Friday, December 17, 2010
Tom Waits is to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it was announced yesterday. The gravel-voiced singer will share a hallowed place next to Little Richard, the Rolling Stones and the Band.
I don't know about "hallowed place."
"I never really cared about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," Waits said, "but now I am surprised to discover how much I do care."
"It's funny to me how artists seem to mock the RRHOF before they get in, and then embrace it. Me, I mock it. It's everything rock and roll was created to stand against.
Every year, the hall of fame nominates 15 artists for induction into its rock'n'roll annals. Five hundred music industry professionals vote on these suggestions, with a nod going to every act that receives more than 50% of the vote. Some artists, such as Darlene Love, are nominated several times before making the cut. But not the rest of this year's acts: Cooper, Waits, Diamond and Dr John were approved on their first-ever ballot.
For Waits, the news brought memories of his mother, who died this year. "I wish she was alive to hear the news," he said. "She didn't respond to rock and roll per se, but she would have loved to have a reason to get all dolled up ... [and] the idea of having a Waldorf salad AT the Waldorf Astoria, would for her have been the cat's pajamas."
If they had a ceremony but not the physical building, I might feel differently. When I saw the building, it was kind of dull to me. And overpriced. The Pro Football Hall of Fame (an hour away) was cheaper and more interesting.
Rock and Roll is NOT about a hall of fame. Rock and Roll is just about... ROCK AND ROLL!