1. NIGHT RANGER : You Can Still Rock in America
There is no other passionate anthem I’ve ever heard that can top or replicate this song. It has everything required to be a top hard rock song, majestic solo guitars, the powerful vocals, great keyboard intro, big chorus, and the driving lyrics. “You can still rock in America, oh yeah, alright!”
2. DEEP PURPLE : Highway Star
A song born by a simple jam, the power is so strong that one might want to quickly go the road and drive his 55 or Ferrari as fast as he could.
Well I have tried to hear all the materials they have done, and sorry to you group of majority, my favorite is Steve Morse, even I really dig Purple classic Mk2 and Rainbow with Dio (In Rock and Rainbow Rising are both on my Top 10 best rock albums always).
Blackmore is Purple icon and a beast of a songwriter, no contest. He’s also a slightly better showman on stage, (Morse got that kind of charming side though). But I like more materials done by Morse rather than Blackmore, variety and technicality are the keywords (don’t say technical means playing without heart, this is not a factory job ffs).
Dixie Dregs and Steve Morse Band catalogue are unbelievable, the triumph of magical chemistry between those band members involved. 5 Grammies nominations on instrumental albums/performance and 5 times in-a-row best guitarists by Guitar Magazine are testaments to Morse ability. I even say Morse peak as musician comes with Dixie Dregs and his own band, not with Purple.
Man I tell you, one big reason over another reasons I love Morse catalogue because I think Blackmore wasted many of his time become popular MTV Band with those silly pop songs (yes Mr. Joe Lynn Turner, you’re involved), and then sadly he’s been spending the last two decades exploring the jungle of medieval with his blonde princess. I tried to love Blackmore’s Night material but ouch… You just imagine if he continued Rainbow with Dio.
1. Steve Marriot
Who else? Just like Terry Kath in my guitarist list, there’s only one person comes to my mind when talking about underrated rock vocalist. Every time he sings with his raunchy and impressively strong, it likes hearing his heart sings out instead of his mouth.
Best cuts : All or Nothing, 30 Days in a Hole
2. Eric Martin
When mentioning Mr. Big, it is always about Paul Gilbert (guitar) and Billy Sheehan (bass). Both are highly recognized by their peers and fans for their proficiency at their respective instruments.. Yet many people forget that Mr. Big are band that play songs, not instrumental. And there is Eric Martin, with the peculiar and raw rock voice inspired by Marriot, Rod Stewart. As with most of singers on this list, this guy can sing hard rock and slow ballad both as great. Compare aggressive “Addicted to that Rush” and romantic lullaby of “Promise Her The Moon”.
After so many fuckin years, finally the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame people come into sanity, back to the real world, by inducting the dragon of hard rock, Deep Purple.
A passionate fan in the name of Lars Ulrich (Metallica) got the honor to induct his youth heroes into the Fame. A long enjoyable speech, he praised each and every inducted member as he recalled his memories with them, many funny remarks about the band he told in the ceremony, including that funny “Never see someone be so physical with keyboards” and his Purple jacket having name tag “Deep Purple”
But one thing I also would like to point out is the speech of five inducted Purple members, which is interesting to listen and understand, because five of them seems gave different tone and theme of speech. These are my analysis:
IAN GILLAN: Doesn’t give a damn. He just focused on remembering the memory of all Purple members to the people (a subtle way to diss Hall’s decision to only induct several members, not all), and sort of despising the importance of Hall to him and the band by mentioning it is more important to the fans and their business colleagues Continue reading
Well you can easily get the list of inducteed artists/musicians in the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame along the years since its first inception back in 1986.
BUT don’t you wanna know who inducted and introduced them in the annual RnRHOF ceremony?
It is interesting, typically the young musician who are inspired by the inducted artist comes to the stage to pay tribute and welcome his/her/their hero into the Hall.
And to see how they introduce, praise, screams w
However it is not uncommon to have close friends of the inductee, or even ‘senior’ to induct them on the stage.
Most of the names here (first ones) for each year fall into PERFORMER CATEGORY. Besides, we have non-performer category(producer, labels, manager, etc) – now it’s called Ahmed Ertegun Award, and early influences category (musician came from the very early as 1920-30′-40’s which predate rock’n roll)
CHUCK BERRY : Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones)
BUDDY HOLLY : John Fogerty (CCR)
JERRY LEE LEWIS : Hank Williams Jr
ELVIS PRESLEY : Julian Lennon and Sean Lennon (sons of late John Lennon who is a very big fan of Elvis)
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Neil Young
ROBERT JOHNSON (early influences category)
SAM PHILLIPS (non performers category)
ALAN FREED Scott Muney and Norm Nite (non performers category)
Ace Frehley inspired zillion guitarists…. he is reason why so many young generation of guitarists pick up the instrument…. so many 80’s and 90’s cited Ace as their influence… How many times have you read of that?
As an Ace Frehley big fan, it is a joy for me (who just a casual fan, not a musician) to find out how far influences of The Spaceman guitar playing has extended to other rock guitarists especially on the 80’s and 90’s. Unfortunately I could not find out readings about how those guitarists mentioning Ace as their heroes during those periods, except videos on You Tube. So I decided to begin a web research, ‘mining’ from many websites and You Tube Videos to observe the proofs of guitarists who has Ace Frehley “The Spaceman” as one of their major guitar hero, as the reason why they start to play guitar. Continue reading