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Rush, Deep Purple finally among Rock Hall nominees

'Bout time. Photo credit: Andrew MacNaughtan

'Bout time. Photo credit: Andrew MacNaughtan

Finally. A little respect for Rush and Deep Purple.

Both bands, perpetually ignored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, made the ballot this year, along with fellow first-timers Public Enemy and N.W.A., the Marvelettes, Procol Harum and blues guitarist Albert King.

The rest of the roundup includes many returnees: Chic makes their seventh try for induction, while the late Donna Summer is on the list for a fifth time (what a shame that she couldn’t receive the honor while alive). Also Heart, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, the Meters, Randy Newman and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band return for a second attempt.

The next step is sending the ballots to the more than 600 hall of fame voters later this fall. The show will return to Los Angeles for an April 13 ceremony, which will be later broadcast by HBO.

Acts become eligible for the fall 25 years after the release of their first recording.

Who among this crop of nominees do you think deserves induction?

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene

64 comments Add your comment

Mount RushNoMore

October 4th, 2012
8:34 pm

Let’s face it… The RnR Hall of Fame is a joke… But if there was a real RnR Hall of Fame then Deep Purple would be in it. Not in my top 20 bands of all time but they wrote a bunch of great rocking tunes. Talk about musicianship, Jon Lord was one of the best rock keyboardists of all time. Listen to his solo on Highway Star… And his awesome sound that he got by running his Hammond through a Marshall guitar amp… Sometimes you couldn’t distinguish his sound from Blackmore’s… RIP…

Donna Outlaw

October 4th, 2012
9:09 pm

Long time coming for DP and Rush and YES! WHAT ABOUT THE MOODY BLUES!!!!!!!! As for Public Enemy, what a joke. Take a big clock and smash it and be done with them as nominees forever.

Rush Out!

October 4th, 2012
9:50 pm

Love old Rush but band totally sold out on Snakes and Arrows tour a few years back. Worst concert I’ve ever seen. For every old song they’d play 2 new ones. Most older bands get this doesnt work but not these jokers. I haven’t spent another dime on anything Rush related since and discouraged many people from going to their shows.


October 4th, 2012
9:52 pm

Rush wasn’t that great; maybe 1 or 2 good songs. But Deep Purple??? C’mon! They should have been in YEARS ago. They had some major hits for their time. Songs like Hush, Burn, and Smoke on the Water was nearly a national anthem.


October 4th, 2012
11:17 pm

You missed out, Rush Out…The Time Machine tour was amazing, and was more skewed towards the older stuff unlike the S&A tour. It also was sold out here in Atlanta, so thanks for making it easier for me to go see it by staying home!


October 5th, 2012
2:02 am

Rush had “1 or 2 good songs.” Give me a break sadf .You know nothing about Rush or music .
Rush is long overdue and its good to see them nominated with Purple .Will the HOF(shame) let them in. Who knows. I think their back is against the wall. They have to induct Rush. Their longevity, album
sales and ticket sales are far too great. Now we’re gettin somewhere.


October 5th, 2012
5:14 am

The people have spoken and I agree. The top act (choosing one act) is Rush with 64%.

Rolling Stone’s site shows(in order) Rush, Deep Purple, Heart and Joan Jett.
It just illustrates how out of touch the Hall is with America.

Finally the people get a per centage of the vote. .


October 5th, 2012
6:30 am

But still no love for Yes. Without Yes (one if the band’s big influences), nowhere near enough market exposure for Rush. A shame.


October 5th, 2012
8:15 am

Chicago is proud that they have never made the ballot to the HOF. They changed the sound of modern jazz, elevated it to rock and roll and musicality became their signature. They don’t need the HOF to justify them being the standard-bearer, anymore than does Nirvana, who also changed the world with their music.


October 5th, 2012
6:45 pm

The Moody Blues have been overlooked way too long!!!

rr hall of shame

October 5th, 2012
7:05 pm

At least DP and Rush made it before The Archies, The Monkees and the 1910 Fruitgum Company – and believe me, the RR hall of fame will get to those acts eventually.

coastal kid

October 8th, 2012
1:12 pm

TD, you’re an idiot, and obviously know NOTHING about Rock ‘n Roll.

Deep Purple was one of the best rock bands, EVER. No seriouis rock music collection would be bereft of In Rock, Fireball and Machine Head. And as pointed out by others, above, DP did have members who went on to quite successful solo careers.

Deep Purple absolutely deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Disco sucked in the 70’s, and still sucks. And a lot of this computerized dance garbage filling the airwaves today sounds very similar. Not a guitar in sight, much less a musician who actually knows how to play the instrument. If you disco lovers want to glorify your so-called “artists,” build your own hall of fame.

I also vote for Albert King, Procol Harum, Randy Newman and Paul Butterfield. Rush? Ehhhhhh..maybe, after all my other votes get in.

coastal kid

October 8th, 2012
1:38 pm

Oh, I forgot…

The Meters definitely deserve to be in the Hall of Fame because the Neville brothers of New Orleans are musical geniuses who have influenced untold musicians for decades. There would be no funk without them, and there definitely are funky forms of rock and roll. Ever listened to T. Rex? Or Sly?

BTW…Autobahn was an album by Kraftwerk, not part of the group’s name.

Carolina Blues Baby

October 10th, 2012
5:44 am

It’s about time that Rush was put on the ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are the best power trio since Cream and Neil Peart is the best drummer in rock and roll! Albert King is due–what a master of the blues guitar. The only musician missing that I would love to see get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is Stevie Ray Vaughan. What a talent! What a shame he’s been ignored for so many years.