Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Rush finally nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!?
11:59PM EST | comments (35) |

UPDATE - 10/4@6:40AM: Yes! It's official! Rush has been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Rush Rock HallPortland, Oregon classic rock radio station 92.3 KGON posted the following to their Facebook page earlier this evening:

Nominees for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2013 have been announced. Rush, Deep Purple, Heart, Procol Harum, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Randy Newman are among the names being submitted to voters for next year's induction honors.

Also on the list are Donna Summer, Chic, Joan Jett, Albert King, Kraftwerk, The Meters, N.W.A. and Public Enemy.

Other than Heart, Joan Jett and Chic, this is the first time any of the other artists has been nominated.

In order to be eligible for induction, an artist had to release their first record at least 25 years prior. The ballots will now be sent out to members of the music industry with the results announced in early December.

The 28th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on April 18th, 2013.
What do you think?

Although the post claims that the nominees have already been announced, there has not yet been any official announcement by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame itself yet. In fact, all this past week the Rock Hall website has been hyping the fact that they'd soon be making the announcement via their Facebook page. So it looks like KGON probably jumped the gun a bit with this (somebody somewhere probably screwed up). That said, it doesn't necessarily mean the post isn't accurate and I'd venture to say that it probably is for real. The Future Rock Legends site predicted most of these nominees, and all the rumors I've been hearing up to this point are in line with the posted list. Here's what Future Rock Legends had to say about Rush's chances this year:

What else is there to say? It has to happen one of these years, right? Nominating Committee member Cliff Burnstein is Rush's former manager and he successfully steered a band he currently manages, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, into the Rock Hall last year.

I tend to agree with them. The recent addition of Burnstein to the Nominating Committee really boosted their chances. As an A&R man at Mercury Records in the '70s Burnstein was instrumental in getting Rush's fledgling career off the ground. I'm about 99% confident that this is the real list, and that Rush has FINALLY been selected as a nominee for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I'm guessing we'll get the official announcement from the Rock Hall via their Facebook page tomorrow. Fingers crossed but I'm feeling pretty good about this.



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#35 - Posted 10/4/12 @4:25PM by random_sample [contact]

#19 / #33-
You both pretty much said it perfectly. I feel the same way.
#34 - Posted 10/4/12 @9:08AM by troma [contact]

I hope Deep Purple makes it too, they deserve it largely :-)
#33 - Posted 10/4/12 @8:00AM by LanceTheShred [contact]

#27 du Bois-Agreed that Rush has too much class to turn this down. Their fan base has increased due to performing MP in it's entirety and this can only enhance the future marketability of the band.

However...............This is WAY too late in the game making it a complete JOKE and I still wouldn't count on the boys being inducted. Regardless of Burnstein's influence, Wenner is still in the picture and this long standing fued will come into play. Sure, induct Rush to appease the masses and then wedge them in between two big time, superstar bands like Run DMC and Parliament in a low lighting area ***Insert Cough here***

Here something that would make the stars aglow like scattered sparks. Let's nominate a band over Rush that pissed on Big Al's guitar back in the day to really stoke the fire. Wouldn't that be lovely? I'm betting the 27 fans that post on the Jett blog would be happier than two MFers.

I am SO dead against Rush being a part of this Carnie institution. I have said this atleast 100 times on this site and many others. THE RRHOF DOES NOT DESERVE OUR BAND!!!! Period.
#32 - Posted 10/4/12 @7:14AM by Kelly D [contact]

Agreed, Petie, on all accounts!
#31 - Posted 10/4/12 @7:05AM by Ghost Rider [contact]

Wonder what happened to finally get into their heads. Rush, Heart, Deep Purple all on the same ballot! Yeehaw!!! Maybe the Rock Hall will finally start getting its cred back once and for all?!? Oh, and early projections have Rush blowing the doors off the voting to get into the RRHOF!

What a frickin' surprise.

Oh, and the end of the world is near! :-)
#30 - Posted 10/4/12 @7:00AM by Steve [contact]

It's time to start stuffing that fan ballot.
#29 - Posted 10/4/12 @6:56AM by ru2112sh

Sweet miracle. Congratulations guys.
#28 - Posted 10/4/12 @6:45AM by Liverpool 78

#27 - a sensible comment; I agree.

#27 - Posted 10/4/12 @6:13AM by J du Bois [contact]

Some of these comments... Sheesh. Now I know why I don't come here too often.

There are those who have bitched and moaned about the Rock Hall overlooking Rush and now some are calling for the band to reject it? Ridiculous. The band isn't going to reject the nomination or the induction. Anyone thinking otherwise, or that the band won't get in, is flat-out wrong and, well, rather silly.

Say what you will about industry honors -- it's still an honor and one that the band will accept, with typical Canadian graciousness, because regardless of what you may think of the music biz it's still a business, and this is good for the band's biz.

Plus, the Rock Hall is letting fans vote! If that isn't an olive branch to the fans, especially us, then I don't know what it is. So get out there and vote.

The one disappointment is that the ceremony will take place in Los Angeles. That's a huge bummer considering the band's history in Cleveland.
#26 - Posted 10/4/12 @6:08AM by Watchmaker9 [contact]

Rush is already in my Hall of Fame. That is way more important.

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