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How Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are feeling about their honor
Her battle with Parkinson’s disease will keep Linda Ronstadt from attending this week’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies on Thursday, April 10, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“It’s very hard for me to travel,” she says. “I can’t travel very easily. I have to save traveling for things I really have to do. I have to spend a certain amount of time visiting my family and I have to spend a little bit of time doing things that are professional, but I just can’t travel casually. It’s too hard.”
But the 67-year-old singer isn’t exactly fussed about missing it.
“I haven’t given it one thought, I have to say,” she notes. “I never thought of myself as a rock ’n’ roll singer. I sang it. It’s just one of the things I sang. I sang a lot of different stuff.
“You just don’t do things for those reasons. If you’re working for prizes, you’re in trouble. There’s nothing wrong with it. I don’t mind it. I just not anything I ever gave a thought to.”
Ronstadt will be inducted by Royal Oak native Glenn Frey, who was in her backing band before forming the Eagles, while Carrie Underwood, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris will perform a musical tribute. On Tuesday, April 8, release of “Duets,” a compilation of her collaborations with Harris, Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, Dolly Parton, James Taylor, Aaron Neville and others.
• Many feel Daryl Hall and John Oates’ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction is overdue — including the duo itself.
“I will be there with bells on it, and I’m looking forward to it,” says Oates, 64. “It’s been a long time where we haven’t been considered, and we didn’t dwell on it. I felt that the powers that be had a point of view and we didn’t fit in that point of view, and it didn’t bother me because if that’s how it is, that’s how it is. I only focus on things that I can have an effect on.
“But now ... I’m really going to enjoy it and I’m ready to go. I’m dusting off my suit, man.”
Hall and Oates were assisted by a heavy fan campaign and also had the public backing of syndicated TV host Rachael Ray. The duo will be inducted by ?uestlove of the Roots, and plans to perform at the ceremony. They also have spring dates booked in the U.S. and the U.K. Oates recently released “Good Road to Follow,” a package of three five-song EPs, while Hall will debut a second TV series, “Daryl’s Restoration Over-Hall,” debuting May 17 on the DIY Network, in addition to his popular “Live From Daryl’s House” music show.
• Cat Stevens, known these days as Yusuf (Islam), feels his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction is something of a redemption.
“I see that the acceptance of me in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is kind of a rapprochement thing, which is very welcome,” explains the British singer-songwriter, born Steven Georgious. “It’s good because a lot of people may have taken different views about my life choices (his surprising and controversial conversion to Islam during 1977), but it’s come back down to the music, which is good.
“When you start out in music you certainly don’t see anything like this; you just do it because you love what you do. I’m not sure I feel very comfortable being in a museum, but you can’t stop life doing things to you.”
Stevens, 65, will attend and perform at the ceremony. He’s also working on a “kind of bluesy” new album that will be his first release since 2009’s “Roadsinger.”
• The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also will be inducting Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager-producer Andrew Loog Oldham. The ceremony will be filmed by HBO and broadcast in May.
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