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I don’t normally post about music on this blog, outside of a mention here and there of The Voice.  But the 2017 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – the ceremony was Friday – deserve some attention. They are: Joan Baez, Yes, Journey (finally!), Pearl Jam, Electric Light Orchestra (a.k.a. ELO), Tupac and producer Nile Rodgers.

Below is a video from the Hall’s official YouTube account:

Of the aforementioned I am a bigger fan of ELO and Journey than the others. It took forever for Journey, who was eligible 17 years ago, to be inducted. When they did something very special happened – former lead singer Steve Perry, who was inducted with the rest of the original lineup – showed up to accept his award (which you can find on YouTube if you search, but since it’s not an official Hall of Fame video I didn’t include here), still looking damn good at age 68. He received a standing ovation and gave a great speech, even giving a shout-out to his Journey replacement, Arnel Pineda. And he brought with him some news! He will be releasing a new solo album this year. This one may be a heartbreaker, as he wrote it after he lost his girlfriend to cancer four years ago.

Everyone knows Journey’s stuff (their albums Escape, The Essential Journey and Journey: Greatest Hits are perennial best-sellers) but if you haven’t heard Perry’s solo stuff beyond Oh, Sherrie and Foolish Heart you should look it up.  For The Love of Strange Medicine was his last solo album, released in 1994, and it has one of the best ballads I’ve ever heard, Missing You.

There’s a reason you hear classic rock everywhere you go, when some of it is 40 or 50 years old.  It’s because it holds up over time.  Just look at the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack from a couple of years ago.  Go All The Way by The Raspberries was released in 1972.  Hooked On A Feeling was first recorded in 1968 and covered by Blue Swede in 1974.  Come And Get Your Love was also released in 1974.  It was cool then, and it’s still cool now.

Congratulations to all the inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Keep on rockin’.

#RockHall2017 #StevePerry #Journey

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