Source : The Sunday Herald
Plans to establish Scotland’s very own music hall of fame in Glasgow have been welcomed by rock and pop figures.
DJ and former STV presenter Ewan MacLeod is behind the proposal for a £6 million Scottish Rock’n’Roll Museum and Hall of Fame which has taken more than two years to bring together.
The ambitious plans would showcase the best homegrown talent and nurture future rock stars.
A preferred location has been identified as Scotway House, the former planning office of Clyde Port Authority.
There will be two elements to the proposed attraction: a celebration of individual talent where images of artists will pop up using state-of-the-art 4D laser technology; and an extensive music education programme where visitors will have the chance to perform and record.
Annie Lennox is one of those behind the project. She said: “Music is and always has been at the fundamental core of my existence and I am deeply grateful for having had the opportunity to develop any potential I might have had.
“That is one of the reasons I would fully endorse this kind of project. It makes sense culturally, socially and economically. To me, it’s a no-brainer.”
KT Tunstall also welcomed the proposal. “I think it’s a great idea. And I hope that outside there will be a big statue of Ivor Cutler in his silly hat.”
Tunstall, who next plays to Scottish audiences at T in the Park, says many of her musical icons were Scots. “A friend from Glasgow introduced me to the Cocteau Twins over the summer when I was 15 and I fell in love. I’d never heard a more beautiful voice than Liz Fraser’s on This Mortal Coil’s Song to the Siren. The album Heaven and Las Vegas was a huge inspiration for my latest album, Tiger Suit.”
“What we are trying to create here is the ultimate rock’n’roll fantasy,” said MacLeod. “When you used to stand in front of your full-length mirror in your bedroom with your tennis racket pretending to be your idol, we want to recreate that. When we started the technology didn’t exist; now it does.”