Rush, Deep Purple Finally Make the Rock Hall Ballot

From Left: Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart; Wikimedia

In a bit of news that should have plenty of rock fans out there clamoring one huge collective “FINALLY,” legendary Canadian power trio  Rush have finally made the short list of this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees.

Joining the prolific skills of our neighbors to the north will be another rock and roll staple that has long been ignored – the iconic British staple Deep Purple.

In order to eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a band must have at least 25 years under their belt since the release of their first single, LP or EP. This means that Rush had been eligible since 1998 while Deep Purple cleared that requirement in 1993 – 15 and 20 years of eligibility, respectively.

The fact that both bands had been eligible for so long without ever making it on the list of nominees became a constant topic of debate among fans and the media alike year after year whenever the Rock Hall released their picks.

Joining the two oft ignored rock icons on the list of nominees include Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Procol Harum, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Albert King, Kraftwerk, Randy Newman, Donna Summer, Public Enemy, NWA, Chic, the Marvelettes and the Meters.

This will mark the first year of eligibility for Public Enemy and NWA, two of hip hops most lauded – and controversial – groups of all time.

If you were beginning to think that after being ignored for so long that Rush members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart probably couldn’t really care less all that much about the Rock hall – then you were actually right on the money, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t realize how much this validation means for their fans.

“We are honoured to be among the nominees for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” said Rush in an official statement. “We are especially thrilled for the many, many dedicated fans to whom this nomination is so very important.”

Back in 2010, guitarist Lifeson made it pretty clear about his feeling towards the Rock Hall: “I kinda like the status quo, where they don’t want us in there and we don’t really want to be there. it’s a good place to be.”

Drummer Peart echoed a similar statement that same year: “You know who it matters to? The fans. It would matter a lot to the fans for us to have that validation. It doesn’t matter to me. I’ve got the respect and success we’ve had and the opportunity to do exactly what we wanted for 35 years. Do we need them to make us feel better? No – not at all.”

Well, even though it is kind of obvious that the fans have been A LOT more vocal about the snub these past years, I’m sure they don’t mind recognition one bit. 

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