GRAY AREAS: Rock Hall induction tickets on sale Friday

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

Tickets go on sale Friday to attend the 36th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Oct. 30 at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Tickets traditionally sell out within minutes when the induction ceremonies come to Cleveland. The move from Public Hall to the much larger downtown arena should make more tickets available to the general public, but this year’s inductees should provide more than enough demand to fill the new location.

I would expect Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, The Go-Go’s, Carole King and Todd Rundgren to all be in attendance and perform at the event. LL Cool J, who is being inducted for musical excellence, also seems likely to be there and knock out the crowd with a hit or two.

Tina Turner has retired from touring, but if anything is going to inspire her to get back on stage and sing again, one would think her induction into the hall of fame would be it.

And if she doesn’t perform, maybe Mrs. Jay-Z — Beyonce — will sing in her place, because it’s not just the living inductees who perform; it’s their peers and the performers they influenced.

There’s a generation of socially conscious hip hop artists who would list Gil Scott-Heron (an early influence inductee) as a major inspiration. There’s a long list of guitar players who would say the same about Randy Rhoads (another early influence inductee).

Kraftwerk (a third early influence choice) is pretty reclusive. Maybe members of the band will show up. Maybe Depeche Mode or Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor (both 2020 inductees who had to accept their honors in a virtual ceremony due to COVID-19) will show up to induct the band and perform.

Billy Preston, a musical excellence selection, worked with both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Will someone from one of the those bands come to honor him? Bob Dylan wrote a song called “High Water (For Charley Patton).” Who better to induct that early blues icon?

This all is pure speculation. I have no inside information. But the potential is there for this year’s ceremony to be one of the best.

Tickets will be available starting at 10 a.m. Friday at RocketMortgageFieldHouse.com.

For a ticket deal sure to be more affordable than those Rock Hall induction tickets, Live Nation is offering $20 tickets (service fees included) for several summer concerts through Sunday.

The deal applies to select shows at Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre, Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls and The Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pa.

For example, concertgoers could save at least 50 percent on the price of a lawn ticket for the Alice Cooper / Ace Frehley show at the Youngstown amp on Sept. 27.

Only a limited number of tickets are available for the $20 deal, and it ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Complete information can be found at returntolive.livenation.com.

I watched a screener last week of the new M. Night Shyamalan movie “Old,” but ran out of time to write a full-length review.

The short version is that Shyamalan once again proves he’s a master at coming up with high concept ideas, but he’s more miss than hit at executing them.

The high concept is a group of people find themselves on an inescapable beach where they begin aging rapidly, approximately two years for every hour. It’s an intriguing premise, but nearly every good idea in it is sabotaged by the stilted dialogue.

For 90 minutes it plays out like an average to below-average “Twilight Zone” episode until the revelation of THE BIG TWIST, which actually raises some interesting questions. But the first three-quarters of the movie needed a drastic rewrite for viewers to still care when it arrives.

Andy Gray is the entertainment editor of Ticket. Write to him at agray@ tribtoday.com.


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