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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

Purple Fan

October 4th, 2012
2:33 am

It’s about time. It will be interesting to see if they get in.

BehindEnemyLines

October 4th, 2012
4:58 am

Rush, Deep Purple and Heart should have all been in years ago. Procol Harum is worthy of strong consideration, Joan Jett is a borderline case. The rest belong in the _ROCK_ Hall of Fame only if they bought a ticket.

Given the history of the Hall of Shame, I suspect they’ll do what they typically do: pick the least deserving and/or least rock candidates possible and put ‘em in. It’s hard to be a bigger joke than the Grammy’s but these folks sure do make a good stab at it.

Ritchie's Guitar Strap

October 4th, 2012
6:50 am

I hope DP pull a full Sid Vicious and tell the “Generally Popular Music of the Twentieth Century Hall of Fame” to stuff it if they get voted in. There’s no point to it.

JB

October 4th, 2012
7:37 am

About time Rush got nominated! Since when are Public Enemy and NWA rock bands?

redeagle4

October 4th, 2012
7:41 am

Why no Moody Blues? Far better than anyone else listed.

Highlander

October 4th, 2012
7:44 am

@BehindEnemyLines, well said regarding Rush, Deep Purple and Heart! I also agree on Procol Harum but I’d give a stronger argument for Joan Jett. I can see Albert King getting in simply because of the influence the Blues have had on Rock & Roll.

Public Enemy and NWA, no way! Same with Chic! Donna Summer was disco NOT Rock & Roll but they’ll probably put her in to satisfy the PC police.

Don’t know anything about The Meters or Paul Butterfield. And isn’t the group’s name Kraftwerk Autobahn, or was that someone else??

dick whiskey

October 4th, 2012
8:06 am

rush should have been in years ago,one of the best and most creative bands ever,but keep that picture out the guys are just to damn ugly

Bilbo

October 4th, 2012
8:17 am

Where are the Moody Blues, Poco, the Guess Who, Barclay -James Harvest , all overlooked far too long.

The Alpha Male

October 4th, 2012
8:35 am

Getty Lee looks like a homeless person…. get a haricut, man. Regardless, Neal Peart is still the best drummer on the planet.

Salesman

October 4th, 2012
8:41 am

Rush – Holy Cow!!! – I remember buying the “Archives” 3 disc vinyl album with my allowance when I was a young lad – Now, Im older, wiser and haven’t missed a tour since Grace Under Pressure – The world has finally awoke – Rush!!!!!!!

DeeMCWalker

October 4th, 2012
8:51 am

Ahem….Maiden?!?

cw

October 4th, 2012
9:02 am

RUSH!!!!! There is absolutely no excuse for them not to go in and if you don’t know…Nov 1st in Atlanta will be all the proof you need.

Gary

October 4th, 2012
9:18 am

Rush and Deep Purple definitely deserve to be inducted. ABBA is in the HOF and these two bands are not!

FM Fats

October 4th, 2012
9:36 am

Albert King should be in. Immensely influential guitarist.

Salesman

October 4th, 2012
9:39 am

DeeMCWalker – I second that. Maiden should be in there as equally well. At least 1 band that has been overlooked is finally getting a nod amongst the people who enjoy music. That would be cool as heck if Maiden & Rush were on the same bill and made it in.

limelight

October 4th, 2012
9:50 am

Well Well Well….FINALLY. If they don’t get in first ballot we will all know what a joke the hall is.

AzCat

October 4th, 2012
10:32 am

Heart and Rush should have been in years ago, DP should be there, too. Chicago has never been nominated and should be in the Hall just based on their first six albums alone. BEL is right, the Hall has become a joke and (sadly) will most likely do exactly as predicted.

Music, the only true abstract art form

October 4th, 2012
10:36 am

HOF, what a joke, right up there with all the award ceremonies.

Rockfan

October 4th, 2012
10:52 am

Still no Cheap Trick, Heart or KISS? Total joke. The RRHOF is just Jann Wenner’s personal pet project to ingratiate himself with the artists he loves.

dtanner

October 4th, 2012
11:24 am

KISS are you kidding? what a joke they were

j

October 4th, 2012
11:37 am

Is Parliament/Funkadelic or Sly & the Family Stone in the RRHOF?

TD

October 4th, 2012
11:49 am

The lack of perspective here is astounding. The RnR HoF has never been limited to “rock” or hard rock, bands. The early years of pop music provided countless inspirations for bands like the Stones, Zeppelin, the Beatles, etc, etc, etc. Varying genres of music should be recognized, not demeaned. Kraftwerk is arguably one of the best at what they do. Their influence of electronic music cannot be questioned. Randy Newman? Hey, here’s another guy who correctly pointed out the racism of the South, among many other human failings. His social conscience speaks volumes, and his singer-songwriter catalog has few duds. The narrative of “Short People” is sly beyond whatever “Smoke On The Water” could ever deliver, even if the visceral aspect of SOTW is far more appealing on that level. Albert King definitely belongs in the hall. This is the exact kind of artist mentioned repeatedly by Richards & Page, among many others. Sorry boys but the influence of Joan Jett is so far beyond what fking Heart ever delivered. Had Chrissie Hynde not come along, she would still be the go-to reference for women in rock. Deep Purple? Maybe, but this is a band that had a relatively short lifespan & had at best 1 very good record & 1 pretty good record. None of those guys solo ever made a record worth listening to. Ever. Rush? Yep, they belong & will get in. Anyway, just wanted to say lots of it is very, very good, even if long ago the RnR aspect of the HoF is not a stringent interpretation. It’s not due to any play by Wenner, but due to his incredible breadth in understanding the tentacles of musical genres & recognizing that scope adds to the whole body, not subtracts from it. Do you think Lennon, Richards, Bono, or whoever you think is great would disagree? Think again if you do.

BLUELOU

October 4th, 2012
11:53 am

Rush and Deep Purple should tell the Rock N Roll hall of fame to F off and start a new hall of fame for the Badest of the Badest Rock N Roll Hall of Fame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rr hall of shame

October 4th, 2012
12:23 pm

bluelou- you’re right. while there are some good acts in the hall, it is tarnished by the multitude of acts with little to do with rock and roll. start a real rock hall of fame in some place like memphis and limit it to rock and early blues and rock-a-billy influences of rock. I knew when they picked Cleveland they weren’t serious.

rr hall of shame

October 4th, 2012
12:23 pm

Oh, and TD, you seem to know nothing about music.

Music, the only true abstract art form

October 4th, 2012
12:33 pm

Got news for you TD, Deep Purple is very much alive and tours Europe regularly. Their guitarist is none other than Steve Morse, one of rock’s most respected guitarists.

m

October 4th, 2012
12:48 pm

@TD

It’s called the “Enter” button bro. You lack of basic grammar skills are much more astounding.

BehindEnemyLines

October 4th, 2012
12:50 pm

@TD: There’s a Mr. Eddie Trunk on line one for you

@DeeMC: As much as I loved seeing an Iron Maiden reference (”Up The Irons”), I think DP has to go in first. After all, Steve Harris has cited them as a major influence (along with Sabbath). Fittingly IMO, Maiden would go in simultaneously with Judas Priest sometime in the next 2-3 years as a NWOBHM tandem.

theean

October 4th, 2012
1:31 pm

When is Zeppelin going to be honored at The B.E.T. Awards?
Oh . . right.

xxx

October 4th, 2012
1:41 pm

TD
None of those guys solo ever made a record worth listening to. Ever. ???

Ever hear of David Coverdale? Ritchie Blackmore?

Geez.

Slayer

October 4th, 2012
1:45 pm

Heart,Rush,and Deep Purple should be in there for sure! So should Kiss and Ted Nugent.

Slayer

October 4th, 2012
1:49 pm

BTW Deep Purple had 5 grat albums “In Rock’ “Fireball” “Machine Head” “Made In Tokyo” and “Burn”. Blackmore had a great run with Rainbow especially when Dio was the singer and Coverdale did great with Whitesnake. Maiden,Priest,and Slayer belong in there also!

80s Rule

October 4th, 2012
2:10 pm

The Smiths?

Brian Eno?

Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler)?

Hall of Shame is more fitting.

80s Rule

October 4th, 2012
2:13 pm

* None of the above are in.

Also add New Order/Joy Division, Devo, etc.

jared

October 4th, 2012
2:13 pm

I’d say the band ‘X’ needs in there.

I think Public enemy could have a case, it’s pretty heavy and stands the test of time.

80s Rule

October 4th, 2012
2:16 pm

One band that is almost assured to get in next year, first ballot:

Nirvana

TD

October 4th, 2012
2:48 pm

xxx & Slayer,
Those records are the epitome of mediocre. And you’ve never been to Europe in your life
rr hall of shame,
And you’re a classic rock genius. Problem with that is your music collection stopped in 1974.
BehindEnemaLines,
Take one, it’ll flush out your brain

drew

October 4th, 2012
3:24 pm

GRAND FUNK RAILROAD!!
Overlooked for too long.
Please sign the petition if you agree:

http://www.petitiononline.com/GFRMDM/petition.html

MoFaux

October 4th, 2012
3:26 pm

Rush, YES. The Meters, for those who don’t know, are a N’awlins funk band of epic proportions? Yes, they belong in, as does Albert King. Ever heard of Stevie Ray Vaughn? He made an all-too-short career off of mastering Albert’s sound (and taking it to some other places). Some good points, TD, but I do still wonder why ABBA ever made it.

tbone

October 4th, 2012
4:22 pm

Here is another great band overlooked

FOGHAT

2112

October 4th, 2012
4:23 pm

If I was Rush, I would tell the hall of shame to go to H.E. DOUBLE hockey sticks. They were deserving years ago and bands like the Beasty Boys and Guns and Roses get in before them. November 1st.

Dr. Chuckles

October 4th, 2012
4:32 pm

Howie Chizek and The Runaways…….1965’s I’m A Runaway and It Can’t Be Long

Con

October 4th, 2012
5:04 pm

The only problem with Purple, is the numerous different lineups. Who gets in? Rush, no question, same lineup for 38 years and always killing it. Always stayed true to their own beliefs, naysayers be damned. Hell, Moving Pictures and the bridge section of Freewill is enough to get them in, let alone the amazing career. Heart, yes yes yes. Procol Harum, sure why not.

impatient cat

October 4th, 2012
5:15 pm

Randy friggin’ Newman!??? Bitch, please. The South Park – Honey Boo-Boo episode last night spoofed him, and it sounded better than anything he’s ever done. And lest we forget: Madonna is in the hall already. Madonna! What did they put on display for her? A framed pair of her clap-infested undies?

RUSH, or any band with integrity, for that matter, should blow it off. Pull a Brando, guys.

Gary

October 4th, 2012
5:43 pm

I am surprised that Heart isnt in the HOF but I can certainly understand Rush and Deep Purple. You cant have the worst lead singer in the history of R&R and make the HOF so you Rush fans need to get over it. Deeop Purple went through so many changes I dont know which version of the band you would induct. The Hall of Fame is for special bands whose music transends generations. To this day, I turn off the radio any time I hear Rush.

Fred ™

October 4th, 2012
6:59 pm

What a crock of crap. NWA and Public Enemy are NOT rock. The Rock and Roll “Hall od SHAME” is what it should be called. Why don’t they enshrine Frank Sinatra as well. He’s about as much “rock and roll/ as NWA and Public enemy.

KISS for god sake isn’t in the “Rock and Roll” hall of shame either, Louis Armstrong? Abba? Johnny Cash? Really? All good musicians but only “Abba” has even a hint of Rock and Roll in them.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is as useless as the Nobel Peace prize.

Fred ™

October 4th, 2012
7:01 pm

To this day, I turn off the radio any time I hear Rush.

So you have no musical taste or knowledge. How is that anyone else’s fault? One of the best bass players and one of the best drummers of all time and you are too stupid to hear that? Not our fault pal. And I’m not talking OPINION, I’m talking technical.

Wankel Engine

October 4th, 2012
7:04 pm

What’s with the photo of Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, and Keifer Sutherland?

Melissa Ruggieri

October 4th, 2012
7:47 pm

That’s really funny, Wankel. There is a bit of a resemblance!

Mount RushNoMorewasn't

October 4th, 2012
8:14 pm

Rush sucks. Geddy Lee needs to lay off the helium. Not to speak of the annoying and contrived song writing. These guys were so white and tight. They must have never listened to any roots music. Not saying there wasn’t some musicianship in the band but please quit saying Pert is the greatest drummer of all time. I can name a dozen better rock drummers off the top of my head. Playing fast with no feel does not make you a great musician.

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.

sadf

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.

Bobby

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!

FenderMan

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.

FenderMan

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. .

Allenman

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.

RockQueen

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.

Donny

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.