Unparalleled by no other, Alternative Press Magazine has been a staple in every rock n’ roll household for years. 30 years to be exact. Mike Shea began Alternative Press in the mid 80’s in order to cover the music he and his friends wanted to see. This was before the term “Alternative” music was even thought of. Now, not only is AP celebrating their thirtieth year with their second annual Alternative Press Music Awards but they are also celebrating it with the opening of their own exhibit in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. WXCU DJs Maura and Ryan attended the opening held on July 21, 2015.
The event began with a short speech by the founder and CEO Mike Shea himself. After which we were ushered into the new exhibit. While it was just one room, the exhibit packed a punch. You are welcomed by the most popular AP covers from over the years and then shown where it all began. The first desk that AP was ever created on still has the X-Acto knife scratches in the table from when they would cut and paste the magazine together by hand. As well as Mike’s report card (A+ in writing), school IDs, and day planner from the first few years of AP.
Further inside the exhibit shows off letters from bands, old copies of AP, and memorabilia from past AP events such as Brendon Urie’s gold jacket from the inaugural APMAs in 2014.
Later Vinyl Theater and New Politics (from AP’s Top 100 Bands to watch list) took the stage and wowed everyone in attendance. Both bands had incredible energy and kept the crowd pumped the entire show. New Politics put on an unforgettable performance. David Boyd, singer and front man for the band kicked off the first song with a break dance. Boyd then took to the audience and stood on top of them for a verse and crowd surfed his way back to the stage. Only a song later he completed a flip of the drum set with amazing form.
WXCU also got the chance to talk to Mike Shea during the event. Take a listen below and don’t forget to watch the APMAs on AXS TV or follow us on Twitter for live updates the entire night!
For more on Alternative Press and Mike Shea, listen to our phone interview with him in January here!