Friday, December 14, 2018

TJR and Robert Kinsler discuss Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2019 Inductees

On a newly-posted episode, TJR and Robert Kinsler discuss the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2019:

'Aquaman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' available now

I'm very much looking forward to seeing "Aquaman" when it is released next week, and will plan to get the soundtrack and review that in a column too...


(December 14, 2018 - BURBANK, CA) – WaterTower Music is excited to announce today’s release of the soundtrack to Aquaman, the action-packed adventure film from director James Wan that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas. The soundtrack is now available, and the film is in theaters on December 21. Aquaman features an original score by multi-award-winning composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (Wonder Woman, Hotel Rwanda, Hacksaw Ridge), includes a track by composer Joseph Bishara (The Conjuring, Annabelle) and debuts the new songs “Ocean To Ocean” by Pitbull Feat. Rhea, and the end title song Everything I Need” by Skylar Grey.
To bring the film’s themes to life musically, Aquaman director James Wan turned to composer Rupert Gregson-Williams, who says, “Writing the themes for the different characters was awesome. Arthur Curry has such a strong character—he’s a real rock star—so I felt he deserved a big melody. He gets to rock out for certain intense moments too. Orm is Atlantean, and the score I wrote for Atlantis is in big contrast to the score for the surface world, epic and glorious. Black Manta inspired a more industrial, electronic feel. And, of course, there’s romance—two in fact. Atlantis and the entire world James created is truly amazing, giving me such a rich opportunity.” 
“James Wan has given me such a rare opportunity and I am so unbelievably grateful,” explains Skylar Grey. “James, score composer Rupert Gregson-Williams, as well as every person behind the scenes on this project has been a dream to work with...a team of extremely respectful and professional people who I’m now honored to call friends. ‘Everything I Need,’ written by myself and my fiancé, Elliott Taylor, was inspired by the forbidden love story that is threaded throughout the movie, and we are very passionate about this song.”
“The ocean, the sea and any body of water, to me, is true freedom,” said Armando Christian Perez (Pitbull), who was inspired by the film’s settings and themes, and especially by Aquaman’s struggle between his two worlds—the surface and the sea. “The ocean has always been the border from where my parents came from Cuba and the United States, which gives us freedom.  That’s why I respect water.  Bottom line: water gives us freedom.” 
The track list is as follows:
  1. “Everything I Need (Film Version)” - Skylar Grey 
  2. Arthur 
  3. Kingdom Of Atlantis 
  4. It Wasn't Meant To Be 
  5. Atlantean Soldiers 
  6. What Does That Even Mean? 
  7. The Legend Of Atlan 
  8. Swimming Lessons 
  9. The Black Manta 
  10. What Could Be Greater Than A King?
  1. Permission To Come Aboard 
  2. Suited And Booted 
  3. Between Land And Sea 
  4. He Commands The Sea 
  5. Map In A Bottle 
  6. The Ring Of Fire 
  7. Reunited 
  8. “Everything I Need” - Skylar Grey 
  9. “Ocean To Ocean” - Pitbull feat. Rhea 
  10. “Trench Engaged (from Kingdom of The Trench)” - Joseph Bishara 
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-surface dweller, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.
The film also stars Amber Heard; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe; Patrick Wilson; Dolph Lundgren; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman.  Also featured are Ludi Lin and Temuera Morrison. Wan directed from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall, based on characters created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger for DC.  The film was produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada serving as executive producers.
Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a Peter Safran Production, a James Wan Film, Aquaman.  The film is being released in 3D and 2D and IMAX, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.  Aquaman is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language.
About WaterTower Music:
WaterTower Music, the in house music label for Warner Bros., has been releasing recorded music since 2001 and has released over 200 titles, including the film soundtracks and scores to Crazy Rich Asians, Wonder Woman, Interstellar, Game Of Thrones, Westworld, The Hobbit Trilogy, The LEGO® Movie, The Dark Knight Rises, Project X, Rock of Ages, Hairspray, Sex and the City, Elf, The Notebook, and Love and Basketball, among others.  
About Rupert Gregson-Williams:
RUPERT GREGSON-WILLIAMS (Composer) was born in England and educated at St. John’s College Choir School, Cambridge. The multi-award-winning composer works from his studios in both London and Los Angeles.
A truly versatile composer, Gregson-Williams has written the scores for a wide range of feature films, including the Oscar-winning “Hotel Rwanda,” for which he was awarded the European Film Award for Best Composer; the animated films “Over the Hedge” and Jerry Seinfeld’s “Bee Movie,” receiving an Annie Award nomination for his score for the latter; and the independent film “Love + Hate,” for which he was awarded the Reims International Composer Award.
Most recently, Gregson-Williams scored the blockbuster and critically acclaimed “Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, which opened in 2017; the award-winning war drama “Hacksaw Ridge,” starring Andrew Garfield and directed by Mel Gibson, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and opened nationwide in 2016; and the international hit “The Legend of Tarzan,” starring Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie and directed by David Yates.
For television, Gregson-Williams wrote the music for TNT’s “The Alienist,” starring Dakota Fanning, Luke Evans and Daniel Bruhl, which premiered in January 2018. He also wrote the score for the original Netflix series “The Crown,” created by Peter Morgan, which premiered on  Netflix in November 2016, with the second season having debuted in December 2017. He received an Emmy nomination in 2017 for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) for his work on the first season of “The Crown.” He has also composed the music for various other TV projects, including the Emmy Award-winning HBO series “Veep,” AMC’s “The Prisoner,” and Sky Vision’s “Agatha Raisin.” He received an Emmy nomination for the 2002 telefilm “Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story,” for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Dramatic Underscore).

