Axl won’t be part of Guns N’ Roses Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

Not getting tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction this weekend in Cleveland doesn’t bother me as much now (the thing sold out in like 2 minutes). Not only will there not be a Guns N’ Roses reunion but Axl Rose isn’t even going to show up.

“I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.” – Axl Rose

Undoubtedly, Axl’s going to take a lot of shit for this and it’s going to be called a “stunt”, but his letter to the LA Times makes some good points and I have to say that I don’t think any less of him for this.

From the LA Times: Axl Rose pens letter to Rock Hall: won’t attend, declines induction

The sad case of Quiet Riot

In 2008, a year after Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow died from a cocaine overdose, drummer Frankie Banali issued a statement saying, “My friendship, love and respect for Kevin DuBrow as well as my personal love and affection for Kevin’s mother and his family makes it inconceivable for me to ever entertain any ovation to reform or to continue Quiet Riot. Kevin was too important to go on without him. It would also be a disrespect to the fans who have supported Quiet Riot for nearly 25 years.”

In 2010, Banali announced he was putting together a new version of Quiet Riot with bassist Chuck Wright (an off-and-on member of QR since 1982), guitarist Alex Grossi (served a 3-year stint with QR, 2004-2007) and singer Mark Huff (formerly of a Van Hagar cover band).

This wouldn’t be the first time an ’80s metal band toured with one original member and it won’t be the last, but calling this band Quiet Riot didn’t feel right. If anything, it should be called Frankie Banali’s Quiet Riot just so fans are clear that this is really just a tribute band.

In January, Banali sacked Huff just as he was getting ready to undergo brain surgery. The full story isn’t out there yet but I’m sure it’ll be an interesting one. Banali has brought in Keith St. John (ex-Montrose, Medicine Wheel, Burning Rain) to honor previously-made touring commitments.

Rumors abound that Quiet Riot will be part of the “Rock Never Stops 2012” tour package (also to feature Dokken, Y&T, Firehouse and Trixter). And while they undoubtedly will play a “greatest hits” set (the hits they did have were HUGE hits in the hard rock world but there weren’t really all that many of them), you could hire 4 guys off the street, give them a month to learn the songs, and they’d sound just as original as the band that is calling themselves Quiet Riot.

It seems like now is the time for Banali to retire the name and move on rather than continue to soil the legacy of a band that had the first heavy metal single on Billboard’s Top 100 singles chart (“Cum on Feel the Noise” in 1983).

The Promise Ring reunion underway

Friday night, The Promise Ring performed a sold-out reunion gig (first in seven years) in Milwaukee. Whether or not a full-scale reunion tour will take place remains to be seen but there are a small (very small) handful of 2012 dates already planned – NJ and NYC (May 19, May 20), San Francisco (September

Check out the show reviews at RollingStone.com and ThirdCoast Digest.

Related: The AV Club presents an oral history of The Promise Ring including interviews with band members, publicists, booking agents, etc. The band is very upfront and honest – Davey Von Bohlen even admits that the band members didn’t get along in the early days. And, just for fun, here’s an interview I did with the band in 1999. Still a good read (in my humble opinion) 13 years later.

New Kevin Tihista (ex-Triple Fast Action, Veruca Salt) CD coming in 2012

Following up the last post about Cardinal, Kevin Tihista’s definitely an artist in the same genre – orchestral pop music that music geeks freak out over. Tihista got his start as the bass player in Capitol Records band Triple Fast Action. After that band broke up, Tihista lent his talents to Veruca Salt (post-Nina Gordon) though he didn’t last long before embarking (much to my surprise … didn’t know he had it in him) on a solo career that spawned 5 full length recordings between 2001 and 2005.

For somebody so prolific, the lack of new material since 2005 has been somewhat surprising. A few years ago Tihista sent me some demos, saying that he had albums worth of stuff written and ready to record but then he killed off his Facebook account and I haven’t heard from him since.

Broken Horse Records out of the UK recently announced that Tihista’s latest, sure-to-be, opus, On This Dark Street, has been completed and is being mastered with the goal of releasing the album in early 2012. The label posted “Bats” from the new CD on Halloween (ah, how fitting!).