All The News You Need To Hear: Hall of Fame, Ozzy & Beyonce

New nominees, the end of the road, and the next Ticketmaster debacle.


I can never remember if it’s good things or bad things that are supposed to come in threes. All I know is that a trio of big new stories popped up this morning. Here they are:


White Stripes, Zevon, Maiden, Joy Division & More Up For Rock Hall

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced the following nominees for 2023 Induction:

        • Kate Bush
        • Sheryl Crow
        • Missy Elliott
        • Iron Maiden
        • Joy Division/New Order
        • Cyndi Lauper
        • George Michael
        • Willie Nelson
        • Rage Against the Machine
        • Soundgarden
        • The Spinners
        • A Tribe Called Quest
        • The White Stripes
        • Warren Zevon

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. Eight out of 14 of the nominees are on the ballot for the first time, including Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Joy Division/New Order, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, Willie Nelson, The White Stripes and Warren Zevon. This is the first year of eligibility for Missy Elliott and The White Stripes.

“This remarkable list of nominees reflects the diverse artists and music that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors and celebrates,” said John Sykes, chairman of the foundation. “These artists have created their own sounds that have impacted generations and influenced countless others that have followed in their footsteps.”

Inductees will be announced in May. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2023 Induction Ceremony will take place this fall with date, venue, and on-sale information to be announced.


Photo by Ross Halfin.

Ozzy Comes To The End Of The Road

Ozzy Osbourne — who’s dealt with a series of health crises and issues in recent years — has announced he can no longer meet the physical demands of touring. Honestly, I’m surprised he lasted this long. On the plus side, he says he can still sing, so we’ll keep getting albums. And I presume it’s only a matter of time until he announces a Las Vegas residency or something of that ilk. Here’s his statement:

“This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans. As you may all know, four years ago, this month, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine.

“My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage. My singing voice is fine. However, after three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak.

“I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realization that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required. Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really FUCKS ME UP, more than you will ever know.

“Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way. My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country.

“I want to thank my family……my band…….my crew……my longtime friends, Judas Priest, and of course, my fans for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have.

“I love you all…”


Beyonce Hitting The Road For Reaissance

Beyonce just announced her Renaissance World Tour dates. Let the official countdown to the next Ticketmaster / Live Nation online sales meltdown debacle commence. Not that I care about seeing Beyonce. But for those who do, here are the dates:

05-10 Stockholm, Sweden – Friends Arena
05-14 Brussels, Belgium – King Baudoin Stadium
05-17 Cardiff, Wales – Cardiff Principality Stadium
05-20 Edinburgh, Scotland – BT Murrayfield Stadium
05-23 Sunderland, England – Stadium of Light
05-26 Paris, France – Stade de France
05-29 London, England – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
05-30 London, England – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
06-08 Barcelona, Spain – Olympic Stadium
06-11 Marseille, France – Orange Velodrome
06-15 Cologne, Germany – RheinEnergieStadion
06-17 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Johan Cruijff Arena
06-21 Hamburg, Germany – Volksparkstadion
06-24 Frankfurt, Germany – Deutsche Bank Park
06-27 Warsaw, Poland – PGE Nardowy
07-08 Toronto, Ontario – Rogers Centre
07-09 Toronto, Ontario – Rogers Centre
07-12 Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
07-15 Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium
07-17 Louisville, KY – Cardinal Stadium
07-20 Minneapolis, MN – Huntington Bank Stadium
07-22 Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
07-26 Detroit, MI – Ford Field
07-29 East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
08-01 Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
08-03 Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Stadium
08-05 Washington, D.C. – FedEx Field
08-09 Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium
08-11 Atlanta, GA – Mercedes Benz Stadium
08-16 Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium
08-18 Miami Gardens, FL – Hard Rock Stadium
08-21 St. Louis, MO – Dome at America’s Center
08-24 Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium
08-26 Las Vegas, NV – Allegiant Stadium
08-30 Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium
09-02 Inglewood, CA – SoFi Stadium
09-11 Vancouver, British Columbia – BC Place
09-13 Seattle, WA – Lumen Field
09-18 Kansas City, MO – GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium
09-21 Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium
09-23 Houston, TX – NRG Stadium
09-27 New Orleans, LA – Caesars Superdome