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019 class set

The Zombies performing at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA
in October 2015. Photo: Robert Kinsler
It was so great to wake up this morning and learn that several of my favorite artists will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As regular readers of this site know, I am a long-time fan of the Zombies and the English group's upcoming induction as part of the class of 2019 is long overdue. I have seen the legendary group a number of times, but the band's performance at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA on Oct. 24, 2015 is among my favorites; read my review of that concert here.

Radiohead singer Thom Yorke on April 21, 2017 
Photo: Julian Bajsel courtesy of Goldenvoice
In addition, I was surprised when Radiohead was passed over last year and it was great news to see the band among the artists announced to be inducted next March. Read my review of Radiohead's stunning performance at Coachella in April 2017 here.

I also count the Cure as being an influential and enduring artist who is among modern rock's strongest names. I have loved catching Radiohead several times in concert; read my review of the band's amazing concert in Arizona in March 2012 here. The Cure killed in when I caught them at the legendary Pantages Theatre in L.A. in 2011; read my review of that concert here.

Yours truly hanging out with Phil Collen of Def Leppard during
an interview at his home in the summer of 2011.
The other artists set to be inducted are Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music and Janet Jackson. I was really happy to see Sheffield, U.K.-spawned rockers Def Leppard gain entry into the Rock Hall; the band always puts on entertaining shows and really found a way to blend the riffs of AC/DC with the harmonies associated with Queen. I am a big fan of the guitar playing of Phil Collen (read my feature article where I got to hang out with the legendary guitar great for a day in 2011 here).

To be eligible, an individual artist or music group must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years before the year of nomination. 
Def Leppard's Phil Collen, left, and Joe Elliott perform for the
crowd during the Jack FM event at Verizon Wireless
Amphitheater on Sept. 10, 2011. Photo: Kelly A. Swift

Read my review of Def Leppard's concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA here. I most recently caught Stevie Nicks in concert in December 2016; read my review of that memorable concert here.

The 2019 induction ceremony will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on March 29, 2019. Ticket information will be announced in January 2019.

For more information visit

Robert Kinsler

Below is the official media release from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:


34th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Presented by Klipsch Audio Returns to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY March 29, 2019

Show to Premiere on HBO in the Spring

Cleveland (Dec. 13, 2018) – The names of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2019 Inductees have been released. They are:
Performer Category:
  • The Cure
  • Def Leppard
  • Janet Jackson
  • Stevie Nicks
  • Radiohead
  • Roxy Music
  • The Zombies

The 34th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Rock Hall will unveil its 2019 Inductee exhibit at the Museum in Cleveland, Ohio in conjunction with the celebration.

Ticket on-sale dates will be announced in January. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony will again have its television premiere on HBO, and a radio broadcast on SiriusXM’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio.

Ballots were sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, including current living Inductees, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.

Three of the Inductees were on the ballot for the first time, including: Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks (as a solo artist) and Roxy Music. Additionally, the top five artists, as selected by the public, comprised a “fans’ ballot” that was tallied along with the other ballots to determine the 2019 Inductees. Four of the top five artists (Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, The Zombies and The Cure) from the fan ballot will be inducted as performers in 2019.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets are available for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members in advance of the public sale date. To be eligible for the member pre-sale opportunity, you must be an active Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member by December 31, 2018. Supporters of the Donor Circle by December 31, 2018 will have the first opportunity to access VIP packages and premium balcony tickets. Additional public ticket details and pre-sale offers will be announced in January. 

