say. Taylor Swift did just that opening up about songwriting in a speech at this ear's Time 100 Gala! Our favorite quote of the day is brought to us by the country princess turned global musique icon: 'If you write, you can turn your lessons into your legacy'

That's exactly what we've done for the past 10 years. And since at the end of this year we'll be celebrating a design of the decade we couldn't capture the sentiment more so! The pop kitten was celebrated in New York at the 2019 TIME 100 Gala and spoke at the Lincoln Center stage for a medley set that included a stripped-down performance of her now timeless hits “Style” and “Delicate.” There were also tributes to her own piano-accompanied renditions of “Love Story” and “Shake It Off.”

Taylor shared at thee event: “One of my favorite things about female writers, about writers in general, about people who take what happens to them and they process it and put it out into the world. It's if you write, you can turn your lessons into your legacy. I’m just really happy to get to do this.”

She also reminisced when in 2010, she made TIME’s list of the world’s most influential and how fellow artists who were also named on this year’s TIME 100 list and performed earlier in the night: “The first time I was ever on this magnificent list was almost 10 years ago. I performed in Khalid’s spot. And I’m a huge Khalid fan. If you haven’t listened to his new album Free Spirit, that’s a real loss. That’s a real missed opportunity.”

Taylor proceeded on the heels of Jennifer Lopez and Shawn Mendes, who strutted at last year’s gala. In a tribute published in the TIME 100 issue, Mendes spilled his brain about  Tay-Tay: “Taylor makes the job of creating music for millions of people look easy. It all comes from her.  Her belief in magic and love, and her ability to be as honest and raw as possible. She’s the master of putting the perfect amount of thought into not overthinking, and that’s why her music connects so well.”

Dig out clips of Taylor Swift’s performance right below!









An ItsNotYouItsMe Throwback Insight: With Genuine Genius Funny Man Conan O'Brien's Most Memorable Travel Moments!


It's an ItsNotYouItsMe Throwback insight feature with genuine genius funnyman Conan O'Brien's most memorable travel moments!

Whether starring in a K-Pop music video or taking a Rum tour in Cuba, the late-night host embarks on a myriad of adventures in 'Conan Without Borders.'

Conan O’Brien is breaking out his passport once again for a new installment in Conan Without Borders.

The TBS show first began to televise the late-night host’s international travels in 2015 with a trip to Cuba — the first by a late-night host since 1959. O’Brien then created his own mini-franchise Conan Without Borders where he traveled to a myriad of locations including Cuba, Israel, Haiti, Korea, Mexico, Japan and more.

For his new adventure, O'Brien will embark on a trip to Sydney, Australia where he learns how to make "mates" with "Australian slang."

During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2017, O’Brien expressed how the series has helped him fulfill his “greatest joy.” "My greatest joy is trying to make people laugh that don’t even speak English, don’t know who I am. I love going to these other countries… It’s a little bit of sort of diplomacy through comedy. I like to show that Americans are curious, we’re humbled. We’re okay to look ridiculous. It’s okay if you laugh at us."

Amid the premiere of the late-night host traveling down under Wednesday night, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look back at some of the host's most memorable moments from his international travels.

Conan Raises Money for Trump's Border Wall in Mexico



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During O'Brien's trip to Mexico in 2017, the late-night host asked Mexico citizens to donate money for the wall President Donald Trump has insisted Mexico would pay for.

While walking down the streets of Mexico, O'Brien approached various citizens to ask them for their donations to a wall piggy bank — only to receive rejections. "If you donate 500 pesos, you get your name on a brick in the wall and you have to act now because there’s only going to be 800 million of these," O'Brien told one citizen, also offering prizes such as an "I paid for the wall" tote bag and a portrait of Trump that says "Moochas Gracias," spelled to reflect "how he spells it." Another citizen said he wouldn't pay for the wall but would pay with his middle finger.



Conan, People of Haiti Roast Trump



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After President Donald Trump described several foreign nations, including Haiti, as "shithole countries," O'Brien decided to embark on a trip to Haiti to "explore and make some new friends."

