RockHall.comThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has revealed some new details about its 18th Annual Music Masters Series focusing on The Rolling Stones, which will run from October 21 through October 26. The institution has announced information about several of the events and activities that will be held during the six-day homage to the British rock icons, which is titled "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It): The Music of The Rolling Stones."
Among the events will be a special class focusing on the music that influenced The Stones that will stream live online at RockHall.com/Education on October 21. On October 22 at Cleveland's Cuyahoga Community College, musician/author Bill Janovitz will talk about his recent publication Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones and sign copies of the book.
On October 23, veteran session musicians Steve Jordan, Bobby Keys and Steve Madaio will discuss their experiences collaborating with The Rolling Stones as well as chatting about their participation in the October 26 Stones tribute concert that will close this year's Music Masters Series.
On October 26, prior to the aforementioned concert, a conference examining the band's career and musical contributions will be held at the Rock Hall's Foster Theater. The presentation will include a screening of the recently revamped documentary Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965 and an interview with "Gimme Shelter" backing vocalist Merry Clayton.
Lastly, some updated news has emerged about the previously reported Stones tribute show that will be held on the evening of October 26 at PlayhouseSquare's State Theater in Cleveland. Clayton and Labelle member/ex-Stones backup singer Sarah Dash have been added to the concert's lineup, while Ivan Neville and current Stones backing vocalist Lisa Fischer have dropped off the bill because of scheduling conflicts.
As previously announced, the concert's music director is Steve Jordan, the acclaimed drummer/producer who collaborated with Keith Richards on his two solo albums. The lineup also includes founding Faces/Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, backing singer Bernard Fowler, guitarist Waddy Wachtel and bassist Willie Weeks.
Meanwhile, in related news, a collection of previously unpublished photos taken by Bob Bonis, who managed The Stones' U.S. tours during the mid-1960s will be added to the Rock Hall's ongoing "Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction" exhibition on October 2.
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