18 Times The Artists Who Made It Into The 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Rocked LA
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their latest inductions today. The list includes L.A.'s own Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks, plus more. The seven out of 15 nominees who made the cut are below — along with footage from when they played L.A.
The band that helped create the goth and emo kids from your high school, British band the Cure is one of five (!) English bands to make the list this year.
Watch them play at the height of their powers on the Prayer Tour, Sept. 8, 1989, at Dodger Stadium:
Delivering the most inescapable Cure hit at the Hollywood Bowl on May 24, 2016, even though it wasn't a Friday:
These British rockers (as opposed to the other four British bands on the list) helped define the '80s version of hard rock, before Metallica kicked it up 12 notches.
Watch them play an acoustic version of their best-known song, "Pour Some Sugar On Me," at the Grove:
For a more epic stage experience, here they are in 2018 playing "Photograph" at the Forum:
The one member of the list who grew up in L.A., Janet (Miss Jackson if you're nasty) is finally getting in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on her third ballot. She grew up, along with Michael and the rest of the Jacksons, in Encino. She's got waaaaay too many amazing hits for us to cover here, but here are a couple videos of her showing some hometown love.
Watch a clip of Janet dropping some "Miss You Much" in L.A.:
And here she is with her Rhythm Nation dancers at the Hollywood Bowl:
Nicks was already inducted in 1998 as part of Fleetwood Mac, but now the singer, who makes L.A. her home, is getting solo recognition.
Here she is as part of Fleetwood rocking "The Chain" on their 1982 tour in Los Angeles:
Watch the oh-so-'80s classic live video of her solo song "Edge of Seventeen" (aka the song that got sampled for "Bootylicious"):
Radiohead started in the '80s, became alt-rock darlings in the '90s, then started pushing the boundaries of music in every direction they could. They've spent a lot of time in L.A. with a variety of projects — lead singer Thom Yorke's even been known to hike up to Griffith Observatory. L.A.'s also where they recorded the groundbreaking Hail To The Thief, with cover art depicting a map of Hollywood.
Being a band that blew up in the '90s, there is, of course, some great MTV footage available of Radiohead. Check them out being interviewed ahead of a show at the Wiltern back in 1997:
Here they are playing "No Surprises" at the Shrine in 2016:
And as long as we're taking a trip down memory lane, let's look at some covers of one of the most covered songs ever, Radiohead's "Creep." And let's make it hard by only doing covers performed here in SoCal.
American Idol's Haley Reinhart at the Grove:
Blues Traveler ("Creep" plus harmonica!):
Tears For Fears at the Forum:
And the whole reason we would do this to begin with, Prince playing "Creep" at Coachella in 2008:
While they didn't have decades of playing together like many of the other bands on the list, Roxy Music made a big impact, particularly in the U.K. Bryan Ferry went solo and has continued to perform many of Roxy Music's hits over the years.
Watch Ferry performing "More Than This" at the Hollywood Bowl:
And here he is doing "Love Is The Drug" at the more intimate Club Nokia:
The most old-school band on the list, the Zombies were part of the same British Invasion that gave us the Beatles.
Watch them play the Troubadour earlier this year:
The Zombies also played the Hotel Cafe last year:
The other nominees who didn't make the cut include Devo, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, John Prine, Rage Against The Machine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, and Todd Rundgren. But it often takes multiple times on the ballot to get in, so keep hope alive!
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