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Clash Won't Play Rock Hall of Shame Dinner

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by SteveAustin, Mar 3, 2003.

  1. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    The bloated, self-important, self-invented Rock and Roll Hall of Fame holds its annual blowout a week from tonight.

    The group claims $10 million in assets and pays its director a six-figure salary. But_it gives a pittance to indigent musicians and doesn't pay sidemen who play at_its annual dinner/concert despite selling the rights to VH1 for millions.

    How anyone can take this thing seriously is beyond me. How former establishment-bashers Elvis Costello, the Clash and Sting can get up on the stage in the Waldorf ballroom and accept these awards is perplexing.

    Now it turns out the Clash, who recently lost founding member Joe Strummer to a heart attack, won't perform at all in any incarnation.


    Bass player Paul Simonon told the wire services over the weekend: "I think it's better for the Clash to play in front of their public, rather than a seated and booted audience." Simonon also cited the $1,500 ticket to the Waldorf bash as a reason not to go.

    My faith in the Clash has been restored. Now if only Elvis Costello and Sting -- two men who pride themselves on being principled -- will come to their senses.

    The big question looming now for next Monday night: With the business in such turmoil, record sales down and Sony laying off hundreds in the next couple of weeks, will the record companies still come through with their $25,000 tables at the Waldorf for a decidedly uncharitable charity?

    This is an especially hot issue right now because the TJ Martell Foundation, the record business' real charitable arm, will be having_its own fund-raiser June 2 (in honor of MTV's deserving Judy McGrath).

    As I've reported before, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation raises no money for the Rock Museum in Cleveland. The foundation also gives little to no funds to indigent musicians. And the only musicians who qualify for funds are ones who've already been inducted, according to the highly paid director, Suzan Evans Hochberg.

    That means that if Paul McCartney or the Eagles need their medical bills paid, they can come to the Hall of Fame Foundation. Michael Jackson, too, and at the rate he's spending money he may need them. I do wonder if the less billionaire-like inductees from past years have ever tried to get their hands on Evans' loot. The foundation keeps a $10 million war chest, by the way, with almost all of it invested in stocks, bonds and government securities._It keeps about $1.5 million on hand for emergencies.

    More tomorrow on who gets into the Hall of Shame, and where the money goes.

    Hell yeah! taken from fox news:
  2. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

    Joined: Oct 6, 2004 Messages: 19,229 Likes Received: 30
    A cry of war emerges
    Echoes over the field
    Boldley charging the enemy lines
  3. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2000 Messages: 6,979 Likes Received: 2
    I'm really confused about Elvis costello and Diana Krall.

    She puts on this image that she loves her home in nature
    and just spends most days on dock hanging over the pacific ocean.
    Elvis Costello looks like he hasn't seen the sun or left downtown
    London in years. So which one is the realy bullshit artist ?
  4. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    Sting sold out years ago. At least the Clash still have some integrity....
  5. Weapon X

    Weapon X 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Sep 6, 2002 Messages: 14,905 Likes Received: 202
    huh? I don't get it. Am I missing something here?

    *oh wait, I think I get what you mean...