Rock Hall inductees: RUSH
December 11th, 2012
02:31 PM ET

2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced

The new class of inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been announced, and it includes rockers, the Queen of Disco, a group of hip hop pioneers and a band whose fans have long been clamoring for the honor.

In the performer category, Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer will receive the prestigious induction. Lou Adler and Quincy Jones will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which is given to non-performers.

A few of those selected to be part of the 2013 group had been nominated before, but none have had the fan support for entry into the hallowed Hall of Fame as first time nominees Rush. The band had been eligible for nomination for the past 14 years.

Member Alex Lifeson told CNN after the group was nominated back in October that the honor meant a great deal to his group's fan base.

"For our fans, it's very, very important, and we feel great for them," he said. "We're at the next stage and we'll see if we're actually inducted. If so, we'll support it in every way we can for our fans."

The family of the late "Queen of Disco" Donna Summer expressed their gratitude. "We are overjoyed the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame has recognized Donna's tremendous musical achievements," the family said in a statement. "It's an honor we know she quietly hoped for and would very much cherish. We are deeply grateful."

Ann Wilson from Heart attended the announcement with her sister and bandmate Nancy, and said their inclusion as inductees left her feeling "somewhat surreal at the moment, I'm still trying to soak up the reality of it."

This kind of acknowledgment "is so satisfying," she went on, because it means "that we are not the tree falling in the woods ... [W]e're out there working and doing shows, traveling [and] writing, for years and years and this means that we've been noticed."

Super-producer and composer Quincy Jones, who has worked with a multitude of artists, from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson, said he was humbled by the honor. "I was very blessed to work with almost every major artist in the last 50 years in America and you can't plan that, not to say I knew that was gonna happen, and I'm grateful," Jones said.

To be eligible for a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination, artists had to have released their work at least 25 years prior to appearing on the ballot. That means this year's group released their first single in 1987 or earlier.

For the first time since 1993, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on the West coast. The 28th annual event is scheduled for April 18 and will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles, California.

The ceremony will be open to the ticket-buying public, and will air on HBO at 9 p.m. on May 18.


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    All at once, they should induct every band that ever played a gig, recorded an album or strummed a chord in public or in a garage anywhere on the planet. Maybe that would stop this nonsense.

    October 29, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bronson Nimmer

    Why on earth is Boston not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? They are much more deserving than numerous others such as Donovan, Randy Newman, The Small Faces and the Beastie Boys! Their debut album was one of the best (if not the best) debut albums of all time. Every single song from their debut album has been played on the radio countless times over the past 37 years. What a shame! Their second and third albums also had hits. It makes us rock fans sick.

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    Chicago is the biggest snub in my mind. If commercial success is the major factor for getting in, they were the top US singles charting group during the 1970s. They have sold over 38 million units in the US, with 22 gold, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums. Over the course of their career they have had five number-one albums and 21 top-ten singles.

    You want influence or breaking new ground? Listen to the early Chicago and Chicago Transit Authority; unreal music that perfectly blended jazz, rock, and blues (and they did rock!). Who else of any note in rock had a full horn section as successfully as they did? You want musicianship? Terry Kath was one of the greatest guitarists in history. The guitar solo on 25 or 6 to 4 is mind blowing, and other great voices and great musicians throughout that band. They get a bad rap because after Kath died, the band was more known for its Cetera led ballads, but still a great band that stood the test of time. My understanding is that a long time grudge with one of the R-R HOF board members is keeping them out, which is pathetic. Almost as pathetic is that you see Public Enemy, Donna Summer, and bands that have been around half as long with half the success or influence getting inducted in (and some rightfully so). I personally won't visit the Hall of Fame or give it any creedence until this injustice is corrected.

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  12. KK in Dallas

    Congrats to All New HOFers!
    No Brainer to put in Moody Blues and Deep Purple... C'mon you idiots At HOF, nominate them!! Before they're dead and gone!

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    Chicago not in the Hall of Fame is like Mariano Rivera not being a first time ballot Hall of Fame inductee.

    April 6, 2013 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Scott Thiemann

    Scott

    No Moody Blues? (and Chicago, and Guess Who, and...)What the Heck are they waiting for?

    I'd say it's time to begin an alternative, something like "Rock and Roll with a Message, Melody, and Substance HOF" I mean, who determines what is GOOD music anyhow?

    March 11, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • paris2venice

      The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is such a joke. The music is irrelevant. All that matters is:

      How many records did they sell?

      April 28, 2013 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  16. Mike

    Once again....Is this not the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? every year more and more are inducted, that have nothing to do with rock and roll. Heart, and Rush are most definately part of rock and roll history. Albert King is a blues legend, he might get a possible vote, due to the fact that without the blues, there would be no rock and roll. However, Public Enemy, as great as they were, come from hip-hop, not rock. Donna Summer, is the queen of disco, just because she dated Gene Simmons, does not make her worthy of induction to the rock and roll hall of fame. Then theres Randy Newman, an excellent song writer in his own rite, but he is more adult contemporary. Come on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there are many other rock legends out there that deserve it more.

    February 23, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Jett

    she looks so happy in the video doesn't she?

    February 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
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    usually they just drink and eat disgusting chips all day....buffet is much better.

    February 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  19. eriberto nunez

    rock and roll!!!!! HOW ABOUT JOAN JETT SHES A ROCKER!!!! WHY IS SHE NOT IN? SHES THE FEMALE CHUCK BERRY SHE BELONGS IN!!!!!

    February 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  20. guiltyassin

    rush is dead.

    January 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • albert

      Yeah, their recent sellout tours and recent album sales of Clockwork Angels really proves your point . Not to mention the fact that Rush is only third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band.

      January 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Junk fee

    Notice Alex Lifeson's (RUSH) commentary on the induction- that is hilarious. He don't care.

    RROF is joke anyhow- everyone knows it and they NEED Rush to help them.

    January 1, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Sam

    I could not agree more about Rush finally being inducted but by the same token it is a total embarrassment that Yes are still being ignored and these other very questionable names who have zero to do with rock in any form continue to be inducted.

    December 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Charles

    Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a JOKE!! You got Jazz, Soul, Rap, and R&B. This is not Rock and Roll people! You got people inducted that should never be in there! Every year when I see the nominees I laugh my ass off. 2 % are Rock & Roll and all the others are throw ins by a group of pansies who think they know Rock & Roll. What a joke for the History of Rock & Roll.

    December 25, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  24. Hazel Bon Jovi

    What the hell???Are they expecting Jon Bon Jovis retirement to take them in consideration? GOD, they have been around for over 2 decades, this is unbelievable. WHERE IS BON JOVIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII???

    December 20, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • watchdogME

      Bon Jovi???? Where the heck are the Moody Blues! The R&R Hall of Fame is more about who hasn't been inducted than who has. It is all political BS.

      December 27, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  25. KP

    Donna Summer, Public Enemy???? I thought this was a ROCK and ROLL Hall of Fame

    December 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  26. tom

    Moody Blues, Moody Blues, Moody Blues, Moody Blues, Moody Blues, Moody Blues, Moody Blues, Moody Blues, Moody Blues, Moody Blues, Moody Blues, Moody Blues, Moody Blues, Moody Blues get the idea?

    December 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan Lubin

      I totally agree, are you going to be on the Moodies Cruise? Can't wait. See you there.

      Stan

      December 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Until the Moody Blues, Chicago and The Guess Who are inducted, the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame is a joke.

      January 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Totally agree! In fact, if I were the Moodies, and were eventually invited, I would politely reject the award.
      It means little if lesser acts precede the acknowledgment of your contribution. When I think of the what the Moody Blues added to rock (starting with songs in 1967 that are still awesome)...When I think of what they pioneered (melotron, etc.)...A pox on the HOF.

      February 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      No Moody Blues? (and Chicago, and Guess Who, and...)What the Heck are they waiting for?

      I'd say it's time to begin an alternative, something like "Rock and Roll with a Message, Melody, and Substance HOF" I mean, who determines what is GOOD music anyhow?

      March 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Paul

    RUSH!!! It's about time!!! I'm glad you inducted them before their 40th anniversary!!! A true influential trio of musicians!!! You are missing one undoubtedly influential rock band and I'm in awe that you have not yet inducted them. DEEP PURPLE (Gillan's and Coverdale's)!!!!!!!!! HONOR RITCHIE BLACKMORE!!!

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  28. Beezer

    Finally RUSH !!!!!!!!

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  30. carmar

    donna summer did not record many songs..but her vocal range was incredible...she was really famous for gospel singing.

    December 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I have read in these comments numerous misstatements about Donna Summer. First, one said she "didn't record very many songs." Well...just from scanning a list of her 17 original LPs, it appears that there are hundreds of songs Summer recorded. And of course these don't include her on-LP recordings or the one or two she did to promote greatest hits packages. Another poster said she has "Nothing to do with rock." Well, she was nominated three times for best ROCK performance and won in 1979 for Hot Stuff...again best ROCK performance.

      December 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
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  33. Lance

    Exactly what do rap and rock and roll have in common. Public Enemy in the rap/hip hop hall of fame? Definitely. In the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? No. To be eligible for the RRHOF, your music should at least be classified as rock and roll.

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    The Rock and Roll hall of fame is a joke. Most of the inductees are not even close to being Rock and Rollers.

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  36. Dan

    Heart? They suck. They are only getting in because Cameron Crowe, who was married to the pretty redhead, is connected. How about the Monkees?

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  37. Lord

    who the eff cares!!!

    December 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  38. metalhead65

    when open a rap hall will they be inducting AC/DC and Led Zeppelin? makes as much sense as putting rappers and disco stars in something called the rock and roll hall of fame doesn't it?

    December 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • marsilius

      Disco and hip-hop are both part of rock and roll, for they are both musically descended from the rock and roll revolution of the 1950s. Disco and hip-hop just happen to be more directly descended from the more non-guitar based than guitar-based, and from the more black-based than white-based, parts of the rock and roll revolution of the 1950s. There has been more diversity in rock and roll all along than some people give it credit for having.

      December 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • metalhead65

        no they are not. rock and roll is guitars,bass.drums and a singer. not a turntable and somebody talking fast nor is it somebody lip syncing and dancing. disco had people singing to music but that does not make it rock and roll.

        December 13, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  39. BackBurner

    Pop Music is amazing

    December 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jc

    The Rock & Roll HOF is not really a true Hall Of Fame. Because music is taste driven, it's impossible to have a true consensus of who the honorees should be. In football you can have two or three inductees each year that are unanimously agreed upon. A lot of bands are still playing that started put in the 60's and 70's, so it's impossible for you to get a complete scope of their work. I fully agree with Public Enemy being nominated, especially since solo careers were launched and their continued relevance. I think there should be public voting since music is such a independently valued art form. Having a group of ppl tell me that Rush, who has a great drummer but no real lyrical content, is worthy of the HOF is not really a service to the musical profession. Tool would be a better offering in that particular category.

    December 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      Are you off your nut? Neil Peart is one of the greatest lyricists of all time.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I can only assume you've never read(or listened) to any Rush lyrics. Neil Peart's lyrics are some of the best in music. Or maybe it's that Neil's lyrics are too complex for you since the majority of them were inspired by literature. Public Enemy?? Not even close.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • vin

      Really? Neil always pulls his lyrical ideas from literature, both classic and contemporary as well as personal experience, while employing real prose and complex wordplay and you think Public Ememy has real lyrical value! You are a simpleton who cannot grasp or appreciate what Rush is about both musically and lyrically.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • BR

      How Three Dog Night isn't in is waaaaaaay beyond me....but ABBA is?

      December 12, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      Rush rocks on so many levels. Lyrically, musically, technically, arguably the best drummer/bassist in the world (Alex rocks also). If you only liked one aspect of Rush, that would be enough for them to warrant a spot in the HOF. THE MOST COMPLETE band. EVER!

      December 12, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darcy

      Lyrics are what separates Rush from the pack; they are truly one of the best, and many consider them in their own league in that dept.

      You are way off on that one my friend!

      December 12, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOEY

      ARE YOU CRAZY BRO RUSH SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN ALONG TIME AGO,,AND I WOULD CONSIDER BEING INDUCTED WITH WITH THESE PEOPLE AS AN INSULT.. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF HEART

      December 13, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • PaulieJ

      A disservice to the music profession? No real lyrical content?
      While I have no issue with Public Enemy, as a group or what individuals went on to do later, simply put, Rush packs more talent into one three hour performance than PE has demonstrated their entire career and there's more talent demonstrated in just one Rush song like "Natural Science" then anything released by PE.
      The real shame is acts like Madonna, Public Enemy & Grand Master Flash being inducted before many much more deserving true rock acts.

      December 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • BH

      What r u 5 years old, you compare Public E with Rush, Not worth my time, Dumb A55

      January 17, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • THisGUy

      Tool?! you can suck my tool! RUSH dumps on any of Tool's songs..

      January 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Rich

    IIt's amazing to me that a band like the Moody Blues who've been performing together since the mid 60s has yet to receive an invitation from the stodgy old Hall of Fame. Yet a fairly new group like Public Enemy has. As far as I'm concerned, the R & R Hall of Fame should be ashamed of itself! And actually, it's not really representative of rock n' roll at all, is it...

    December 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
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  50. Dan

    While all modern popular music is based on European folk music, there are many, many different genres that have influenced it over the years including: classical, blues, country, jazz, noise, heavy metal, punk, rap, hip-hop, electronica, etc, etc, etc. Really any kind of music is acceptable into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I agree that this American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is pretty much a joke. It's incredibly watered down and contains many people who shouldn't even be in there, but hey, it is what it is.

    December 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Then why are the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Who in the American Rock abnd Roll Hall of Fame? Plus Led Zeppelin The Police and The Kinks.

      December 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  51. palintwit

    How about ' Bristol Palin and The Buttplugs ' ?

    December 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Dennis Belanger

    People, Grand Funk Railroad is due.

    December 12, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Ewell

      Grand Funk was a great band. They messed up some when they went commercial in the middle 70's, but all in all they are my favorite. I don't understand their picks this year at all. I don't think it will really matter much longer because we have moved away from Rock and into Pop.

      December 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 12, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
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    December 12, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
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    December 12, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  56. John

    Where's Todd Rundgren? Artist, Producer, Guitar virtuoso, Innovator. And he is still rocking today!

    December 12, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • JonnyK

      Todd indeed......what an incredible oversight not having him in there after all these years.

      December 19, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  57. Bick

    Heart, simply the BEST!

    December 12, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  58. Menachem

    Why isn't YES in there? One of the most innovative bands of the 70s and STILL going strong.

    December 12, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  59. David From Canada

    By now, no one takes the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seriously anymore. Disco Diva Donna Summer gets in this year while Connie Francis, the first big pop female star, with such a beautiful voice and many hits still hasn't??!! What a mess.

    December 12, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  60. shpaget

    KISS, Steve Miller Band, Deep Purple, Boston, Dire Straits, Guess Who, Journey, Styx, Cheap Trick, Jethro Tull – and a lot more. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without these acts is pretty much irrelevant.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Carl Krol

      You're 100% correct. The fact that...KISS, Steve Miller Band, Deep Purple, Boston, Dire Straits, Guess Who, Journey, Styx, Cheap Trick, Jethro Tull – and a lot more. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without these acts is pretty much irrelevant. The R+RHOF is a joke. Madonna is in and these bands are not?

