Tattle: Who will find rock hall a hard place?

Heart (Nancy Wilson, left, and Ann Wilson) should make it into the hall this year.
Heart (Nancy Wilson, left, and Ann Wilson) should make it into the hall this year. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Posted: October 05, 2012

IT'S THAT TIME of year again: When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its new nominees and Tattle goes "Huh?"

First-time nominees this go-around are Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy and N.W.A. They join returnees Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Randy Newman, Donna Summer, Chic, the Meters, Albert King, the Marvelettes, Procol Harum, thePaul Butterfield Blues Band and Kraftwerk among the 15 artists vying for entry.

Joel Peresman, president and chief exec of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, acknowledged the extreme variety of this year's nominee class in a Thursday news release.

"The definition of 'rock and roll' means different things to different people, but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music," Peresman said. "This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is 'rock and roll.' "

A group of 600 artists, music historians and members of the industry will choose 2013's inductees. They'ill be honored April 18 in Los Angeles.

Tattle's picks: Heart seems like a no-brainer, Public Enemy, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Deep Purple, Rush and Randy Newman.

* Oh, the stuff that people fight over . . .

Campbell "Doc" Mercer is throwing an annual festival celebrating the life and music of Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass Music," but he can't use Monroe's name to promote it.

His Jerusalem Ridge Foundation is locked in a legal fight with Ohio County, Ky., and its industrial foundation about whether Mercer was ever given the legal right to use Monroe's name for commercial purposes.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments in the case Nov. 19.

Mercer contends that the county granted him the rights to use Monroe's name in 2001. The county says there was never any intent to allow Mercer to use Monroe's name and likeness.

Tattle thievery

Approximately $127,000 worth of jewelry has been stolen from actress Julianne Moore's New York City brownstone.

Police say that a complaint was filed with the NYPD on Oct. 1. They said Thursday that a necklace, bracelets and watches, some by Cartier, were reported missing.

The robbery reportedly occurred at the home in Manhattan's West Village sometime between June 6 and Aug. 28.

Well, that narrows it down.

Police say that the brownstone was under renovation and that about 15 to 25 construction workers had access to the house during that time.

Note to readers: That's why the bank has safe-deposit boxes.

* Mystery writer Sue Grafton, whose best-sellers are titled with a letter of the alphabet, told a TV station in Louisville that her home there is one of several nearby that have been burglarized.

She said that she went to put away some pieces of silver recently and noticed that her set of forks, knives and miscellaneous serving pieces was missing.

Police say that there's been a string of burglaries in the area in the past several weeks. They say that the burglars are cutting glass to get into houses through the windows.

Grafton's second Kinsey Millhone novel was aptly titled B is for Burglar.


* WWE's Edge, and EWC star

Tommy Dreamer will be at Dave & Buster's (325 North Columbus Blvd.) on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. The pair will be signing autographs and posing for photos (for a fee). For a bigger fee, they'll smash a chair over your head.

For more info, go to rfvideo.com/appearances.aspx.

* Two ABBA stories in one


On Thursday we learned that the Swedish pop band was going to be featured in a Stockholm museum in the spring.

On Friday we learn that Agnetha Faltskog, the blonde in the quartet, is preparing for a comeback. She has returned to the recording studio after more than eight years of musical silence.

Agnetha, 62, is working alongside Swedish songwriter Jorgen Elofsson, who has previously penned and produced tunes for Britney Spears, Celine Dion and boy band Westlife. Elofsson could not say when the album would be released.

Agnetha's last album, "My Colouring Book," contained cover songs and was released in 2004.

* Dorothy's ruby slippers from

"The Wizard of Oz" are leaving

Washington on their first international journey, to London's

Victoria and Albert Museum.

Judy Garland wore the shoes

in the 1939 film in which she played a Kansas farm girl on a magical journey. The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History announced the rare loan of its popular slippers Thursday.

They will be shown with Dorothy's blue-and-white gingham dress in "Hollywood Costume," an exhibit opening Oct. 20 in London and returning Nov. 21. Curators say that it's the first time that Dorothy's dress and shoes have been together since the movie was filmed. The dress is part of a private collection.

The Smithsonian plans to hold a departure ceremony Tuesday at which everyone will be asked to click her heels three times.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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