Though O'Brien had difficulty being welcomed by the people of Haiti because he's American — "Make sure Trump knows that you guys are the ones that bullied us and have caused us to be in the state that we are in," one citizen told him — O'Brien attempted to make amends by reciting a speech in the Haitian Creole language.

"I will be here for several days but if America doesn’t get a new president soon, I may want to stay forever," O'Brien said as the group of people laughs and welcomes him. O'Brien then helped another person get his message to Trump by placing a Fox and Friends border around the camera screen.




Conan Visits A Nude Beach in Germany



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Things got quite heated and scandalous when O'Brien took a trip to Berlin, Germany in 2016. Traveling alongside YouTube personality and Pitch Perfect 2 star Flula Borg, O'Brien shared his first experience visiting a nude beach.

"We're looking right into that man's ass and —," he begins to say, before Borg asked him, "Have you ever seen a man's anus before?"

After O'Brien said he had, Borg quipped, "Well there's another one." During their visit, Borg and O'Brien also shared schnitzels with the locals, which Borg carried in his fanny pack.




Conan Rents A Fake Family in Japan




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When visiting Japan last year, O'Brien decided to rent a fake family after learning about the service from stories about Japan's crisis of loneliness. While choosing his fake family, he quipped about not having anyone in the "family" older than the 55-year-old comedian. "I'm from Los Angeles and a man my age is required by law to marry a woman who's 25," he said.

Despite being able to have a fake 35-year-old son, O'Brien said that he feared his fake 48-year-old wife would run off with him and settled for a younger fake daughter. When the late-night host finally met his new fake family, O'Brien laid out some ground rules, such as the family had to laugh at all his jokes and that his father must apologize to him about an incident with creamed corn that occurred in the 1970s. The family ended up laughing every time he opened his mouth. Later, O'Brien and his fake family spend time in Tokyo, wearing face masks while on a walk in the park and buying ice cream.




Conan Goes on a Rum Tour in Cuba




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After former President Barack Obama's restored diplomatic ties with the nation, O'Brien became the first American late-night host to film in the country since the U.S. embargo began in 1962. Though monumental, the trip marked some comical moments for the late night host including embarking on a rum tour at the Havana Club Rum Museum. Throughout his Cuba visit, the late-night host learned about the history of rum and drank various samples.

"This is getting darker...I meant my vision," O'Brien said at one point, as he continued drinking shots. "I'm getting a little bit of the oak of the barrel and urine in my pants," he also quipped. After trying the samples, O'Brien burst into sobs, lies on top of the bar and broke out into song. "Can I stay here until the rum comes to the United States?" he asked the very patient tour guide.




Conan Visits Gal Godot in Israel




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O'Brien took a trip to Israel in 2017, but shared that the only reason he went there was to pay a special visit to Wonder Woman herself. "The entire reason I came to Israel is behind this door," he said to the camera until Gadot answers the door.




Although he couldn't contain his excitement to see the star, Gadot didn't seem as enthused. "Wish you would've told me earlier that you were coming," she said, as she blocked O'Brien from entering. After O'Brien suggested the pair go to the movies or even "ballooning," Gadot seemed disinterested. "I ... I have ... Some people actually just came over and I have plans," the actress told him. Refusing to give up the chance to hang out with her, O'Brien offered to make her pancakes, which made Gadot laugh. "I just had breakfast," she said, to which the host replied, "That's awkward."

"Okay well, I'll see you in L.A." Gadot told O'Brien as she proceeded to close and lock her door.


Conan Stars in K-Pop Video
O'Brien embarked on a journey to South Korea with The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun joining him along the way. In Conan in Korea, which aired in 2016, O'Brien joined Korean pop star J.Y. Park, The Wonder Girls and TWICE for a music video.

"I didn't want to leave before making my mark on one of Korea's biggest exports," the late-night host said of living one of his goals for the trip. During the colorful video, Yeun learned how to do O'Brien's "string dance" and they transformed into K-Pop stars for the song "Fire."




Conan Meets With A Dominatrix in Germany
Things got dark during O'Brien's trip to Germany, where he met with a dominatrix at an S&M shop. Prior to beginning, the dominatrix asked whether O'Brien had any "hard limits" to which he explained that he was married. "So no marks," she said, with O'Brien expressing how confused he was with what he was about to do.

