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Songwriters get big honor

Feb 22, 2017 -- 10:56am

Songwriters Hall of Fame announces 2017 Inductees:

Less than a year after their group's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, three members of Chicago will be enshrined into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Robert LammJames Pankow and Peter Cetera will be recognized for their catalog of hits on June 15th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Also being enshrined are Kenneth "Babyface" EdmondsJimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Jay Z (Shawn Carter). Motown founder Berry Gordy, who deferred his induction in 2016, will also be part of this year's class. 

Those who came up short this year are Bryan AdamsCat StevensJeff LynneSly Stone and the late George Michael.

Unlike the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which has a building in Cleveland, the Songwriters Hall of Fame only exists online at SongwritersHallofFame.org/.



MusicCares Person of the Year

Feb 11, 2017 -- 9:42am

Tom Petty was honored last night (Friday) in Los Angeles as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year.

With Matt DamonRingo StarrJoe Walsh and Lars Ulrich of Metallica among the notables in the house -- and with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Democratic Leader Nanci Pelosi seated at the same table -- more than a dozen artists payed homage to Petty. The performances ranged from all-out rocking assaults by Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Junior and Cage the Elephant to the softer stylings of Randy NewmanNorah JonesDon Henley and Lucinda Williams

Following Petty's emotional 12-minute acceptance speech, in which he talked about cynicism, fame, his past and and rock and roll's future, he and The Heartbreakers took the stage for their own set. They brought out The BanglesJeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison and Stevie Nicks, who not only dueted with Petty on "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" but also sang the less-known "Insider," which Petty said he wrote for her.

Recording Academy head Neil Portnow announced that the event had raised a record-breaking $8.5 million dollars for MusiCares, which provides financial, medical and personal assistance to musicians in need.

Who Played What:

Randy Newman - "Refugee"
George Strait - "You Wreck Me"
Elle King - "American Girl"
Taj Mahal (with Mike Campbell) - "Hometown Blues"
Norah Jones - "Time to Move On" and "You Don't Know How It Feels"
Foo Fighters - "Honey Bee"
Foo Fighters and Gary Clark Junior - "Breakdown" 
The Lumineers - "Walls"
Cage the Elephant - "Mary Jane's Last Dance" 
Jackson Browne - "The Waiting" and "Learning to Fly"
Lucinda Williams (with Benmont Tench) - "Rebels"
Gary Clark Junior - "Good Enough"
Regina Spektor- "I Forgive It All" (Mudcrutch song, with Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench)
Lucinda Williams (with Benmont Tench) - "Southern Accents"
Jakob Dylan - "Love Is a Long Road"
The Head and the Heart - "You Got Lucky"
Don Henley - "Free Fallin'"
The Shelters - "Listen to Her Heart" 
Chris Hillman and Herb Peterson - "Wildflowers"
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Waiting for Tonight" (with The Bangles) and "Don't Come Around Here No More" (with The Bangles)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (with Stevie Nicks and The Bangles)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Insider" (with Stevie Nicks)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "I Won't Back Down" (with Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Runnin' Down a Dream" (with The Bangles)'

Superbowl Halftime Rankings

Feb 03, 2017 -- 12:35pm

Rolling Stone has ranked 28 Super Bowl halftime shows from worst to best, and The Black Eyed Peas in 2011 is the worst, while U2 in 2002 is the best. Here is the full list:

  • 28. Black Eyed Peas (2011)
  • 27. Everything From 1967-1989 (all the halftime shows from Super Bowl 1 through 23)
  • 26. New Kids on the Block (1991)
  • 25. Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton and Tina Turner (2000)
  • 24. Gloria Estefan and Olympic Figure Skaters (1992)
  • 23. Patti LaBelleTony BennettTeddy Pendergrass and Miami Sound Machine (1995)
  • 22. Pete FountainIrma ThomasDoug Kershaw and Snoopy (1990)
  • 21. The Blues Brothers with special guest ZZ Top (1997)
  • 20. The Who (2010)
  • 19. Tanya TuckerClint BlackTravis Tritt and The Judds (1994)
  • 18. Janet JacksonJustin TimberlakeP. DiddyKid RockJessica Simpson and Nelly (2004)
  • 17. Boyz II Men (1998)
  • 16. Stevie Wonder and Gloria Estefan (1999)
  • 15. Shania TwainSting and No Doubt (2003)
  • 14. Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (2014)
  • 13. Diana Ross (1996)
  • 12. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (2008)
  • 11. Michael Jackson (1993)
  • 10. Paul McCartney (2005)
  • 9. Katy Perry and Missy Elliott (2015)
  • 8. The Rolling Stones (2006)
  • 7. ColdplayBeyonce and Bruno Mars (2016)
  • 6. Madonna (2012)
  • 5. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (2009)
  • 4. AerosmithBritney SpearsN'SyncNelly and Mary J. Blige (2001)
  • 3. Beyonce (2013)
  • 2. Prince (2007)
  • 1. U2 (2002)

Pet Expo

Jan 23, 2017 -- 10:43am


It would be an empty world without pets!  Come out and celebrate our furry friends this weekend at the Annual Pet Expo at the Timonium Fairgrounds!!  Here's more details on the fun.....and, here's a list of rock stars and the pets they have owned.



Top tours for 2016

Jan 10, 2017 -- 10:06am

Guns n' Roses and Bruce Springsteen had a couple of the Top North American Tours in 2016 according to Pollstar, the concert industry publication.

Beyonce edged them out for number-one with a gross of just under $170 million, but GnR's reunion tour was second with $130.8 million, followed by Springsteen and The E Street Band at number-three with $122.4 million. Coldplay was the only other rock act in the Top 10, coming in at number-seven with a gross of $85.9 million.

  1. Beyonce - $169.4 million
  2. Guns n' Roses - $130.8 million
  3. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - $122.4 million
  4. Garth Brooks - $97.0 million
  5. Adele - $95.1 million
  6. Justin Bieber - $89.6 million
  7. Coldplay - $85.9 million
  8. Drake - $84.3 million
  9. Luke Bryan - $84.1 million
  10. Kenny Chesney - $69.5 million

Songwriter's Hall of Fame 2017

Jan 04, 2017 -- 10:44am

The Songwriter's Hall of Fame will reveal its Class of 2017 in February, just after the Grammy Awards are held.

Bryan AdamsCat StevensELO's Jeff LynneSly Stone and Chicago's Peter CeteraRobert Lamm and James Pankow are among the prominent names on this year's ballot. So is the late George Michael -- but don't expect a sympathy vote for the just-deceased star. Voting ended on December 16th, days before his death.

The Songwriters Hall holds its annual gala in New York on June 15th. 



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