A sentiment I can certainly attest to - I made my first pilgrimage to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame probably about 10 years ago. I was definitely still in high school and they had a fashion exhibit featuring some of Marilyn Manson's concert outfits - I was in heaven!
Since then my tastes have refined. During my four visits I've seen exhibits on hip hop, John Lennon, the Warped Tour (!), The Who's rock opera "Tommy" and The Clash (the latter being the best, obviously), in addition to all their permanent exhibits and memorabilia. There really is so much to see - if you go, take at least two days to explore.
One of my favorite pieces is the letter Charles Manson wrote to Rolling Stone magazine offering an interview in exchange for a lifetime subscription. So.weird.
During one trip, I was lucky enough to catch two concerts right in the Rock Hall - P.O.D. and Disturbed - both of which were taped for air on MTV. I swear I saw the back of my head on the playback of the Disturbed show. I also met and had my photo with the lead singer. It was the highlight of my 20-year-old life.
The cool thing about Cleveland is there's this interesting mix of music and sports - the Rock Hall sits practically next door to Browns Stadium and a mere few blocks from Jacobs Field where the Indians play.
Days in Cleveland are filled with music and nights with baseball. Some might say it doesn't get much better than that.
And for a while Alice Cooper had a restaurant right across from Jacobs Field - a pure fusion, right there.
But the point of all this reminiscing is to let you know this:
Yesterday the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced it's list of possible 2010 inductees. Those eligible for a place in the Rock Hall include:
- Darlene Love
- Donna Summer
- Jimmy Cliff
- Laura Nyro
- LL Cool J
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- The Chantels
- The Hollies
- The Stooges
Only five acts will be inducted on March 15, 2010. The criteria for eligibility is the first single or album by the act must have been released 25 years ago - in this group's case that's 1984.
Now I knew the Chili Peppers had been around for a while, but I wouldn't have put them at 25 years - I'm not complaining though. I'll bet money that they make it in, even though this is their first year of eligibility.
The other four on my ballot are: ABBA, KISS, The Stooges and Genesis. Ooh, but Donna Summer could put a wrench in that line up.
We'll find out the results in January. Meanwhile, if you go here you can see a complete list of all inductees.
Make your predictions or tell me about your Cleveland experience in the comments.