"My fear is for you. You may want to retire after you deal with the white anaconda," O'Brien quipped. The host was later subjected to nipple clamps, a spanking session and donned a rubber mask with the visage of a basset hound." - hollywoodreporter.com


ItsNotYouItsMe Throwback Thursday: Celebrates Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Memorable Performances!



ItsNotYouItsMe Throwback Thursday celebrates thee Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductions memorable performances!

"Since 1983, the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame has been recognizing and honoring those who have made a significant impact on music. Each year, artists are selected to be inducted into the Hall of Fame where they will join the ranks of some of music’s greatest names.

At the induction ceremony, it is customary for bands to perform whether they are being inducted themselves or honoring others. It has become a hotbed for some of the greatest collaborations and performances in music history. Check out which performances have stuck out in the decades since the Hall of Fame’s inception.

You won’t believe how many artists played with Ringo Starr.

Billy Joel Brings Up Paul McCartney For “Let It Be” (1999)
At the 1999 ceremony, which saw the induction of solo artists Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, among others, viewers got quite the treat. The show seemed to be over after a mega-jam session of Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes.”





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However, before the curtain could fall, Billy Joel laid down the opening piano chords to The Beatles “Let it Be”. Part of the way into the song, Paul McCartney was quick to get up from his seat and joined Joel on stage, ending the show on an emotional and uplifting note.

Green Day Play To Honor The Ramones (2002)





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In 2002, the iconic punk group the Ramones were inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, Joey Ramone had passed away and Johnny Ramone wasn’t in good health during the time they were inducted. So, Green Day took it upon themselves to play some of the band’s most beloved songs during the ceremony.

In order, they played “Teenage Lobotomy,” “Rockaway Beach,” and “Blitzkrieg Bop.” Their performance was suitable, even for many Ramones fans. Although the real thing was missed, Green Day managed to put on quite the show in honor of the band.

Ringo Starr Plays With Countless Music Legends (2015)





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In 2015, Ringo Starr was the last of the Beatles to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. After a heartwarming speech given by Paul McCartney, Starr took the stage for a series of songs, joined by other musicians. He was accompanied by Green Day for the song “Boys,” and his brother-in-law, Joe Walsh, for the track “It Don’t Come Easy.”

He finished the night off with “I Wanna Be Your Man” and “With A Little Help From My Friends.” However, during the final two songs, he had the help of Beck, Dave Grohl, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Bill Withers, and numerous other artists.

The last person you would ever imagine covered Madonna…

Rocking With The Chili Peppers (2012)






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It’s no secret that the Red Hot Chili Peppers command the crowd and the stage whenever they perform. During their induction ceremony in 2015, they really got the audience going after bringing up former drummer Cliff Martinez and Jack Irons on stage.

They also invited Slash, George Clinton, Billie Joel Armstrong, and others to join in on the jam session. The band ended on a high note with an epic rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” which blew the audience away.

Jeff Beck Reunites With Jimmy Page (2009)






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In 2009, former Yardbirds members Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck reunited for Jeff Beck’s induction as a solo artist. Audiences couldn’t believe their eyes when the two shared the stage for an incredibly nostalgic series of songs.

The duo blew the roof off when they played Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” but that was only the beginning. They were later joined on stage by Flea, Joe Perry, Ronnie Wood, and Metallica for an electric cover of Aerosmith’s hit song “Train Kept A-Rollin.'”

Bruce Springsteen’s Cameo With U2 (2005)





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In 2005, Bruce Springsteen inducted U2 to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, six years after Bono had welcomed The Boss into the prestigious club. Of course, U2 gave their standard epic performance of songs such as “Vertigo,” “Until the End of the World,” and “Pride (In the Name of Love.”

However, the real treat was when Springsteen took the stage and joined the group for “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” To this day, this performance is regarded as one of the greatest Rock Hall cameos of all time.

