Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cleveland Rocks? More like Cleveland Sucks!

Even with all the one hit oneders (That Thing You Do is one of the best movies ever!!!) that have failed, and the embarrassing 80's decade there is still no greater Rock and Roll failure then the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...

But all music lovers, myself included, can't deny that even though its a failure... its our failure, and a little sense of pride tends to develop.

The reason why I bring this all up is because Billy Joel joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in Manhattan yesterday to announce the upcoming New York City annex to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum, which will open in November and remain in the city for two years.

The Associated Press reported that along with Joel and Mayor Bloomberg, Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner and music mogul Clive Davis were also on hand for the announcement of the 25,000 square foot annex, to be located at 76 Mercer Street in Manhattan's Soho district.

The annex will house such items as Bruce Springsteen's 1957 Chevy, one of John Lennon's pianos, Elvis Presley's motorcycle jacket, and a handwritten poem by Jim Morrison. There will also be multiple exhibits, including "New York Rocks," which spotlights such key New York rock landmarks as CBGB's, Studio 54, and the Chelsea Hotel, as well as such artifacts as Billy Joel's work notebook used during the creation of his 1977 album The Stranger.

Another exhibit, called "Moments To Movements,'' will present artifacts from memorable moments in rock history, such as a white Vox electric guitar from the Beatles, the necklace Jimi Hendrix wore at 1967's Monterey Pop Festival, and handwritten lyrics to the Grateful Dead's "U.S. Blues."

The annex will also feature the "Immersive Theatre" which will show footage of seminal rock performers including Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Who, Patti Smith, and others.

Todd Mesek, the vice president for marketing and communications for the Rock Hall told that the annex hopes to raise awareness and funds for Cleveland's museum: "We're reaching out to other markets to extend our mission to collect, preserve and interpret the historic significance of rock and roll music. It's part of a larger strategy that includes the redesign of the Cleveland museum and returning the inductions there.''

The new annex will coincide with the upcoming refurbishing of the Rock Hall and the preparation for the 2009 induction ceremony, which will take place in Cleveland at the Hall rather than in New York City.

Tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum annex can be purchased in advance through starting in October.

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