Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Welcomes Jerry Cantrell & 2016 Inductee Glenn Hughes for SoundExchange Influencers Series Interview

SoundExchange Influencers Series

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Welcomes Jerry Cantrell &
2016 Inductee Glenn Hughes for
SoundExchange Influencers Series Interview

CLEVELAND – The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will host a SoundExchange Influencers Series interview with Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell and 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple on Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m.

The Influencers Series brings music legends together to discuss their influence over today’s music and important issues facing the industry.

Tickets are $10 and available now through the Rock Hall website at or at the Rock Hall Box Office. Seating is limited.


2016 Hall of Fame Deep Purple Inductee- Glenn Hughes. Photo credit: Gene Kirkland.

Glenn Hughes joined hard-rock legends Deep Purple in 1973 following the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover. The following year saw the release of Burn (featuring David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes on vocals), which has since been re-released on its 30th anniversary. This stunning album rejuvenated the band and stands tall among Deep Purple classics.

In the halcyon days, Purple headlined at the famous California Jam in 1974 in front of quarter of a million people. After world tours via Purple’s own jet plane, “The Starship” and two more studio albums, (the Hughes influenced Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band), Deep Purple finally split in 1976. In 2016, Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Rod Evans, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord, Ian Paice) was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. Glenn Hughes is currently at work on a new solo album, has a US headline tour booked later this summer, and recently announced the return of Black Country Communion (featuring Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian).


Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains. Photo credit: Johnny Buzzerio.

Jerry Cantrell is most recognized as the lead guitarist, songwriter and vocalist for mega-platinum-selling rock band Alice in Chains. Alice In Chains’ most recent release was the Grammy nominated album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which entered Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 2 and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Albums Chart. Rolling Stone gave the record three stars, as did USA Today, who praised it as an album of “undeniable power.” Spin called it “an assured, diverse, heated record with galvanized hooks,” Pitchfork said it’s “as insistent as [landmark album] Dirt,” and the Seattle Times wrote, “Jerry Cantrell, William DuVall, Mike Inez and Sean Kinney continue to defy expectations” and that “Alice In Chains is better than ever.”

Over the course of their remarkable career, Alice in Chains has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and amassed a diehard international fanbase whose members number in the millions. They remain one of the most successful and influential American rock bands of all time.

About the SoundExchange Influencers Series:

The SoundExchange Influencers Series provides a forum for music legends to discuss their impact on today’s music and to address issues currently facing our music legends, namely, fair pay and recognition for all sound recordings across all mediums and all eras of music.

About SoundExchange:

SoundExchange is the nonprofit organization at the center of digital music, developing solutions to benefit the entire music industry. The organization collects and distributes digital royalties on behalf of more than 130,000 recording artists and master rights owners accounts. To date, SoundExchange has paid out approximately $3.5 billion in royalties.

About the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through exhibits, materials in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The Rock Hall is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day), the Rock Hall is open until 9 p.m. For more information, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625), visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@rock_hall) and Instagram (@rockhall).


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In 2004, Jim graduated from North Central State College with a degree in Business Information Technology. Jim developed "Rock Lines" news report online in 2010.After a trial-run of The Rust Belt Chronicles in April of 2013, Jim decided to make his dream a reality in 2014 by re-launching The Rust Belt Chronicles.

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