Prince Stole The Show At George Harrison’s Induction (2004)




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George Harrison was posthumously inducted as a solo artist to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. So, to honor his memory, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Dhani Harrison came together to play Traveling Wilbury’s “Handle With Care.”

Just when people thought things couldn’t get any better, Prince dazzled the crowd with his guitar solo on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” The solo was so emotional that people were unsure whether he was playing it in remembrance of Harrison or for himself. It was the most-played clip of Prince after his death in 2016.

Iggy And The Stooges Cover Madonna (2008)



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During the 2008 induction ceremony, the Queen of Pop made the decision not to take the stage. So, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, including James Williamson, Mike Watt, Steve Mackay, and Toby Dammit, surprisingly filled in. While nobody would ever think they would see Iggy Pop covering Madonna, the group did a bang-up job.

They tore through the songs “Burning Up” and “Way of Life.” Of course, they delivered the songs to their liking which may not have bee Madonna’s style but it certainly reflected her attitude.

See how internal conflict didn’t affect Led Zeppelin’s performance.

Iconic Female Artists Stand-In For Kurt Cobain (2014)





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Twenty years after the passing of Kurt Cobain, Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While the surviving members of Nirvana reunited to play a set list of their own songs, they also invited four different female artists to fill in for Cobain, each singing an individual song.

Joan Jett performed “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Kim Gorgon “Aneurysm,” St. Vincent “Lithium,” and Lorde “All Apologies.” Not only did each of the women do the songs justice, but they gave the tracks new meanings. The group went on to play an extended set at St. Vitus bar in Brooklyn after the show.

Nina Simone Is Well-Represented By Her Admirers (2018)





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Nina Simone was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018, and it was up to Ms. Lauryn Hill, Andra Day, and the Roots to perform her music. Other inductees included legends such as Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, the Cars, and Dire Straits, yet the Nina Simone crew held their own.

The group did renditions of “Ne Me Quitte Pas,” “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,” “Ain’t Got No,” “I Got Life,” and “Feeling Good.”

Internal Tension Didn’t Stop Led Zeppelin From Putting On An Amazing Show (1995)




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At the 1995 induction ceremony, there was clearly some internal strife between the surviving members of Led Zeppelin. This was around the time that Robert Plant and Jimmy Page began working together again, excluding John Paul Jones. The Zeppelin bassist touched upon this in his speech, sarcastically thanking the other two members for remembering his phone number. However, their drama didn’t affect their playing.

Adding Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Neil Young to their lineup, the group played “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” “For Your Love,” “Bring It On Home,” “Reefer Head Woman,” “Boogie Chillen,” “Baby Please Don’t Go.” They closed with a powerful performance of “When the Levee Breaks.”

Do you know who teased Bruce Springsteen before their duet?

Billy Joel, Mick Jagger, And Bruce Springsteen Filling In For Paul McCartney (1988)
Filling In For Paul McCartney





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The third annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony was epic, to say the least. The Beatles, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, and the Drifters were all inductees, so there was quite an audience. While many of the bands put on stellar performances, the highlight of the show ended in a 10-song set jam session.

The climactic final song was the Beatles “I Saw Her Standing There,” with Billy Joel, Mick Jagger, and Bruce Springsteen filling in for the absent Paul McCartney. What a trio to be covering a Beatles song.

Mick Jagger And Tina Turner Shake Things Up (1989)





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Mick Jagger and Tina Turner have been friends and working together since she opened for the Rolling Stones back in 1966. By the 1980s, the two were incredibly close and would appear on stage on various occasions. Many people hoped that the two could collaborate in the studio together, but they only graced us with live performances.

One of the most iconic of these performances was at the 1989 induction ceremony. The duo boogied together on stage and sang “Honky Tonk Woman,” which proved to be an incredible performance.

The “Green Onion” Jam Band (1992)



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During the 1960s, Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, and “Duck” Dunn were Memphis’ Stax Records go-to musicians. They helped to back artists such as Isaac Hayes and Otis Redding to name a few. Yet, after some time, they decided to step out from behind the scenes to form their own band known as Booker T. and the MGs.

The group rose to fame and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. At their induction, they performed their 1962 hit song “Green Onion” with the help of Johnny Cash, Keith Richards, Neil Young, U2’s the Edge, among others.

