Hall Of Fame Inductions Marred By Rows And Refusals

Subscribe to Blondie alerts

The 21st Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony held in New York City last night (13MAR06) was marred by the ongoing feud between past and present members of Blondie, and the Sex Pistols' refusal to attend. Former Blondie members Nigel Harrison and Frank Infante unsuccessfully sued Deborah Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke in 1999 when they were excluded from the band's reunion tour. Former bassist Gary Valentine is also no longer a performing member of Blondie after a similar legal dispute. But guitarist Infante was desperate to take to the stage with his former friends to perform HEART OF GLASS RAPTURE and CALL ON ME. When accepting his award from Garbage rocker Shirley Manson, Infante pleaded, "Debbie, are we allowed?" She replied, "Can't you see my band is up there?" Infante, Valentine and Harrison had no choice but to leave the stage, leaving Burke, Harry and Stein to perform with more recent members. Meanwhile, punk legends the Sex Pistols refused to collect their award, and sent a profanity-laden letter in their place, which compared the Hall Of Fame to "urine in wine". Rolling Stone magazine founder Jan Wenner read out the correspondence in full, before urging John Lydon and his bandmates to collect their awards at a later date. He said, "If they want to smash them into bits, they can do that too." Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Miles Davis were also inducted into the Hall Of Fame, while Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss were given a lifetime achievement award in recognition of A+M Records, which they co-founded.


Tags: Blondie - Sex Pistols - Nigel Harrison - Frank Infante - Deborah Harry - Chris Stein - Clem Burke - Gary Valentine - Garbage - Shirley Manson - Jan Wenner - John Lydon - Black Sabbath - Lynyrd Skynyrd - Miles Davis - Herb Alpert - Jerry Moss

Subscribe to Blondie alerts

More Blondie

10 Acts You Had No Idea Were Playing Glastonbury

Part of Glastonbury’s enduring reputation is its propensity for composing a line-up that is extensive that a wealth of acts will pass by unnoticed. We’ve...

Glastonbury Line-Up Confirmed: Elbow, Kasabian, Arcade Fire, Jack White...And Who Else?

After months of speculation, the official line-up has been confirmed for the 2014 Glastonbury Festival, which will be held from the 27th to the 29th...

Ten More Years! Glastonbury Festival Gets License for Another Decade

The well-trodden fields of Worthy Farm will be privy to live music, stabbed by tent pegs and defecated on for another decade thanks to Glastonbury...

It's Indie Rock & Roll For V Festival: The Killers Headline Huge Bill

The UK’s festival season is slowly clicking into gear as Hollywood’s award season recovers from a stinking hangover. On the weekend of August 16-17 in...


A Week In News: A Screen Legend Dies, A TV Legend Makes His Exit, And The World's Weirdest Boxing Match

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: The world lost a true talent when actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment last Sunday after a...

Pussy Riot's Nadia And Masha Disowned For Forgetting "Aspirations And Ideals" Of Punk Group

Members of the Russian punk activist group Pussy Riot have disowned their two most high-profile members, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, for having forgotten about...

Blondie To Recieve This Year's NME Godlike Genius Award

Blondie are to be this year's recipients of the NME’s 'Godlike Genius' Award. The band will also be performing live at the awards ceremony.Blondie's iconic...

“50,000 bands and 1 disgusting bathroom" - Rupert Grint Stars in CBGB [Trailer + Pictures]

The highly anticipated movie surrounding New York’s infamous CBGB club is getting closer, and we’ve got some fantastic film stills to whet your punk-rock appetite....



Blondie Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Blondie

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All