      December 12, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      A Rock and Roll hall of fame without Kiss is like a a Fridge with no food. How are non rock acts getting in when the masters are left in the cold?

      December 12, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      KISS – LOL. Being around for a long time doesn't qualify a band for induction. Creating good music is required and KISS's songs are just awful and always have been. I was in HS when they first hit and they were a joke then and time has not diminished that fact.

      December 12, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      I'm sure these bands are all eligible, but don't forget, if they don't have overwhelming fan support, they won't get in. That's the way it's done.

      December 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • reekerbreeker

      Steve Miller greatest hits...13 million albums sold plus great concept albums such as children of the future, brave new world, plus many hits such as living in the usa, space cowboy, gangster of love...Standard injustice

      April 18, 2013 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  61. FudgePac Shakur

    Yo! Wat 'bout me? And Biggy Smalls...we be dying to get in...

    December 12, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  62. Phil

    Again, No Thin Lizzy, or at least Gary Moore? Unreal.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  63. Bill

    No Johnny Maestro, again.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
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    December 12, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  65. Right up the road

    donna hands down

    December 12, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • CosmicC

      Donna Summer was the Queen of Disco and needs to be honored for that, but disco is NOT rock. A war was fought between rock and disco in the 70's and we thought rock won. Similar thoughts about Public Enemy.
      Yes, they should be honored, but not here.

      December 12, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  66. MegaPhat(1)

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    December 12, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  67. Howie76

    Rush should change their name to the Castrated Cats because that is what there lead singed sounds like. They are one of the worst bands ever followed by an all males audience?? What is that all about.

    December 12, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Glenn

      If you don't like them don't listen to them

      December 12, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Howieisgay

      Anyone with the name Howie can not expect to be taken seriously.

      December 12, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • peter

      I am a rush fan and don't care about your comment –neither do i care they are in the RnR of fame–It is true that rush has a mostly male audience–But the girls that do show up are hot–Frankly, i don't care who is in the audience or who likes rush–i like rush because i like rush. When i want to get laid and i don't have a girlfriend i call up the brazialian escort service.

      December 12, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Lerxst

      If you're going to concerts to check out chicks, you're a poser.

      December 12, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • wjmccartan

      Your pucked man, Rush should have been there years ago, Kiss is a glamour band, they wouldn't know rock if they were hit by one, as for the other like Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, Steve Miller, your right about those acts, they should be there already. Donna Summer she doesn't belong there at all, she has nothing to do with Rock and Roll. All Hail Getty Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Niel Pert, been rocking for over forty years and still putting out new material, congradulations on the nomination guys.

      Rush Fan Forever

      Wjmccartan

      December 12, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Canuk

      Third only to the Beatles and Rolling Stones in consecutive gold and platinum records! So you can now see why your opinion counts so little. Howie = Carly Rae Jepson fan?

      December 12, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • mark l

      Have been to more than 30 diff concerts, prob 70 bands, and i never seen anyone that sounded like you were listening to the album even in the late 70's, NONE, the band was dead on everytime. and all that full sound just a trio...

      December 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pratt

      200 million fans dont care what you say

      December 13, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  68. Jim

    And the Moody Blues are snubbed once again.

    December 12, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • tom

      Amen! How this so called "Hall of Fame" continues to ignore the first of the innovators who used orchestral back up and took rock to another level amazes me. Everyone raves about Pink Floyd, and rightly so, but the Moodies were doing that type of rock first! And they are still rocking!

      December 12, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  69. you were set up last night girl-

    he was not there and we've know about mega for months now-we've know about california for months now
    the only accuracy was the ip address last night which we killed-i don't care about 3 way...i just drive up the road.

    see why your stoopid and i am columbo?

    December 12, 2012 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  70. your were set up last night girl

    he was not there and we've know about mega for months now-we've know about california for months now
    the only accuracy was the ip address last night which we killed-i don't care bout 3 way

    see why your stoopid and i am columbo?

    December 12, 2012 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  71. Wil

    It's about time they included Donna Summer! She sung disco, rock, r&b and gospel.

    December 12, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  72. PSY fan !!

    Just wait for 24 more years....you will find PSY on the ballot! He iz da bomb!! Superstar in the making...

    December 12, 2012 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  73. guys she is still hacked in

    -

    December 12, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
    • nut-bar

      What a fool! Nobody knows what you are talking about. Just go away! You post the lamest things that are a complete waste of time. I do apologize if you are a tard though...which appears to be pretty obvious....

      December 12, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  74. why are you allowing this person to do these

    things...

    December 12, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  75. get it off the crash mode...

    why are you being brainwashed...and allowing it

    December 12, 2012 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  76. 3 way check

    -

    December 12, 2012 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  77. Dan S.

    Where's Carly?

    December 12, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  78. Ray

    I'm really glad to know how much rock music have grown to accommodate everyone. Its indeed a step in the right direction. I believe music is like a story,and rock music is one of the greatest stories.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  79. Jim

    Pat Benetar, dissed again.

    December 12, 2012 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  80. Joy

    Yet again, Alvin Lee is ignored............

    December 12, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • saggyroy

      I saw Alvin open for BTO of all bands. BTO got boo'd off the stage (I think they were the inspiration for Spinal Tap), and we wanted more Alvin Lee. I saw Lee walking around in the crowd for the few minutes BTO was on. This was at Cobo in Detroit in the 70's.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  81. NBA

    Way to go Quincy Jones!!!!

    December 12, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  82. Rogue351

    Rush – Well it is about dam time !!!

    December 12, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom Sawyer

      Amen Brother.

      "On the skins, Mr. Milton Banana!" -Rush in Rio

      December 12, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  83. TubesFan

    First, the Rock Hall is pretty meaningless: a vanity project run by its founder Jan Wenner and a miniscule group of his sycophants so don't expect fairness. This is pretty widely known in the industry. That said I cast my vote for one of the most underappreciated, overlooked, misunderstood and influential groups in history: The Tubes.

    December 12, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  84. phat phuck

    Mega will be the path to our new music

    December 12, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  85. Wiley

    What about Chicago??

    December 12, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • JonnyK

      Yeah! Chicago was ground breaking, inventive, had about a million hits (which were self-penned) and continue to work non-stop all over the world, all the time. Isn't it about time for them to get recognized?

      December 19, 2012 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  86. See these musical notes before?

    64 94 18 163
    64 94 18 154

    December 12, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  87. Bobbi

    Why hasn't Pat Benatar gotten in yet? No one even mentions them. Pat and her band have been rocking since 1979. They have had 10 platinum albums, 8 no.1 singles and 4 Grammy Awards.

    December 12, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  88. A blogger

    has been crashed into my computer since 7pm this evening...california here we come

    December 12, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  89. God

    Moody Blues

    Turtles

    C'mon guys....

    December 12, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  90. Jon

    Yet again The Moody Blues are ignored??? Seriously???
    The rarhof still seems like a joke until they get inducted. Sorry, but they've been a big influence on so many.

    Also, how about Big Country??? Admittedly, they had but one major hit in the usa, but many, many top 40's in the rest of the world.

    December 12, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  91. Michael

    Once again two of rock-and-roll's greatest guitarists are left off: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Dick Dale.

    December 12, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  92. John

    How does this lame HOF not have KISS. BS.

    December 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Name*keke

    Public Enemy number one .Awwww they,picked a black group. I can c y u would say public enemy I thought the same thing but to say there goes the neighborhood and all these other racial slurs that u started first then when u get feed back u cant take it and say we playing the race card but u started it first .

    December 11, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  94. mega mystery

    work on your anger spliff...

    December 11, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  95. The blogging is dead here also

    i have a current copy of this article also

    December 11, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  96. i love rush

    awsome group

    December 11, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • SQLGuy

      Nice to see how accurate the museum's information is (see caption above) "...enjoyed popularity in the 1970's with songs like "Tom Sawyer" and "The Spirit of Radio"..." Tom Sawyer came out in 1981, and The Spirit of Radio in 1980. Guess they really were ahead of their time.

      December 12, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  97. computer is not working tonight

    gee wonder what it could be

    December 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  98. elkaboom

    Race racial race-card. Are these taboo terms? I give up.

    December 11, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • elkaboom

      Nope. Wasn't that. What have I said to offend the bot gatekeeper?

      December 11, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • elkaboom

      Punk. Punk Rock. Was that the one that kept me out of the party? Hmmmm

      December 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  99. sticktotopicmethod

    blogging is boring again

    December 11, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  100. elkaboom

    The most frustrating & indisputable element related to this article is the sloppy reporting, or at least the lack of editorial oversight, for which CNN allows. Albert King "...who died in 1922"?! That's curious, since Les Paul didn't cobble together his electric guitar until 1940, and Gibson didn't roll out their Flying V (King's trademark guitar) until 1958.

    December 11, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave in Jax, FL

      Also, Rush released "Tom Sawyer" and "The Spirit of Radio" in the '80s and not the '70s. No mention of "2112" which is what really turned the corner for Rush. But I expect crap reporting from CNN. I'm suprised they didn't claim Obama wrote the songs....

      December 11, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

      Hey, Dave. You were doing fine until you dragged Pres. Obama into it. At that point you revealed yourself as the ignorant troll that you are. You Tealiban types just can't help yourselves, can you?

      December 11, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loopman

      @elkaboom- Please actually read the article and you will see that he died in 1992, not 1922. I take it reading comprehension wasn't one of your strong points in school.

      December 12, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      lol! What does Pres. Obama have to do with the Rock Hall of Fame? Please get over it already.

      December 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • elkaboom

      Loopman,
      1st, why the snide comment?
      2nd, the subtext of the original headline was, in fact, that King died in 1922. Perhaps by the time my comments were posted they corrected the error.
      3rd, reading comprehension is different from dyslexia or misidentification or symbols or words.
      4th (not to you Loopman), why must some of you insistantly bring politics into everything? And just because someone voted for – or detests – a certain political figurehead, why does that make him a troll or an saint? What has happened to our sense of civility? I assure you that we have much more in common with one another than a few sociopolitical disagreements. We're all here, reading about the RRHOF, right? Once we wake up to this, then we'll start rebuildiing from the divisive mess we're in...one that promotes the 'F*(& you, you're wrong response,' and onward to the, 'explain to me what you mean by that.'

      December 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Smokey

    Pretty darn solid class if you ask me... Albert King, Heart, Rush and of course Public Enemy are all in heavy rotation for my listening.

    December 11, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  102. dont play with the harmonies

    i love rock-puts on a natural high–

    December 11, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  103. elkaboom

    Why won't you post my comment?

    December 11, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  104. hey we'll get there!

    rock and roll

    December 11, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  105. AWayToTruth

    Don't think Kenny Loggins has ever been inducted, either. Neither has Meatloaf or Lionel Richie. As for groups, there's Chicago. Yep, there are still a fair number of folks that are worthy in my book. I guess if I contemplated it long enough, I could come up with many more. Hope they get inducted before their time is up. Kind of stinks to be inducted posthumously. I'm sure Donna Summer would have been thrilled to have received the award while she was here on earth. But then again, maybe I'm assuming she doesn't know ~ maybe she does.

    December 11, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  106. thepetester

    Rush is LESS rock and roll than Donna Summer. Donna Summer songs are mostly in a 4/4 beat, with standard rock instrumentation, with added strings and electronics. Rush is in about a hundred different time signatures in the same song. Donna Summer sings about getting laid and relationships. Rush sings about sci-fi worlds, cheesy dystopias, modern day Tom Sawyers and a bunch of other stuff, NONE of it having to do with getting laid. You can dance to Donna Summer, you can get stoned to rush and play air drums, which is only considered dancing if you are confined to a wheelchair. The one thing they have in common, they call Geddy Lee the Working Man and we all know Donna Summer worked hard for the money.

    December 11, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Jerry

    The so-called "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" is nothing more than a sad joke. It lost all credibility years ago with inductions of non-Rockers like Prince, Madonna, and even the consideration – let alone the induction – of RAPPERS! (the anti-Rockers). Even as much as I love Donna Summer and as fondly as I remember the Disco Era, Disco is not Rock and Donna doesn't belong in a "Rock" HOF. They need to give-up all pretense of "Rock&Roll" leaning and call it what it REALLY is: "The Post-1950 POP Music Hall of Fame".

    December 11, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hartless

      Public enemy, what a joke, there are so many hard rockers that deserve induction, the R&R HOF is a joke. Induct those that made this country great for Rock and Roll

      December 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • MNjonny

      I agree fully dude, if its Rock n Roll hall of Fame they better be rockers at the very least. So really Rush an Heart are the only 2 that belong. So knowing that... is it not time that finally KISS be inducted !!
      The whole thing has turned into a sham,... and thats a shame. Speaking of "aint that a shame" is Cheap Trick even in the hall of fame yet??

      December 12, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Geri Mander

      Hey, Jerry's bringing the noise.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  108. Megapath Works -I just love california don't you

    conference call 11am (9 of us )–who gave the authorization–to hack into my life–without my permission-

    now you know why i keep getting offers to be come a Lt. Columbo–

    December 11, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  109. pensacola

    Dan Fogelberg

    December 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  110. TK

    I suspect that many of you object to some of the people inducted into the HOF is because you have a misguided and narrow view of rock-n-roll music, perhaps you should look up the history of the music to see who were the real pioneers of rock n roll and it sure was not elvis, jerry lewis or the beetles

    December 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kas

      TK, your comment shows me how ignorant YOU are about the history of Rock and Roll. Anyone who doesn't know the difference between Jerry Lewis (a comedian) and Jerry LEE Lewis (the singer) is an idiot. And it's the BEATLES, you moron. Get it? BEAT as in MUSIC? Get a clue. Public Enemy doesn't belong, not because of their race, but because the are not a legendary performing group worth of being inducted into this hall of fame. Put them in the rap hall of fame, or hip hop hall of fame or whatever, but they do not belong in a group with the likes of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson or any of the other great artists. They are not good enough to lick their boots.

      December 11, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • spliff johnson

      Anybody who thinks that hip hop has not influenced rock obviously stopped listening to new music since 1985. Have you not listened to Anthrax' version of Bring the Noise. While I agree that there are alot of overdue inductees (Cmon – NO DEEP PURPLE??!!), I have no problem with Public Enemy's inclusion. You should check out "It Takes A Nation of Millions" before you pass judgement. Otherwise stay in your parent's basement with your Foghat LP's and keep quiet.

      December 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      I think you're ignorant too, Kas. Rap music has contributed to Rock. One of the best rock/rap collaberations was Aerosmith with a rap t rio named Run DMC. They collaberated on "Walk this Way" – a classic indeed. Don't the fans drive who eventually ends up in the Rock Hall of Fame?

      December 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  111. AWayToTruth

    Not saying these folks aren't deserving of the recognition and looks like it's there time to dance on the field, but there are still plenty of other individuals and groups who haven't been recognized. I always liked Journey, ELO, Foreigner, Supertramp, and Daryl Hall and John Oates ~ I really hope they all get the nod next year. At any rate, it's about time Joan Jett was inducted.

