Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 inductees
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct a handful of musicians this April in Cleveland, Ohio. Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band will be honored at the 30th annual HOF induction ceremony on April 18. The Award for Musical Excellence will be given to Ringo Starr, and The "5" Royals will get the Early Influence Award. Tickets to the ceremony, $75-$300, go on sale Thursday via Ticketmaster.
Seger talks Silver Bullet Band with Letterman
Bob Seger chatted with David Letterman Monday night before he and the Silver Bullet Band performed his song "All the Roads" (from his new album "Ride Out"). Letterman wanted to know how the Silver Bullet Band got its name, because a friend of his had told him a story he wanted to check out. Seger explained: "We were all arguing about what our band name should be and I was kind of letting the band pick it themselves, but they just kept arguing, finally my manager (Punch Andrews) sent us our paychecks with 'Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band' on it. He just got tired of waiting for us." Letterman replied, "My friend said that to go to gigs you guys had a stretch limousine that was painted silver and it was nicknamed the 'Silver Bullet,' and that's how you got the name." "Nooo," Seger said, laughing. "Nooo." "An indication of the kind of friends I have," Letterman quipped. Seger and the band play Madison Square Garden in New York Friday night.
Mad Season reunites with Chris Cornell, Duff McKagan
Grunge supergroup Mad Season (known for their one album, 1995's "Above," and the single "River of Deceit") will reunite next year as part of the Seattle Symphony's "Sonic Evolution" music series. The band will be filled out by Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell and former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan replacing singer Layne Staley and John Baker Saunders, respectively. (Staley and Saunders both suffered drug-related deaths years ago.) The rest of Mad Season will include Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and drummer Barrett Martin of the Screaming Trees. In other '90s rock-era reunion news, grunge/metal band L7 announced via Facebook that a reunion tour — with the original lineup of Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner, Jennifer Finch and Dee Plakas — is seriously being considered.
■Through Jan. 2, Freedom Hill is offering a stocking-stuffer ticket deal. Get four lawn seats to any 2015 concert for $20 at freedomhill.net. Acts for the 2015 concert season are to be announced.
■Kourtney Kardashian give birth to a baby boy Sunday. The child, her third with boyfriend Scott Disick, was born on their oldest son's fifth birthday.
Compiled by Melody Baetensmbaetens@detroitnews.comSue Whitall contributed
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