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Star Wars Christmas Lights Display

May the Holidays be with you!

A music teacher in Oakland, CA has put together this awesome Christmas lights tribute to Star Wars.

The display has been featured on ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight and twice on ABC's Good Morning America. The guitar is 17', the piano is 19' and the drums are standard. About 12,500 channels run appx. 100,000 lights. Impressive!

However, I was unable to confirm if the homeowner's last name is Griswold.

Photo by Alby Headrick)

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More Thoughts on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2015 inductees earlier this week and it's always a topic that generates a lot of discussion.

Personal taste is very subjective and I totally get that. Stevie Ray Vaughan is overwhelmingly deserving of being inducted, but can you name one song by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band? No disrespect intended, I just have no idea who they are. I like Green Day, but I'm not a fanatic. The fact they were inducted in their very first year of eligibility is where I have a problem.

Bands are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first album. How can Green Day get in so quickly, when it took Alice Cooper, KISS and Rush more than a decade each?? Deep Purple STILL isn't in the RRHOF, but Green Day gets in right off the bat?

It's a head scratcher.

Hard rock and heavy metal bands seem to be ignored more than other acts. Multi-platinum bands like Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest have yet to even be nominated – much less make the final cut. Yet rap acts like LL Cool J and Public Enemy get nominated?

I like Joan Jett & The Blackhearts as much as the next guy, but "I Love Rock and Roll" and "Crimson and Clover" are covers! I would like to see some deserving heritage acts like Journey, Foreigner and Boston find their way into the RRHOF before they go out of their way to induct Joan Jett.

Just my two cents…

(Photo by Tony Fischer)
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Billy Idol Covers Van Halen's "Jump" #TBT

Here's a cool Billy Idol video that goes back to 2005, when he and guitarist Steve Stevens covered Van Halen's "Jump" at the Rock am Ring festival in Germany.

As much as I love Stevens, he didn't quite nail EVH's signature guitar solo here. What do you think?

Don't forget, Billy Idol tickets are on sale HERE for his February 9th show at Paramount Theater.

(Photo by Lord Jim)

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Elton John's Million Dollar Piano

Congratulations to Elton John and David Furnish as they renew their wedding vows this weekend. The pair are planning to tie the knot in the UK as the gay marriage bill has been passed. The couple first wed in a civil partnership in 2005. They have two children, born via a surrogate, Zachary, two, and Elijah, who is just six weeks' old.

"We'll renew our vows under the gay marriage act now that it's legal which is great. It's something we both want to do," says Furnish.

In concert news, Elton has extended his three-year contract at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and will return with his critically acclaimed show, The Million Dollar Piano, for three more years, beginning on January 16, 2015.

(Photo by David Shankbone)

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The Cast of Happy Days Remember Robin Williams

Legendary actor/comedian Robin Williams passed away on August 11, but I just stumbled on this great video that I wanted to share.

Happy Days cast members Marion Ross, Anson Williams and Donny Most visited Home & Family to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the show and chatted about experiences with actors Robin Williams and Tom Bosley.

Anson Williams (aka "Potsie" Weber) opened up about the first time he saw Robin Williams improvise on the set of Happy Days. (FF'd to the 2:52 mark for the Williams discussion.)

(Photo by Hot Gossip Italia)

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Richie Sambora performs "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)"

Richie Sambora and fellow guitarist Orianthi (Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper) recently performed "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" with students from School of Rock in Burbank, CA. Check out the video below...

If this doesn't get you in the mood for the Holidays, I don't know what will...

(Photo by LunchboxLP)

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Concert News and Rumors

Fleetwood Mac performed at Pepsi Center last Friday night, but they already have plans to return to Denver. Tickets for their April 1, 2015 show at Pepsi Center are on sale NOW.

Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick just announced a June 16, 2015 concert at Red Rocks. Ticket go on sale this Friday at 10am HERE.

David Coverdale was recently asked by radio DJ Eddie Trunk about Whitesnake's 2015 touring plans and Coverdale replied, "Yes, we'll be out on the road with some very dear friends." Could he be talking about Joe Elliott and Def Leppard? Leppard are finishing up their new studio album and Whitesnake are doing the same with their new guitarist Joel Hoekstra (ex-Night Ranger).

'80s hard rockers Krokus will perform w/ Saints of Rebellion at Buffalo Rose on May 8, 2015. Tickets HERE.

Bang Your Head! Quiet Riot will also perform at Buffalo Rose in Golden on July 24, 2015. Tickets HERE.

(Photo by Tony Hisgett)

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No New Chickenfoot

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith recently told Rolling Stone magazine he would love to make another album with Chickenfoot, but openly admits "I haven't been very available."

Chickenfoot features Sammy Hagar (vocals), Joe Satriani (guitar), Michael Anthony (bass) and Smith on drums.

"I would love to make another record. I love the creative process, and I hope that we can do that in the future. But right now there's no plans for any new Chickenfoot stuff," said Smith.

What a bummer. I love the two Chickenfoot CD's and hope they get around to recording a new album one of these years. As a joke, they titled their second album III so I wonder what they would name a third CD?

(Photo by Wekking)

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Back in October, I published my predictions for next year's inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. My five guesses were Green Day, Sting, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bill Withers.

Four out of five ain't bad!

Green Day, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and Bill Withers all made the cut, but the late Lou Reed and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band will also join the Class of 2015.

In a statement, Joan Jett said: "It's surreal and very humbling. It's a culmination of all you've dreamed about doing as a musician. I've always been hopeful [that I'd get in] because I think it's an incredible acknowledgment."

The induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland's Public Hall on April 18th, 2015.

Congratulations to all the inductees! Now if the RRHOF could only find a way to induct other deserving bands like Deep Purple, Boston, Judas Priest, Def Leppard, etc…

(Photo by Ceedub13)

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Def Leppard's Joe Elliott goes Down 'N' Outz

The mighty Def Leppard are busy putting the finishing touches on their long-awaited new studio album (due next Spring), but vocalist Joe Elliott always has time to pay tribute to his idol Ian Hunter.

Elliott formed the band Down 'N' Outz in 2009 with members of The Quireboys in an effort to bring songs by Mott The Hoople and spin-off projects Mott, Ian Hunter and British Lions to a wider audience.

The brand new Down 'N' Outz video "Sea Diver" can be seen below and is an iTunes bonus track from the album The Further Adventures Of…

(Photo by Morgan Williams)

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