News on Rock Hall, Edwyn Collins, 'Scratch'
Along with an impressive slate of inductees, this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will boast some impressive star power in the form of Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and Neil Young, who will present the honorees. The March 14 ceremony at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel will be filmed by VH1, which will air highlights on a March 19 special.
Although official designations have not been announced by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, Springsteen will reportedly induct U2, a reversal of Bono's rhapsodic speech welcoming the Boss into the hall in 1999. Timberlake is said to be handling honors for the O'Jays, while blues legend Buddy Guy will be immortalized at the hands of King and Clapton.
Stewart, meanwhile, will reportedly induct Percy Sledge, while Young pay tribute to the Pretenders. The class of 2005 also includes non-performer honorees Premier Talent Agency founder Frank Barsalona and Sire Records founder Seymour Stein.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Veteran artist Edwyn Collins has been hospitalized in London after suffering a brain hemorrhage over the weekend. "Doctors are trying to stabilize his condition," reads a statement from his management. "He is being well looked after in hospital," adds his wife Grace.
Collins, 45, is best known in North America for the 1995 single "A Girl Like You," which reached No. 7 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. But he is revered in the United Kingdom as the lead singer of the Scottish rock act Orange Juice, which disbanded in 1985.
Of late, he had been working on a new studio album, his first since 2002's "Doctor Syntax." He also produced the debut album from rock outfit Little Barrie, "We Are Little Barrie," due May 17 via Artemis.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Live performances by DJ Z-Trip, Mix Master Mike, the X-ecutioners and DJ Jazzy Jay are featured on the DVD "Scratch: All the Way Live." Due April 19 via Scratch Recordings, the sets were taped at Los Angeles' House of Blues during the last Scratch tour. Bonus features include commentary by Z-Trip and footage from a Philadelphia jam session with him, the Roots' Scratch, Qbert and the X-ecutioners.
"All the Way Live" will be screened March 15 and 18 during the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Z-Trip, Qbert and the X-ecutioners will also team for a March 23 performance in Miami as part of the annual Winter Music Conference. In addition, the next installment of the Scratch tour is in the works for this spring, with artists to be announced.
As previously reported, Z-Trip will release his Hollywood debut, "Shifting Gears," on April 26.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.