Austin may be the Live Music Capital of the World, but the city has never had anyone inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, some would say this is a sign of how out of touch the HOF is; alternatively, it just may be a sign of how lame Austin is.
In any case, this weekend sees the first induction of an Austin resident, Ian “Mac” McLagan, an amazing piano and organ player who played in two historic sixties and seventies rock groups: the Small Faces (diminutive Ur-mods) and the Faces (boozy R&B rock gods). McLagan moved to Austin in 1994 and has played with all kinds of folks there, either backing them up or leading his own Bump Band, which has played a steady Thursday night gig at the Lucky Lounge on west Sixth Street for years.
This morning at 11 a.m. at the Austin airport, KUT-FM DJ Jody Denberg will give McLagan a proclamation from Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell declaring today “Ian McLagan Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Day” in Austin. Then the rocker gets on a plane for Cleveland. He and his band mates—a list which includes blokes like Ron Wood, Rod Stewart, and Kenney Jones–will be inducted at the 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday, April 14.