Akron’s own The Black Keys may not be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (yet), but one of their instruments is.
Among the new items on display in the hall is a 1958 Ludwig bass drum owned by Patrick Carney, who with Dan Auerbach forms the musical duo. It’s the same drum pictured on the Keys’ first album, The Big Come Up; you can see it in the hall’s Right Here, Right Now exhibit on Level 1.
The band’s upcoming schedule includes a trip to the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, where they are nominees and scheduled performers, and possibly a court date.
They have accused yet another company of using their music in ads without paying the band. As Billboard noted, “It’s not unusual for brand companies to commission ‘sound-alikes’ of popular songs for commercials.” But Auerbach and Carney have successfully sued Home Depot and Pizza Hut over the practice — each case ended in a settlement — and, Billboard reports, they are now going after casino owner Pinnacle Entertainment, and the company that created the Keys-like music for Pinnacle commercials.
As for the rock hall, other recent additions to displays include a dress and guitar from Grace Potter, Rage Against the Machine’s first touring van, stage props from a 1991 Neil Young tour and Bruce Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics for I’m on Fire.
More Rock Hall. A first set of performers and presenters for the rock hall’s April 18 induction ceremonies (in Los Angeles, alas) have been set. It includes John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr., who will perform in tribute to the late Albert King, with Mayer giving the induction speech; Don Henley, himself a hall of famer, who will induct Randy Newman; Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson, who will perform in honor of the late Donna Summer; and Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, who will induct Rush.
The latest inductees also include Heart, Public Enemy, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.
Thrift Pays. The Popdust website notes that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ bleeping awesome Thrift Shop’s rise to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 marks one of the rare occasions when a white rapper — in this case Macklemore — has topped the chart. (Yes, they had help from Wanz.)
The site admitted that finding more than a handful was a bit of a strain, and it went so far as to classify Barenaked Ladies as rappers, for One Week. Others included: Ke$ha, Fergie, Eminem, Crazy Town, Snow, Paul Wall (through his work on a Nelly track), Vanilla Ice and Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch.
Marky Mark, you will recall, is now better known as actor Mark Wahlberg, whose Broken City is currently in theaters — though maybe not for long; it’s tanking. Wahlberg also has an actor-musician brother, Donnie Wahlberg, thriving on TV in Blue Bloods but ready to hit the stage again. Which brings us to …
“Package” Arriving. Donnie and the rest of New Kids on the Block will join the reunited 98 Degrees (including Nick Lachey) and Boyz II Men for a self-described “The Package Tour” beginning in May. Scheduled stops include Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena on June 9. Tickets go on sale Feb. 2 via Ticketmaster. NKOTB also have new music set for release, although I don’t think the sales of it will put them on this next list.
Money Matters. Since we are talking about the musical life, Popdust also compiled a list of the 20 richest musicians of all time. First place went to composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, with an estimated worth of $1.2 billion. Runner-up: Paul McCartney, at $800 million, followed by Bono, Bing Crosby, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Dolly Parton, Jimmy Buffett, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks, Gene Autry, Mick Jagger, Gene Simmons, Beyonce, Elton John, Ringo Starr, Sting, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent.
Finally … Singer Rod Stewart is known for his liaisons with much younger women; his current wife, Penny Lancaster, is 41 to Rod’s 68. But Rod’s son Sean is looking at the generation gap from an different perspective: The 32-year-old is dating a woman older than his stepmother, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Adrienne Maloof, 51.
Make that “casually dating,” as Maloof described it to the website. Still, she said Sean, Stewart’s son with former wife Alana Hamilton, is “a lot more mature than a lot of 60-year-olds.” Including Dad?
Rich Heldenfels writes about popular culture for the Beacon Journal and Ohio.com, including in the HeldenFiles Online blog, www.ohio.com/blogs/heldenfiles. He is also on Facebook and Twitter. You can contact him at 330-972-7801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.