One of the most snubbed artists in rock and roll history have finally been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Rush… and it’s about time! The iconic Canadian trio has been performing together for more than 40 years (forming in 1968 and settling with its only famous lineup since 1974) and have qualified for the accolade for 15 years now. They are members of the Class of 2013 along with Heart, Randy Newman, blues guitarist Albert King, disco queen Donna Summer, Public Enemy (say what?) and producers Quincy Jones and Lou Adler in a ceremony held Thursday night (April 18th) at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.
Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins introduced Rush before playing “2112” with the legendary band. Grohl couldn’t have been more excited during his introduction:
“Rock and roll has forever been ensconced in mystery, but there’s one mystery that surely eclipses them all: When the fuck did Rush become cool? . . .” the pair state. “Their legacy is that of a band that stayed true to themselves no matter how uncool they seemed to anyone. Rush have always been cool! Consider this mystery solved and it’s our honor to finally induct Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
“When the fuck did Rush become cool?”
Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart stuck to his ways of not showing much emotion when his group receives such prestigious honors. “We’ve been saying for a long time, for years, that this isn’t a big deal. Turns out it kind of is,” Peart claims.
Why it has taken so long for Rush to be inducted will probably forever remain a mystery. After all, it never made sense to me (or anyone else for that matter) why non rock artists were ever inducted into the Rock HOF anyway especially given the amount of rock talent that’s been overlooked. Bon Jovi, Kiss, Cheap Trick, Grand Funk Railroad, Styx, Def Leppard, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Chicago, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Iron Maiden, The Replacements, The Moody Blues, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, The Monkees, New York Dolls and Journey are among the rock royalty that have been snubbed by the Hall over the years. Many have been nominated several times while most haven’t even had one nomination for induction. Sad, very sad, if you ask me.
Congrats to Rush and the deserving talent that have made it this year and years passed. I hope for the longevity of rock and roll that actual rockers get into the Hall instead of rappers and other performers who don’t defy the genre. After all, it is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, not the Music Hall of Fame.