Saturday, September 26, 2009

Jimmy Cliff Nominated for Rock Hall

I won't get into how I stumbled upon this video tonight of Jimmy Cliff performing Cat Steven's 'Wild World' live in Germany in 1998, but I will tell you what I have learned about the man since finding it:

(1) Jimmy Cliff is still alive and well at 61 years of age
(2) He has not played a concert in this country in some time (his website lists no US date as far back as his website lists)
(3) As of this past Wednesday, he was nominated for induction into the 2010 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside KISS, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, the Hollies, and LL Cool J.

Jimmy's official website doesn't have any mention of the Rock Hall nomination and appears to have not been updated since Summer 2008. I hope to someday soon read about some stateside Jimmy Cliff tour dates. I'd have to think he would make an incredible addition to Bonnaroo.

Jimmy Cliff - Wild World - √úbersee, Germany - Saturday, July 11, 1998

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Finally the Weight covers the Great Jimmy Cliff.

He last played in the US in 2005, and maybe some select dates as recently as 2007. Unfortunately, his voice is not as sweet as it once was.

While many rivers to cross is fantastic, the list of great covers continues with how many great artists covered "harder they come" Jerry Garcia and Willie Nelson come to mind.

great post weighters.

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