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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to announce 2013 inductees in a press conference next Tuesday, December 11th
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UPDATE - 12/10@2:37PM: According to ABC News Radio, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) will be unveiling the 2013 Rock Hall inductees at a press event at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles tomorrow 11AM PST (2PM EST). Flea was inducted to the Rock Hall as a member of RHCP last year, and also happens to be a big Rush fan.

Rush and the Rock HallEarly last month the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their annual list of nominees for induction and much to our surprise Rush was one of the 15 artists included on the list. Over the past 2 months a group of 600 or so rock historians, music industry insiders and past inductees voted to see which of these 15 nominees should be included in the 2013 induction class. The Rock Hall also created for the first time ever a fan ballot where fans could vote in an online poll that would count as one vote towards the official tally. Voting closed this past Monday and Rush was the clear winner of the poll with Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Albert King also making the ballot. A few voting committee members have publicly announced their ballot choices including music critic Michael Norman, and he voted for Rush too as detailed in this Cleveland Plain Dealer article. Last week the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum named Greg Harris as its new President and CEO, replacing the retiring Terry Stewart. Harris was on the Lanigan and Malone show on Cleveland's Magic 105.7 earlier today and revealed that the 5 or 6 members of the 2013 class of inductees will be announced in a press conference to be held next Tuesday, December 11th. You can listen in to the interview online at this location; he makes the announcement at around the 12:15 mark. The Future Rock Legends site made their predictions as to who will be inducted and included Rush on their list:

This is the seventh year of the Future Rock Legends induction poll, which mimics the voting on the Rock Hall ballot. Every year, the top vote-getter in our poll has been inducted, but we have never felt less confident that the results of our poll have any correlation to the results of the Voting Committee. But our bet is that the Rock Hall won't give the middle finger to all of the fans by snubbing Rush in the same year they start an official fan poll that Rush absolutely dominated. (Deep Purple is the other overwhelming fan favorite in the polls, but it just doesn't seem possible both Rush and Purple would be inducted in the same year.)

I tend to agree with that assessment, although I'm still holding out hope that Deep Purple also makes the cut. You can read Geddy Lee's reaction to the band's Rock Hall nomination in this post and Alex Lifeson's here.

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[Alex Lifeson talks Rock Hall, friendship and Rush's longevity in new Cleveland Plain Dealer interview]
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[Alex Lifeson on Rush's Rock Hall nomination in new interview]
[Rush Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination news updates]
[It's official! Rush FINALLY nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!]
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#27 - Posted 12/9/12 @11:18PM by Enigmaticus [contact]

Is Rush's possible upcoming induction into the RRHOF the first step towards assuring their eventual immortality? The way that I see it, Rush's induction will finally open the door for the eventual induction of a slew of other progressive rock bands. Who will be next? Yes? The Moody Blues? Jethro Tull? King Crimson? Supertramp? Gentle Giant? Soft Machine? Camel? Caravan? Renaissance?

Will Procol Harum also be inducted? What about the art rock bands: Roxy Music, E.L.O., and Duran Duran?

Prog Archives defines Rush as being "Heavy Prog;" I wholeheartedly disagree with that analysis. I would consider Rush as being "Heavy Prog" from 1968 until 1976. When Rush's second chapter, or as I like to refer to it as their "middle period" unfolds from 1977 through 1981, their music is very much "symphonic progressive." One only needs to look at "Exit... Stage Left" to validate that argument.

From 1982 until 1996, Rush was very much an "art rock" band. Their music may have been somewhat simpler, but this was at a time when their songwriting had focused more upon the overall magnificence of each individual song within the context of each album. Certainly, their albums had portrayed overall themes and each of those songs had reflected those themes, but each song had now stood on it's own merit. From the third and fourth periods, we see far more commercial appeal amongst the general populace.

After the terrible tragedies which had occurred in Neil Peart's life and their following hiatus, Rush
had returned and had released far more eclectic works. In fact, at the present time, I would define Rush as being an eclectic progressive rock band. There are still certainly "arty" moments but there are also a multitude of styles employed.

As such, I would rate Rush's overall output in this manner. Within the context of their overall output, I would say that they have been more consistent than almost any other "progressive rock" band. IMHO, they have no less than 9 (*****) masterpieces amongst their 19 studio albums, no less than 4 masterpieces amongst their live recordings and no less than 7 great (****) albums amongst the remainder of their studio recordings, excluding compilations.

