Monday, February 18, 2008

The Ventures Ride The Wave In Japan

SEATTLE (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Legendary surf-rock heroes The Ventures aren’t “wiping out” on their yearly jaunt to Japan.

On March 10, The Ventures – the best-selling instrumental group behind hits like “Wipeout” and “Hawaii 5-0” – will become rock royalty when they’re inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.

But the group’s guitar guru Don Wilson wants people to know that although their heyday was in the 60s, they’re still surfing a wild wave of popularity in Japan.

The Ventures have ventured to Japan every year since 1962, and Wilson says, “Nobody in the States knows how big we are there. It’s like, ‘What happens in Japan, stays in Japan.’ We’ve sold 50 million records there! And in the 60s, it was Ventures-mania. We were outselling the Beatles two to one!’”

Wilson and the band will be inducted alongside John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, and the Dave Clark Five, as well as Madonna, who Wilson is proud to share the podium with.

Wilson says, “I like Madonna’s stuff, believe it or not!”

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