Zack de la Rocha of RATM / Missy Elliott / Kate Bush / George Michael

Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, and the Spinners will be inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the Performer category. Chaka Khan, Al Kooper, and Bernie Taupin will receive the Musical Excellence Award, DJ Kool Herc and Link Wray will be presented with the Musical Influence Award, and Don Cornelius is getting the Ahmet Ertegun Award, Billboard reports. Rolling Stone is angry - the classic rock media insists heavy metal should get its proper number of places in the Hall of Fame.

We want them all, and we want them now
February 02, 2023

Rage Against the Machine, Missy Elliott, Kate Bush nominated for Rock Hall of Fame

Great musicians nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2023: Iron Maiden, George Michael, Soundgarden, Missy Elliott, Rage Against the Machine, A Tribe Called Quest, Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, the White Stripes, Cyndi Lauper, Warren Zevon, Willie Nelson, and the Spinners. Joy Division and New Order are nominated together for first-time Rock Hall consideration.

To celebrate his 88th birthday, Willie Nelson has shared his 10 rules for life:

  1. Stop looking for happiness - you won't find happiness until you stop looking for it
  2. Don't blame others
  3. Don't let your thought think you
  4. Stay out of trees - the wisdom isn't in the whiskey or the smoke
  5. You can't make a turd without grease - drink water
  6. There's no such thing as normal
  7. Know what you value
  8. Don't be an asshole
  9. You know what's right
  10. Set yourself free

'Looked Over Your Shoulder' is signed by Busta Rhymes, when maybe it's more a Kendrick Lamar/Michael Jackson song (it heavily samples 'I'll Be There'); 'Happy' is Danny Elfman's first new song in 36 years, accompanied by a spooky video; 'Babylon Exists' by The Late One is an activist reggae ballad with a strong political message; yet another protest song 'New America' sees the underestimated newcomer A$AP Twelvyy getting a helping mic from Conway the Machine; Karen O and Willie Nelson covered the iconic David Bowie and Queen classic 'Under Pressure'; an awesome video of icy soundworld by Dan Holdsworth for a Patten song 'Cerulean'; R-Mean features Method Man in good form on 'Circus'; 'Evans a Gift' by Loud Tides is a smoothy jazzy song; Riz Ahmed is moody, affirming the basics on 'Once Kings'; Patrick Watson drops a soothing piano on 'Lost With You'.

Former American president Jimmy Carter said that Willie Nelson smoked weed with his on the roof of the White House in 1978, not with an employee, as the country legend had originally claimed, the 95-year-old politician said in a new documentary, 'Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President'. The new docu explores the 39th president’s connection to the music community during his four-year term, Huff Post reports. The core of Mary Wharton’s film argues that stars like the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills & Nash, as well as outlaw country artists like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, played a crucial role in getting Carter into the White House in 1976.

Cannabis Corpse host a special edition of their 'Wake and Bake' show on Gimme Radio; vocalist and bassist Phil “Landphil” Hall will be on hand to talk weed and metal (at 11:00 a.m. New York time, 5 p.m. Stockholm, 11 p.m. Singapore time)

Deerhoof is hosting a listening party of their new album 'Future Teenage Cave Artists' and chatting, on YouTube (4 p.m. / 10 p.m. / 4 a.m. on Tuesday)

Tim Burgess of The Charlatans is presenting listening party of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti‘s 'Before Today' and The Pogues‘ 'Rum, Sodomy & The Lash'; he'll comment on them with the artists who made those albums (4/5 p.m., 10/11 p.m., 4/5 a.m.)

Cypress Hill is performing on LiveXLive at to benefit Crew Nation (7:10 p.m. / 1:10 a.m. / 7:10 a.m.)

Snoop Dogg is DJing on Merry Jane’s Instagram (7:20 p.m. / 1:20 a.m. / 7.20 a.m.)

Willie Nelson is hosting a weed variety show Come and Toke It, joined by Kacey Musgraves, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tommy Chong, Angel Olsen, and Beto O'Rourke (5:20 p.m. / 11:20 p.m. / 5:20 a.m.)

Preferably, for the cannabis farms
April 16, 2020

Willie Nelson's Virtual Farm Aid raises $500,000 for American farmers

Last weekend's virtual Farm Aid benefit live concert, hosted by Willie Nelson, raised more than $500,000 to support American family farmers and ranchers affected by the coronavirus crisis, Billboard reports. It featured at-home performances from Willie Nelson and his sons, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews. Previously, 33-hour ReConnect livestream in March raised $185,000 for various relief nonprofits; Twitch's 12-hour Stream Aid event, featuring artists like Steve Aoki and Diplo, raised $2.8 million for the World Health Organization (WHO); iHeart Living Room Concert For America raised another $10 million; upcoming One World: Together at Home special, which airs April 18, has already raised $35 million to support healthcare workers.

Salt-N-Pepa's Salt and Motörhead's Lemmy

Toy and figure makers Funko are presenting a slew of new collectible vinyl Pop! figures at the annual London Toy Fair. They’ve unveiled a bunch of new additions to their “Pop Rocks” music collection, including Slayer, Motörhead, Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, James Brown, Salt N Peppa, Lil Wayne, Slipknot, Eazy-E, Papa Nihil of Ghost, and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer.

Who knew that a band mostly known for singing in a quasi-fictional language had over $6.5 million lying around - Vulture writes about Sigur Rós' tax evasion charges in an article where they listed artists over popular music’s history who have been nabbed for, accused of, or attempted to beat tax-evasion charges. The biggest here […]