CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a story published on March 15, 2021.
On Saturday evening, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced that it would join the citywide celebration of Michael Stanley on March 25, what would have been the musician's 73 birthday.
According to a press release from the iconic museum, fans are invited to celebrate the life and music of Stanley, who passed away on March 5, on Thursday at 10:15 a.m. on the Rock Hall plaza. Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris is slated to present Stanley's family with a proclamation by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.
“The energy of his music and its ability to bring people together helped to make Cleveland the Rock & Roll Capital of the World, and it galvanized the community to rally together and make our city the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” said Greg Harris, President and CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. “His contributions to rock & roll and our region will not be forgotten, and we are honored to preserve his legacy and tell his story forever at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”
Radio stations across Northeast Ohio have also come together to honor the life and legacy of the rock musician. On Thursday, stations- including Stanley's own WNCX- will play "My Town" at 10:35 a.m.
In addition, two new songs off of Stanley's upcoming album will be released for fans to listen to at 10:35 a.m. on Thursday. Those will debut on linelevelmusic.com.
The Rock Hall will also play Stanley's music throughout the day, both in the building, and also along E. 9 Street. Fans can also see artifacts and footage from Stanley's career inside of the 'In Memoriam' exhibit and the Voinovich Atrium.
Editor's note: the video in the player below is from a story published on March 6, 2021.