Music: Letter from The Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols just made the above announcement on February 24, 2006. They are not going to the ceremony. After 8 or so nominations to be inducted, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anonymous “decision makers” finally decided that the Sex Pistols should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis, Lynard Skynyrd and Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss. With tickets going at a mind-boggling $1,500 per person for balcony seats and $2,500 for floor seating, who can afford to attend this celebrated event besides music industry professionals? Certainly not the fans that supported and made these bands what they are today. Performances are usually provided by the inductees, and one wonders if Ozzy will perform with his “Ozzy Osbourne” solo non-inductee back up players or the original Black Sabbath inductees? What about Blondie? They’ve been on the road with a hired guitarist filling in for original guitarist and inductee, Frank Infante and a hired bassist filling in for original bassist and inductee, Nigel Harrison (who replaced first bassist, and inductee, Gary Valentine). Will the public get the real deal playing on stage or some fabricated “let’s-see-if-anyone-notices-that-these-aren’t-the-original -members-who-were-just-inducted-playing” deal that corporate music management and artist ‘s over-exploded egos put together to shove down listener’s throats? The ideal performance by the bands being inducted would be by the inductees in attendance, for each band. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen with Creedence Clearwater Revival when they were inducted. The Hall of Fame anonymous “decision makers” allowed one member of that band to perform without the rest of the inducted bandmembers who were in attendance, who were forced to sit in the audience while that one member played. (those bandmembers got up and left when the set started). A music industry corporate move. Time will tell if the original inductees of the bands will play and hopefully the fans won’t be dissapointed by the politics or any personal grudges getting into the way of what the fans originally signed up for. Maybe the corporate music industry will not prevail this time? Right on Sex Pistols.