Guitarist Jack Sherman played on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1984 self-titled debut and co-wrote some songs on the follow-up, but was omitted from membership into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He doesn't feel very good about it, in fact, he believes he's "being dishonored, and it sucks."
Counting Crows, who amicably left longtime label Geffen Records in 2009 to make music independently, will release their first full-length in four years -- titled "Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation)" -- on April 10.
While Public Enemy prepares to stir up some hype with a performance on the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Chuck tells Billboard.com that the legendary hip-hop group will return in full force this year with two new studio albums.
"'Man on the Moon' was not going to get finished," Scott Litt recalls of that frenzied day in 1992. What would become R.E.M.'s quintessential hit was dangerously close to not making it onto the band's masterpiece, "Automatic for the People." The song was done, its instrumentation already committed to tape. But Michael Stipe, the band's enigmatic frontman, lacked those Andy Kaufman lyrics until the last minute. "We kind of made him finish it," says Litt, who produced six R.E.M. albums between 1987 and 1996. "When I hear that on the radio, I'm very thankful for that one day."