Big Music News: Chicago, Heart

CHICAGO:  Second hall of fame for the legendary band in two years

Less than a year after their group's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, three members of Chicago will be enshrined into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera will be recognized for their catalog of hits on June 15th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Also being enshrined are Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Jay Z (Shawn Carter). Motown founder Berry Gordy, who deferred his induction in 2016, will also be part of this year's class.

Chicago's James Pankow says, "Induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame is most humbling and special because it includes me in the rarefied company of the best songwriters in history and it represents the ultimate validation of my life's work. For this recognition by my peers, I am truly honored and grateful!"

Robert Lamm says, "So proud of my bandmates, flattered to be in the company of the other inductees. Songwriting, composing music, is all I ever wanted to do, and I'm touched to have been acknowledged by my peers. Grateful to our manager, Peter Schivarelli, and our longtime producer Jimmy Guercio.

 Those who came up short this year are Bryan Adams, Cat Stevens, Jeff Lynne, Sly Stone and the late George Michael.

Unlike the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which has a building in Cleveland, the Songwriters Hall of Fame only exists online at SongwritersHallofFame.org.

HEART:  Nancy Wilson is set to unveil her new sideband

Nancy Wilson of Heart will launch her new side band at a multiple sclerosis fundraiser in L.A. next month.

Roadcase Royale will make their live debut at the fifth annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert and Awards Show at L.A.'s Los Angeles Theater on March 25th. The band features Wilson, Liv Warfield, formerly of Prince's New Power Generation, and three current members of Heart. They'll headline over a band comprising a long list of rotating guest artists that includes former Guns N' Roses members Steven Adler and Gilby Clarke as well as Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez of Alice in Chains.

Gilby Clarke is also among the awards recipients at the show, as is the late Richard Pryor, who will posthumously receive the organization's Platinum People Award. Comedians Bill Burr and Craig Gass are hosting.  Tickets are already on sale.

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