Well, of course they do, yet, Donald Douglas poses the question which surprises me. I would think Donald, a fan of great classic rock would be all in, and I am sure he is. He links an LA Times piece on the issue. To me, Rush is a first ballot hall of Fame act, no doubt. Then I figured I would take a peek at this year’s nominees, to see which bands I would vote yes on
Randy Newman, Public Enemy, N.W.A, Donna Summer and – to the delight of progressive rock fans around the world – Rush are among the names on the final nominees list for 2013 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which for the first time will be announced at a ceremony to be held next year in Los Angeles.
Joining them are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic,Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, the Meters and Procol Harum.
Of those acts, these are the ones that deserve a place in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame
Rush, Heart, Deep Purple, and Albert King. The rest of the field? Are you kidding? Joan Jett? Why would anyone nominate her? She had one monstrous hit, that is it. Kraftwerk? The Marvelettes? The Meters? Who?
Chic, Donna Summer? Sorry the Disco Hall of Fame is located somewhere else.
NWA and Public Enemy? Again, they are NOT ROCK bands, sorry, put them in the Rap Hall of Fame, that ain’t Rock n Roll!
Procol Harum? Well at least they were a rock band, but, sorry, there just is not the body of work to get them in.
Randy Newman? Close call, but, to me just not enough there.
Paul Butterfield Blues Band? They were pretty influential, again a close call.
Finally, if you have to question Heart, Deep Purple, or Rush getting in you are clueless, sorry to be blunt, but you are.
As for King, he is a legendary guitarist. If you want to know how influential, consider how many greats he influenced. Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Gary Moore, Joe Walsh, Derek Trucks, Mike Bloomfield, and Albert Collins. THAT is Hall of Fame!