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Saluting Monday’s New Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers Because…..

the ever worsening news about Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. (The nuclear plant situation is being live-blogged by the WaPo’s Elizabeth Flock. Also, try following @norishikata on Twitter.)

The new inductees were Tom Waits, Dr. John, Darlene Love, Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond and Leon Russell—all wonderful artists.

But since Tom Waits and Dr. John are 2 among the 10 whose music I would need with me on a desert island or at the end of the world, it is their videos I’ve posted.

Waites put it well when Neil Young inducted him: “They say I’m difficult and I have no hits. And they say that like it’s a BAD thing!”


  • Awesome. Leon Russell and the Shelter People is an all time favorite. Added to the greats (IMO) Dr. John & Tom Waites, this is a pretty eclectic group. And I’ll never forget the time Alice Cooper had a helicopter bomb the Hollywood Bowl with 5000 pairs of paper panties during a show there.

  • Agreed, Jim. Leon Russell was—and is—pretty incredible.

    Ha! Love the Alice Cooper story. Darlene Love is a stellar inductee too.

    But, simply speaking personally, I have both Dr. John’s and Tom Waits’s coded into my DNA by this time, I’ve listened to them so much, particularly Waits.

    Okay, now back to scary, scary nuclear events.

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