"Jann Wenner is single-handedly keeping us out of the Hall of Fame," the mop-topped bass player for the '60s group told Page Six. He said Wenner, who co-founded and is a vice-chairman of the Cleveland-based museum, "doesn't care what the rules are and just operates how he sees fit. It is an abuse of power. I don't know whether The Monkees belong in the Hall of Fame, but it's pretty clear that we're not in there because of a personal whim."
Tork points out a recent incident in which Wenner was accused of intervening with the Hall of Fame's voting committee to induct Grandmaster Flash instead of the Dave Clark Five, even though the British Invasion band had more votes.
"He single-handedly replaced a director and overrode a vote," charged Tork, who now plays with a group called Shoe Suede Blues, which has a new CD, "Cambria Hotel," out and will perform July 3 at The Cutting Room.
Tork believes Wenner doesn't like the fact that The Monkees, who were originally cast as actors for a TV sitcom, didn't play their own instruments on their first two records. "Jann seems to have taken it harder than everyone else, and now, 40 years later, everybody says, 'What's the big deal? Everybody else does it.' Nobody cares now except him. He feels his moral judgment in 1967 and 1968 is supposed to serve in 2007."
Sunday, June 10, 2007
MONKEES SEEK ETERNAL FAME
Hey hey, they're The Monkees, and they want into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. No, really. And band member Peter Tork blames Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner for simian-blocking the band from its due. According to the New York Post:
The Monkees haven't been nominated for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This seems about right.