Rush and Deep Purple Lead Rock Hall Inductions
Posted by Michael Mueller on October 4, 2012 at 2:39 PM
Every year when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its list of inductees, I scream in outrage over the fact that Rush is not on the list, much less already rightfully in the so-called Rock Hall. But, what is this? After 15 years of eligibility, the Canadian prog-rock legends have finally cracked the list, right alongside other "rock" legends like Public Enemy, NWA, and Donna Summer. Sheesh. In classic tongue-in-cheek fashion, Rush posted the following on their Facebook page today:
"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
And that's just one aspect of their brilliance. The band knows what they've achieved, and they certainly don't need validation from an organization like the Rock Hall, but they also realize that it is important to their fans—indeed probably moreso than it is to them—and it was classy of them to acknowledge that. Cheers, guys!
On a related note, Deep Purple, who've been eligible (and deserving) for 20 years, was also finally nominated. Even if "Smoke on the Water" was their only achievement, compared to some of the acts already enshrined, it would be enough. Kudos to Ritchie Blackmore and the gang.