Rock Hall finally inducts Deep Purple; could Rory, Link, Johnny, and Maiden be far behind?

By Steve Newton Well, those bozos down at the highly slaggable Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally came to their senses. Twenty-two years after it first became eligible for induction, legendary British hard-rockers Deep Purple finally gained admittance into the Cleveland institution's hallowed halls. I guess the powers-that-be finally broke down and played Machine Head … Continue reading Rock Hall finally inducts Deep Purple; could Rory, Link, Johnny, and Maiden be far behind?

Rock Hall proves worthless yet again, overlooks Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, and Link Wray

By Steve Newton The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominated 15 artists for induction today, but neither Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, nor Link Wray were among them. Instead, Jan Wenner and his tonedeaf buddies chose such legendary rockers as the Spinners, Janet Jackson, the J.B.'s, and Chic. Janet Jackson instead of Johnny Winter? Chic instead … Continue reading Rock Hall proves worthless yet again, overlooks Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, and Link Wray

Marty Friedman doesn’t get why the Bee Gees are in the Rock Hall and Rory Gallagher isn’t

By Steve Newton If you've been visiting Ear of Newt for the last year or two you've no doubt figured out that I'm not a big fan of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I mean, Jann Wenner and his jackass buddies piss me off the way they totally ignore some of the most … Continue reading Marty Friedman doesn’t get why the Bee Gees are in the Rock Hall and Rory Gallagher isn’t

Newt’s Rock Hall inducts Deep Purple, Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, Iron Maiden, and Link Wray

By Steve Newton Okay, it has finally come to this. After years of slagging the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for its inconceivable ignorance of the best rock music from the past, I've gone ahead and established my own institution to pay tribute to the stellar artists the RRHOF deems unworthy. Based somewhere near … Continue reading Newt’s Rock Hall inducts Deep Purple, Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, Iron Maiden, and Link Wray

Joe Bonamassa wanted Deep Purple and Free in the Rock Hall “before f***ing Green Day”

By Steve Newton When American guitar hero Joe Bonamassa called me up back in 2015 in advance of a Vancouver double-header we mostly talked about his new live album, Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks. But since I also see it as my duty to slag the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame whenever necessary--which is … Continue reading Joe Bonamassa wanted Deep Purple and Free in the Rock Hall “before f***ing Green Day”

Nikki Sixx says he’d turn down Rock Hall: awesome, more room for Rory

By Steve Newton Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx declared on his Facebook page yesterday that he'd "probably" turn down induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fvckin-AAA! That just leaves more room for more deserving types like Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, and Link Wray. Here's Sixx's post, complete with grammatical errors: The only … Continue reading Nikki Sixx says he’d turn down Rock Hall: awesome, more room for Rory

Rock Hall finally inducts Stevie Ray Vaughan, could Rory Gallagher be next?

By Steve Newton The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has made some silly-ass moves over the years, nominating lame-o acts like Chic and inducting Cat Stevens while leaving more deserving nominees such as Link Wray and Deep Purple--artists who actually rock--out in the cold. Well, just yesterday the Rock Hall took a sizeable step away … Continue reading Rock Hall finally inducts Stevie Ray Vaughan, could Rory Gallagher be next?

Rock Hall proves itself slag-worthy again snubbing Johnny Winter, Link Wray, and Rory

charles campbell photo By Steve Newton I finally got around to checking out the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2015 and, lemme tell ya, that institution has developed its most severe case of HUA (Head Up Ass) Syndrome yet. Okay, firstly, let's rattle off the nominees: Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, … Continue reading Rock Hall proves itself slag-worthy again snubbing Johnny Winter, Link Wray, and Rory

Johnny Winter’s absence from the Rock Hall is a bloody outrage

By Steve Newton Devoted Johnny Winter fans are still mourning the passing of the Texas guitar legend, who died last  Wednesday (July 16) at the age of 70. They've no doubt been playing the hell out of his vast array of awesome albums, or reminiscing about the times they saw him tear things up in concert. … Continue reading Johnny Winter’s absence from the Rock Hall is a bloody outrage

Rock Hall snubs Link Wray, inducts Cat Stevens. Let the slagging begin

By Steve Newton The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has done it again, proving once more that it has its head so far up its ass that it isn't even funny. I'm sure as hell not laughing. Today the Rock Hall named it inductees for the class of 2014 and, unbelievably, pioneering guitar legend … Continue reading Rock Hall snubs Link Wray, inducts Cat Stevens. Let the slagging begin

New page: this is where we slag the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

By Steve Newton If there ever was a good reason to add a new page to Ear of Newt, this is it. I for one and sick and tired of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame making a mockery of the words "rock and roll". Sure, the Hall may have gained a few brownie … Continue reading New page: this is where we slag the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock Hall fucks up royally again, nominates Chic instead of Rory Gallagher

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 16, 2013 By Steve Newton The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has done it again. It's made a complete ass of itself by nominating, for the eighth time, Chic. When you consider that somebody like Irish guitar hero Rory Gallagher hasn't once been given the nod, it's utterly preposterous. No less … Continue reading Rock Hall fucks up royally again, nominates Chic instead of Rory Gallagher

Albert King gets inducted into the Rock Hall tonight: it’s about fucking time

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 18, 2013 By Steve Newton The brainiacs over at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will redeem themselves for years of bad calls when they finally induct blues legend Albert King into their hallowed institution tonight. The gatekeepers at the Cleveland-based facility have been getting flack for years for not inducting Canadian … Continue reading Albert King gets inducted into the Rock Hall tonight: it’s about fucking time

Rush is in, Deep Purple’s out: the Rock Hall’s worth is still in doubt

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, DEC. 12, 2012 By Steve Newton If you're a Rush freak who's been holding a grudge against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for not inducting your heroes, you've probably already heard that the Cleveland-based institution broke down yesterday and finally—after 14 years of eligibility—let the Canuck prog-rock legends in. … Continue reading Rush is in, Deep Purple’s out: the Rock Hall’s worth is still in doubt

Ritchie Blackmore “couldn’t care less” about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 23, 2012 By Steve Newton Rush and Deep Purple garnered plenty of headlines in the music press earlier this month when they were among the 15 acts nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Fans of both legendary rock bands felt the selection was … Continue reading Ritchie Blackmore “couldn’t care less” about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson calls the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “a popularity contest”

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 20, 2012 By Steve Newton If you're a Rush fan, you've no doubt heard that the Canuck power trio has finally been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group has been eligible for induction since 1999--25 years after the release of its self-titled debut album (featuring … Continue reading Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson calls the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “a popularity contest”

Rush finally chosen for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…NOT!

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 27, 2011 By Steve Newton Those dickwads down at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have done it again. The list of nominees for induction in 2012 was released today and--much to the chagrin of anyone with the slightest notion of what the term "Rock and Roll" stands for--Canuck … Continue reading Rush finally chosen for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…NOT!

Alice Cooper finally gets nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 28, 2010 By Steve Newton Alice Cooper released a string of amazing albums in the early '70s—including Love It to the Death, School's Out, Killer, and Billion Dollar Babies—but the brainiacs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame waited until today to nominate the shock-rock king for inclusion in their fancy pants institution. … Continue reading Alice Cooper finally gets nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame