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Rush, Heart among Rock Hall nominees

Ann and Nancy Wilson being interviewed today after hearing the news. Photo: Getty Images.

Ann and Nancy Wilson being interviewed today after hearing the news. Photo: Getty Images.

Rush fans finally have something to celebrate, as the Canadian rock band is among the 2013 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The band will be joined by Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Donna Summer in the performer category, while Lou Adler and Quincy Jones will receive the Ahmet Ertegun non-performer award.

Though the hall is in Cleveland, the show will take place April 18 in Los Angeles and air on HBO May 18.

Tickets to the ceremony go on sale Jan. 25 via

While the inductees were chosen by the more than 500 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, it was also the first time that the hall allowed fans to participate in the induction selection process by casting their own votes. The top five artists selected by the public comprised a “fans” ballot that was tallied with the other ballots to select the 2013 nominees.

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene

15 comments Add your comment


December 11th, 2012
6:06 pm

I don’t think “Long overdue” even BEGINS to cover it, for Rush.
The fact that such a talented and influential band was consistently overlooked by the Hall — not even being nominated, let alone inducted — speaks volumes about the relevance and bias of that institution.

Steve From Dalton

December 11th, 2012
6:10 pm

Randy Newman? Why not Kiss, Chicago, Steve Miller Band, Duran Duran or Monkees?

Rick James

December 11th, 2012
6:31 pm

How can the Spinners not make the cut last year but the Beastie Boys get in?? After all these years finally Rush and Albert King..Nothing but a beauty contest.


December 11th, 2012
6:52 pm

Because Randy Newman is a heck of a lot more than just “the guy who did ‘Short People’ and “I Love L.A.’” He probably still accords a lot more with Jann Wenner’s idea of great rock’n'roll than Rush or Heart, too. I think they’re finally slowly realizing that lots of people did actually love and care about that ’70s arena-rock which they thought was so disposable.

But, yea (not “yay”, thank you very much) for Rush, fer shur. Still waiting on more of the ’70s supergroups, in particular Yes and Chicago. Is Boston in yet?


December 11th, 2012
8:32 pm


December 11th, 2012
10:21 pm

Awesome that Heart is going in. OK with Rush, personally never dug them but most of my friends do. Agree about Chicago; I mean, c’mon man, not even a nomination?!?


December 11th, 2012
11:35 pm

Ok its understood how long overdue that RUSH is going in the rock hall of fame, the complete opposite can be said for public enemy. nothing against them, they were good, the HOF? Really? Elton John said that the RNR HOF doesnt mean very much anymore for all the mediocre talent that has been let in in the last 5 years.. so true..

Smoky Water

December 12th, 2012
12:28 am

So, Deep Purple shunned in favor of Public Enemy? Hall is, and has been, a complete joke.

Roswell Ed

December 12th, 2012
4:16 am

No KISS? Shame

Stevie Nicks

December 12th, 2012
7:21 am

High five to my girls of Heart…and my 70s road buddies RUSH.

Why do we call this the Rock N Roll hall of fame when we have all kinds of genres represented. This award should just be called the “American Music Hall of Fame.”

I mean, no disrespect to my girl (may she rest in peace) Donna Summer but she will always be remembered as the Queen of DISCO and Public Emeny is/was AWESOME…but they are not a rock group…..oh well I am just a GOLD DUST WOMAN….what do I know… LOL

Elvis Parsley

December 12th, 2012
7:50 am

Well said, “Stevie”.

dick whiskey

December 12th, 2012
10:38 am

looks like ann wilson is still fat as a cow


December 12th, 2012
1:28 pm

@whiskey dick,

Take your ED medicine.
You’re constantly one of the true ignoramuses who post here regularly.
Congrats, you know how to snark with the worst of them, GA redneck 40% dropout rate style.

The hall allows, and has allowed, for numerous styles to be inducted. Nothing new here. Ftr, Rush was never your road buddy. What do you know? Not much, apparently.

dick whiskey

December 14th, 2012
8:12 am

hey TD(totaldumba**?) what was i supposed to say ann wilson is really slim and trim now?


December 14th, 2012
11:11 am

Dick, how about an iota of intelligence. TD is basically right.