Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Foo Fighters to induct Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; induction ceremony pre-sale details released
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UPDATE - 1/24@7:04AM: Rush sent out an update via the Rush newsletter last night regarding the Rush fan pre-sale for the Rock Hall induction. The password will be rushfan:

... We want to celebrate and share this moment with as MANY Rush fans in the room that night as possible! There will be a special Rush fan pre-sale that starts Monday, January 28 at 10 a.m. PST through Thursday, January 31 at 10 p.m. PST at Ticketmaster. The password for this pre-sale is rushfan. There will be preferred seating held in every price and seating area. ...

Also, Future Rock Legends tweeted a photo of the Nokia Theatre seating chart with ticket price levels. Not many cheap seats!

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UPDATE - 1/23@2:39PM: New poll! So what do you think about the Foo Fighters being chosen to induct Rush into the Rock Hall? Take the poll and let us know.

Rush and the Rock HallUPDATE - 1/23@8:41AM: The Rock Hall has released more detailed info on ticket sales and pre-sales. Apparently there will be an AMEX cardholder pre-sale beginning tomorrow and other pre-sales starting Monday all conducted through Ticketmaster. From the Rock Hall website:

Advance tickets for American Express Cardmembers will be available from Thursday, January 24 at 10 a.m. PST through Sunday, January 27 at 10 p.m. PST. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster.

Preferred seating presales for members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as members of the Heart and Rush official fan clubs, will begin on Monday, January 28 at 10 a.m. PST through Thursday, January 31 at 10 p.m. PST at Ticketmaster. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum members should reference the official member e-newsletter for details. For more information on Rush and Heart fan club tickets, visit and Some restrictions apply.

The public on-sale will begin on Friday, February 1 at 10 a.m. PST. To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. There will be a four-ticket limit on all orders. Additionally, three levels of VIP packages will be available through Ticketmaster. ...

There currently isn't any information regarding the Rush fan pre-sale at More information as we learn it.

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Earlier this week Heart posted a promotional poster for the Rock Hall induction ceremony to their Facebook page. The poster lists special guests John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Don Henley, Gary Clark Jr., Usher, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins with more to be announced later. The fact that Grohl and Hawkins were included in this list caused some speculation that the Foo Fighters might be inducting Rush at the ceremony on April 18th. It turns out the speculation was warranted as the Cleveland Plain Dealer has just confirmed the news:

Foo Fighters and self-professed Rush super-fans Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will induct the Canadian prog-rockers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April in Los Angeles.

"It's got to be a dream come true for them. The Foo Fighters would have grown up listening to Rush on '70s radio," said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris by phone from Washington, D.C. "You can tell that they have a real sense of rock 'n' roll history. You don't get the staying power they've had without it."

Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announced the first group of artists that would be inducting this year's class in a press release Tuesday night.

In addition to Grohl and Hawkins, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will perform in honor of Donna Summer, Don Henley will induct Randy Newman, and John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. will perform in honor of Albert King, with Mayer giving the induction speech.

The inductors for Public Enemy, Heart and Ahmet Ertegun Award lifetime achievement award winners Quincy Jones and Lou Adler will be announced later. ...

Tickets for the April 18th induction ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles where Rush will be inducted will go on sale to the public on Friday, February 1st. There will be a members-only pre-sale beginning next Monday, January 28th for those whose memberships were active as of January 1st, 2013. Information regarding member access and order details will be provided in an email to members later this week. According to Seattle radio DJ Mark Christopher ticket prices will range from $75 up to $3000 for a VIP experience. Ticketmaster also lists various VIP pre-sales taking place as soon as 10AM (PDT) tomorrow. Rush made it clear in several interviews following the induction announcement that they would be attending the ceremony and do plan on performing.

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#52 - Posted 1/27/13 @12:54PM by Enigmaticus [contact]

My main objection to Rush's induction by the Foo Fighters stems from the fact that in addition to being great songwriters, Rush is also a major "progressive rock" icon. However, you wish to look at it, the difference between the bands is like the difference between apples and oranges, or night and day, or so to speak. The way that I see it, Rush is a band whose peers are in such groups as: Yes, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, The Moody Blues, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Kansas, Styx, Echolyn, E.L.O. and Pink Floyd, amongst others. I was hoping that someone from one of the up and coming "progressive rock," or "progressive metal" bands would induct them. Perhaps the present members of Dream Theater, or Mastodon would have been a better choice. I doubt that Rush would have had difficulty finding someone to induct them. Of course, as much as I have been looking forward to their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, having been an avid supporter of it for the past 15 years, I am looking forward to their receipt of an Ivor Novello award and receiving the Kennedy Center honors, even more.
#51 - Posted 1/27/13 @10:06AM by random_sample [contact]

#50- I thought the same thing. Billy Corgan might have been a better choice. Pretty well know, high profile artist ,he admires Rush and he's very articulate . Not that I don't like the Foo Fighters, but I didn't exactly find what Taylor Hawkings had to say in the Rush Documentary all that great. His whole thing with the "you were a Rush nerd" and how "you wouldn't put on Carress of Steel for you wife, "the chicks didn't dig it", blah,blah. But, anyway, not a huge deal. Could be alot worse. At least it isn't Sebastien Bach or the drummer from Pantera. haha.
#50 - Posted 1/26/13 @11:13AM by thedigitalman [contact]

i think there is only one other person that would've been a better choice...Because of how he spoke ofthem on the documentary and explained how and why Rush came so close to his heart and how They made him feel okay about where he was at in his life at the time...Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins.
#49 - Posted 1/24/13 @9:19AM by kjbird [contact]

#47/#48 - ditto. As i expressed before, FF's - great choice. I look forward to hearing what they have to say to their peers and a band they look up to.
#48 - Posted 1/24/13 @9:14AM by Agent Rush [contact]

#47. Well put.
#47 - Posted 1/24/13 @9:00AM by Surfguy [contact]

I appreciate Donna Halper playing Rush and all way back then on Cleveland radio...but I don't want to see her induct Rush. No offense to her but I want a musician inducting Rush. And, we've all seen her speak before about Rush. What could she possibly add that she hasn't already said? And, no offense, but listening to her talk is about as much fun as watching paint dry. Maybe at Rushcon but at the RRHOF induction ceremony? And, I'm of the strong opinion that if Donna didn't like what she was hearing way back when and put it on the radio...then someone else would have. "Working Man" was just too good for everyone to pass over. She just happened to be the one at the time. I don't believe Rush would have faded into oblivion if Donna didn't pick it up. They had the Led Zeppelin sound. People even thought it was Led Zeppelin when they heard it. Rush would have still succeeded. That said...I wouldn't mind if she was one of the speakers...just not THE only speaker. She certainly deserves to be there. That's my opinion. Sorry if you don't like it.
#46 - Posted 1/24/13 @8:56AM by Agent Rush [contact]

#37...agree 100% FF's are a very good choice. They are friends of the band, they grew up listening to RUSH and are piers in the music world. I have tons of respect for Donna....she was the first to spin the boys record in the states..but lets be real here people. I'm sure she will be mentioned, and even brought up on least I feel she should be.
#45 - Posted 1/24/13 @6:40AM by jupeguyowensound [contact]

kj- it was the 1983 Juno Awards.
#44 - Posted 1/23/13 @10:01PM by kjbird [contact]

#43. Your question just opened up the possibility of a 100+ post thread. LOL!!! Seriously, I don't know, but unleash the hounds for the possible answers!!!
#43 - Posted 1/23/13 @9:47PM by rjjr [contact]

Does anyone know what the VIP tickets get you? $3000 is a lot.

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