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June 27, 2013

Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductees introduced at Hard Rock features Falls' Ed Supple

Niagara Gazette — For Niagara Falls native Ed Supple, there was no greater honor than what happened to him Thursday.

In the Hard Rock Cafe downtown, Supple, who grew up in LaSalle, was announced as a member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame's 31st class. A guitarist by trade, Supple has spent years playing with some of the area's greats.

Joining them in the hall is a moment he'll never forget.

"It's great," he said. "I'm pretty happy to be put in with all these people who inspired me. To be thrust in among them is quite an honor."

Artists like Tommy Tedesco, another Niagara Falls native who Supple said he's shared meals with, and Buffalo's Goo Goo Dolls are just a few of the names the Buffalo hall has recognized over its history. These artists inspired the current class and pushed them as children themselves to venture into the music industry.

Supple never had the benefit of what's available today. No Youtube or Myspace existed, there was no Facebook. He learned how to play from watching people onstage, he said, and meeting and talking to other performers around him.

Aside from Supple, the list of inductees looks like this: Performers include blues guitarist Jony James, R&B group Joe Public, drummer Howard Fleetwood Wilson, drummer Bobby Previte, singer Linda Lou Schriver, former 10,000 Maniacs lead singer Natalie Merchant and President's Award recipients Cannibal Corpse, a metal band making waves in current music. Non performers inducted include producer Dave Fridman, radio host Jim Santella, concert promoter Fred Casserta, vocal teacher Andy Anselmo and concert apparel company New Buffalo Shirt Factory.

Induction into the hall will be held in October at a place and time to be determined. Thursday's event was about celebrating the names and showing off Hard Rock's new memorabilia room dedicated to the hall's musicians.

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