    December 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Megapath Works -I just love california don't you

    conference call 11am (9 of us )–who gave the authorization–to hack into my life–without my permission-

    now you know why i keep getting offers to be come a Lt. Columbo–

    December 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Megapath Works -I just love california don't you

    IP: 64.93.18.163
    Decimal: 1079841443
    Hostname: 64-93-18-163.client.dsl.net
    ISP: MegaPath Networks
    Organization: MegaPath Networks

    December 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Michael

    Once again, the Rock Hall has demonstrated its utter lack of credibility. Heart and Rush certainly belong in the Rock Hall. However, each other act inducted is not even a Rock act. It's time to either throw in the towel (which I'm sure you won't do), or just change your name to "The Popular Music Hall of Fame". This will, at least, legitimize most of your choices, because you can argue that practically any type of music is "popular" to someone. As it stands, the Rock Hall consists mostly of non-Rock and second- and third-rate Rock acts. There is no exclusivity and, therefore, no honor in being inducted.

    December 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Rock and Roll came from a variety of music genres. To suggest that any particular group is not worthy of induction in that hall of fame is short sighted in light of the contributions that each artist or group has made to American music. That obviously includes hip hop as well as country. Otherwise, how would you justify including the original rockers like Elvis Presley in the same hall as The Rolling Stones and Guns N Roses?

      December 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      Well stated. Don't forget where Rock n Roll derived from. Early rock derived from R&B – Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, Elvis, etc. Cincinnati disc jockey Allan Freed coined this music "Rock n Roll" as the name was far more appealing than "race music." Donna Summer and Public Enemy deserve to be in the Rock Hall of Fame – history says so.

      December 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Stratman2525

    What? No Grand Funk Railroad? Once again the boys from Flint are railroaded...

    December 11, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BaltoPaul

      Sadly, Grand Funk Railroad is too working class for the RRHOF voters.

      December 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stratman2525

      If that's the case then why was Springsteen inducted? I think the oversight was more because Grand Funk shunned the media for many years and now it's payback time.

      December 11, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  116. bodie

    I liked Public Enemy's music(at least some of it), but WTH are they nominated in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? They are not rock. That's equal to nominating Johnny Cash in the Hip Hop Hall of Fame.

    December 11, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  117. N&W 1000

    What about KISS?

    The Rock HOF sucks.

    December 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  118. mike s

    When will we finally see the Moody Blues inducted- a travesty

    December 11, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • N&W 1000

      I agree.

      December 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • AWayToTruth

      You know, I think you're absolutely right! I think one of the best songs ever written and performed by them was Nights in White Satin. For me, it ranks right up there with Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven. The Moody Blues certainly have a lot of excellent musical history to their name!

      December 11, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      If it really was a "Rock an Roll HOF" I would heartily agree: fantastic band, one of the best live acts I've ever seen, and genuinely nice guys, (I was lucky enough to meet them one year when my best friend won backstage passes from WRIF). The unfortunate reality is crap like NWA and Tupac (it's only "rap" 'cause some dumba$$ made a typo and didn't get the "C" at the beginning!,) will make it into the "POP Music HOF" long before most of Rock's best and brightest.

      December 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      How about Chicago??

      December 11, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Mattie

    Yeah, they were all 'experts' in their fields of knowledge of their instruments. The only other band that came close was Zep. Bonham vs. Peart, Jones vs. Getty, Page vs. Lifeson, and Plant vs. Lee again. It's close!!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  120. 64 94 18 163

    your bad at this–lmao

    December 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Mattie

    His version of Voodo Chile (slight return for the trolls) was the best I've ever heard...

    December 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Ace Frehley

    Gene promised me that if KISS gets in he'll get me drunk so I can pull the same stunt I did on the Tom Snyder show.

    December 11, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  123. JOregon

    Unless I missed something I am pretty sure Stevie Ray Vaughan still isn't in.
    That is my issue with the HOF, true greats don't make it and trendy folk do.

    December 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Mattie

    Rush in a nutshell were great musicians and had great arrangements. The style of music is subjective...I have no problem with Public Enemy as they were groundbreaking like NWA. Is it Rock & Roll? Probably not.

    December 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Bruce

    About time Rush made it. Long overdue and well-deserved

    December 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Layne

    Love Rush's music, totally respect their abilities as musicians, but they have to be the most BORING live band since Kansas. Seriously. They don't even look at the crowd, they just look at their instruments. They seem afraid of audience interaction. But maybe that's okay. Rush is all about the music; for them, the celebrity status is just a consequence of the music. For too many other bands, the music is just the path to celebrity status.

    December 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poodie

      I think The Police get the nod for most boring band.

      RUSH is well deserving of this.

      December 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sergio

      You obviously haven't seen their Live in Rio concert.

      December 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Mattie

    I like Rush. But the best trio is Cream. (Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker).

    December 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  128. KILGORE TROUT

    Can it be that fcking hard to identify by the band members by their names along with the name of the band in your outdates photographs. What pathetic journalism

    December 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  129. jabba the clut

    this whole rock and roll hall of fame thing is stupid, i got my own its called my itunes full of thousands of dollars of pirated music lol.

    December 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  130. lroy

    There are many that SHOULD be in, and many more that shouldn't. I also think they should start including DJs to the class (I'm talking the REAL famous ones like Allan Freed and Wolfman Jack).

    December 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  131. JOregon

    I certainly wouldn't add Rush, and Donna Summer will tear people up. Randy Newman is OK but HOF?
    Once again several truly deserving artists are left out – When is Dick Dale ever going to make it?
    If you don't know who Dick Dale is look it up.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve G

      Writing from Albuquerque NM. We know who Dick Dale is-without him and his band there is no Jan & Dean and no Beach Boys

      December 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beautiful☆Vixen

      Never heard of him and I looked him up. Learned something new today. That was some good stuff.

      December 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOregon

      It wasn't just that Dale created a whole new sound he also created Rock and Roll volume.
      Because of Dale the equipment was invented that makes R&R possible.

      December 11, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Acidhead

    Grand Funk Railroad. This is ANOTHER reason why the Rock and Roll HOF is a big joke. Along with the most of the names on the list below. And they let singers in that have nothing to do with R&R.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  133. William Pagdon

    I quoted a Rush song earlier today. I have always thought they were a great Rock Band. For those who are upset at Rush being enshrined, save your comments for Donna Summer (Disco Singer) or Public Enemy (Rap Group). They do not belong any more then Beethoven belongs there.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • MusicFan1

      Amen to that brother!

      December 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ned needlemier

      The only way that public enemy could get in was by the use of samples. Remember when plagerism was a bad thing. Back then rappers lifted lots of stuff. Now there is a more creativity, but back in the mid 80's stealing(oh sorry sampling) was the only way to get noticed. They should not be there, they belong in the rapping hall of fame.

      Rush finally. Don't knock them because Yes is not there. There aren't a lot of progressive rock acts in the hall. That needs to change. They are leaving out a lot of great groups, and bringing in too many one hit wonders.

      December 11, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  134. DrC

    I'm glad Deep Purple didn't make it to the list, they are so much bigger than any silly list...

    December 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  135. reinstone

    Unbelievable no Yes, DeepPurple, Badfinger, Jethro Tull in there yet. Rush – give me two albums that scream Hall Of Fame ... and don't say that horribly pretentious 2112. Go listen to it today.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • SkidMark

      I could give you five but 2112 is enough. Pretentious? I'll give you that. but I did listen to it today and it was as masterful and powerful as it was 35 years ago and I'm old enough to say that.

      December 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • dmdcash

      LOL at calling Rush pretentious and then praising YES? Owner of a lonely heart rules them out forever in my book.

      December 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve G

      2112 is only pretentious if you think that Led Zep 4 is pretentious. They are both excellent works that I do believe Mozart, Bach, & Beethoven would love to listen to!!

      December 11, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Odement

      Badfinger abso-f-ing-lutely.

      December 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • GunslinginSteven

      Two Rush albums that scream Hall of Fame? OK

      Fly by Night
      Hemispheres
      Moving Pictures
      Signals

      And 2112 is still awesome. I'm only 25 and that album changed me forever when I heard it for the first time about 6 years ago.

      December 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Moving Pictures
      Clockwork Angels
      Roll The Bones
      Signals
      Permanent Waves

      Shall I continue?

      December 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rezadvd

      At last someone mentioned Jethro Tull ! their Aqualung (only the song) is enough. give it a listen you so-called HOF..and don't expecting those fools about J.J. Cale. useless.

      July 6, 2013 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  136. Mike O'Hara

    As I was growing up, Heart and Rush were favorites of the old-school morons who listened to dried-up classic rock stations while the intelligent and cool people were getting into the progressive sounds of New Order, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Smiths and the greatest of them all, Depeche Mode. The rock hall is not a museum, it's a re-education camp designed to dumb our culture down.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • hahahah232

      You're whining about the dumbing down of our culture, while extolling the virtues of Depeche Mode? Is this some kind of sick joke?

      December 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • harmonium

      I don't think in good conscience I could call myself a man and say I listen to the bunnymen.

      December 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      The replies in this thread are darn funny!

      December 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • evanac

      If by "intelligent and cool", you mean people who got eyeliner in their Yoohoo and drank it anyway, then I feel ya dawg.

      December 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  137. SkidMark

    Straight out of today's headlines.........

    There is trouble in the forest
    And the creatures all have fled
    As the maples scream 'Oppression!'
    And the oaks just shake their heads

    So the maples formed a union
    And demanded equal rights
    'The oaks are just too greedy
    We will make them give us light'
    Now there's no more oak oppression
    For they passed a noble law
    And the trees are all kept equal
    By hatchet, axe and saw

    IT'S ABOUT TIME !!!

    December 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  138. i say

    yes

    December 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xen

      All kinds of yes.... but they too are being woefully ignored for far too long.

      December 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Rushfan4ever

    All three band members are rated as amongst the best all-time with their respective instruments. Like their music or not, they are incredible musicians and worthy of this honour for that reason alone (if being one of the best selling bands of all-time wasn't enough)....

    December 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mattie

      Yeah, they were all 'experts' in their fields of knowledge of their instruments. The only other band that came close was Zep. Bonham vs. Peart, Jones vs. Getty, Page vs. Lifeson, and Plant vs. Lee again. It's close!!!!

      December 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Steve G

    Rush & Heart into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Led Zeppeilin gets a Kennedy Center Honor all in the same year. A pretty good year for 3 of my most favorite bands ever!!! Rock and Roll is a many faceted genre of music. Without artists like Albert King there would be no rock and roll as we know it. (Look Him Up). Heart and Rush are two of the most talented, brilliant, melodic hard rock bands ever-along with Led Zeppelin the band who inspired both groups. Donna Summer-well she will always be the Queen. She may have performed in the Disco era but she could sing rock. Randy Newman is a brilliant songwriter and Public Enemy–well they earned their way into the Hall.. Congrats also to the brilliant Quincy Jones and also to Lou Adler.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*keke

      Now thats whats,up well put .

      December 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • metalhead65

      well at least they got 2 of them right this year in RUSH and HEART. but the fact they put in donna summer and public enemy over Deep Purple shows they still do not get it! rappers and dancers and disco people do not belong in something called the Rock and Roll hall of fame. they do play instruments and sorry the turntable is not one nor does talking fast count as singing. call it the music hall of fame or the rolling stone magazine critics hall of fame but it is not the Rock and Roll hall of fame. I look forward to the day when they have a rap hall of fame and they induct AC/DC or IRON MAIDEN in it which would make as much sense as putting rappers in something called the Rock and Roll hall of fame.

      December 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beautiful☆Vixen

      @metalhead65, putting heavy metal / rock with a rap hall of fame (which will happen sooner or later) will never happen, because it will be just as the BET. No whites allow.lol

      December 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*keke

      And just like 2,5,7,and9 no black shows allowed lol

      December 11, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  141. crashfun1

    :)

    December 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Tommy

    It's ironic that the "Rock and Roll HOF and Museum" supplied the caption for Heart includes the songs Alone (1986) and What About Love (1985) from their more pop-rock days, but the band members mentioned were from the earlier rockin' days of 1976-1980. They, the RnR HOF, couldn't get that right either.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Joe

    What about my beloved Scorpions. If they aren't R&R what is?

    December 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  144. hockeyplr

    RUSH is one of those bands that makes me realize what a bad musician I am. 3 of the most talented musicians ever.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  145. JonTT

    Where's Janet Jackson? More quality hits than all of the names I've seen in the comments

    December 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Mike

    I thought this was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame??? I guess they need to change the name to Music Hall of Fame. Before long country, classical, and other genres will be inducted

    December 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Name*keke

    Public Enemy was a rap group that had a live rock and roll band,listen carefully they were great and black . Haters!

    December 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boggy Creek Rocks

      Haters ?
      This cellphone stuck in my face, Jane Jetson has a painful didgid whining
      generation, who think that if i cheer for the Patriots instead of the Cowboys
      that i must just.....H A T E .....T H E M........
      You guys should either grow the phuc up, or shut the phuc up.
      Ladies and Gentlemen, if you cant kick a redneck, find a Republican.
      Its the same freaking difference, only ......
      The Rednecks dont have any money.

      December 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*keke

      No no one is thinking like that u can like who u want y ???? U cant respest what it is Public Enemy was a legend to blacks and u have yours so we all cant have some oh I for got these r white pies only .

      December 11, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  148. USwatcher

    No Jethro Tull,The Guess Who,Grand Funk Railroad,Deep Purple?....shame shame shame.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Willy Brown

    RRHOF sux's

    December 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • RMG

      I love Rush, but no way in hell should they go in before Yes. Jan's whole premise as to why Yes isn't in (yet?) is because Yes' lack of blues-based rock or a connection with early black artists...Well, at least Yes has some blues passages in "All Good People", "America," and certainly the danceable "Owner of a Lonely Heart" and "Leave It." At least stick to the story Jan, or risk being ridiculed like the old, has-been that you are.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  150. zombiekid

    Haters are jealous that cleveland is home of rock & roll HOF and their sh***y cities aren't. Dont slander the city cuz of it's sports teams. There are worse cities out there....ex: chicago, detroit, baltimore, St. Louis (nothing special besides beer company and an arch), Memphis, Oklahoma City, and Flint.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • envious

      Flint?! Lmao!! Good one! ;)

      December 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • BaltoPaul

      Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis, Memphis all have great music scenes.

      Cleveland ... The Mistake on the Lake

      I hereby nominate Sigmund Snopek for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for "Thank God this isn't Cleveland"

      December 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  151. envious

    Just watched a video of public enemy, and have to admit I don't get it? They're not even remarkable, let alone entertaining! There goesthe nneighborhood!

    December 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  152. BaltoPaul

    At least Rush finally got in.

    Still not in:
    Deep Purple
    Joan Jett
    Kiss
    Yes
    Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
    Todd Rundgren
    Jethro Tull
    Warren Zevon
    Cheap Trick
    Steppenwolf
    The Smiths
    The Replacements
    B-52s
    John Coltrane
    MC5
    Steve Miller Band
    Def Leppard
    Gram Parsons
    Bon Jovi
    War
    Moody Blues
    Judas Priest
    Peter Gabriel
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Iron Maiden
    John Mayall
    Paul Butterfield Blues Band
    The Guess Who
    Mary Wells
    The Runaways
    Linda Ronstadt
    Peter Frampton
    Dick Dale
    Thin Lizzy
    Blue Oyster Cult
    Bad Company
    Boston
    Motley Crue
    Meat Loaf
    Styx
    Fleetwood Mac
    Television
    The Flying Burrito Brothers
    Violent Femmes

    December 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • jents71

      Dude, great list.. I completely agree with almost all of them if you are going
      to induct people that dont contribute to rock and roll...
      They should either change the name to the Music or Associated Artists Hall of Fame,
      or actually be the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and keep the rap garbage out

      December 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood

      All good bands, but obviously the current brain trust running the not rock & roll hall of fame think run dmc and pulic enemy were far more influential to ock & Roll. It really is sad.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      great list. just add ELO. Electric Light Orchestra.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      You are sooooooo correct...it's by and large a sham. Change the name to Music Hall of fame and set up a Rock Hall of Fame...do it right!!! What the hell do people want with Madonna in a rock and roll anything...

