On Saturday night, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame officially welcomed their 2018 induction class at a lavish ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall. As always, the night was filled with star-studded performances celebrating the evening’s guests of honor. This year, the Rock Hall inducted Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, The Cars, and Nina Simone in addition to “Early Influencer” Sister Rosetta Tharpe.The Killers‘ frontman Brandon Flowers was perviously tapped to give the induction speech for The Cars, one of his biggest early influences. However, he wound up playing a much bigger role in the show than expected, as The Killers opened the ceremony with an un-scheduled performance of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers‘ “American Girl” (complete with “Free Fallin’” vocal quotes) in honor of the recently-departed rock legend, who himself was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.As Flowers told Rolling Stone, “To pay tribute to Tom Petty who has just done nothing but enrich our lives, and then for me to get to induct the Cars into the Hall of Fame, I mean, this is a hell of a night for me. People don’t realize how New Wave Tom Petty was. You don’t associate him with that movement at all, but a lot of those videos, and even some of the sentiments in the songs and the way that they’re presented were very New Wave. And then he obviously evolved, which, he was so great at that.”Below, you can watch The Killers’ show-opening tribute to Tom Petty at the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony below:The Killers – “American Girl” (Tom Petty cover) – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction[Video: MarchofTheRashbaum]The Killers are set to headline a number of large-scale festivals this summer, including Boston Calling, BottleRock, Bonnaroo, and Firefly. For a full list of The Killers’ upcoming tour dates, hit the band’s website.[H/T Rolling Stone]
Say Bonjour to the New JavertBegins May 12 at the Imperial TheatreIs there nothing better than an old favorite returning to their signature show? Well, maybe fresh-baked bread or a wicker basket full of puppies. Since neither is available, let’s go with the first option. We got a good one. The Broadway revival of Les Miz welcomes back Earl Carpenter—who replaces a Williamstown-bound Will Swenson—as Javert. Carpenter has played that role on and off since 1996. You’re in good, menacing hands. Click for tickets! Say Goodbye (Kinda) to Elaine PaigeIn movie theaters May 12The summer movie season is here, so the theaters will be inundated with superheroes, explosions, and some combination of the two for the next three months. Thankfully, there are options for the Broadway-inclined. For example: I’m Still Here, a big-screen version of Elaine Paige’s farewell concert playing today only. Don’t worry, gang: The First Lady of British Musical Theater is retiring from touring, not the stage. You don’t have to wear black. Click for tickets! Come to the Cabaret for a CauseMay 17 at BirdlandThis is your semiannual reminder that no one raises money for a good cause like Broadway stars. Hunky dudes taking it off! Stars dispensing sugary treats! Really, no one else come close. This time around, Lena Hall, Judy Kaye, Cady Huffman and other Broadway stars join cabaret performer Jamie deRoy for an evening of entertainment to support The Actors Fund’s new program, The Jamie deRoy & Friends Cabaret Initiative, which assists people working in the cabaret industry. Click for tickets! View Comments Hey you, recovering from the three-mimosa, fixed menu bacchanalia that is Mother’s Day. Who knew Mom could party like an energy drink-scarfing club kid? Well, you can’t rest quite yet. Why? There’s too much stuff to do! We’ve got Earl Carpenter’s return to Les Miz, Elaine Paige on the big screen, and the premiere of Pitch Perfect 2. Get ready for this week’s picks! Wake Up with Anna & the KingMay 12, check local listingsUsually, we’d be psyched to see Kelli O’Hara on Live with Kelly and Michael, because the lady knows how to deliver a juicy backstage anecdote. (The dressing room couch ain’t just for sleeping, guys!) But today, the star of The King and I brings along the cast, which means a musical performance from the Tony-nominated revival! Yay! Or maybe everyone will make a gigantic Denver omelet. Morning TV is weird that way. Make Your Friday Pitch-yIn movie theatres May 15Three years after charming us—and branding “The Sign” on our brains—the Bellas return for Pitch Perfect 2. Good news abounds. The awesome scene-stealers from the hip musical comedy—headlined by Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson—return. Ditto writer Kay Cannon. And Elizabeth Banks, who is incapable of being unfunny, acts and directs. The bad news: we have to wait until Friday. Stupid rotation of the earth.
In this month’s issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, we’re hitting the water. From top paddling gear picks to river surfing in West Virginia and top trout hikes in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, there’s something in the April issue for everyone. Sit down with bestselling author Wiley Cash as he traces the allure of the past, with pioneering kayakers like Pat Keller and John Regan as they discuss life, death, and the pursuit of whitewater, and with professional kayaker Chris Gragtmans who just now is starting to feel recovered from a shoulder injury that nearly ended his career.DEPARTMENTSEDITOR’S NOTEA big showing for Big Ivy leads to big changes in forest management.FLASHPOINTA.T. speed record holder Jennifer Pharr Davis argues that the male-dominated outdoor industry needs to change.BRAND NEW OLD-TIMEWhy do lumbersexuals, craft brewers, and mountain musicians long for the past? asks bestselling author Wiley Cash.QUICK HITSThe A.T. Grows • Underground bike park • Marathon winner sleeps in his truckTHE DIRTRiver surfing • The biggest four letters in the outdoorsTHE GOODSGonzo kayaker Pat Keller picks his favorite paddling gear.THEN & NOWFrom Demshitz to the Brown Claw, paddling trends have evolved with the personalities that guide the sport.TRAIL MIXJedd Ferris picks the 20 best new bands.FEATURESTop Trout HikesFly fishing experts select their favorite hike-and-fish spots in Southern Appalachia.The Ragged EdgeWhy do paddlers dance with danger? Do they ever push too far? And is the juice worth the squeeze? Jess Daddio chases down answers from gonzo first-descent kayakers.Cherokee TrailsHike in the footsteps of the first people. Cherokee historian and expert Lamar Marshall shares stories and trails held sacred by the Native Americans who first wandered these woods.Long Road BackA potentially career-ending injury becomes the best thing that ever happens to elite paddler Chris Gragtmans.
Remember Age of Conan, the so-called “grown-up MMORPG?” It was the first in a long line of MMOs that marketed themselves specifically towards more mature players who wanted an alternative to the juggernauts in the arena at the time, like World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XI. Now, Funcom has announced that Age of Conan will become a free-to-play MMO, relaunched as “Age of Conan: Unrated.”Players will be able to download and play the game for free, and choose to pay for additional premium content if they wish. Funcom is also introducing an in-game store that will allow both free and paid members to buy additional mounts, gear, or other items. Many hardcore MMO gamers abhor the idea of micro-transactions in any game, but the switch to a free-to-play model that’s laden with them may be the only way Age of Conan survives and isn’t forced to shut down completely.The game launched to generally favorable reviews, and got some early notoriety because of its more mature themes and content. Even so, that wasn’t enough to stop the game’s subscriber base from plummeting after launch, and the game faded into memory pretty quickly. It lived on with some big updates, and Funcom kept the game up and running for the subscribers that still play, but it never got back to the top of the charts.Funcom is more upbeat about this change. Morten Larssen, SVP of Sales and Marketing, said that Age of Connan has “been a true success story for Funcom,” citing its 1.4 million sold copies of the game, good reviews, and its player-base. He also pointed out that the free-to-play arena is becoming more and more popular, and that the company has high hopes for Age of Conan‘s success when it re-launches.The new version of the game, Age of Conan: Unrated, is expected to be available this summer.Read more at Funcom, via MCV