Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hallelujah - Rush Joins the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Christmas has come early this year – Rush has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band was voted in by the Hall foundation nominating committee, which is made up of “more than 600 artists, historians and members of the music industry” plus for the first time, one vote from a public survey, which Rush won hands down.

A lot of people complain that Rush should have been in ages ago (true), or that the Hall is a joke and not important anyway (up for debate). But the fact is, they are in now, and Rush fans can now move on with the pride that their band is finally in. Also, it will be great to see the band appear to accept its award – I can only imagine incredibly funny speeches from the boys, and if they get to actually play a song or two, even better.

If they decide NOT to play (or are not asked), it will be very interesting to see other bands take a stab at it – think Genesis’ induction, where Phish tackled Watcher Of The Skies (great) and No Reply At All (not so great).

The band is on a break right now, having just completed its 2012 North American tour. They are gearing up for a trip overseas next year and then back to North America in 2013. I just saw the guys in Seattle and they are tighter than ever, still pushing the envelope with the set list by digging deep into the back catalog and busting out almost an hour of new material. My review is here.

Rolling Stone just posted a Q&A with Geddy Lee on how he feels. Read the whole thing here.

So, great news! Yay Rush! Welcome to the hall for what it’s worth. You have more than earned it.

Other inductees include Public Enemy, Heart, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Albert King.


VoxMoose said...

Glorious! The R&R hall of fame is repairing its frail reputation with this choice.

David said...


Nuff said!

john metz said...

Shame they have to share the stage with a rock and roll icon like Donna Summer. Good for them though. Wonder if Neil will pen some lyrics about it.

Isorski said...

Well, since Donna Summer is dead, those would be some interesting lyrics indeed!

Donald Capone said...

Yes! Finally!

Check out Billy Corgan talking about Rush:

Donald Capone said...

I heard that Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins are scheduled to induct Rush into the HOF.