      December 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Music Lover

      Great list. In particular, I agree with Rundgren (Something/Anything is a top 100 album all time and he is also a great record producer), Television (Marquee Moon is a landmark album), MC5 (a true original...Kick Out the Jams is one of the best live albums of the past 50 years), and Flying Burrito Brothers (the origin of alt-country rock...influenced Wilco and many other alt-country rock acts).

      December 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • April Girl

      Actually, Fleetwood Mac was inducted in 1998. I love me some Fleetwood Mac.

      December 12, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      Chicago and The Monkees

      December 12, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  153. Johnny Fever

    R&R HOF is a disgrace. Donna Summer is disco, public enemy is rapthey sshould not be even in the running. Heart, Rush ok put them in. If I was in Cleveland I would never go see the HOF because it is a joke. I would rather see the largest ball of twine then the R&R HOF.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Jammers

    Why is someone like Linda Ronstadt not in the Rock and Roll hall of fame? She was the first female in rock to sell out arena's on her own and is one of the best singers to come along in the last 50 years.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gil

      Where's Joan Jett? Probably the greatest female rocker of all time(next to Joplin).
      I agree with you on Ronstadt but Joan should get in before her.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • BaltoPaul

      Gil:

      Joan Jett was always outside the music industry. Her first four submissions were rejected by all the major labels, so she and Kenny Laguna started their own label and sold records out of the trunk of his car. All four became hits, without "industry" backing.

      No wonder she's not in the industry's hall of fame. She made it without them. I hope she finally gets nominated next year, and tells them where they can put the honor.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  155. USAPeasant

    Whoa they finally inducted Rush! Heck yea!

    December 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  156. ME

    I love those rock and rollers Public Enemy.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  157. cleareye1

    As a genre of music, it is appropriate to honor rock and roll in Cleveland, the armpit of America. Eventually, it will rank up there with the barbershop quartet hall of fame.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • envious

      You are an idiot!

      December 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Bad karma for you. I would tread carefully.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • FLA-ROCKER

      I grew up in Cleveland and have lived and been to many other cities. A working class town that actually helped Rush get signed thanks to WMMS playing Working Man back in the 70's. CLEVELAND ROCKS

      December 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Heywood

    can someone, anyone, please explain where public enemy fits into a rock & roll discussion???? while your at it, explain to me why they are even involved in a musical discussion. i have taken bowel movments with more musical talent then they have.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • j

      public enemy is there because they helped influence hip-hop if you look at blues music it was all about the tragic experience of being black in america. public enemy shares the difficulties of being black in the inner cities of the modern time. the sounds are different but the meaning is the same. rock and roll came after blues some of you need to learn your history

      December 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood

      Ill make a deal, ill learn history if you learn about music. They dont play insturments or sing, they steal (sample) others artistic ablilities and put their stupid words to it, but they do not sing. call it beat poetry if you must, but it has nothing at all to do with rock & roll. If you say its the evolution of music but that be like saying the taliban are all about the modernization of religion. Spare me.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*keke

      And just screaming to the top of your lungs is ideal

      December 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Music Lover

      Public Enemy are partially included because they were one of the first including Faith No More to combine Rock and Rap in music. Public Enemy collaborated with Anthrax (most famous example being Bring tha Noise). This influenced many artists who continued to merge rap and rock, most notably Rage Against the Machine.

      December 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Mike

    My feeling about Rush is this: absolutely brilliant musicians. Geddy's voice is take or leave it. But induction is well deserved. However, Jetho Tull and the Moodys not in is more than curious.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  160. BONED

    NEWSFLASH: Geddy Lee refuses to play with RUSH at the Hall Of Fame Induction ceremony.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buddha 2112

      They will show and blow the roof off the place when they perform Hemispheres complete!

      December 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Jo

    How does Duran Duran not get in? Mean while these other scrubs get in? What a joke!!!! I hear Pink and Vanilla Ice are next!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenn

      I so agree with you! They've had an amazing career and are still putting out incredible some 30+ years later! I had the pleasure of seeing them 3 times in the last year and a half and they sounded better then ever! My 15 year old is a huge fan (he got to see them twice and loved them) and I'm beyond thrilled that he loves their music rather then the stuff that passes for music today.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  162. all

    As long as Justin Bieber never gets nominated, I know the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame is legit.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood

      He has infinitly more talent then public enemy or run dmc. he belongs there before they do. he can sing and speak english.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*keke

      Justin Beiber is horrable how raceist no one,n America,speaks good English I understand those groups perfectly oh yeah whites want Justin beiber to b something he is not . Blacks cant understand what there saying n rock n roll at least there no just screaming .

      December 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • heliocracy

      If you think Justin Bieber has more talent than Public Enemy, you have no idea what musical talent is. You do realize that Bieber is nothing more than a marketing gimmick, who sings songs written by hollywood hacks, songs designed to appeal to pre-teen girls that have no taste in music, right? Just what about the pop genre has been revolutionized by Bieber, in the way that Public Enemy revolutionized their genre? It's not even close, and if you can't see that, you know NOTHING about music or music history.

      December 11, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  163. PierreM

    OK, a Canadian band finally made it, but how about the best Canadian band ever: The Guess Who? Electric Light Orchestra is also long overdue.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ocean Breakup

      ELO not only is overdue, but their discography shows a strong rock side. Listen to "On the Third Day" and enjoy! The most interesting part will be to try and fit all the ELO members on one stage...

      December 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Beck-Ola

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a joke.

    Those who agree with this list and those who disagree are both correct. This is true because the list is simply the opinions of a group of people in Cleveland who decided to bestow themselves with unwarranted significance.

    Music, and art in general, was not meant to be classified in this way. It was made to be appreciated. Not quantified

    December 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      No one, and I mean no one in Cleveland has any say on who gets in. If they did, this would not be the joke it is. It is decided by politically correct idiots from NYC.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • reason

      brilliantly put!

      December 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Reason

    Why does anyone care about this? You like the band or you dont. Everyone who loves a band that meant a lot to them and had success thinks that band should be in. Why is this important?
    Its all art and for everyone that loves these bands theres someone that hates them.
    Award shows and Hall of Fames are such a game and a joke.

    Just listen to the music you enjoy and better yet, make some of your own.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  166. twh

    only 1, maybe 2(Heart is a stretch), of those is actually a rock and roll band/performer.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  167. obamacansaveyourhouselosangeles

    Blodwyn Pig, gets my vote! about TIme too

    December 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  168. heliocracy

    Just step back for a moment, and ask yourself: If I were visiting the hall of fame and saw that Heart, Donna Summer, Public Enemy, Albert King, Randy Newman, and Rush were in there, would I be astounded by that? For reasonable people that know something about the history of popular music, the answer is no. You guys are more upset about who's not in there, and that's okay...I personally feel that The Cure should be in. There are only a few inductees per year, they'll get to your favorite sooner or later unless they totally bl0w.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  169. cleareye1

    Hallowed? Kind of like the "hallowed" Ripley's Museum?

    December 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  170. mike

    Congrats RUSH...its about frickn time...

    December 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Truth

    Glad rush made it in.. What about bands like deep purple.. Judas Priest. Iron Maiden, kiss. The rock n roll hall of fame has neglected a large amount of influential bands. I mean Rush got their break with Kiss having them on tour.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  172. bluewater

    I love it. Every year this comes up and every year the bickering starts. I think they should just cut to the chase and let every band in all at once and get it over with already. Eventually it’s gonna happen. Eventually every band will get in, its just a matter of time. No band is never going to get in, that would make the "Hall Of Fame" irrelevant. So relax everybody it doesn’t really matter when they get in. Does it?

    December 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  173. pete

    WHAT ABUOT CREED?!!?

    December 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • michflaguy

      Sorry...2 good albums do NOT equate to a Hall of Fame induction.
      They were good...but at the end of the day they were just a flash-in-the-pan.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Murhpy's Awe

      Their first single is about ten years too recent, maybe eleven. And really a band should be together more than 8 years to be of honorable mention. I like them, just strting the facts.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • all

      No Creed. If they go in, might as well throw Stryper in there. Please.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Bifflestick

      Really? That flash in the pan christian band that self-destructed!? Are you scott stapps brother?

      December 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • pete

      Ha, just kidding. I thought it would be all too obvious, especially with the intentional misspelling!

      December 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Murhpy's Awe

    Def Leppard has been through the wringer since 1979, multi platinum trail blazers who've been imitated by many a band in the 80s and 90s, and they're still together touring and recording with no breakups ever. I'd like to see them honored. They're so much more than Pour Some Sugar on Me.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Terra_H

    deep purple

    December 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Joe

    This year's inductees – 40% rock acts. Time to close the hall?

    December 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evie

      Does anyone remember RARE EARTH? Where are they now? I know where the lead singer is but not the rest.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Robert Summerlin

    It's about damn time! Rush, Donna Summer, Heart... I mean damn – these would have been in my top 100 list! I'll say it again – it's about d... time......

    December 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Anthony

    Still no Journey? 175 million records worldwide and every album with Steve Perry platinum. RHOF is a joke!

    December 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Summerlin

      I'm with you their... I can't believe that Journey is not already front and center in the Hall of Fame. Who the hell is running this thing anyway?

      December 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • michflaguy

      It's probably because Steve Perry has insulted and ticked-off everyone he ever worked with in rock. I'm just sayin' ! :-)

      December 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt in nw

      Somebody mention Yes isnt in there...nor BOC last i checked... and as you pointed out, Journey .... yeah not sure being inducted in really means anything.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat f

      Maybe because they bite?

      December 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Mike

    Nothing but a glorified hair band imho. I can get into the music a bit, but once Neal Pert starts whining the lyrics, all I hear is cheezy glam rock.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • michflaguy

      Uh...hey dip-wad.
      Geddy Lee was the singer, you idiot.
      Neal Peart WROTE the songs.
      Perhaps Rush is a bit too...."advanced" for you.
      Try some White Snake...they are probably more in your "strata".

      December 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lefty

      Funny, because Geddy Lee sings for Rush. Maybe that's why you never liked Rush, you were listening to the Neil Peart alternative world Rush.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rush-Fan

      Geddy Lee is the vocalist (which explains the idiocy of your comment)

      December 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orac

      Yeah, pretentious much? You obviously know nothing about the band. If you did, you'd know that Neil Peart is the drummer, not the lead singer. And Geddy Lee sounds a lot better than you ever could. Rush's induction is an honor that's 14 years late in arriving.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      And also the awfulness of the vocals.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Githm

      hahaha...now that was funny.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • robert Summerlin

      haha – DOLT! Isn't it past your bed time? Neal Peart = best song writer/drummer of all time – period. Go listen to some Nicki Minaj or something.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike E

      Rush is getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You sir are a shoe-in for the Moron Hall of Fame.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Mike – you are all kinds of hilarious (and ignorant). It's Peart, not Pert. He was the drummer, not the singer (Geddy Lee was, and a mighty talented one at that). But the most hilarious thing you say is equating Rush to Glam Rock – when it's two entirely different sounds. Just because the members of Rush had long hair, you equate them to Glam Rock? You just showed us what you know about Rush is absolutely...nothing.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • sneeky

      WOW! Let me be the first to slam such a STUPID comment. First, Rush was or is NOT a "hair band"... you must be really young or just have no knowledge of rock genre's. Second, Geddy Lee is the lead singer. These guys weren't just some trumped up garage band, they are educated in music and are brilliant artists. Stick to pop rock dude, you're a complete moron.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rushfan4ever

      Dipwad – his name is Neil Peart and he is the drummer.

      All three in the band (with honourable mention to original drummer John Rutsey) are arguably the best all-time with their respective instruments. Like their music or not, they are talented musicians....

      December 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  180. matt in nw

    wow.... Heart and Rush -letting actual musicians into the RHOF.... they sure they want to do that?

    December 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  181. tore

    joy division

    December 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Renae

    So the induction of Donna Summners is so important now that she is deceased? So the other 5 times she wasn't? Glad that she is finally being recognized, but I am sure that she would have enjoyed this honor while she was alive. Sickening.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Really? It rises to the level of "sickening?" Go look up hyperbole in the dictionary

      December 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • BaltoPaul

      It's ok, she was already in the Disco Hall of Fame.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Peeps

    Simma Donna!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  184. SugarKube

    Who gives a god damn?

    December 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  185. arlo

    YES continues to get snubbed?!

    December 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • michflaguy

      Agree...that is total BS.
      Yes & Rush were the intellectual's rock & roll of choice...and still are.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • midnitejax

      Hip Hop and Disco? It makes me ill to my stomach to think that Deep Purple was again over looked for this crap?

      December 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  186. evanac

    OMG what about Flock of Seagulls/The Partridge Family/Gwar/Nelson/Bobby Sherman/GG Allin/The Cowsills/Animotion???!!!111.....we can do this all day, folks.

    Love a lot of Rush songs (Bastille Day, La Villa Strangiato, etc.), and their musicianship is top notch but you can have the Kevin Cronin-mullet, synth-playing Geddy Lee stuff, and the pseudo-intellectual lyrics get old pretty quick...glad to see they got some props though. 70s Heart is great...Magic Man should have it's own museum; however, 80s Heart makes me want to chew on pebbles...I mean, it was 10 years, not a wormhole....what happened?

    December 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  187. from cincinnati

    Long overdue for RUSH. One of the more intelligent and grounded groups out there.
    Peart is not only a great drummer he is an exceptional writer. These guys were never
    worried about their image as much as they were their art. All i can say is it's about time!

    December 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      From Cincinnati , you are 1000% correct Rush is the only band from the 70/80s still putting out not only good but relevant music. Also glad Heart is getting its honors too. When I think of how many crappy pop bands like ABBA and others got in before Rush and Heart it sickens me. Rush is about the music not egos. Neither Geddy, Alex, or Neil will " pull an Axl "

      December 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Lawrence in Phoenix

    Randy Newman????

    December 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • michflaguy

      He was – and still is – a complete joke.
      His father was famous musician, so Hollywood pays him to write crappy ditties for movies and then they give him Oscars for "musical scores".
      He sucks...

      December 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lawrence in Phoenix

      Not to mention painfully annoying...

      December 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      Wow, the three biggest imbeciles on the Internet.^^^

      December 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrianHinnen

      Man that guy is awful. Rock and Roll "Hall of Fame"? Gimme a break.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy Newman

      Lawrence – I'm offended that you don't think I deserved to be in the hall of fame. I made some mighty fine music. Short People, some stuff from Toy Story. I think that certainly puts me in the same league with Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix. Don't you?

      December 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      By the way, to imbecile #2, Newman's father was a doctor.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      I've been a huge Randy Newman fan for 38 years. The Sail Away album blew me away when I first heard it at 18. A master on the piano. Take a look at everyone that has played with him over the years. They obviously do not think he is a joke..

      December 25, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  189. clakjak

    Why is hip-hop-rap,and disco considered rock and roll?

