It's okay, boys, you're all still Rock Hall of Famers to us. Maybe next year the judges will see it too.
Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits Inducted Into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The votes are in and next year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class will include Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Darlene Love and Dr. John. Leon Russell will be receive The Award For Musical Excellence (formerly the sideman category) and industry legends Jac Holzman and Art Rupe will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award. The ceremony will be held March 14 at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel and it will be broadcast live on Fuse.
Artists are eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first single or LP. All of this year's inductees, however, started in the 1960s — with the lone exception of Tom Waits, who released his first LP Closing Time in 1973.
Dr. John, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Was 'Surprised' By the News
Love feels that the long wait was well worth it. "I was on my way to Atlantic City in a limo when I got the call," she says. "I started screaming and I thought, 'I sure hope the driver doesn't think that my husband's trying to kill me.' I was laughing and crying at the same time."
Darlene Love, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Says She's on Cloud Nine
The ceremony falls right in the middle of Neil Diamond's Australian tour in March. Nothing is set yet, but Diamond hopes to re-shuffle some dates so he can make it. "I'll get in somehow," he says. "They are working on the details right now. I 'm very hopeful it'll work out because I don't want to miss this ... Any club that has Chuck Berry and Little Richard and The Everly Brothers is a club that I want to be a part of."
Neil Diamond, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Says He Feels 'Very Lucky'
When Alice Cooper got the news he immediately called his former bandmates in the original Alice Cooper band. "I said 'Well, remember when we started in high school?" he says. "Here we are. It only took 45 years."
Alice Cooper, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Was 'Elated' When He Got the News
Cooper plans on performing with the band, something he's only done a handful of times since they broke up in 1976. "We're trying to figure out if we do 'School's Out,' do we send balloons of confetti into the audience?" he says. "I doubt there'll be a snake there though...If you look at the list of past inductees it's all of my heroes, from Pete Townshend to The Yardbirds to The Beatles to The Stones. It's everybody that we listened to in order to become Alice Cooper, so it's pretty amazing that those are the same people that actually voted for us."
This article from nj.com is more positive, though - as they put it:
It's not all doom and gloom, though. On Tuesday, Jovi lead singer Jon Bon Jovi was named to the White House Council for Community Solutions by President Barack Obama.
Also, Billboard magazine has named the rockers the top touring act of 2010. The band has snagged the top-grossing spot for the second time in just three years. "The Circle Tour," which began in February 2010, sold out stadiums and arenas around the world to the tune of 1.5 million fans in attendance and grossed more than $146 million.
Read the rest of the article here.