Tonight's the night, glam fans...time for the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York City.
We'll finally see - up close and personal - the spectacle that has become Van Halen.
It will be interesting to see which band members actually show up, and which ones snub the ceremony. While Eddie Van Halen just entered rehab, I'm not 100% sure he has the cahones to ignore such a "career highlight. " Alex hasn't really given a press statement on his plans for the ceremony. I doubt he's with Eddie drying-out.
When the nominations were announced months ago, it seemed everyone in the music world agreed that Van Halen were a lock to earn induction. After all, Van Halen is a real American rock band, the likes of which we rarely see today.
Tonight's ceremony isn't only about Van Halen. Patti Smith, alternative whiners R.E.M., Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and the Ronettes will also enjoy the world spotlight.
Naturally, I think the only band on the list deserving of an induction is Van Halen. Grandmaster Flash has no business in the Hall because he's not a rock star. The world has enough rap and hip-hop thank you very much.
So, why is the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame turning against rock artists? Is this a statement on our modern times? A glance forward instead of backward? Does the Hall feel the need to jump on the pop culture - MTV bandwagon disowning bands that made the network a huge success, in favor of artists created in the studio and who record songs at the Hit Factory?
There's a reason Van Halen garnered the most press when the nominations were announced at the end of 2006. For once, music journalists were excited. It seemed the Hall was redeeming itself. Too bad the shenanigans of Eddie, Alex, David, Sammy, and Michael have ruined this year's induction for me, their other fans, and even casual viewers. Shame on Van Halen. For that matter, shame on the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.
If you care, VH1 classic will air the induction ceremony live tonight starting at 8:30 EST. If you don't have cable, you can watch via a live Internet stream on www.Spinner.com.