    December 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • christina knight

      I agree with you. Rap should not be considered to be Rock, and therefore does not belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Besides the expression "good rap song" or "good hip hop band" are oxymorons.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  190. nitrous

    THE RRHOF is a joke.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Aneskevich

      Rush was always second or third level rock. So was Heart. Both were uncreative and boring. Sludge rock. Maybe the RRHOF has a special room for that crap that opens into Lake Erie.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lefty

      Johnny thinks Rush was UNCREATIVE? My, my, son. You really don't know what you speak of, do you? You can not like Rush, but to claim they were uncreative is absolute insanity.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • David S

      @Johnny Aneskevich: That was the most ignorant comment on here and that is saying something. RUSH is not creative?? I'll bet you have never heard more than 2 of their songs and couldn't figure out what they even meant. That's OK though we all have our favorites and don't you worry, Justin Bieber will make you proud someday.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Ramster

    i'll take the Ramones over Black Sabbath anyday of the week.
    1-2-3-4....Gabba Gabba Hey!!

    December 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  192. evanwrobertson

    Reblogged this on Evan Robertson and commented:
    AHHH!!!! RUSH FINALLY!!!!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Limelight

    The fact that RUSH got snubbed for soooo long will not be forgotten. It was becomming a running joke of epic proprotions! RUSH has more gold albums than 98% of the inductees, yet they got snubbed for 14 years? FU Hall of shame.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Ricky Masterson

    What about Peter Frampton? Frampton Comes Alive changed the entire music industry in the 1970s. Wah Wah Wah....
    Come on people!

    December 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  195. michflaguy

    Best trio in rock history.
    One of the top 10 bands in rock history.
    Peart is the best drummer in rock histroy.
    Leifson is one of the top 5 guitarists in rock history.
    What the hell took so long at the R& R HOF ????

    December 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnnn

      They ain't no Pink Floyd

      December 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • dcase20

      You are absolutely right. They are not Pink Floyd. Thank God.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • michflaguy

      No Pink Floyd?
      You are correct.
      Rush never had a band member committed to an insane asylum...or had their founding member walk away from the band.
      They are the SAME 3 GUYS in the SAME BAND since the 70's.
      Rush eclipsed Pink Floyd 30 years ago...

      December 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott1120

      michflaguy:
      Rush never had a band member committed to an insane asylum...or had their founding member walk away from the band.
      They are the SAME 3 GUYS in the SAME BAND since the 70's.
      Rush eclipsed Pink Floyd 30 years ago...

      Bonehead was that before or after "Dark Side of the Moon"?? I like Rush but they were never of Pink Floyd
      caliber

      December 11, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Howie76

    No Joan Jett and the Blackhearts?? Unreal!

    December 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Truth

    So everyone is not happy. Tell me, HOW DO YOU DEFINE "ROCK AND ROLL"?

    December 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howie76

      Listen to Joan Jett.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Rock & Roll has to be guitar (or similar stringed instrument) and drum based and take it's roots from rhythm & blues. Heavy beat, simple melodies. Some Rock & Roll acts might stray from that formula on a track or two, but the core of their portfolio is Rock.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Two words: Randy Newman

      December 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrianHinnen

      Two words: Randy Newman... NOT

      December 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  198. michflaguy

    Rush is by far the most talented trio in rock history...and one of the top 10 bands of all time. Ironically, much of their *early* music is still eons ahead of music today. In particular the structure of their music is light years ahead of most rock bands that came before or after them. And Neal Peart is considered by just about every professional percussionist as the greatest drummer in rock history.
    Bravo to you guys....you are quite deserving and this is long overdue.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • rasputin69

      Cream was a more talented Trio

      December 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • michflaguy

      When I read your comment about Cream, my first thought was..."Who?"
      Oh yeah...that band that was together for about 10....months.
      Hey...the band-members of Cream were awesome, and they all went on to great things after the 60's ended, but as a band, Cream was basically a one-hit-wonder.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      *** When I read your comment about Cream, my first thought was..."Who?" ***

      Wow, that makes you a giant ignoramus then, doesn't it?

      December 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • macintrance

      Cream vs. Rush. Though one. Let's see who is more talented:
      Vocals: Cream (Bruce and Clapton);
      Guitar: Cream (Clapton);
      Bassist: Rush (Lee)
      Drummer: Rush (Peart)
      Lyrics: Even. Hard to tell.
      Records sold: Rush
      Influence: Cream
      In conclusion: I think it is a tie.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Scott

    The Hall of Fame will remain a joke until somebody puts in the number one record selling band of all time and that is KISS.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • PURPLEKU77

      KISS is the best of 70s rock, but will never be inducted because the powers that be (per the NPR report today) are either too old or way too young to understand them. This is the reason so few 70s bands are in the HOF, and why the 1960s dominate their thinking. Of course, most "industry" people never did understand KISS, which is why they never recieved a Grammy, People's Choice, or other awards. Pure bigotry.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • iamcanadianeh

      haha!!!.... best selling band of all time, that's funny. Kiss is nowhere near there. There are oodles of bands ahead of them....and if you meant to say american, well Aerosmith has more than them and is a lot better of a band

      December 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  200. TonyKrogstad

    Glad to see Rush is finally getting inducted. The caption is funny though; it says that the band "enjoyed popularity in the 1970s with songs like "Tom Sawyer" and "The Spirit of Radio""–Both of those songs came out in the 80s!! Why not mention "The Trees" or "Fly By Night" or "A Passage to Bangkok" or even "Closer to the Heart"?

    December 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • michflaguy

      I caught that too. Let's face it....some 23 year-old probably wrote the piece for CNN and most likely never heard of Rush! :-)

      December 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Kimbo

    I grew up with with Heart, liked them, saw them in concert etc., but they were not as big then, or now, as Deep Purple. Machine Head is a classic album. They should get in just for ther songs on that disc.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kimbo

      Listen to that Kimbo guy...he's right you know.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bucko

      Not to mention, their guitarist, Richie Blackmore, is probably the finest rock guitarist who ever lived.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • michflaguy

      Great point on Deep Purple...they were monsters 'back in the day'.
      LOL at replying to your own post...funny.
      FYI...'Highway Star' is still one of the best jams ever when you have the volume cranked up to 11. :-)

      December 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      I always liked Heart, but Deep Purple should really be inducted LONG before the Wilson Sisters!!!! Deep Purple was one of the biggest, most influencial and most impressive bands of the 60s and 70s!

      December 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat f

      Heart were jerks in concert – one night, they refused to play their own stuff and just did led zep covers all night. Nancy is cool, but Annie is bitter and angry

      December 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  202. alligator face

    i submit that RRHF is a joke and those who induct are clowns and have ruined all credibility that they may have once had.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  203. anonymous1982

    The statement of eligibility for induction, from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website:

    "To be eligible for induction as an artist (as a performer, composer, or musician) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the artist must have released a record, in the generally accepted sense of that phrase, at least 25 years prior to the year of induction; and have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence.

    "We shall consider factors such as an artist's musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique, but musical excellence shall be the essential qualification of induction."

    Nowhere here does the Hall of Fame limit inclusion by musical genre. If the performer's particular genre is an offshoot of what was originally defined as rock and roll, such as in the case of Donna Summer and her considerable influence on disco, or if their influence crosses genres, such as in the case of Johnny Cash and his considerable influence on countless musicians of all types, the Hall of Fame will consider them for induction. The concept is to be inclusive, not exclusive, otherwise you wind up with a Hall of Fame that will only induct one artist every five years because only that one meets the consensus viewpoint of "rock and roll."

    TL;DR: The Hall of Fame makes the rules about who gets in and who doesn't. The music industry – not just rock and rollers, mind – decide who gets in and who gets left out. If you dislike their decisions, then don't buy their brand, and don't visit their museum.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      I've heard that argument before, but then it shouldn't be called the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Name it the Popular Music HOF or something along those lines. When I think of Rock & Roll, the last thing I think of is Public Enemy...even though I'm a fan. Playing a couple songs with Anthrax doesn't count.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      Josh, I completely agree! Public Enemy has absolutely NO business being inducted into the ROCK and ROLL Hall of Fame! Especially considering the big name acts like DEEP PURPLE who have YET to be nominated while Public Enemy isn't "Rock and Roll" in any way shape or form!!! Who on Earth nominated THEM !???

      December 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  204. KD

    Skynyrd was inducted in 2006.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Josh

    I've got nothing against hip hop/ rap, but those acts have no place being in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. That's the same as having Babe Ruth in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • lonestar

      I totally agree Most Rap artists are not musicians and the music they produce is by some drum machine therefore they should never be included

      December 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Tommy

    All Rush has done is sell out major (16-18,000 seat) venues for over 30 years while obtaining 41 gold and platinum RIAA album awards. I would definitely agree it needs to be called the Music Hall of Fame because pop, rap, and hip-hop are NOT rock and never will be. It is amazing what is considered "Hall of Fame" caliber these days. This, unfortunately, is rapidly becoming known as the Hall of Shame.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Barry

    Glad to see Heart, in the Hall of Fame, They were always great starting with Barracuda and their new album, saw them last year in Austin,and they were as good as ever.

    Donna Summer glad they recognized her, she alway put out good music, and she had more than a few hits from the 70's on to her Crayons album.

    Did not know Hall and Oates was not already in and I agree, they should have been in years ago, Sara Smiles, and Rick Girl, just 2 of many for them. They also sound great in concert,

    December 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  208. JerryF

    It's about time! One of the greatest rock bands ever. Congrats!!

    December 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Scuromondo

    Nirvana will be eligible next year. And Pixies, too. Throw in some Yes, King Crimson, Moody Blues, and ELP, and if a pop name is really requried, maybe add Kanasas or Foreigner. That wouldn't be a bad year.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      I find it very odd that you consider Kansas to be nothing more than a "pop" band???? You must have never seen them play live. They are every bit as progressive and technically accomplished as King Crimson, ELP or YES! I have seen them ALL live and I would put the live performance of Kansas considerably higher than ELP and at LEAST as good as King Crimson!

      December 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  210. bob e

    why hasn't Yes been inducted?

    December 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Big Daddy Cool

    Someone needs to explain to me how KISS is not in the R&R HOF.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Mark

    The Ramones got inducted 4 years before Black Sabbath. The RRHOF is a serious joke. Now Rap, Punk, and Disco goes in. LMAO. Who and how these selections are made is sorry to say the least.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Chuck

    I know when i think of "Rock N Roll" Donna Summer, Randy Newman and Public Enemy are the first ones that pop in my
    mind......................

    really people? you should at least pick Rock n Roll musicians

    December 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • gene

      And Deep Purple and some of these other choices are not the first thing that rolls off my mouth.Donna Summers sold more records than most of these hall of famers ...look it up ...if you don't believe me 2 #1 singles within 6 months more platinum than most acts Stones sold more , Elvis probably... and the Beatles... but Donna Summers is in the top 8 .... look it up and take your trash talk somewhere else ... who said you own the definition of rock and roll

      December 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  214. mike

    Ugh...Rush? They're horrible. HORRIBLE. What, are they gonna let Styx in next?

    Also, fun fact: Rany Newman's "I Love LA", despite being played at sporting events in LA and often seen as a sort of unofficial theme song for the city, is lyrically actually about how much he hates LA. The whole song is sarcastic.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed G.

      There was actually a serious movement to make it the official song. Picture a choir of third graders singing "Big Nasty Redhead at my side!"

      December 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lowdown

      Very keen musical taste Mike. Rush may not be everyone's cup of tea but no one can deny their outstanding musical ablilty. If Madonna can be in, I think there could be a place for Styx and about a dozen other multimillion selling "rock" bands. Also, thank you for that little known fact about the Randy Newman song, little known to anyone who has never listened to the song, that is.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lefty

      Rush is HORRIBLE?! Are you on crack? Rush has written some of the best rock and roll songs of all time. Maybe you haven't heard many in between your Bieber and Taylor Swift marathons.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat f

      Styx? Omg, what a horrible thought! The absolute dregs of pop crud

      December 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  215. BRENT HOLSHOUSER

    Young folks can laugh if they want, but the Monkees are most-deserving and should have been inducted years ago. Oh well...................

    December 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Kevin Von Feldt

    Both Chicago and The Association are glaring errors of omission. Chicago has an amazing body of work and is stills performing forty years after their 1st album. The Association had one of the best live shows that I have ever seen. #1 record of the year with Cherish. Windy, Never My Love and Along Comes Mary were all big hits. BMI lists "Never My Love" as having the 2nd most airplay of any record in the 20th century. Both of these groups deserve to be recognized.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Bantastic

    I just want to know one thing. When is Slayer going to be inducted?

    December 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Kathy

    Regardless of your personal opinion of KISS, look at the bigger picture. The number of people they inspired, celebrity or not, is huge. Their creativity must have gotten them somewhere!

    December 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      I'm not the biggest Kiss fan, buy you're correct, they should be inducted. Also, Deep Purple should be a no brainer.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Oh c'mon...they're just an older generation's version of GWAR.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      Inspired to do what? Dress up like freaks?

      December 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Mike

    The RnR Hall of Fame is something that matters to few. All you need to know is that Alice Cooper isn't in and it took them until 2010 to induct The Stooges. The place is politically driven and the nominators are full of crap.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lukos58

      Alice Cooper – inducted 2011. It amazes me that Rush is getting in and Jann Wenner is still alive. He has always made it known he hates Rush and would never let them into is little club as long as he was alive. Guess you can ice skate on the River Styx.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  220. jdoe

    Technically it should be called the pop (for popular) music hall of fame. This would include different musical genres that do well on the pop charts. Keep in mind that many musicians cross genres or that their music are influenced by other genres. Of course, calling it the rock and roll hall of fame sounds better.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  221. jack

    Calling the Hall of fame a Joke would be putting it mildly.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Chester Copperpot

    There is NOTHING rock & roll about a hall of fame.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Andy

    Good, now that Donna Summers made it, there's still hope for Lawrence Welk.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      You're just showing your lack of knowledge about music. Donna Summer won the FIRST Grammy for Best Female Rock Performance for Hot Stuff and went on to be nominated another two times. Bruce Springsteen thought she was so good, he wrote "Protection" for her and dueted with her on the original version. If you have any question that she couldn't rock with the best of them, take a look at youtube.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      My lack of knowledge? Hot Stuff was disco, not matter what the idiots at the Grammy Awards say. How about we induct ACDC into the Disco Hall of Fame? Oh, that's right, there is no Disco Hall of Fame because we all know, DISCO SUCKS.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Coflyboy

    Who the heck is Public Enemy? What did they do?

    December 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Mike Mc

    FINALLY RUSH, watch them play the song FLY BY NIGHT. Unbelievable song, so perfect. I also am a CHEAP TRICK fan.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Tim Rigney

    I can't figure out why they never let Stevie Nicks in. She's created dozens upon dozens of popular songs, is wildly popular as a solo artist, has had a major influence and has been going strong for almost 40 years now – what more do they want?

    December 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed G.

      She's in with Fleetwood Mac.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • re stevie nicks

      she was not the strongest voice in Fleetwood Mac, and she really doesn't sing well. Others are just more talented.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim Rigney

      Re: "In with Fleetwood Mac" – Yes, but I mean as a solo artist.