For more information on how to become a member, call the membership hotline at (216) 515-8425 or For information on the Donor Circle, call (216) 515-1222 or email

Fans can pre-order exclusive 2019 Inductee t-shirts now at

Klipsch Audio, a leading global speaker and headphone manufacturer, is a strategic partner and presenting sponsor of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, its Induction Ceremony events and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Main Stage. Klipsch’s renowned products deliver the power, detail and emotion of the live music experience throughout the iconic museum.

Follow the Rock Hall on Facebook, Twitter (@rockhall) and Instagram (@rockhall) and join the conversation at #RockHall2019.

About the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:
Rock Connects Us. Our mission is clear: To engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. We share stories of the people, events and songs that shape our world through exhibits, innovative programs and concerts. Join the millions who love it as much as you do. Experience us live or online – Visit or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@rockhall). Long Live Rock!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Jade Bird confirms U.S. tour with Hozier in March 2019

Jade Bird definitely impressed me when I caught her earlier this year as the opener for First Aid Kit at The Observatory in Santa Ana (you can read my review of that concert here). Today comes word she is set to support Irish singer-songwriter Hozier on a U.S. tour beginning in March 2019...

Jade Bird confirms U.S. tour dates with Hozier in March

Jade Bird performing at The Observatory in Santa
Ana,  CA on April 17, 2018.
Photo: Bob Steshetz
Breakout singer, songwriter and performerJade Bird has confirmed U.S. shows supporting Hozier next March. See below for more details. The newly announced dates follow a hugely successful debut U.S. headline tour, dates with Brandi Carlile, First Aid Kit, Anderson East and Colter Wall as well as festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Stagecoach, Firefly, Mountain Jam, Bumbershoot, Grandoozy, Pilgrimage and more. 
The tour anticipates Jade’s debut full-length—the follow up to the much laudedSomething American EP—due for release early next year on Glassnote Records. The album will feature Jade’s latest track “Love Has All Been Done Before,” her current single “Uh Huh,” as well asLottery”(which spent three weeks at #1 on Triple A Radio—the first new artist to reach the top of the Triple A chart in 2018) and “Furious”.
In anticipation of the new LP, Jade has already been featured amongst YouTube’sU.K. Ones To Watch for 2019, Vevo’s DSCVR Artists to Watch for 2019, and Pandora’s Artists to Watch for 2019.
The forthcoming LP will culminate a breakthrough year for Jade who won the Anchor Award for most promising international emerging talent at Reeperbahn Festival, the 2018 Grulke Prize for developing non-U.S. act at SXSW and was selected for the BBC Sound of 2018. Jade made her national television debut on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” followed by a standout performance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” She was featured as a Rolling Stone “Artist You Need To Know,” selected as one of PAPER’s “100 Women Revolutionizing Pop” and most recently, Jade was featured in the Top 10 ofNPR Music’s “Slingshot’s Best New Artist Of 2018.”
March 10—Buffalo, NY—Shea’s Performing Arts Centre*
March 11—Albany, NY—Palace Theatre*
March 13—Baltimore, MD—Hippodrome Theatre*
March 14—Norfolk, VA—Chrysler Hall*
March 16—Raleigh, NC—Raleigh Memorial Auditorium*
March 17—Charlotte, NC—Oven’s Auditorium*
March 19—Miami Beach, FL—The Fillmore Miami Beach-The Jackie Gleeson Theatre8
March 20—St. Petersburg, FL—Mahaffey Theater*
March 21—Orlando, FL—Walt Disney Theatre*
March 23—Atlanta, GA—Coca Cola Roxy Theatre*
March 24—Nashville, TN—Grand Ole Opry House*
March 26—Memphis, TN—Orpheum Theatre*
March 27—New Orleans, LA—The Fillmore New Orleans-Music Hall*
March 29—Dallas, TX—Southside Ballroom*
March 30—Houston, TX—Revention Music Centre*
March 31—Austin, TX—ACL Live at the Moody Theatre*
April 2—Oklahoma City, OK—The Criterion*
April 3—Tulsa, OK—Brady Theatre*
April 5—Denver, CO—Bellco Theatre*
April 6—Salt Lake City, UT—The Union Event Centre*
April 9—Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Forever Cemetery*
April 10—Santa Barbara, CA—Arlington Theatre*
April 12—Reno, NV—Grand Sierra Resort & Casino-Grand Theatre*
April 13—Boise, ID—Knitting Factory Concert House*
April 14—Spokane, WA—First Interstate Center for the Arts*
*with Hozier

Monday, December 10, 2018

Collections enhance legacy of groundbreaking artists

Without a doubt, 2018 has seen a slew of amazing reissues and retro-minded collections that rank among the most essential titles of the year. In this column I highlight three astounding releases worthy of exploration by music fans.

