Some of you might know that I was slated to interview Doro backstage before her show Thursday night in Cleveland.
Sadly, I had to cancel that interview because my husband had a significant medical emergency.
Still, we had prepaid for a hotel the entire weekend, and I wanted to get some use out of the overpriced room so we packed up and headed north.
In fact, I'm writing today's entry on my laptop from my hotel room.
We didn't do much while in Cleveland except visit the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. I've been there once before, but that was nine years ago. Eric has never been to the Hall, so I think his expectations were a little high.
For those of you that don't know, the Rock Hall is like any other museum in that it features special exhibits from time to time. During our visit, The Clash and The Doors were highlighted. These special installations were interesting, as I like both bands.
Most exhibits in the Hall are in the bottom floor. As we toured around, I kept my eyes peeled for a little 80s glam.
Remember, Van Halen was recently inducted into the Hall, and I was expecting to see at least one Eddie Van Halen guitar.
There was nothing from Motley Crue, Poison, Quiet Riot...or Van Halen. Perhaps I can understand the first three, but there's no excuse for the lack of Van Halen material.
The Hall features "decades," with important bits locked behind glass. You get the 50s, 60s, 70s...and 90s.
They skipped the 80s!
To say that nothing of musical importance happened in the 80s is absurd. To be fair, there is a tiny Michael Jackson display, showing off the famous rhinestone glove and red leather jacket from the "Thriller" video.
As I wandered the dark museum, I grew increasingly angst-ridden over the entire situation.
During my first visit the Hall was still in its infancy, and the only thing I remember was a giant Aerosmith display. That display no longer exists. Instead, there are three Aerosmith stage costumes and a Joe Perry guitar and Tom Hamilton bass on display.
I can see that at just about any Hard Rock Cafe.
I suppose all is not lost. I had media tickets so I didn't have to pay admission and in the gift shop I found a very gaudy shirt on clearance.
Oh, and there is a special exhibit on the Warped Tour, featuring important artifacts on such legendry bands as My Chemical Romance and Flogging Molly. I had fun mocking those bands as the teeny boppers looked on in awe, and made comments like "Gerad Way is the best songwriter...ever!"
I liked muttering things back like, "Oh yes, he's so much better than Lennon."
The 16 year olds looked confused. I guess I did my job.