      Re: "Not a good singer" – Yes, but it's not an award for singing, in fact it has absolutely nothing to do with it. Neal Pert, Alex Liefson, Geddy Lee, and Public Enemy aren't good singers. Besides, millions of people feel she's a GREAT singer. Listen to her performance of "Rhiannon" on the original album. Thousands of people had to sit down the first time they heard it, back in the seventies. Literally, I'm not exaggerating – they felt her voice was so beautiful they literally almost fainted.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      Pretty simple: because as a solo artist, she sucked.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  227. metooNC

    I like Heart and Public Enemy. My question is this Is Weird al in or has he ever been put on the ballot for the HOF? He would get my vote

    December 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Flipper

    Yet another year Lynyrd Skynyrd is left out.

    The band that created southern hard rock.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • James PDX

      Agreed, they deserve to be there before 1/2 of those already in.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kimbo

      Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted in 2006 according to the HoF website

      December 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • James PDX

      Well, there ya go. One less glaring omission to complain about.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Jim

    About time Rush was inducted!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Too bad it had to be the same year as (DISCO QUEEN) Donna Summers.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portage

      Rush may have been inducted the same year as Summers, but Lynyrd Skynrd would love to be inducted ANY year.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  230. WillyNilly

    Often when awards and inductions are initially created, the vision is pure. After a few years, and different people acquire influence, the vision becomes corrupt. Clearly some of the current nominees do not reflect the original pure vision of Rock and Roll. Not that they're not great... I've always been a big fan of Donna Summer... they just don't reflect genuine rock music. Let's take the RRHF back for genuine rock, if you want a hall of fame that reflects general music, create a grammy hall of fame... oh, but that would be redundant.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  231. WVLady63

    WHY wasn't "KISS" picked????????????????????????

    December 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Because they were always a novelty act?

      December 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • bergerfry

      And their music sucks. The recordings are so bad I can't put their vinyl on my turntable any longer. CD's are really out of the question for their garbage. We loved them in the 70's but as some of us matured it became evident that we were being duped.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghoulie

      At this point, who wants to be in with the like of Donna Summer or Public Enemy, anyway? They are both fine artists but have zero to do with rock n roll. Meanwhile, vital bands like Black Flag and the Misfits get ignored. Start calling it the Pop Music Hall and be done with it. This thing is a joke.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  232. Byrd

    What a complete load of crap. Only Albert King comes even close.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  233. James PDX

    Big yes to Rush and Heart, both prolific artists with a huge library of incredible music. Randy Newman has done a lot of themes and quiet work for a very long time, so I don't completely object to his nod. Donna Summer was a niche artist with a large amount of popularity for a short period of time. A quality artist, but not HoF worthy. A little no for Albert King and a big NO to Public Enemy. Hip hop artists seem to get nominated/inducted for a very small body of worthwhile work. I doubt the average person could name even 3 songs by Public Enemy. Maybe not even 2.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      I couldn't name you one.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon T

      By the time I get to Arizona, Terminator X, Don't Believe the Hype?

      December 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Donna Summer a "niche artist" for a limited period of time??? Are you serious? You need to do your homework. She recorded music from 1974 up until her last album in 2008. She continuously sold out concerts and, because she was a true artist, her voice was as good at the end as in 1974. She won 5 Grammy awards (nominated for an additional 13) and ironically, won the first Grammy presented for Best Female Vocal Performance, Rock (I might add here, since Rush seems to be everyone's favorite, the band never won a single Grammy.) She sold over 130 million albums which didn't happen in a "limited period of time."

      December 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat f

      911 is a joke?

      December 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  234. It aint rock n roll no more

    Maybe this will be incentive for Nancy Wilson to loose some weight. Nobody will recognize her when she takes the stage for her induction speech.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • MB Sands

      Perhaps you mean Ann Wilson? Nancy's the blonde...

      December 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lefty

      Maybe this will be incentive for you to learn the difference between 'Loose' and "Lose". You can't loose weight, son. Just like you can't tighten weight.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  235. JerseyDan67

    No Hall & Oates AGAIN! The HOF is a complete joke!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • its only music for jez sake

      soul brother wanna-bezz. They suck

      December 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      Wow, Hall and Oates. Maybe they can induct the Captain and Tenille while they're at it.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  236. tez07

    The real shame of it all is that the Von Trapp Family Singers were once again excluded. My thinking is that they are splitting their votes with The Carpenters.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I saw the Carpenters in 68-69 time frame. It was the first concert I went to. They were very talented. Karen was an excellent drummer.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Mike

    Good to see Rush made it in. Not that it matters much, the HoF is nothing more than a bad joke. Meatloaf deserves to be there, as do Styx, Deep Purple, and mony other great rock and roll bands. Public Enemy? are you kidding me?

    December 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rundgren

      Meatloaf ??? Really??? One hit (album) wonders ??? Of course if you're calling disco and rap rock n' roll,anything could happen!

      December 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Dan Sczepanski

    To Uncle Jerry, et. al., you retards can't recognize class when you see or hear it.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  239. jpw2001

    Randy Newman and Public Enemy in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Tells you how much of a joke the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Bill Fister

    Why do the organizers think they're too important for Cleveland? I think it's such a needless insult that this has to take place in NYC or LA. I have a feeling that some of the inductees also think they're too important.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Starr time

    How about a true rock legend...Ringo Starr! Was considered big time by Lennon and McCartney before the Beatles and is still touring!! Not exactly a flash in the pan individually

    December 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  242. mereq

    I'm astounded that people were actually upset about their favorite band being left out of this meaningless nonsense. Especially a band like Rush, producers of some of the most pompous, tuneless, annoying tripe ever heard.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  243. steve-0

    Rush! The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame is a joke but a little less of one today

    December 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim Rigney

      Try writing a song in 7/4 some time and you might begin to appreciate what they've done. . . . ;)

      December 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • James PDX

      I think Steve-0 was making the point that he does appreciate what they've done.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrDifficult

      Try reading with comprehension sometime.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      Uh, what is allegedly hard about writing a song in 7/4? People have been doing it forever. Hilarious.

      Anyway, as noted above, learn to read.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Mike

    Rush popular in the 70's????? Try 70's, 80's, 90's and they are still going strong. Rush played at our high school when I lived in Canada. The Niagara Region, St. Catharines area and Port Dalhousie home to Neil Peart. I remember Neil playing in a band called Bullrush before he auditioned for Rush. The job of Rush new drummer was offered to my neighbor, Glen Gratto first but he turned it down because of his new family and the travel would have killed his relationship with the wife and kids.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Yakobi

    It's pathetic how the decision makers have snubbed SO MANY true rock n roll bands that deserve to be inducted and instead select people that have nothing to do with rock. The sad truth is Rush would STILL be waiting had they not topped the list of fan choices.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  246. JOyce

    Please please please nominate KISS next year, so he can quit proving to the world that he is a famous rock star. I am sure his wife and family would welcome that, also.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Dave

    Love Rush AND Heart! But where the hell is Jethro Tull?

    December 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • James PDX

      Jethro Tull is one of the few bands who never sold out, never made a song simply to sell records. They made the music they wanted to make for decades, and if you didn't like it, they'd just make another one the same way. You will never listen to a collection of Tull tunes and think "these all sound alike". Despite that, they still managed to create a huge body of classics and easily merit a HoF induction.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Twinkle Toes

    Boy George should be in there...

    December 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  249. duh

    no YES?

    December 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  250. LordVngr

    Member Alex Lifeson told CNN after the group was nominated back in October that the honor meant a great deal to his group's fan base.

    "For our fans, it's very, very important, and we feel great for them," he said. "We're at the next stage and we'll see if we're actually inducted. If so, we'll support it in every way we can for our fans."

    MY Boys RUSH have been Snubbed Soo Many Times by the RORHOF that at this point I dont think they give a crap weather they get in out not anymore and who can blame them. Alex makes it pretty plain in his comments above if you read between the lines.

    If I was them I would not even show up for the induction ceremoney.

    CONGRATS TO GETTY, NEIL, AND ALEX. IT'S LOOONG OVER DUE.

    I can Still Remember being 16, smoking a fatty, and Listening to 2112 LIVE and INPERSON.
    THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES GUYS..................

    LV

    December 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Keith in NJ

    the HOF is a joke. Hip Hop has nothing to do with Rock and Roll. Neither does disco. I am not knocking those genres. Listen to whatever you like but Rock and Roll is Rock and Roll. Change the naem to the Pop music HOF. Grand Funk, Yes ELP, Humble Pie. those were Rock bands. No offense to Donna Summer but REALLY? DONNA SUMMER?

    December 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      Hip-hop has nothing to do with rock? Wow, you aren't too bright. Hip-hop has been a huge influence on rock for 30+ years. Apparently you stopped listening to rock just before Blondie released "Rapture."

      December 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      MC, all your posts prove you know nothing about Rock and Roll.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  252. John

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a joke. Rap is not rock and Disco is the same non-rock. Only two group deserves to be in.... RUSH and Heart. The rest is crap. Why should a rocker go visit the RnR HoF to see a bunch of non-talent rap crap? Where is Alice Cooper, Steve Miller, Chicago, Kiss????

    December 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tosh

      Chicago is a bit of a stretch don't you think?

      December 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • James PDX

      Chicago was a fantastic rock band until their soulful singer, Terry Kath, passed away and Peter Cetera took over and led them into pop rock land. Still an awesome band easily deserving of induction.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dev

      Alice Cooper was inducted in 2011 actually.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  253. davetharave

    If Heart had gone in and RUSH not that would have been grounds for investigation. Congratulations to all inductees but especially my Canadian compadres, RUSH .. it's about time !!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  254. tez07

    Red is clearly better than Blue. Unless you prefer Green, then Red sucks. Yellow is clearly for losers. But Purple sucks more than any other, and if you dont think so, you are an idiot.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  255. seeknay51

    The Moody Blues and Chicago left out again. Sad that musical politics have to play a role in the R&R HOF.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  256. seeknay51

    The Moody Blues and Chicago ought to be in the HOF. The Rock n Roll HOF is nothing more than a political joke.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Yakobi

    Let's see...Albert King–blues is not rock n roll; Public Enemy–rap is not rock n roll; Donna Summer–disco is not rock n roll; Randy Newman–pop is not rock n roll.

    Rock n roll fans ought to rise up and demand a TRUE hall of fame dedicated solely to the genre.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scuromondo

      Excellent points, all. But in the current vernacular, "rock and roll" no longer includes only rock-and-roll, but all forms of popular music as well.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ccw

      agreed...should change the name to music hall of fame....definitely not Rock and Roll .....

      December 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Paul Reutershan

    Kriss Kross will make you jump.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  259. YES-RRHOF

    How could you not induct the ROCK band that had, at least in the 70s the best Guitarist/Bass Player/and Keyboard player of that time. Wakeman may be the best Keyboardist in rock history. Roundabout was a rock anthem of the 70s after Stairway to Heaven. They influenced many artists Billy Joel(I believe) and I know Rush was influenced by them. Even Jack Black mentioned Yes’s Fragile in his movie. A Grammy in the 80s. Number one hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart”.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ccw

      YES....a legend...Chris Squire...WOW...Jon Anderson....what a voice! Close to the Edge is one of the best ever! Their stage shows alone in the 70's were legendary! Amazing band

      December 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  260. elvis316

    The let rush in, but insult them by letting in Heart, Randy Newman, and Donna Summer in the same class. We are scraping.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Dave

    Rush has always sucked, much like their Canadian counterpart Beiber. What a waste of oxygen.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      F&^% You!

      December 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Rush sucks do they... hmmm.. check out record sales.. tour sales etc... then you will realize its you that sucks a$$
      Hows your Carly Rae Jepsen fanclub working for you ;)

      December 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tika

      If you are seriously comparing Rush to Justin Bieber perhaps you should stop commenting on music-related articles. I don't think it is your forte.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • A-Rod

      You are clueless.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Their pocket books disagree with your false assessment.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      True ignorance when it comes to music. I'm afraid to ask who you like in music.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      You suck,Rush is one of the all time greats.They deserved this many years ago

      December 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ccw

      never been a fan of Rush even back in the day...they tried to be, in my opinion, a 70's rock band, but to me they were more the 80's cover band in waiting...no meat in their music

      December 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • NorthernLights99

      Seriously? You think Canada's only contribution to music besides Rush is Justin Bieber? Lame. How about Neil Young? Ever heard of him? Or Shania Twain? (biggest selling female country music artist of all time). The Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Robbie Robertson of The Band, Bryan Adams, Michael Buble, Leondard Cohen, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen. All Canadian. Thanks for coming out.

      December 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Mark

    Still no Grand Funk Railroad & Deep Purple. Part of the Big 4 in the early 1970's Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad & add The Alice Cooper Group and you had the original Heavy Metal Kings!!!! Oh well maybe next year.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  263. ugh

    Rush is the best band in the pass 25 years, eh?

    December 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  264. keitherj

    Who is Randy Newman?

    December 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      Wow, you really are an 1d10t.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Left foot, right foot. Left foot, right foot.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • SD Vince

      I hope you're kidding...

      December 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • McToo

      CHICAGO...should be in.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aloisae

      Randy Newman is a singer-songwriter who has been recording since the early 1960s (and still is I believe). He both has released records under his name performing his own music and has had some of his songs become hits recorded by other artists. My guess would be that his best known work recorded by himself would be the satirical "Short People".

      Most people though are probably familiar more with his film score work (for example, he did the music for all the Toy Story movies) and he has won multiple Oscars/Grammys/Emmys and such for Best Original Song/Score.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Dan Sczepanski

    What about those road warriors of rock, Journey?

    December 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  266. AIS

    I've seen several comments on Chicago not making it- Some saying that they aren't considered R&R..... Maybe they should listen to their first several albums- A pure representation of what R&R was for the 60's and 70's. They will never get inducted as long as certain people are in control of the old boys club- Same goes for some of the other bands that have been continuously omitted year after year.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

    What about us! We rocked, kind of, more than Randy Newman and Donna Summers. And we have the best album cover ever made!

    December 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laurie

      I remembrer laying on the floor next to my dad in the living room beside the fireplace listening and humming to your albums. They were wonderful!

      December 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scuromondo

      Yo Herb! You were already inducted back in '06, or were you smokin' too much of that tijuana grass to remember?

      December 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  268. FrayedJeff

    RUSH is the greatest band ever. Been a log time coming! RUSH for the win!

    December 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrmew55

      The R&R Hall of Fame has become a total joke! No-talent hacks like Rush and Heart in the Hall of Fame? Give me a freakin' break! Who's next? The Archies?

      December 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymoose

      No talent hacks like rush? Rush probably has one of the biggest fan followings world wide even bigger then today's so calle talent and they've been at it for over 30 years... I love rush myself and can understand why people don't but to label them as no talent hacks is pure ignorance from someone who odviously has little to no music.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymoose

      appreciation... Stupid phone, anyways the RRHOF really and truly is a joke IMO.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  269. ChristopherCDoll

    The Rock n Roll HOF continues to thoroughly discredit itself. Seriously, Donna Summer and Public Enemy are in, but Deep Purple is not?!? And Deep Purple is not the only absurd and glaring omission. Judas Priest and the late great Ronnie James Dio should be slam dunk selections. Either the HOF selection committee is incompetent, or they revel in the bad publicity – ala the college football BCS "championship" series.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Jessica

    Rush finally made it! Well deserved – congratulations, guys!

    December 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  271. GP

    Rush, but no STYX ????????

    December 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • melrob

      You're Joking right. Chicago, is a much better band than Styx. Chicago defines Chicago Rock and Roll. Styx is just a garage band that made it.

