I had something completely different I planned to write about today but after spending four hours watching the 23rd annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony last night I have a few random notes I want to type.
Praise Allah for the VH1 Classics channel. Wish we could get them to air the Grammys and the Oscars too.
Why? Totally commercial free and no annoying orchestra to play off the presenters and honorees. Look, Lou Reed is always boring but ultimately always worth it so just let him talk until he's done. He welcomed Leonard Cohen into the Hall, another guy who talks too slowly and eruditely for CBS.
Speaking of Mr. Cohen, his 1976 song Hallelujah is having a good week! Between the annoying kid with the dreadlocks performing it on American Idol and Damien Rice singing it on the Hall Of Fame show last night, I see that a version of it is the #1 selling song on iTunes.
Also, VH1 has figured out how to run their In Memoriam segment and not have the audience applaud for some who have passed on in the past year like it's a popularity contest.
Oh, Justin. Despite some decent reviews for your movies, you are not a good enough actor to A) try to tell jokes or B) pretend to be a grownup who belongs in that room. Next time, skip your speech and let us get right to Madonna and her weird accent talking about angels whispering to every blade of grass.
Best musical performance of the night: Ben Harper and James Cotton, doing bluesman/inductee Little Walter's classic My Babe.
Worst hair: (Tie) Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger, singing Satisfaction together in a video clip from 1988. Wow, the 80s, right?
Tom Hanks is an entertaining human.
Biggest potty mouth: Billy Joel, while inducting John Mellencamp got bleeped about seven times. Madonna only two. I would have lost that bet.
Speaking of John Mellencamp, what a story he told about being born with spina bifida! He had eighteen hours of spinal surgery at age six weeks. When it was over, and he survived, the doctor charged John's parents a dollar.
My favorite inductee to watch have the best night of their lives? The Ventures, from Tacoma, Washington.
Some Ventures fun facts: Because of the ceremony, Governor Gregoire declared yesterday Ventures Day in the state of Washington. The Ventures are the best selling instrumental band of all time, by far. They have released more than, wait for it, 250 albums! In 1963 they had five albums in the Hot 100 at the same time.
I didn't know until last night that their first hit, Walk Don't Run, which they recorded 48 years ago (!) was a cover of a Chet Atkins song.
They played that one last night along with my favorite, the theme from Hawaii 5-0. If you haven't heard it in a while, press play now and feel the awesome power of The Ventures!