Thursday, October 4, 2012

It's official! Rush FINALLY nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!
7:22AM EST | comments (193) |

UPDATE - 10/8@12:54PM: Here's a video news story on Rush's nomination from the CBC's The National (thanks bucklemyshoe). It features Paul from The Canadian Music Scene along with some photos from last year's April 15th protest at the Rock Hall (I'm in there!).

UPDATE - 10/8@9:59AM: Here are a few good analyses of the 2013 class of nominees; one from Rock Hall Monitors, this one from NPR, and another from Gonna Need a Bigger Boat.

UPDATE - 10/5@11:52AM: Here's's Geekdad column discussing Rush's Rock Hall nomination (thanks drmike).

UPDATE - 10/4@7:47PM: These 2 LA Times music critics decided to post an 11-minute video of themselves talking about how Rush doesn't deserve to be in the Rock Hall (thanks Sean). Please watch the video and tell them what you think. Oh and there's this idiot too (thanks Brad Hirsh of Used Bin).

UPDATE - 10/4@2:44PM:'s coverage of the nomination announcement includes a poll where they ask which Grammy-winning or Grammy-nominated artist will end up being inducted. So go vote for Rush!

UPDATE - 10/4@1:51PM: New poll to celebrate the occasion. Now that they've finally been nominated, what do you think are Rush's chances of actually being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013? Take the poll and let us know.

UPDATE - 10/4@12:13PM: Here's a great write-up on Rush's nomination in the LA Times: Rush vindicated: A Rock Hall of Fame berth for Canadian rock band.

UPDATE - 10/4@10:50AM: The Future Rock Legends site has a nice write-up on their early impressions of the list of nominees here.

Rush and the Rock HallIt's a cold day in Hell and pigs are flying! Rush has FINALLY been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Last night the rumors began to fly when 92.3 KGON posted what looked like an official announcement to their Facebook page. Then early this morning the official word went out via the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website, Facebook and the news wire. Also nominated are Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and a dozen others including Rush. The complete list is at this location. The 15 nominees will now be whittled down to a list of 5 or 6 inductees by a group of 600 or so past inductees, music historians, and other music industry insiders. And for the first time ever, the Rock Hall is offering the public a chance to participate in the process by creating an online fan poll that will count as one of the votes - so go vote for Rush!. The results will be announced sometime in December and the induction ceremony will take place on April 18th at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. I've always thought that if Rush ever could just get past the Nominating Committee, they would be a shoo-in for induction. This also seems to be the emerging consensus from the music industry press since the announcement was made. Almost every story covering the subject so far contains Rush in the headline and leads off with some mention of the band. Here's Rush's official reaction to the announcement via the band's Facebook page:

"We are honored to be among the nominees for this year's Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame. We are especially thrilled for the many, many dedicated RUSH fans to whom this nomination is so very important." - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart

Here's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's video announcement of the inductees. Rush's piece comes in at about the 5:30 mark:



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#193 - Posted 12/1/12 @6:03AM by Ian Harris

I just decided I could be arsed to vote. Voted Rush and Public Enemy. I like the counterintuitive pairing of them on the list, and remember Neil citing Public Enemy as an inspiration for the rap in Roll The Bones.
#192 - Posted 10/6/12 @8:42PM by moving my pictures [contact]

Well, holding bitterness in my heart towards the powers that be will do me no good.A lesson in futility ,So I got behind Rush and voted for them to support them like I always do in every way I can .They keep supporting me with their music and touring.That is something very needed and dear in my life. Lets see Rush get voted in even though we may be chaffed about the many aspects of how they have been treated By the RRHOF thus so far. Many people realize this has been unfair treatment of a great band and is long overdue .We can only grow the way the wind blows or be broken down blow by blow.It will only bring them wider notoriety of all their lifelong achievements and fabulous musical talents.Let the world know Rush is alive ,well making modern music and touring ever so strongly like always.We teach our kids to be the better person when someone acts poorly.If I do not do the same that makes me a hypocrite.
#191 - Posted 10/6/12 @5:32PM by kjbird [contact]

#189 and #190 bring up some interesting points, that could lend itself to another poll. How many fans discovered Rush through word of mouth and not through radio? Through a friend passing along a cassette tape, a buddy asking a friend to come to a show with them. I'm a true believer in the power of word of mouth outside of any programmed institution, marketing campaigns, etc. THAT would be a poll that i would be interested in charting. Those results, i feel, would show why there are so many young fans coming to shows and the avenue with which this incredible band with their amazing music will carry on to the next generation of true rockers. Screw the radio - honestly, i can't think of the last time i listened to it.
#190 - Posted 10/6/12 @4:14PM by The_king_will_Neil [contact]

When the 'RRHOF' award "power that be" no longer "be", then the process could be redefined so that the people actually in the HOF control the process for nomination as well as selections.

Either that or rename the current award the "Rolling Stone Annual List Of Our Management's Favorites" (RSALOOMF) and let the actual hall of fame control the "hall of fame" award.