      Two of the Greatest Bands that came from Chicago

      Earth, Wind and Fire and CTA (those who know, know)

      December 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  272. M.E.

    These comments are hilarious! So many people whining and demanding more old white guys from the 70's be let in. News flash kids, not all white guys in the 70's produced amazing music. Second news flash, a lot of black people and people of the 80's made great music too. I know it may be hard to accept guys, but Donna Summer DID make better music and was certainly more influential in the long run than Deep Purple or Styx (fricken lol, saw that one somewhere here and about died laughing) or whatever other long haired white boys you wanna try. Rock has grown much more dance influenced over the years and that traces straight back to Disco.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasmine

      Why are you making this a race issue??

      December 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bionikwmn

      White Boys? Your mother must be proud.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • thedaythemusicdied

      Ask anyone who practices playing an instrument in a style that is "in tune" with that of a rock band, whether it be hard rock, classic rock, punk, metal, contemp, etc, etc, etc, and ask them who their influences are...

      You will find a WIDE and varying degree of answers ranging from classical music, to country to folk to other rock performers, to blues, to jazz to pop to even disco (although probably rare).

      The point is... American music is a blessing to the world at large whether the rest of the world likes it or admits it or not. Rap artists use mixes from rock and other rappers, jazz, blues, r&b, rock uses influences from the blues, jazz, r&b, country, folk and classical, etc, etc, etc.

      Our music is our culture put into audio... It's a collage of cultures and tastes for the ears. Trying to take ownership or point out who ripped off who or who is better, or making a RACE issue of it, is missing the point.

      My God, we cannot even talk about music without race being brought into the subject, how sad...

      December 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      Newsflash – Disco is not rock. Hip hop is not rock. Dance music in general is not considered rock. Everyone on this list but Heart and Rush technically have no place in the Hall of Fame, but that's been the case since day one.
      Also, 99% of people writing and performing rock n' roll up until the last decade were "white boys" and girls. Now if there were a funk, or soul, or Motown hall of fame I imagine that not many would be on the short list.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larpeido

      Deep Purple was not influential? You should check your facts. Over 150 million albums sold and those are studio or sanctioned live albums and does not include the other 100 million albums sold as bootlegs. Smoke on the water is the first riff learned by any aspiring rock guitarist. Rock goes back to disco? Really? We must have very different parameters to what rock is.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Courtney

      Well said M.E. everything is about race when it comes to white people just b/c it's called the rock n roll hall of fame doesn't mean it's only for white rock bands .Im black and I enjoy all types of music and yes I listen to Led zeppelin and Donna summer ,Fleetwood Mac , bees gees etc .I've always kept an open mind when it comes to music no what skin color the person is .I like to give credit when it's due .

      December 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • rasputin69

      Disco sucks! did then, does now. Was the anti rock and has no place in the rock hall of fame.
      Ritchie Blackmoores blazing fingers driving Deep purple are exactly what rock and roll is all about.
      CTA (chicago transit aithority) was good early on and then went too pop. Still should Get in.
      Rush belongs there. Neil Pert is in a class all his own.
      Randy Newman is talented at what he does but he isn't rock'
      Visiting the rock and roll HOF you have to pick the good from the bad areas. I hit a bubble gum special exhibit when I went. David Cassidy, Bobby Sherman, it was devestating.
      First exhibit when you go in is roots aof rock. Listen to Etta James, Billie Holiday, Robert Johnson. Albert King belongs.,

      December 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Disco sucked, and Donna Summers sucked.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Love u

    this was fun!

    December 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  274. funfor1

    Bunch of drugged up hippies. What a bad example for society.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  275. damandl

    LOL at all of you "rock and roll" purists' outrage. Rock and Roll purists have allowed themselves to think that they are the purveyors of what's good and what isn't. First of all, if you want to be fully technical and factually based, let's not forget that rock and roll itself was born out of being a copycat/whitewashed fusion of rhythm & blues (aka "race music" as it was called back then). There's nothing totally original about rock and roll music – which is the same generational criticism that has been levied upon hip-hop and disco – but now the purists want to be segregated from all other forms of music when it comes to lifetime recognition. SMH

    December 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      Well, half-wit, it's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That's what it is. If you want a disco hall of fame, or a random popular music hall of fame, start one.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • damandl

      @MC, you missed the ENTIRE premise behind my post. Perhaps YOU'RE the half wit. I'll rephrase for the half-wit layman: there's nothing pure nor exclusive about rock and roll in of itself. Rock and roll exists only because of the influence of rhythm and blues, jazz and gospel. So to now take the position as a rock and roller that certain genres don't belong in the RRHOF, that other genres need to make their own HOF is a lame duck, pouty, and might a say b**chy position to take. It's like the white collar thief telling the blue collar thief that he doesn't belong in this prison cell with them...they should be at county jail.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  276. Chaos

    The RRHOF is not a legitimate arbiter or Rock and Roll or Fame. Its just a business set up with so called nominations and inductions decided by a bunch of elitists with hardly any objective criteria whatsoever and certainly not requiring that any of it be Rock and Roll or that any have any substantial fame or notoriety. To say that it is a travesty that so and so did not 'get in to' to RRHOF is only suggests legitimization of something that is nonsense.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghoulie

      Well said! Who is this Hall? Who nominates artists and based on what criteria? Axl Rose was right to sit this garbage out. It was the most rock n roll thing he'd done in decades...and completely justified.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Bill

    None of these bands should get in. It's the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of Pretty Good. No rap, no hip-hop, Rush doesn't cut it, and for god's sake, NO DISCO!!!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  278. http00ptth

    Your Rush description is incorrect. Both Spirit of Radio and Tom Sawyer were released in the '80's. Not the '70's.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  279. fall down go boom

    public enemy deserves to be recognized...

    December 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • MagicPanties

      yeah, but it's supposed to be the "rock and roll" hall of fame, not the "music" hall of fame.
      What next? country stars?
      This is ridiculous.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Will

    CONNIE FRANCIS – One of the biggest-selling pop artists of all time and whose early career was certainly rock & roll.
    She's been overlooked far too long. Induct her while she's still with us.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat f

      She got totally messed up by her dad, and her assault. She is not in a position to appreciate something like RnR HoF

      December 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Dale

    Scorpions! Still rockin' after 47 years.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  282. SlickyFallDownAgain

    i love rock period!

    December 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Pratt

    This has turned into a music HOF, not a rock HOF...which is too bad. Donna Summer over Deep Purple is an insult to rock. I mean...that's just silly. No rock musician has EVER been influenced by Donna Summer. This is now the Music Hall of Fame.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • avoiceinmyhead

      More accurately, Pop Music Hall of Fame.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • perry

      Stop calling it Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Call it the Music Hall of Fame. The worst inductee Randy Newman (his music is horrible and it isn't Rock).

      December 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • gene

      Deep Purple can't even come close in record sales #1's on the charts that Donna Summer mustered ..... you old feeble rock and rollers need to understand this award is for every segment of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.... Deep Purple never had back to back #1's in a 6 month period Hot Stuff and Bad Girl ... so keep blaring your rock and roll music and stay in your unreality... they will get in someday but she deserves this award you moron

      December 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • rasputin69

      Gene, Disco sucks and has nothing to do with Rock and Roll. Record sales has nothing to do with it either.
      Deep Purple rocks
      Donner Summer/disco sucks. music for the masses

      December 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Hey Gene, Disco is NOT ROCK AND ROLL, moron.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  284. Kris

    Todd Rundgren should definitely be in the RRHOF, as a producer as well as an artist. Hmmm... Maybe NEXT year??

    December 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      You are so right Kris!

      December 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slowhand

      Four words: The Steve Miller Band

      December 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rundgren

      Who didn't start learning guitar in the 70's+80's without learning those first 12 or so notes of Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water ? Deep Purple,Yes,Jethro Tull,Chicago,Grand Funk,and Todd Rundgren should all have been in long before disco and rap acts!!!

      December 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  285. thedaythemusicdied

    I find it appalling that ROCK bands that existed, toured, had gold and platinum recordings, sold out arenas, some still making recorded and live shows from the 60's, 70's and 80's are not inducted but we have artists/bands, etc. that are 25 or less years in the industry that do not fall into the category or genre of rock, let alone utilize a GUITAR in any of their recordings or tracks and somehow get inducted.

    Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, John Bonham, Freddie Mercury, and the other deceased rock greats. would probably be scratching their confused and bewildered heads on this...

    What the heck is going on?

    December 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • emil

      Two Words friend

      White Guilt.

      These people are still tryign to show how "progressive" they are and "down with the young people"

      They don't seem to understand that while a good chunk of sales for hip hop rap is the white suburbs, they gloos over the fact that none of these people have any resepct whatsoever for rock music in ANY form.

      I find it really funny, that Public enemy, a group of antisemites are being inducted by the representaticves of a jewsih run industry. Apparently its not racism unless it comes from a white guy. go figure.

      That said, I really like Donna Summers' music, but she's not really R&R is she? At the very least Disco came from rock, hip hop and rap is its own thing. They view rock music as the enemy, even though we have been embracing it for over 30 years. They hate us, and we're supposed to accept that. That's what this represents.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • thedaythemusicdied

      Emil...

      You may be correct, who knows... I grew up in the 70's and 80's and remember A LOT of the music from the 70's, to include disco. I actually love 70's rock, pop and disco, I mean I grew up listening to it and it's part of my childhood and is not bad or scarring memories in the least...

      Well, the Osmond and the Bay City Rollers maybe...

      In any event, the name needs to be changed to the "Music Hall of Fame" if PC is the name of the game. And, if PC is the name of the game, man they are dropping the ball BIG TIME because there are many, many great bands/performers out there in all genres of music from the 50's to now, ll colors, all styles that have been slighted...

      December 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  286. M

    I have wondered for a long time why rap, disco, and other forms of "music" are included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I believe the Hall should be renamed simply the Music Hall of Fame. I also don't understand why it takes decades for great groups like Rush and Heart to be included.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shuffler

      It failed at being the rock n roll hall of fame some time ago. I mean public enemy??? lol rediculous.

      It is an afront to the true legemds of rock.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • thedaythemusicdied

      M,

      I am as confused as you... Rush and Heart are two great ROCK bands in their own right... Example, Rush is a, three-piece-band that laid down some of the most intricate percussion, bass and guitar work that most four (or more) member bands could only dream of.

      Heart, a female lead band and the most successful and talented one at that, both vocally and on guitar. No other female dominated/lead band comes close to them.

      Both inductions are 20+ years overdue in my opinion and is shameful it took so long...

      December 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  287. slicknickel1

    This is supposed to be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Public Enemy ain't no rock band. And, Donna Summer doesn't rock either. This just sucks.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  288. skinerine

    Well it would be racist if we didn't have blacks get in each year....Same as BET vs WET (no wait there isn't a white channel)...Glad Rush got in they deserve it...but their stuff will look real cool next to Public Enemy...At least Rush actually plays instruments...Public Enemy's work with Anthrax is the only thing "Rock & Roll"....I would put Anthrax in before them (ever)....And what about KISS?

    December 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      How often do you have to wash your hood and sheets to keep them as white as you?

      December 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • moonraker

      I'll watch it when KISS is inducted.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • School for idiots

      Anyone who will sit up here and say that Albert King doesn't belong here is a racist idiot. If it weren't for blues artists like King , there would be no rock and roll, PERIOD. You folks need to know that before the Blues and Jazz came around, white folks were listening to chamber music. LEARN HISTORY. Public Enemy is the child of Rock and Roll – They are rock's spirit morphing into something else.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shuffler

      Ignore M he/she/it is a seething racist.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  289. rarecoolstuff

    SHAMEFUL....STILL NO DELANEY AND BONNIE....

    December 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  290. LT

    How about the fact that the ceremony will be on the west coast? The HOF is in Cleveland...why can't the ceremony be there as well?

    December 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      It is pretty stupid to have the ceremony on the west coast instead of in Cleveland. Makes no sense at all.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Jim

    Eddie Money is still rocking after 35 years and the good ol boys haven’t noticed

    December 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  292. Pi

    Still no Alan Parsons Project, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Chicago, Kansas, Oingo Boingo, or Captain Beyond....sheesh!

    December 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  293. Paul

    Johnny Winter belongs.
    Donna Summers does not.
    Is this the Disco Hall of Fame?

    December 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rae

      Donna Summer was a great singer and song writer. If she was not a true rocker, I dont know who is/was??
      Also, so deserving of this honor, hope you're not saying, black women can't rock??

      December 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      "If she was not a true rocker, I dont know who is/was??"

      Uh, how about ANYBODY WHO ACTUALLY HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH ROCK MUSIC. What an 1d10t.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rae

      Rae, nothing to do with her being black or being a woman, her music is Disco, and Disco is Anti-Rock and Roll.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Moooperator

    WHAT ABOUT SPINAL TAP!?!?!?!?!?!

    December 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  295. samsart

    Heart, Moody Blues, Dire Straits- who proposes the nominations? These artists should have been inducted long ago. Donna Summer was iconic, but not to rock and roll . Randy Newman is a clever wordsmith, but not r-n-r either.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Ambrose Smith

    Finally Heart is in. Rush deserves it too. Now if only one of my favorite bands, Cheap Trick can make the cut one day.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  297. Richard

    Albert King is long overdue!! Donna Summer but not Deep Purple??? What's the world coming to?

    December 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  298. Kevin Ritt

    P.E. in full effect!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • cwhicks

      Put them next to Elvis. He was a hero to most but he never meant sh!t to me.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeDee75

      P.E., N.O.I. and TERMINATOR X! WHAT?! I can't believe it, I am so hyped right now! lol.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Name*georgew

    Dude it's in Cleveland , Ohio why do you guys take it seriously ? That town doesn't know jack about rock'n'roll .CLEVELAND SUCKS.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikes

      What an ignorant statement. Cleveland is the home of rock and roll. Alan Freed, a Cleveland disc jockey, coined the term "rock and roll."

      December 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  300. brathead

    Some of you people seriously need to quit being so technical. It is called the R&R hall of fame because that is what they felt like naming it. It has a good ring to it. It doesn't mean that other genres cannot be inducted. It's an honor regardless what type of music is played. Just like many other things that we have in our country it's about diversity. While some of you loathe hip hop or rap music, there is an equal amount of people that hate rock & roll. I personally hate Public Enemy but the fact is that they were one of the pioneers of rap music and do in fact deserve to be in there. Is Flavor Flav a joke, yes but he's laughing all the way to the bank.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeDee75

      I do agree with everything you said. But, then again money isn't everything. IMO self-respect is more valuable.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

    ...and yet again no mention anywhere of Warren Zevon. Gee, Warren. That's what you get for making an enemy out of Jann Wenner. Word to all you genius singer-songwriters out there- don't pi$$ off the founder of Rolling Stone Magazine AND the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...

    December 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • John L.

      Amen to the Zevon nod. Perhaps his stuff is too good for the Hall of Fame.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • agouraphobic

      Amen x 2. Yeah, they are trying to keep the artist IQ level within a standard range. Including WZ would raise the average by 20 points. RECONSIDER WARREN ZEVON.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  302. Pagulwalla

    They must be nuts or totally political for whatever reasons... hardly seems like a R&RHOF when Ronstadt, Moody Blues aren't in but Donna Summer is. That makes no sense at all. It's a joke.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  303. essmeier

    Donna Summer? Great! Now she can join Madonna and Johnny Cash among the hard-core "rockers" in the Hall...

