Pound for pound, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's 2006 inductees might be the coolest class in the institution's 21-year history. The induction ceremony might not be so stellar. Less than a week before the 21st annual inductions, no information is available about the presenters and performances for the ceremonies, which will be held in New York City. But the few definite pieces of information are a hoot. Long-eligible Black Sabbath will finally be acknowledged, but the heavy-metal progenitors will not perform, according to a posting on drummer Bill Ward's website. And the Sex Pistols -- the biggest renegades in a group of inductees including jazz great Miles Davis, southern-rock standard bearer Lynyrd Skynyrd, and new wave breakout Blondie --greeted their invitation with a characteristic jeer and blatant bad grammar.
"Next to the Sex Pistols rock and roll and that hall of Fame is a piss stain," read a handwritten note on the Pistols' website. "Your museum. Urine in wine. Were not coming. Were not your monkey and so what?"
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Executive Director Suzan Evans took the gob-stained RSVP in stride. "They're being the usual punksters they are," Evans said. "And that's rock and roll."
Artists are eligible 25 years after the release of their first record. The rock hall collects ballots from a voting body of 700 rock experts.
The induction ceremony will be broadcast in its entirety at the Rock Hall Monday, March 13, beginning at 8 p.m.; tickets are $10. VH1 will broadcast a truncated form of the ceremony Tuesday, March 21.
· The Travis and Trinetti band, also known as the Shooters, will reunite for its first show in almost 15 years to play the 30th anniversary of Rick's Café (86 North Main Street, Chagrin Falls) Thursday, March 9. The group formed as a duo while songwriter-guitarist John Travis and singer-guitarist Gary Trinetti were in high school, and grew into a notable local four-piece during the '70s and '80s.
· Keelhaul drummer Will Scharf is sitting in with bulldozing metal legends Unsane for a two-week European tour and will record with the band this June. The Cleveland wrecking crew is working on its fourth LP at a leisurely pace -- "We're old, and our mental capacity isn't what it used to be," says Scharf -- and may start recording by mid-fall.
· Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has signed Kent's Beaten Awake to his Audio Eagle label and is producing the indie rockers' second album.
· Law of Destruction has dropped off the Saturday, March 11 bill at Peabody's (2083 East 21st Street) that it shared with 13 Faces, Law guitarist John Comprix's metalcore band. Comprix says that Law of Destruction -- which features the same players as Tim "Ripper" Owens' new Beyond Fear, but with Odious Sanction's Scott Bryant on vocals -- has been concentrating on practice for Fear's upcoming European tour. LOD has a four-song demo and plans to record an album after the Beyond Fear LP's touring-promotion cycle. And as for 13 Faces' long-overdue follow-up to 2003's These Bloody Hands, Comprix says that it's written, but fans shouldn't hold their breath; it might not happen. "13 Faces is doing this show, and [then] stay tuned," says Comprix. "I don't know what to tell you."