March 9, 2008, Frankfort, KY – Popular music discussion blog Rock Town Hall announced today that its “Foyer of Fame” – a virtual counterpart to the more famous (though arguably no more relevant) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – was now “open for business.” In addition, Rock Town Hall revealed that on Monday, March 10, beginning at 8:30 PM EST, the Foyer will induct Bob Seger and Steve Miller as its first two members.
The two thoroughly average rockers will be inducted in special ceremonies befitting their status. Bob Seger’s name will be permanently etched into the tin-plated walls as the Foyer’s charter member, and subsequently, Steve Miller will become the first winner of Seger’s namesake Annual Partial Lifetime Achievement Award and Chili Cookoff.
Schedule of Events follows!
Of today’s festivities, RTH co-founder and Moderator Emeritus Jim Slade said, “We’re thrilled to finally open the doors of the Foyer of Fame to the public, and couldn’t be more pleased to have the Motor City’s most famous rocker as our first, namesake inductee. The fact that Steve Miller will join Bob in the Foyer as the winner of our first Bob Seger Annual Partial Lifetime Achievement Award and Chili Cookoff is just icing on the cake for us.”
The Bob Seger Partial Lifetime Achievement Award is granted to rock and roll artists who never quite fully betray the promise shown by their early, impassioned recordings, even as they achieve the measured, prudent artistic attitude of seasoned rockers. Slade explains: “One listen to ‘Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man’ up against, say, ‘Hollywood Nights’ will make it clear why Bob Seger had to be our charter member of the Foyer. That first single – indeed, much of the album from which it came – just dwarfs the later number in passion, drive, spirit, and fist-pumping excellence. On the other hand, it’s not like ‘Hollywood Nights’ actually sucks or anything.”
As part of the Foyer of Fame’s Grand Opening celebrations, Rock Town Hall will be focusing exclusively on the careers of Bob Seger and Steve Miller, with insightful analysis from academics, rock critics, musicians, and studio owners, as well as reflections from less important, “littler” people whose lives the artists have touched over the years.
“As always,” said Slade, “the public is welcome to join us – particularly on this joyful day, when we celebrate the best of rock and roll’s most ordinary artists.”
- 8:00 pm: Tattered Red Carpet Preview
- 8:30 pm: Paul Rodgers Inducts Bob Seger
- 9:00 pm: A Self-Important Moment of Reflection on the Significance of the Evening’s Events in Progress
- 9:30 pm: Eddie Money Inducts Steve Miller
- 10:00 pm: Bob Seger Performs Live with the Original Silver Bullet Band
- 10:30 pm: Chili Cookoff