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Rock and Roll History, News & Views
The Michigan Rock and Roll Legends online Hall of Fame is proud to announce the results of the 2015 computer vote that ended on the stroke of midnight on June 1st. Adrenalin, a popular East Detroit band from the late 70’s and early 80’s, received the greatest number of votes for induction in this year’s balloting. They were followed by The Look, another successful Detroit group that has the distinction of being the very first Motor City band to appear on MTV. Third in the vote was Mark Farner, the former frontman of 2005 inductee Grand Funk Railroad. Farner was inducted this year for his long solo career. Finishing fourth in the vote was guitarist Steve Hunter who first gained attention in the band Detroit, but is best-known for his work with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper.
The singer Meat Loaf is best known for his Bat Out Of Hell album trilogy consisting of “Bat Out Of Hell”, “Bat Out Of Hell 2: Back To Hell”, and “Bat Out Of Hell 3: The Monster Is Loose”. The overwhelming success of the trilogy is the primary reason that Meat Loaf is one of the biggest-selling artists of all time, with worldwide sales of over 80 million records. He has also appeared in over 50 movies and television shows, most memorably for his role as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Many of his fans may not realize the importance that Michigan and its artists played in the early years of Meat Loaf’s career. His first recordings were done in the state, and he is represented on the MRRL Hall of Fame ballot for his work in both the Popcorn Blizzard (a.k.a. Floating Circus) and the duo of Stoney & Meatloaf. In 1999, he published Meat Loaf - To Hell and Back: An Autobiography, a humorous look at his life and career that included some priceless anecdotes about his Michigan connections.
Bay City is a great place to grow up and live. It is relatively quiet and safe and provides numerous recreational activities. There are a respectable number of good restaurants and bars in town, although there is a noticeable lack of live music options. Unlike many Michigan cities, the downtown area of Bay City seems pretty healthy. Sports have always played an important role in the city and there are ample opportunities for citizens from children to adults to participate in a wide variety of athletic activities. The Rail Trail and Riverwalk are stellar additions to the community that encourage a healthier lifestyle. Despite the lack of support from the current governor and his cohorts in Lansing, the public school system is in decent shape and the town has both a junior college and university nearby to provide higher education at a fairly reasonable price.
The big economic news is that Uptown at River's Edge project has finally gotten off the ground. The former 43-acre industrial site along Bay City's riverfront is now the home of Dow Corning and will soon include McLaren Bay Region, Chemical Bank, a new hotel, and a number of new restaurants and shops. It's hoped that 500 new jobs will be created, and in the words of current Mayor Chris Shannon: "It's not just the jobs; it's the intangible...that, after decades of economic decline and jobs loss, this brings a level of confidence that investment in Bay City has returned." So where does Madonna fit into all of this?