(The problem with radio is not that Rush is dead, it is that rock died around 1980 {choose your date}; what I hear on the rare occasions I listen to "rock" radio now is pretty much the same as I heard when I was in high school, and even then it was called "classic rock".)
#189 - Posted 10/6/12 @3:07PM by moving my pictures [contact]

Iam agitated and perplexed by the RRHOF thing .At the end of the day I believe post #186 sums it up pretty well and in an honorable yet well deserved poke that would go over most peoples heads.If only the powers that be had not created this situation to begin with .So much poison in power, the principles get left out ,sometimes we have to listen to alot of useless talk(including my posts).Alot of this and other issues that become battles are brought on by poison of the power of repetitive radio and record companies not getting more variety of artists work recognized and enjoyed by the masses.Instead the 400,000$salaried powers of institutions are too busy oiling gears in the manipulation of greed.Mainstream Radio is a woodtick on the leg of society.They sell fantasy and overplayed repetition to a public that cant see thru the smokescreen of repetition and add driven revenue.To add to that tragedy they get comped front row tickets to Rush concerts that the true fans are losing sleep over wanting to get their hands on .Rush is a unique victim in this harsh reality due to their longevity and loyalty to being very hard working driven individuals and not listening to what the Big wigs desired from them as a band.That along with their long career.Their new stuff wich is Grade AAA excellent quality work suffering nothing but main stream exposure that the masses will never get exposed to.So many cuts have not and will not ever get the light of day exposure that would have made them household,workplace,car ride and world wide airwave hits as big as Tom Sawyer or The spirit of Radio.It has become always and evermore money over matter and there is nothing much we can do.Its like trying to find Grandmas home baked bread in the local grocery store bakery section .Walking out wondering why they could not just use her recipe.Wondering why McDonalds does not offer simple ,healthy home made soup. Because it costs ten cents more per loaf or bowl and thats asking too much for quality so it goes out the window and becomes an undetected rarely acknowleged aspect of our every day lives even on the radio waves .Everyday people become victims in every aspect .We even see it on RIAB with people complaining of not enough hits being played at concerts.If the stations played some of this new stuff that deserves to be played instead of ignoring it for other drekk (money over what should matter)then nwere material would be just as recognizable as Spirit of Radio or Tom Sawyer.I have not even heard any of the songs from the last two releases on any radio station old rock or new rock .It is like Rush does not exist anymore.Dumbed down music has hallowed the radio halls .Crap food and products have taken over because it is all people have ever known. So the powers that be at the RRHOF have that same effect on our society along with the radio stations standard operating procedures of not feeding the people good music but feeding the salary machine.The DJ's hands are tied .They do not make the playlist decisions on a larger scale.It is very perplexing and agitating .Post #186 sums it up simply and how I wish it plays out.The RRHOF have no need for ancient ways it does not fit the salary plan.They will just save face in the storm of our voice and then drive us onto the rocks stealing all they can from a clueless portion of society that needs to be told and sold what is good by someone else.Society cant think,listen,and judge whats good for themselves.Sold fools gold for Big Money.Ticket by Ticket they are sold what they have been told.At least Rush, some fans,and some others will have something in some form of value from this and some form of justice on the history of Rock will be scraped up from having been rolled over thus so far.It could have been different had those RRHOF people not have been infected by what RUSH refers to in the music industry as "the sickness".This is clearly evident what so many music industry and people leeching from it suffer from and then make others do the same by spreading it around.It is what it is and we continue our unwaivering support of our favorite band RUSH in concert and our CD players.
#188 - Posted 10/6/12 @2:45AM by What-A-Rush

Actually, I should also say I'm glad to see Deep Purple FINALLY get a nomination as well. I should clarify...Deep Purple MACH II! With all due respect to Mach I and III, the Mach II lineup was, and still is, the DEFINITIVE Deep Purple, and the GREATEST version, hands down! I'm sure both Rush and Deep Purple are honored to be nominated together in the same year! Congratulations to both! Also, Jon Lord R.I.P. Thanks RIAB!
#187 - Posted 10/6/12 @2:27AM by What-A-Rush

Well, well, well...the INEVITABLE finally happened. Regardless of how we as fans feel about this, I'm sure the guys feel some sort of vindication privately, and rightfully so. Again, consider the bigger picture. Not only are they loved by their fans worldwide, they are also getting the long-overdue recognition they deserve by their peers and, brace yourselves RIAB readers...THEIR CRITICS AS WELL!, whether anybody wants to admit it or not! I,for one, am very happy for their nomination, and will be ECSTATIC if they get inducted! I will say it again...ANY band or artist who says they don't care about critics, awards, or recognition from their peers and/or colleagues, THEY ARE LYING! For the record, if Rush gets inducted, Geddy, Alex, AND Neil will show up to collect their WELL DESERVED AWARD! Count on it! Congratulations on your nomination guys! Great news! Thanks RIAB!
#186 - Posted 10/5/12 @10:49PM by The_king_will_Neil [contact]

I think the guys should attend the ceremony (since they'll win). I'll even volunteer to write their acceptance speech:

(In its entirety)

Alex: "To our fans, this" (holding up the award, or whatever they get), "is for you."

Geddy: "To the voters, we thank you."

Neil: "To the nominating committee, we Wish You Well."

No more is needed, it sounds respectful, everyone's happy.

"Even though you're going through hell
Just keep on going
Let the demons dwell"
#185 - Posted 10/5/12 @9:21PM by jaeger [contact]

"You couldn't dance to it"? Hahahahaha...
#184 - Posted 10/5/12 @5:05PM by Emotion Defector [contact]

We can only hope that, at the induction ceremony, the band presents the museum with Alex's camel-toe pants, Ged's happy-coat, and Neil's mustache, all suitably framed and mounted behind glass.

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