December 17, 2009 in Features

ABBA’s on, but KISS off

From Wire Reports
 

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ABBA is dancing its way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, The Hollies and The Stooges.

But tongue-wagging, makeup-loving KISS didn’t make the cut for the 25th annual induction ceremony, which will be March 15 in New York City.

Swedish pop superstars ABBA, subject of the stage musical turned movie “Mamma Mia,”continue to sell millions of records each year despite having broken up in 1982.

They’ll be joined by Genesis (which launched both Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins’ careers), reggae singer Cliff, ’60s British popsters the Hollies and pioneering punks The Stooges.

Besides KISS, performers that made this year’s final nomination ballot are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donna Summer, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro and the Chantels.

Nick’s other brothers

Nick Jonas’ new group, Nick Jonas & The Administration, will be the house band for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on Jan. 15.

The 17-year-old singer-musician calls his band a side project. They will record an album, but he’ll continue to make music with siblings Kevin and Joe as the Jonas Brothers.

Sad but true

Former teen idol Rick Springfield is working on an “extremely candid” memoir, “Late, Late at Night,” which will detail his battle with depression.

Springfield, 60, is known for the hit “Jessie’s Girl” and for his TV role on “General Hospital.”

The birthday bunch

“Penthouse” publisher Bob Guccione is 79. Actor George Lindsey (“The Andy Griffith Show”) is 74. Actor Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”) is 64. Actor-comedian Eugene Levy is 63. Actor Barry Livingston (“My Three Sons”) is 56. Actor Bill Pullman is 56. Bassist Mike Mills (R.E.M.) is 51. Country singer Tracy Byrd is 43. Actor Sean Patrick Thomas is 39. Actor Giovanni Ribisi is 35. Actress Milla Jovovich is 34. Actor-singer Nat Wolff (“The Naked Brothers Band”) is 15.


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