Ladies and gentlemen…Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band!
A recent search on Google confirms our suspicions at Rock Town Hall that this partial honor is long overdue for both Bob Seger and Steve Miller. Click on the link at each artist’s name for full context.
Peter Holsapple, The dB’s:
“If you think Bob’s all about ‘Night Moves’, this’ll be as disquieting as seeing Andy Griffith in A Face in the Crowd!”
From Julian Cope Presents Head Heritage (on 1972’s Recall the Beginning…A Journey from Eden)
“Sadly Recall The Beginning…Journey From Eden was not the huge hit it deserved to be and has been all but forgotten over the years. This is a fucking tragedy man!!!”
Editor’s note: While we normally print transcripts of our Rock and Roll Foyer of Fame induction ceremony speeches after they’ve been delivered, this year, Paul Rodgers‘ management gave us a copy of Paul’s Seger induction speech before it was taped. Our intention in printing these notes is not to reveal any secrets or cast Mr. Rodgers in a negative light; rather, we do so to show you a side of the typical rock and roll honorific not often seen in public. We thank Paul Rodgers and his management for allowing us this glimpse “behind the scenes.”
RUN TONGUE OVER TEETH — TWICE!
WAIT FOR APPLAUSE
GOO…I CAN’T BELIEVE…
HELLO, MY NAME IS PAUL RODGERS, AND I USED TO BE IN A LITTLE BAND CALLED BAD COMPANY. (WAIT FOR LAUGH!)
NOW I’M IN A LITTLE BAND CALLED QUEEN. (WAIT FOR LAUGH)
AND I’M HERE TO TELL YOU WHY BOB SEGER IS THE FIRST ROCK STAR TO BE INDUCTED IN TO THE RTH FOYER OF FAME.
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!
As we reflect on the partial lifetime achievements by rock and roll artists Bob Seger and Steve Miller tonight (live coverage from Frankfort, KY on Rock Town Hall beginning at 8:30 PM EST), we might feel ourselves distracted from appropriate thoughts of thanks and praise and, instead, retreat to our typically cynical views on these artists. That’s fine for tomorrow and the days that follow, but today is their day! For just this day, let’s give these artists few minutes of our warmest RTH thoughts, as they long ago gave us a few minutes of their most ambitious artistic efforts.
To help you maintain partial appreciation for these artists over the course of the day, we have prepared a simple, 2-step guide. For the couple of minutes it should take you to work through this guide, you will be rewarded with at least twice that many minutes of back catalog riches. Let’s begin…
The time has come.
The GRAMMYS coughed up its 21st-century entertainment hairball, complete with glowing sunglasses, embalmed Beatles producers and — God help us — Kid Rock scatting with Keely Smith. Meanwhile, in the Rock Town Hall Neutral Zone, Captain Oats of the Starship Rockulon sparked up one glowing dilithium crystal in the communal love bong and posited the question: “which rock artistes deserve both our love for having succeeded so mightily on their first album… *and* our scorn for then having let us down — continually, perennially, and depressingly — in that one brilliant album’s aftermath?”
I say again: the time has come!
Seger! Our patron saint of Classic Rock mediocrity keeps on keepin’ on! Jon Pareles writes about him in the most rockist terms imaginable. This is a fascinating, if hackneyed, piece of rock journalism!
Emphases courtesy of Rock Town Hall. Craig Frost fans take note! Thanks to Townsman BigSteve.
From The New York Times, by Jon Pareles
Bob Seger: A Rocker Who’s Come to Terms With Time
Bob Seger is 61, with gray hair and glasses. But he still goes to work in a T-shirt and bluejeans.