Here are my ratings:

1. Rush ***
2. Fly By Night ***
3. Caress Of Steel ****1/2
4. 2112 ****
5. All The World's A Stage ***

6. A Farewell To Kings ****1/2
7. Hemispheres *****
8. Permanent Waves *****
9. Moving Pictures *****
10. Exit... Stage Left *****

11. Signals *****
12. Grace Under Pressure ****
13. Power Windows *****
14. Hold Your Fire ****
15. A Show Of Hands ****

16. Presto *****
17. Roll The Bones *****
18. Counterparts ****
19. Test For Echo ****1/2
20. Different Stages *****

21. Vapor Trails ****
22. Rush In Rio ****
23. Feedback ****
24. R30 *****
25. Snakes & Arrows *****
26. Snakes & Arrows Live *****
27. Time Machine (Live In Cleveland) ****1/2
28. Clockwork Angels *****
#26 - Posted 12/6/12 @2:24PM by cpb [contact]

The next album IS in fact going to complete multiple stories. I have The Inside Scoop...

Cygnus X-1 Book III: Brainjail. The Greek and Mayan gods are playing gin and drinking tequila in a futuristic world from last week when an accident caused by the Hadron Supercollider sends Our Hero to their land. He plays them a righteous anthem, they communicate using wah pedals, and decide to send him back to Earth with an elder race to Make Everything Right with the help up By-Tor, who earned his MSW and counsels drug addicts and unwed mothers.
#25 - Posted 12/6/12 @12:44PM by driven2theedge [contact]

Rush AND Deep Purple should've been in years ago. Here's hoping they both get in this year. Now about Stevie Ray and Yes and..........
#24 - Posted 12/6/12 @7:33AM by snowdog20 [contact]

By-Tor turns good, just like Darth Vader, Dr. Evil, and Pinhead at the end of Hellraiser 2.
#23 - Posted 12/6/12 @1:50AM by michinman [contact]

Easy... By-Tor finds Jesus
#22 - Posted 12/6/12 @1:29AM by broughttoyoubytheletterj [contact]

Good catch...easy catch, but yes, the Necromancer was never labeled the devils prince. Is Willowdale the window to the overworld where Snow Dog & his disciples keep guard ?
#21 - Posted 12/6/12 @1:02AM by oddtimesarcasm [contact]

Have you ever considered the possibility that By-Tor may be, in fact, bi-polar. During his epic battle versus Snow Dog on Fly By Night, By-Tor was described as a Centurion of Evil and a Price of the Devil (or devils prince, if you prefer a belief motiff featuring muliple devils).

However, little more than a year late, on Caress of Steel, he was the hero of the day. Suddenly brandishing his high-powered blade to chop down the Necromancer. What happened to By-Tor in the time between those albums? Why the sudden 180? I think there is a story that needs to be told there... Maybe the next Rush album could contain a side-long track entitled "The Middle Age Of By-Tor"
#20 - Posted 12/6/12 @12:42AM by broughttoyoubytheletterj [contact]

#13
That was your misfortune or misunderstanding, as it may be, the Necromancer has never trekked nor swum the river Alph. You may keep this one, or if you are serious consider it a clue...for he can never again be labeled the devils prince.
#19 - Posted 12/5/12 @11:34PM by Nettie [contact]

#17 You forgot to add that we will then spend all Summer and Fall engaged in teeth gnashing at the skyrocketing price of tickets for the 2013 leg of the tour, because Rush will be famous and cool to a wider audience.
#18 - Posted 12/5/12 @11:31PM by Enigmaticus [contact]

When I had first started my website back in June, 1997, I was interested in changing other individual's views about progressive rock in general and Rush, in particular. Back in those days, the petition for Rush's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was in it's infancy. Of course, I had promoted it on my website and had signed the petition a very long time ago. So, for me at least, their possible upcoming induction is a way of seeing that idea come to it's full fruition.

Undoubtedly, my major concern right now will be to see the other progressive rock artists eventually inducted as well. I would also like to see Rush receive a Grammy lifetime achievement award and perhaps the Kennedy Center Honors. Ultimately, I would hope that their music will join the immortal canon and still be played thousands of years from now.

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