Artists: The Bangles, The Three O'Clock, The Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade
Title: 3 X 4 (Yep Roc Records)
You might like if you enjoy: The Bangles, Steve Wynn
Tell me more: Los Angeles' so-called "Paisley Underground" was an exciting genre blending garage rock, jangly power pop and psychedelic rock that emerged at the dawn of the 1980s. The movement's best-known proponents  the Bangles, Rain Parade, the Dream Syndicate and the Three O'Clock  have joined forces on a must-hear collection where each group performs one song from each of the other three outfits  hence the clever title 3 X 4. Every cut on the 12-track disc is fantastic, capturing the individual talents of the groups and strength of the songwriting. The Dream Syndicate brings an almost Neil Young and Crazy Horse muscular approach to Rain Parade's "You Are My Friend." Rain Parade brings a Beatlesque touch to Three O'Clock's atmospheric "As Real As Real." Susanna Hoffs' shimmering lead vocals help propel the Bangles' lovely take on Rain Parade's dreamy "Talking In My Sleep." The Dream Syndicate offers up a rollicking take on the Bangles' classic "Hero Take a Fall," the version bolstered by the lush harmonies of Vicki Peterson and Linda Pitmon. The melancholy-drenched "Real World" finds Rain Parade bringing new depth to the Bangles favorite. 3 X 4 is one of the most glorious releases of 2018. Information:

Artist: Ten Years After
Title: Live At The Fillmore East (Chrysalis Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton
Tell me more: Although Ten Years After is best known for their fiery performance of "I'm Going Home" at Woodstock in August 1969 and the 1971 radio hit "I'd Love to Change the World," the British blues rock band released a score of Top 40 albums on the UK Albums Chart and US Billboard 200 in the late 1960s and early '70s. Now one of the British quartet's best live albums has been reissued and sounds better than ever. Live At The Fillmore East is a two-disc concert recording (originally released in 2001) drawing a dozen tracks from the band's performances at the Fillmore East in New York City on Feb. 27 and 28, 1970. Those who loved Ten Years After's exhilarating approach in concert will want to get this live set featuring singer-guitarist Alvin Lee and company's extended takes on many of their best early material including a amped-up take on the 1930s blues standard "Good Morning Little School Girl," breathtaking 11-minute run through "I'm Going Home," a blistering version of Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven" and the marathon drum solo "The Hobbit" featuring Ric Lee. Listening to this amazing collection is to be reminded why Alvin Lee ranked with Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton as one of the greatest electric guitarists of his generation. Information:

Artist: Prince

Title: Piano & A Microphone 1983 (Warner Bros. Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Prince
Tell me more: Die hard fans of Prince likely picked up Piano & A Microphone 1983 the instant it was released, but casual fans of the artist may have somehow overlooked this fascinating glimpse at another side of Prince. Recorded in 1983 at the artist's Kiowa Trail home studio in Minnesota, Piano & A Microphone spans a mere 35 minutes but immerses the listener with every creative bend. In addition to early versions of his own "17 Days," "Purple Rain" and "Strange Relationship," the intimate recording finds the artist performing a soulful version of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" and a raw version of the traditional 19th century spiritual "Mary Don't You Weep." The home studio cassette recording has been lovingly enhanced, and the simple teaming of Prince's vocals and accompanying piano is mesmerizing from start to finish. Information:  

Robert Kinsler

Friday, December 07, 2018

Peter Frampton to receive Les Paul Innovation Award during NAMM Show in January 2019

Great news that acclaimed guitarist Peter Frampton will receive the Les Paul Innovation Award in Anaheim onJan. 26, 2019...

Legendary Guitarist Peter Frampton to Receive
Les Paul Innovation Award at 34th Annual NAMM TEC Awards

GRAMMY® award-winning guitarist, singer, songwriter, and innovator Peter Frampton will receive the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award at the 34th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), being held Saturday, January 26, 2019, in Anaheim, CA. The award is given to those individuals who personify the innovative thinking of Les Paul, the Father of Modern of Music. The Les Paul Foundation partners with NAMM each year to honor the individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording technology, which also celebrates the legacy of the late, great Les Paul.

Frampton notes, “It is a distinct honor to receive the Les Paul Innovation Award. I would say that many of my career highlights occurred while holding an instrument in my hands that bears Les Paul’s name. I was lucky enough to know him personally, and I owe him so much. He was a wonderful character as well as a genius! An incredible guitar player as well as the inventor of so much music technology. Les changed the way we record forever. I can only hope that I’ve been able to make a fraction of the positive impact that Les Paul made in his iconic career.”

