This October, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Case Western Reserve University (located in Cleveland) will honor the Rolling Stones during the 18th Annual Music Masters Series. The week-long celebration, titled It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It): The Music of The Rolling Stones, will run from Monday, October 21 through Saturday, October 26.
Capping off the week full of lectures, films, educational programs, feature interviews and panels will be a tribute concert at the State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland. The show will feature a number of musicians who have history with the Stones; the band will be led by GRAMMY-Award winning drummer Steve Jordan. Other musicians who will perform include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan, Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler, Bobby Keys, Trevor Lawrence, Steve Madaio, Ivan Neville, Waddy Wachtel and Willie Weeks.
McLagan was bandmates with Stones guitarist Ron Wood in the Faces, and has also played keyboards on Stones tours in the late ’70s and early’80s. Bobby Keys has been the Stones’ touring saxophone player since the ’70s and Lisa Fischer and Bernard Fowler have been the band’s backing singers since their 1989 Steel Wheels tour. Meanwhile, Jordan, Neville and Wachtel played with Keith Richards in his X-Pensive Winos band.
Previously titled the “American Music Masters,” the series has been renamed this year to reflect the historical evolution and expansion of the rock and roll story. Chuck Berry, Les Paul, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Janis Joplin, and Antoine “Fats” Domino, among others, have been honored in past years.
In May of 2013, the Roll and Roll Hall of Fame opened their most recent featured exhibit The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction. On display are photographs, clothing, films, musical instruments, and other artifacts, alongside interactive technology telling stories from the Stones’ expansive career. For ticketing info on the tribute concert and more information on the Music Masters Series honoring the Rolling Stones, visit rockhall.com.
— Carl Harp, 98.5 WNCX Cleveland