Wilson Pickett Teases Bruce Springsteen Before An Epic Duet (1999)



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In 1999, on the night of Bruce Springsteen’s induction, The Boss himself invited the master of soul, Wilson Pickett, on stage to join him in performing Pickett’s “Midnight Hour.” Upon reaching the stage, Pickett began teasing Springsteen in a friendly way, saying: “I’m glad you invited me up. For a long time, I wanted to sing with you. I wanted to kick you in the [expletive]!”

With backing from the E Street band, the two went on to deliver an unforgettable performance of Pickett’s hit track.

See which year two unlikely musicians shared the stage.

Numerous Female Singers Take The Stage To Honor Linda Ronstadt (2014)







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Unfortunately, in 2014, Linda Ronstadt was unable to attend her induction ceremony due to her ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease. Yet, she was well-represented by iconic ladies such as Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, and Sheryl Crow.

They paid tribute to Ronstadt’s impact on music by performing Buddy Holly’s “It’s So Easy” and the Everly Brother’s “When Will I Be Loved” in proper Ronstadt style. Glenn Frey was the only male involved, who is known for backing Ronstadt in the days before the Eagles.

When Four Of The Five Inductees Play Together (2016)



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The 2016 awards are mainly remembered by Steve Miller’s outburst behind the scenes regarding the ticket prices and the restriction on how many each artist received. That year, Steve Miller, Cheap Trick, Chicago, and Deep Purple were all being inducted. Not only that, but they all performed together as well, playing Fats Domino’s song “Ain’t That a Shame.”

The artists were also joined by Steve Van Zandt, Sheryl Crow and Rob Thomas. It was also the last time Cheap Trick played together in public with former drummer Bun E. Carlos, who had left the band in 2010 due to internal conflict.

The Unlikely Collaboration Between Axl Rose And Bruce Springsteen (1994)





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Two artists that most people would never imagine sharing a stage would be Axl Rose and Bruce Springsteen. Yet, that’s exactly what happened during the 1994 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The unlikely duo shared the stage in honor of John Lennon who was posthumously being inducted that night.

They performed “Come Together,” a very fitting song for the situation. While most might assume Rose wasn’t thrilled with the idea, he was clearly enjoying himself, trading smiles with Springsteen the entire performance.

Pearl Jam Pays Tribute To Neil Young (2017)



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In 2017, Neil Young was supposed to induct Pearl Jam into the Hall of Fame. However, he canceled, claiming that he was ill. While this disappointed a lot of people, it didn’t stop Pearl Jam from delivering an insane performance of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

Alongside Pearl Jam was Journey’s Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon, Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, and Yes’ Trevor Rabin and Dhani Harrison. As if the that wasn’t epic enough, it was also the only time that Pearl Jam members Matt Cameron and Dave Krusen shared a drum kit.

Eddie Vedder Sings For The Doors (1993)





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The legendary group the Doors were finally inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1993. Since their iconic frontman Jim Morrison passed away in 1971, Eddie Vedder, the frontman for Pearl Jam, accepted the offer to attempt to fill some enormous shoes.

Although nobody will ever be as good as Morrison at his own songs, the young Vedder put on quite the show and did a better job than most people could. It was a beautiful mix of young and old that everyone in the crowd enjoyed." - idolator.com

The Number Ones: The Rolling Stones’ “Angie”


According to one of our preffered musical sources:

The Rolling Stones – “Angie”

HIT #1: October 20, 1973

STAYED AT #1: 1 week

The Rolling Stones built a tornado, and then they figured out how to exist within that tornado. That’s a huge achievement. From the very beginning, the band presented themselves as droogy barbarians, sex-and-drug-dazed outlaw figures. And when they became huge stars, they more or less became their image. For years, they lived in a constant state of chaos, a permanent bedlam that would’ve torn most other bands apart. (It definitely tore the Beatles, their closest peers, apart.) But the Stones found ways to feed on that chaos.

