One of the most iconic and best-selling instrumental musicians of all time, Kenny G is set to host the 2016 Musicians Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert. The show will take place Wed., Oct. 26 at historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium beginning at 7pm. This spectacular evening of recording history and music pays tribute to some of modern music’s most revered musicians, the artists often behind the scenes. Tickets are available here.
The 2016 Musicians Hall of Fame™ Induction Class includes Garth Brooks & The G-Men (Bruce Bouton, Mark Casstevens, Mike Chapman, Rob Hajacos, Chris Leuzinger, Milton Sledge, Bobby Wood), Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles) for the Iconic Riff Award for "Hotel California," Musician Jerry Reed, Musician Ricky Skaggs, Musicians from the Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section (Ronnie Baker, Tommy Bell, Roland Chambers III, Charles Collins, Bobby Eli, Dennis Harris, Norman Harris, Vince Montana, Lenny Pakula, T.J. Tindall, Larry Washington, Jimmie Willams, Earl Young), Producer Award to Allen Reynolds, and Engineer Awards to Lou Bradley, Mark Miller, Ron Reynolds and Joe Tarsia.
Performing will be GRAMMY Award winners Peter Frampton and Trisha Yearwood with 2016 inductee Don Felder. GRAMMY Award winner Steve Wariner will pay tribute to the late Jerry Reed. GRAMMY Award winner Bruce Hornsby will join GRAMMY Award winner and 2016 inductee, Ricky Skaggs. Also performing will be Russell Thompkins, JR. of The Stylistics, taking the stage with the Sigma Sound Studio Inductees.
In what has been described by host James Corden as "honestly my favourite thing we've ever done on "The Late Late Show," Corden and Vice Principals star Danny McBride recreated the unforgettable 1990 Grammy Awards duet between Kenny G and Michael Bolton. Complete with Kenny’s trademark curls and fist bump, Bolton’s mullet and the biggest lapels money can buy, the pair jammed oh so softly on Bolton’s "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You." The rendition even included vintage audience reactions of Willie Nelson, Liza Minnelli, Brooke Shields, Boyz II Men, LL Cool J, Cyndi Lauper, Smokey Robinson and Michael Jackson, as well as the specific language used to announce the musicians back in 1990. The performance has been covered by Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Yahoo, Vulture and more.
"I LOVED the segment, but I would have been happy to dub in the sax parts for Danny," said Kenny. "His tone was horrible, but his hair was magnificent!"