I have never been to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. It’s on my list.
I have watched the induction ceremonies and they can be a lot of fun. Watching a bunch of different artists jam can either be a great joy, or a muffled disaster. I have not yet made it through the 12-12-12 concert, but I have heard there may have been a few misses… But hey, you gotta try, right. Sometimes rockin’ by the seat of your pant can be amazing!
Welcome to the world-famous Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. There is a lot of great music out there, and plenty of legacies that need to be protected and cherished and passed down the line.
But there is a cloud over Cleveland. A confusion over who should be in the hallowed halls and who should not. Okay, so maybe these halls ain’t hallowed… but you know what I mean.
Some of those passed over baffles the mind, rallies the troops and gets people REALLY PISSED OFF. Some of those who are in are a joke… and not because they are not talented or deserving of recognition… but because it is called the ROCK AND ROLL Hall of Fame… not pop or disco, but Rock.
Madonna??? Abba??? And look, I love Donna Summer, but say what? Either change the name to the Popular Music Hall Of Fame… or start adding separate wings for each genre…
This is rock, baby!
What spurred me on to delve into the Hall was the seemingly ongoing battle against Prog Rock bands. How has Rush NOT been inducted years and years ago? They said they don’t care about it… but it would be special to get in for the fans. Were they posturing? Putting on a bravado to hide the hurt and frustration? Perhaps… Or do they truly just not give a shit?
How sad that the Hall itself has made superior musicians and rock legends feel this way… Kind of like a twist on the famous Groucho Marx line “Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member.”
As I started pondering my next series of posts… to be designed around who is in, chronologically… (and yes, I’ll try to get to the huge MISSES, as well)… Rush was a potential inductee. This year, for the first time, they were putting out a survey, asking regular Rock n’ Roll Joes like us, to vote for our tops… Kind of like letting us rack up opinions on Dancing With The Stars… NOT!
Anyway… almost clearly our voices were heard… Rush… Heart… Randy Newman… hell yes…
Okay, so maybe some of you balked at Randy, but look at the genres he has covered. His solo albums are great… 1970’s Nilsson Sings Newman… Are you kidding me? And 1972’s Sail Away, which gave us the song every one of us wants to play in the bedroom… “You Can Leave Your Hat On.” This and Dave Matthew’s “Crash Into Me” alternate as my Top Two Sexiest Rock Songs of All Time!!!
And while not Rock n’ Roll, his soundtracks are some of the most stunningly beautiful music ever composed. All I need to say is The Natural. Done. You’re with me now, aren’t you???
So… Starting tomorrow, come back and check out just who is in the Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame… and we can debate their merits…