April 16, 2014

Rush, Public Enemy headline 2013 inductees into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Fans of the band Rush can now rest easy — the longstanding debate surrounding the groups merit among peers has been settled as the band will headline this year’s group of inductees into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Geddy Lee and company will join Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Heart, Randy Newman and Albert King as those who will be enshrined this coming April. Rush had long been the band that most, specifically around the Cleveland area, had claimed were being held out of the Rock Hall without reason; year after year, other alleged not-as-qualified acts would be enshrined without Rush being even nominated.

“I thought they’d get in eventually, and they did,” Hall CEO Terry Stewart said on Tuesday. “It’s not a sprint. There are a lot of artists who get in later than they should.”

In a special press conference in Los Angeles, where this year’s inductions will be held, the Rock Hall also announced two Lifetime Achievement Awards: producer-composer-arranger Quincy Jones and producer-director Lou Adler.

Those who were left out of this year’s class include classic rock band Deep Purple, Procul Harum, Kraftwerk, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Marvelettes, the Meters, seminal rap group NWA, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Chic. 

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  • Hopwin

    Wrong blog, this site is for sports.

  • eldaveablo

    I just saw Public Enemy perform on Saturday – awesome show. It would have been nice if NWA was inducted in the same year.

  • bossman09

    No kiding! burn the site to the ground!@#@#$$%^!!!
    Or just get over it.

    Hard to believe that anyone on WFNY would want to know info about the Rock and Roll hall of fame.

  • MrCleaveland

    They really should change the name to the Pop Music Hall of Fame or something like that since the original point — Rock n Roll — has been lost with the introduction of country, rap, and blues artists, to name a few.

  • FearTheRoo

    It’s about Cleveland sports, yet there are hundreds of articles about Ohio State. If that can happen I see no reason not to include Rock Hall inductees.

  • http://twitter.com/Pelderskelter Patrick Elder

    Or just, ya know, the Music Hall of Fame.

  • CellPhoneGary

    WIll Randy Newman play “Burn On” at the induction concert?

  • Matt underwood

    Rush might be the worst band I’ve ever heard ever. Gotta at least be the worst lead singer in terms of voice.

  • MrCleaveland

    I don’t think that would work because the Hall doesn’t recognize classical music, religious music, Big Band music, etc.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    It took me a while to get past Geddy Lee’s voice as well. Once you do, you discover that all three members are extremely talented, and while I don’t really get the weird sci-fi concept album stuff, they have had a pretty incredible career.