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In this week’s edition of the Rock Report, the 2012 Class of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is unveiled, an original member leaves Sublime With Rome and Kid Rock gets in the holiday spirit. Also, we have tour news from Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Fitz & The Tantrums, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. This, as well as holiday music videos, in the Rock Report!
Rock ‘N Roll Hall Of Fame
The 2012 Class of the Rock ‘N Roll Hall Of Fame contains was recently announced and the class contains a bunch of heavy hitters. Inductees include the Beastie Boys, Donovan, Freddie King, Guns N’ Roses, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Small Faces. Other members to be inducted are promoter Don Kirshner, and recording engineers Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns. The 27th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony emanates from Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, April 14th and will be shown on HBO in May.
RHCP Add Tour Dates
Speaking of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the group recently unveiled the first dates for their massive North American tour in support of their tenth studio album “I’m With You.” The California quartet unveiled more concerts earlier this week. As it looks, the first leg of the tour will launch January 20th at the Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida and concludes February 17th at the Oakland Arena in Oakland, California. The tour will pick back up on February 26th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and dates have been announced as far as March 4th, where the band will play at the Pepsi Arena in Denver, Colorado. Stay tuned as we will announce more dates in upcoming weeks.
Tom Petty Touring North America
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are ready to break hearts yet again. Although the legendary rock outfit have extensive European tour plans in mid-2012, the collective will have a two week tune-up in North America. The mini-tour kicks off April 19th at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado and winds down May 5th at the Frank Irwin Center in Austin Texas. Petty and company will also headline the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 28th.
Sublime With Rome Done?
Ever since drummer Bud Gaugh walked off stage at a concert last month in Maui, rumors have been running rampant that Sublime With Rome was on the brink of collapse. This week, Gaugh decided to exit the band, but he didn’t leave on bad terms. He’s just taking a personal hiatus to spend time with his family.
According to a joint statement from singer/guitarist Rome Ramirez and bassist Eric Wilson, “There have been some misunderstandings and miscommunication on what exactly is going down with us so we wanted to set the record straight. First off, rest assured that Sublime with Rome is NOT breaking up. Our brother Bud is about to have a baby and, understandingly, taking some time off to be with his family. We couldn’t be happier for him and welcome him back out on the road with us as soon as he needs a break from the diapers and baby bottles.”
In the meantime, percussion extraordinaire Josh Freese will join the band as they have major tour plans for 2012.
Indie Duo to Tour the West Coast
Two rising indie pop-rock troupes will kick off the New Year with a bang. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will hit the west coast for a January tour with Fitz & The Tantrums beginning January 15th at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado and concluding January 28th at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada. Quick, easy and fun!
Kid Rock Gets into the Giving Spirit
Lastly, Kid Rock is in the Christmas spirit! Coming off the heels of his fundraising tour, which donated over $375,000 to local charities, the crossover rock star continues giving to those in need. He recently purchased 1,200 $25 gift cards from supermarket chain Meijer and has given the gift cards to radio stations in Detroit, who will then disperse them to families in need so they can have a meal on the holidays. As this story warms you up, enjoy a clip from the artist’s 2003 VH1 special “A Kid Rock Christmas.”
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