Frampton is one of music’s renaissance men, having begun a career in his early teens, and still making his mark today in the areas of recording and touring. A multi-platinum-selling artist, he recently celebrated the 42nd anniversary of his fifth solo album, Frampton Comes Alive!, an album that remains one of the top-selling live records of all time with over 17 million copies sold worldwide. In 2007 he won the GRAMMY award for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” for Fingerprints and in 2014 was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame.

“Peter Frampton remains one of the most skillful and celebrated artists in rock history. He also was a friend of Les Paul’s and has played a pivotal role in helping the Foundation keep Les’s legacy alive,” shared Michael Braunstein, Executive Director, The Les Paul Foundation. “Like Les, he is an undeniable master of his instrument and in many ways ahead of his time. We are honored to have Peter join the impressive list of Les Paul Innovation Award recipients.” 

Frampton’s storied career began at 16 as the lead singer and guitarist for the British band The Herd. By 18, he co-founded one of the first supergroups – the seminal rock act Humble Pie. His touring years have included work with a whos-who of the top names in music, such as David Bowie, Stevie Nicks, Gregg Allman, Ringo Starr, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller Band, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, and many others. Additionally, he took his eponymous Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus on the road for two years with special guests B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Vince Gill, Larry Carlton, Robert Randolph, Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles), Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Robert Cray, and Roger McGuinn (The Byrds).

His session work includes collaborations with artists who have made their mark on the industry including George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Entwistle, Mike McCready, and Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam), among many others.

Frampton’s talent has also stretched beyond music and into the realm of television and film. He was called upon by Oscar-winning writer/director Cameron Crowe to serve as technical advisor for the film Almost Famous (2000) and even appeared in the film and composed several songs for the soundtrack. Frampton has appeared as himself in The Simpsons and Family Guy.

Les Paul invented the solid body electric guitar, multi-track recording, overdubbing, echo, reverb and numerous other recording techniques. Without Les Paul, the music industry would not be what it is today. He is often called the “Father of Modern Music,” “The Wizard of Waukesha” and even the “Thomas Edison of Music.” Les founded the Foundation prior to his passing and wanted to inspire young people to invent, create, innovate, and get involved in music while exploring their own creative ideas. Today, The Les Paul Foundation works with organizations throughout the country in support of music education, engineering, and medical research. The Les Paul Innovation Award at NAMM and the Les Paul Spirit Award are two of the most prestigious awards celebrated by the Foundation.

With the honor, Frampton joins Jackson Browne, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Don Was, Slash, Todd Rundgren, Pete Townshend, Steve Vai, and others, who have received the Les Paul Innovation Award since it began in 1991.

Announced early this year, Leslie Ann Jones, the Grammy-winning groundbreaking engineer, producer, and Director of Music and Scoring for Skywalker Sound, will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame that same night. Jones joins luminaries Rose Mann Cherney, Skunk Baxter, Hal Blaine, Jack Douglas, Nathan East, Geoff Emerick, and others with her induction, the industry’s highest honor for pioneers of audio technology and the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians.

The NAMM TEC Awards are held during The NAMM Show, the global gathering of music, sound and event technology industries, in Anaheim, California, January 24-27, 2019. They arebestowed annually in honor of the many individuals, companies and technical innovations used in sound recordings, films, broadcast television and video games. Nominees were announcedearlier this year. Purchase tickets on site or in advance here for $65 (General Admission) or $195 (VIP). The show begins with a VIP-only reception at 6PM, followed by the awards ceremony at 7PM, held in the Hilton Anaheim Hotel’s Pacific Ballroom. Stand-up comedian and entertainer Demetri Martin will host the ceremony.

Presented annually by the NAMM Foundation during The NAMM Show, The NAMM TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and other media in 23 Technical and 8 Creative Achievement Categories. The Les Paul Innovation Award is given at the event in tribute to musical artists and others whose work has exemplified the creative application of audio technology. Through its Hall of Fame, The TEC Awards also honors the pioneers of audio technology and the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians. The NAMM Foundation’s TECnology Hall of Fame celebrates innovations and groundbreaking technical achievements of the past. For more information, visit

Les Paul formed his foundation to encourage young people to pursue their curiosity and innovation about music, sound and engineering. Recent grants from the Les Paul Foundation include funding to multiple music education programs and to museums that tell the Les Paul story. The foundation’s comprehensive website at connects viewers to numerous resources. The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to honor and share the life, spirit and legacy of Les Paul by supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. The foundation is based in New York.