12 added to Musicians Hall of Fame
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Musicians Hall of Fame inducted 12 new members across the genres, including bluesman Buddy Guy, British rock guitarist Peter Frampton and pedal steel player and country singer Barbara Mandrell.
Also inducted during Tuesday’s ceremony in Nashville were Randy Bachman from The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive, country musician Jimmy Capps, bass guitarist Will Lee, rhythm guitarist Corki Casey O’Dell and country guitarist Velma Smith. Posthumous inductions went to Stevie Ray Vaughan, along with his band Double Trouble, and pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith.
The Musicians Hall of Fame also gave their first Iconic Riff Award posthumously to Roy Orbison for his guitar work on “Pretty Woman,” and their first Industry Icon Award to Mike Curb, the founder of Curb Records. Performers for the awards show included Neil Young, Duane Eddy, Brenda Lee, The Oak Ridge Boys and Chris Isaak. This was the first induction since the Musicians Hall of Fame moved to its new permanent museum location inside Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium.
“I don’t like the word ‘rock star’ or ‘super star,’” said Bachman after the induction ceremony. “I am a guitar player, a songwriter who got lucky because I stayed at it and didn’t give up, long enough that people noticed me.”
“A lot of the people like myself and other fellow inductees are in here, without a name on the marquee, that actually made the sounds that you hear when you hear some of your favorite things that you find yourself humming from day to day,” said Lee, who is best known for performing in the CBS Orchestra on the “Late Show With David Letterman.”
Barbara Mandrell, who was the first artist to win the CMA Entertainer of the Year for two consecutive years, said learning how to play the steel guitar and the saxophone helped to launch her career while still a teenager.
“It opened the doors for me, ’cause there weren’t a lot of little girls playing steel guitar,” Mandrell said.
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LOS ANGELES — Motley Cr￼ue is hanging up its guitars for good.
The heavy metal band, formed in 1981, plans to say goodbye with 72 concerts in the United States and Canada before retiring. The rockers made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday in Hollywood.
Alice Cooper will tour with the group. The tour hits the First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown on Aug. 13. Tickets go on sale Friday with prices starting at $15.
“We want to go out with the four founding members of Mtley Cr￼e and go out on top,” said lead singer Vince Neil.
“We want to leave a legacy,” guitarist Nikki Sixx said. “We want to have some dignity.”
The band members have signed a legal agreement promising not to perform as Mtley Cr￼e after 2015.
A Motley Cru￼e country tribute album is in the works, as is a big-screen version of the band’s 2002 book, “The Dirt.”
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NEW YORK — Tim Tebow will be a special guest on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday.
Tebow, 26, is slated to appear throughout the two-hour live show, including a Super Bowl snack cook off featuring chef Emeril Lagasse.
Tebow won the 2007 Heisman Trophy at Florida and played three seasons in the NFL with Denver and the New York Jets. But the quarterback hasn’t appeared in a regular-season game in more than a year.
He has signed on with ESPN to appear on the SEC Network’s pregame show starting in August. He said in December that he trains five days a week for a return to the NFL.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, the brother of Broncos star Peyton Manning, was scheduled to appear on GMA today.
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LOS ANGELES — Miley Cyrus mashes it up with Madonna, twerks with her tongue out and drops a bunch of F-bombs on her upcoming MTV special, and she’s in fine voice while doing it.
While her whittled stomach and occasional crotch-grabs compete for attention, Cyrus really can sing, and it shows on her episode of “MTV Unplugged,” airing today.
Cyrus, 21, taped the acoustic concert Tuesday on a Hollywood soundstage, performing stripped-down versions of selected songs from her latest album, “Bangerz,” and closing with a booty-slapping duet with Madonna.
“So, it sounds super lame, but as a pop star it’s pretty cool performing with Madonna,” Cyrus said after singing a mash-up of Madonna’s 2000 track “Don’t Tell Me” and Cyrus’ hit “We Can’t Stop.” Cyrus spanks the 55-year-old Queen of Pop during the duet, which made Madonna’s Britney Spears kiss feel like it was way more than 10 years ago.
This is Cyrus’ show, and it’s a hoedown. Backed by a seven-piece band on a stage decorated with hay bales, Cyrus gives her acoustic songs a country touch, adding a twang to “4x4” and “Bangerz.”
“I’m from Nashville,” she said. “And since I couldn’t make all of you guys go back home with me, I tried to bring Nashville here for the night.”
Cyrus also includes elements from her more recent shows: a little person, a giant woman and two men in a horse costume.
She works in a fair amount of curse words, tongue extensions and sultry moves as she performs songs including “Wrecking Ball,” “Adore You” and “Drive.”
“I feel like I’m at karaoke, but it’s only my turn,” she said, “which is what I really like.”