On most of the band’s best songs, they sound like they’re channeling all of the ugly, discordant energy around them, turning it into music, howling in the maw at the driving rain. But they also did magical things in the rare moments when they silenced all that chaos around them, when they gave themselves room to breathe and feel. “Angie” is one such moment.




There are truly great Rolling Stones ballads — “Wild Horses,” “Lady Jane,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” — and “Angie” is not one of them. But “Angie” is a very good Rolling Stones ballad, and it’s one that came out when the band’s tornado-rock was slowing down, sounding a little more anemic than usual. This is understandable. The world was wearing the Rolling Stones down by 1973, or maybe the Rolling Stones were wearing themselves down. Goat’s Head Soup, the album that gave us “Angie,” is what happens when a full decade of notoriety starts to catch up with you.

The Stones had been in tax exile for a few years by the time they made Goat’s Head Soup. They’d also been touring heavily, though various drug arrests had gotten them banned from some countries and barred entry to others. They’d just poured all their drug-sweat dread into 1972’s Exile On Main St. And this was after Brian Jones’ death and Altamont and every other fucking thing. The Stones started out recording Goat’s Head Soup in Jamaica, where they farted around for a while and didn’t get much done. They finally finished it up in a few American sessions. It’s not a bad album. It’s fine. But it doesn’t sound like slithering lightning, which means it goes down in Stones history as a failure.

“Angie” is different. “Angie” is a numb-but-sensitive breakup ballad, a plea for everything to be over. Keith Richards wrote the song in a Swiss rehab facility, and he says it came to him when withdrawal started to wear off and he could finally move his fingers well enough to strum a guitar. (The song is credited to Richards and Mick Jagger, but by just about every count, its mostly Richards’.) It’s about the end stages of a relationship, the time when you’re still in love but making each other miserable. It’s written and sung with sad empathy. Jagger sings that he still loves this Angie, that he sees her eyes everywhere he looks. But he’s exhausted: “All the dreams we held so close seemed to all go up in smoke.”

Those lyrics are vague enough that they’ve kicked off plenty of rumors. The most persistent one is that the Angie of “Angie” is Angela Bowie, first wife of David. People think that Angela caught David in bed with Jagger one night — a story that Angela has told a few times — and that the Stones wrote her a song to bribe her to keep quiet about it. Other theories: It’s about Richards’ longtime girlfriend Anita Pallenberg, or it’s about their just-born daughter Dandelion Angela, or it’s about the actress Angie Dickinson. Richards, for his part, says that it was just a generic female name, a word to sing. And it plays like that. It’s not the name that matters; it’s the heart-wrecked weariness that Jagger puts into singing that name.

If there’s a lead instrument on “Angie,” it’s session ace Nicky Hopkins’ piano. But even on a quiet and tender song like this, the Stones brought noise, and there are details and choices within that noise: a quietly murmuring bass that plays its own melody, some perfectly in-the-pocket Charlie Watts drums, a trilling acoustic-guitar riff that shows up a few times, a few muted strings that were dubbed in later. Jagger howls out the title — “Aaaaiiiieee-un-jay” — but then, sometimes, he whispers it too. His own guide vocal, from the song’s demo, is buried in the mix, a spectral harmony. There’s no real structure to the song; it’s just a bunch of phrases repeated and tweaked. So it sounds like a reverie — an echo of the sound inside your head when you’re too sad and tired to form rational thoughts.

“Angie” isn’t the best Stones ballad, but it is the only Stones ballad that hit #1. It’s the song that they needed at exactly that moment. Viewed from a certain angle, it’s a cynical ploy, a song directly targeted to the Stones’ female fans who wanted to view them as broken angels rather than amoral libertine wanderers. But a whole lot of great music has been written for reasons more cynical than that. “Angie” was the song that the Stones needed at that moment. It was also their last grand-scale pop moment for a while; they wouldn’t get back to #1 (or even into the top 10) for almost five years afterward. And “Angie” has held up. It has endured. Tornados don’t last forever. Quiet moments sometimes do.



GRADE: 8/10

BONUS BEATS: Here’s Tori Amos’ lovely 1992 voice-and-piano “Angie” cover, one of the B-sides from her “Crucify” single:" - Stereogum.com

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