Rush, Heart, Donna Summer, Randy Newman, blues legend Albert King, and rappers Public Enemy are the 2013 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea announced the inductees yesterday (December 11th) at L.A.'s Nokia Theater, which is where where the induction ceremony will be held on April 18th. A truncated version of the evening's events will air on HBO on May 18th. Producer/arranger and L.A. music scene powerhouse Lou Adler along with Quincy Jones will receive the prestigious Ahmet Ertegun Award.
Geddy Lee told Rolling Stone that he's happy that the fans that have wanted the honor for Rush have finally achieved their goal: "It's a terrific honor and we'll show up smiling. It made my mom happy, so that's worth it. . . It was a cause they championed. I'm very relieved for them and we share this honor with them, for sure."
Heart, like Rush, had been passed over year after year. Singer Ann Wilson explained how a band like Heart can be easily be overlooked: "Some people have an idea of what the shape of rock n' roll is supposed to look like. We're not really it. Personally, that's why I think it's taken quite a while . . . We're always traveling and out there doing it. It can start to feel like you're a tree falling in the forest, but nobody notices. So this kind of acknowledgment is really sweet."
- Randy Newman added: "I thought maybe I'd have to die before they let me in. I'm really glad it happened when I was still around to see it . . . They're always a little doctrinaire about what's rock n' roll and what isn't rock n' roll. It's nice they opened up a little to let me in."
- Among the band's that were shortlisted but failed to snag enough votes for induction were Deep Purple, Procol Harum, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, the Marvelettes, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Meters, Chic, Kraftwerk, and N.W.A.
- Geddy Lee told us that having a legion of fans following you is still a pretty heady experience: "It's a tremendous compliment to be told that you've inspired someone or influenced someone musically, or in any aspect of life -- and beyond that, y'know, you really don't know what to say. Y'know, it's a nice thing, and it makes you feel like whatever you're doing has a little more validity, I guess."
- Nancy Wilson told us that Heart has always opted on being an active creative force -- rather than playing it safe by just being a touring nostalgia act: "Y'know you're really driven -- I think if you're an artistic soul, then you're driven to do your art; And if you only care money, then you're not. Then you're driven to only tour and do the old hits forever, y'know? I think we're pretty artistic about it. We're really happy to still be able to enjoy going out and playing live as well as be creative and be writers."
JUST OUR OPINION
- Let's forget the fact that the Rock Hall is so far from being relevant that Rush and Heart finally being inducted is shameful. So, putting that aside, Randy Newman??? There's a reason why there's a Songwriters Hall of Fame. It's a place for songwriters. The same for Albert King and the Blues Hall of Fame. The fact that Eric Clapton has been inducted THREE TIMES -- the last time a DOZEN years ago, and NOW they're deciding that Albert King is finally worthy is just stupid. Everybody knows at this point that the Rock Hall is just a very lame TV special -- and the powers that be aren't doing anything to make it any cooler.
- Donna Summer -- we love her. Love every record she ever put out. It's not Rock. It's pop. Maybe it was influential to rockers -- which is how all these blues artists get inducted -- but it's not ROCK. Why does everything have to be rock??? Isn't the beauty of rock that it's unlike ANYTHING ELSE???
- Now all these rap groups??? Public Enemy is in before MC5??? Before Foreigner???
- Watch, Kanye West, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow will be inducted into the Rock Hall before any of the artists you waited on line all night to score tickets for get in. Who'll get in first -- the Fat Boys or INXS???
THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS ARE NOT IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Kiss, Boston, The Monkees, Hall & Oates, Joe Cocker, Yes, Sonny & Cher, Ringo Starr, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, Gram Parsons, Grand Funk Railroad, Chicago, ELO, Journey, the Zombies, Frankie Avalon, Squeeze, Pat Benatar, Todd Rundgren, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, The E Street Band, Badfinger, Big Star, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Sting, Humble Pie, Eddie Money, T.Rex, Beatles manager Brian Epstein, Beatles recording engineers Norman Smith and Geoff Emerick, Styx, Free, Who engineer and producer Glyn Johns, Billy Idol, Rockpile, The Runaways, rock photographers Jim Marshall, Ethan Russell, Gered Mankowitz, Dezo Hoffman, Astrid Kirchherr, Annie Leibovitz, Henry Diltz, and Bob Gruen; Chubby Checker, The Guess Who, rock journalist Lester Bangs, The Turtles, Def Leppard, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, The Scorpions, Rolling Stones pianist Ian Stewart, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Kansas, Thin Lizzy, Joe Walsh, Delaney & Bonnie, Roxy Music, The Dictators, Brian Eno, Meat Loaf, America, XTC, The Searchers, Leslie Gore, The Raspberries, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Linda Ronstadt, MC5, Peter Gabriel, Herman's Hermits, The Moody Blues, Mountain, Blue Oyster Cult, Chic, The New York Dolls, The Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton, Jethro Tull, Foreigner, Bad Company, and many more.
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