    December 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  304. teamlotus

    It's not April 1st, so this ridiculous list must be real. Anyone know the real standards used by whoever votes & to be voters. I'd love to see a forum so voters could try to explain these annual farces. Its as if each year they try to find less appropriate inducttees. Shameful.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  305. Russ Rush Fan

    As a long time Rush fan I'm shocked and amazed that the Hall finally got it right with the Canadian Trio. Rush are well deserving and long overdue as are Heart. Time to get the rest of the oldies-but-goodies in there and make this HOF respectable.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Vapz

    So happy to see Rush and Heart nominated, and yet they passed on Deep Purple to instead choose Public Enemy, Donna Summer, and Randy Newman. I didn't know rap, disco, and movie tunes outweighed rock pioneers in the ROCK and ROLL hall of fame. Kind of stupid.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  307. cedric

    Idiots, there would be no rock n roll if not for the blues. Rock n roll is not Rush, Kiss, and Chicago. True Rock n roll is Chuck Berry, Little Richard and the such. Look it up. Elvis Presley and the like stole rock. Hell white kids were'nt even allowed to listen when true Rock n roll came out because it was called Race music.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUSH RULES

      So Cedric, you're saying music is not allowed to progress? Go cry us a river.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fnordz

      You might as well say blacks aren't "true" U.S. citizens because when U.S. citizens weren't black when the U.S. was invented. Get over the fact that people (and definitions) evolve, man... rock has evolved just as citizenship has.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dante

      And Chuck Berry and Little Richard "stole" from the people who came before them. What's your point? Every musical performer and every musical genre builds on what already exists, taking what's there into a new direction. That's just how music progresses.

      I'm a black guy too and even I think the old your parroting's pretty dumb.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  308. Mark Joseph

    No offense, I'm a music fan, but why is this article considered "Breaking News" on the front page of cnn.com?

    December 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • phearis

      I wondered that myself. Yeah it's interesting but it's not "Breaking News".

      December 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • san

      Best comment yet :) – gotta love the media these days.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Dom

    Hilarious to see all the xenophobes freaking out because a few artists that aren't four white guys with guitars and drums got inducted to the RnR HOF. KISS sucked and they deserve to be excluded, no matter how many wannabes they "inspired" to pick up an instrument.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  310. Mike

    Donna Summer in? Madonna in? ABBA in? This has to make Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens feel pretty good about their chances right now...

    December 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  311. StarshipTrooper

    Should be YES.
    They had a little song called Roundabout, Owner of a lonely heart. And a grammy.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  312. Kenton Adler

    I can understand them looking past The 13th Floor Elevators, but there is NO excuse for once again snubbing The Zombies.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  313. patrick

    2 words – WARREN ZEVON

    December 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

      2 words – HELL YEAH

      2 more words – Jann Wenner

      1 final word – NEVER

      :-\

      December 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • John L.

      Apparently the Excitable Boy is not welcome. He should be. As for Jann Wenner, his magazine once called the Allman Brothers "the band without as meesage". He should be condemned to lister to ABBA for the rest of his life.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  314. RockDog

    If any of these selections are ticking you off . . . that's Rock and Roll!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  315. joe

    Oh, WTH, let's induct Karen Carpenter, Celine Dion, and Ann Murray too.
    Why don't you people just rename the R&R Hall of fame to what it really is: "It's our club and we'll put whomever we want in it." The Rock hall of fame is pathetic and I applaud the people and bands that reject it. How is Getty Lee going to feel with his band's plaque hung up next to Flava Flav?

    December 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • brent

      is it coincidence you mention Celine Dionne and Ann Murray...two more Canadians ...to go along with Canadian bands Rush and heart....you aren't anitCanadian are you

      December 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Real Joe

      Who is Getty Lee? Geddy's richer brother. Either way, the R&R HOF is a joke. It's a popular music club. It sure as sh1t isnt rock.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      No, I'm not Canadian at all. Those were just the first cheesy, lame non-rock artists that came to mind. I'm in the US.
      RRHOF is a joke.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  316. swohio

    Unless they start allowing pop groups in, I'm not interested. If Donna Summer makes it, why shouldn't the Carpenters? Or else, as someone else alluded to, create a Pop Hall of Fame. I'd more interested in that.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  317. hawkeye321

    Still no Stevie Ray Vaughan... the greatest guitar Clapton or Bowie had ever seen (but what do they know?)

    December 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  318. Guru

    per their own biography, Rush started by emulating Yes. Yes sold more records n the 1970's than any other band in the world. They have been performing for 50 years and at one time had arguably the best 5 musicians in the rock world playing together. As long as they, ELP and Peter Gabreil are not in this "HOF" it s a sad joke based on producers infulence.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • StarshipTrooper

      And they have a Grammy too.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • marc

      Zep sold 10x the albums that YES did in the 70's.....try again.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Panacea

      Here is a link to the awards bestowed upon Rush..... Too many to list here. They may not have won a Grammy, but they have been nominated numerous times. For those that don't know, the Juno awards are the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awards_received_by_Rush

      December 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Fun!

    this will be a great topic at the bar later!!!! i use to love styx!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  320. Mitch

    Despite not being out and out Rock n' Roll, Albert King and Public Enemy both impacted Rock music in big, big ways. They both belong, and I agree with previous posters, I'm surprised Mr. King wasn't already in there.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  321. Resurrection Joe

    What about a band that rocked-out AND started a genre? Who am I talking about? BAUHAUS!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  322. donna

    Still no Linda Ronstadt ..shame on the hall once again..

    December 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  323. whattodo!!

    goodness there are so many here–rush, kiss, heart and jackson browne!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  324. garwin1

    Congrats Geddy, Alex, and Neil. Way too long coming.

    But Donna Summer? Havin' a hard time with that one.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  325. whattodo

    goodness there are so many here–rush, kiss, heart and jackson browne!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  326. Capt Krash

    No Bon Jovi, KISS, the Crue, Chicago...but Public Enemy – are you serious?!?!?!
    Congrats to Heart & Rush – no hall complete until Bon Jovi is inducted!!
    25+ years, in songwriters HOF, 130 million records worldwide, they have performed more than 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 35 million fans – new tour 2013 – numbers speak for themselves!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  327. steve

    alright! Donna got in. all the others are much deserved also, but Donna was my a love of my "disco" life!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  328. Noah Vail

    Every year the same yammering. Look, you can take this KINDA seriously, but not all that seriously. Basically, HoF status can be granted to anyone ROLLING STONE would write about. It's been open ended for decades now. Someone like Donna Summer appealed to a certain age demographic, whatever her genre. She also had more obviouls roots in more traditional forms of music than, say, Andrea True or the Silver Convention. "Hot Stuff" rocked, whether you liked it or not. But that's not what's important: Randy Newman doesn't rock out either–but he was, broadly, part of R'n'R culture. (We used to call it YOUTH culture, but then we got OLD.) If you're a genre purist, well, God bless ya, but rock culture has been a wide open field since at least the late '60s. Live it or Live With It.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  329. casfreelancer

    "...It's the next phase, new wave, dance craze, anyways
    It's still rock & roll to me.
    Everybody's talkin' 'bout the new sound
    Funny, but it's still rock and roll to me"
    –IT'S STILL ROCK AND ROLL TO ME LYRICS – BILLY JOEL

    December 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  330. Adam Baum

    Riff Raff should be in there. Rap game Julio Franco.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  331. Video--Goal

    RUSH

    December 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  332. SLAYER

    Slayer or the Rock n Roll hall of fame doesn't exist

    December 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  333. Joyce

    Do short people finally get some respect with Randy Newman getting
    his honor? As for Donna Summer it would have been nice
    if she could have been here to see this.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  334. elvis

    TODD RUNDGREN SHOULD BE IN....AS SHOULD
    JACKSON BROWNE AND DAN FOGELBERG

    December 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  335. Kiss

    should be recognized at some point in their lives!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  336. joyce

    All these people deserve it and as for Randy Newman..do short people finally
    get some respect?

    December 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  337. madmen

    How is this breaking news. I though some one died, until I read the headline.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  338. Martin

    Please, can we just rename this the Music Hall of Fame?

    So much of this has absolutely nothing to do with Rock and Roll anymore.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • weston

      Look up the definition of rock & roll and study it's history before making ignorant comments. "Rock and roll (often written as rock & roll or rock 'n' roll) is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s,[1][2] primarily from a combination of African American blues, jump blues, country, jazz,[3] and gospel music.[4] Though elements of rock and roll can be heard in country records of the 1930s,[3] and in blues records from the 1920s,[5] rock and roll did not acquire its name until the 1950s."

      December 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      It is called the Rock and Roll hall of fame because almost every genre of music has ties back to Blues/Rock and Roll. People think Rock and Roll and think it is a genre. Rock is a genre, Rock and Roll is term that transcends across all genre

      December 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • RockDog

      If these selections are ticking you off in any way . . . that's Rock and Roll!

      December 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • cogs38 willy

      B

      you hit the nail on the head but I don't think anyone heard you. rock is a band rock & roll is a way of life

      December 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  339. etpayne

    Another long overdue band is Chicago.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin Edwards

      You betcha.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlS

      I've seen several comments on Chicago not making it- Some saying that they aren't considered R&R..... Maybe they should listen to their first several albums- A pure representation of what R&R was for the 60's and 70's. They will never get inducted as long as certain people are in control of the old boys club- Same goes for some of the other bands that have been continuously omitted year after year.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      Barf.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Paul

    Another reason to ignore these festivities. That a group such as Rush – have nothing against them necessarily – is to be inducted and the much more highly influencial and proficient Paul Butterfield Blues Band is again ignored is ridiculous.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • russ

      I totally disagree with your opinion about Rush. They so deserve to be in there and have for a very long time.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • East Coast

      Don't worry, no one has heard of the band you mentioned, so no one will notice.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Malcolm

      re: Paul Butterfield Blues Band all I can say with all due respect is....WHO?

      December 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      You have to actually be famous to get in the hall of fame. It's sort of a minimum requirement.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  341. CH

    Hey dopes at CNN... The two Rush songs referenced in the caption came out in the '80s, not the '70s.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  342. Dale

    How about the Moody Blues?

    December 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Absolutely. How can a legitimate R&R HOF not include The Moody Blues. Shameful.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Malcolm

      Randy: we used to say those exact words about RUSH

      December 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  343. Erick

    They could have honored Donna Summer while she was still alive to enjoy it. It is a shame they didn't. Yes, she was the Queen of Disco, but she Rocked!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Jeff

    Donna Summer while I like her, was only elected because she recently died. Not because she is part of Rock and Roll. There are so many other groups that are true rock that are neglected. This Hall of Fame is really a Hall of Shame. Who elects these people/groups, 20-30 somethings?

    December 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  345. SchnickyT

    jackson browne.-so many people still go see him in concert.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  346. watler

    It's pathetic that Donna Summer was not inducted while she was still alive. For all those people who scream and squawk about a "disco" singer getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she is one of the few (if not only) women in the Hall of Fame to actually win a Rock Performance Grammy.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      By that thinking, Deep Purple should get inducted into the Rap Hall of Fame haha

      Disco is not Rock n Roll

      December 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  347. cool chick

    Heart is awesome and belongs there
    RUSH should have been there long ago
    Donna Summer – Crazy Crazy Crazy. She doesn't belong there at all.
    Where's Chicago? Blue Oyster Cult, etc?
    Seems weird to me that a Disco queen would take the spot of one of the great bands

    December 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Yea, they have a short memory, Donna Summer was a major contributor to DISCO and Disco killed late 70's Rock

      December 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walter

      Oh uncool chick your bias is showing. Considering that Summer won a Rock Grammy while some of those dinosaurs you mentioned didn't, I'd say Ms. Summer belongs there way before some group best know for an SNL parody ("More cowbell!").

      December 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      Chicago? Blue Oyster Cult??? No and h3ll no.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  348. betterdays

    For every ten bands that SHOULD get in, they let one in every now and then (Rush) and we're supposed to be oh so grateful.

    One of the following bands is brilliant, the other just entertaining, but Deep Purple and Kiss in their heyday must account for nearly half of all kids who were inspired to learn an instrument during the 1970s. I know that's the case amongst those I know personally...

    Jan Wenner: Tastemaker or kingmaker, but always a sorry old hippie.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      You're right. I bought my first band organ after hearing Jon Lord's work on Machine Head.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  349. Larry

    Very disappointed that Rush made it into the RRHOF. Nothing made me more happy than hearing all the Rush fans whine each year about the "snub."

    December 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walter

      Hey Don, if you're going to spew your vomit, at least make an attempt to spell the name right.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeffrey

      So Public Enemy and Donna Summer are more worthy than Rush...?

      I mean, seeing that Rush has been around since the early 1970's PLAYING ROCK AND ROLL...

      ...while Donna Summer sang Disco and Public Enemy sang Rap.

      Ummm...

      ...it IS the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame you know, right?

      December 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • mfhpr

      Seriously? You don't know R&R and I shouldn't be wasting my time arguing your worthless comment...

      December 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • peter

      As a rush fan i would rather them not get in there.Like lifeson said who really cares–some rush fans were upset-Blondie is in the rock n hall of fame. My father could of been in that band before they made it but he didn't join because he said they were horrible. I

      December 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • peter

      As a rush fan i would rather them not get in there.Like lifeson said who really cares. however,some rush fans were upset-Blondie is in the rock n hall of fame. My father could of been in that band before they made it but he didn't join because he said they were horrible. I don't listen to rush or any other band because of how many records they sold or what awards they got or get.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lew

      You really enjoy other people's discomfort?

      December 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Malcolm

      heeheeheeheehee
      so sorry!

      December 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  350. elvis

    TODD RUNDGREN SHOULD BE IN THE R AND R HOF!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  351. Chuck

    Half of those arent even Rock n Rollers, what a joke

    December 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  352. lgwelsh1

    Wait a minute.....No Deep Purple? REALLY? WHAT!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  353. Karl P

    About time with Albert King. One of the great blues guitar players of all-time. The 3 Kings – BB, Freddie & Albert are now together.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karl P

      His album, Born Under A Bad Sign, is one the most influential blues albums ever. Any serious music fan should own it.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  354. West Maroon

    The list of those long overlooked and far more deserving is long. Jethro Tull is another that comes to mind.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Finrod

      And Boston (biggest selling debut album ever), and Styx (first band with 3 consecutive triple-platinum albums).

      December 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  355. ken

    Heart – yes
    Rush – yes!
    everyone else is NOT rock. Where is Deep Purple? Where is KISS? Heck, where is Tommy James and the Shondells??? What a joke.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      Public Enemy doesn't belong? Go look up your history.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • kfree

      kiss is already in buddy...

      December 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • weston

      There is a different between hard rock and rock & roll. Look up the definition of rock & roll and study it's history before making ignorant comments. "Rock and roll (often written as rock & roll or rock 'n' roll) is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s,[1][2] primarily from a combination of African American blues, jump blues, country, jazz,[3] and gospel music.[4] Though elements of rock and roll can be heard in country records of the 1930s,[3] and in blues records from the 1920s,[5] rock and roll did not acquire its name until the 1950s."

      December 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      Kiss is not in. double check the list

      December 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • StarshipTrooper

      Yes – Yes

      December 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  356. Steve B

    The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame stands directly opposite to everything Rock n Roll stands for. Any true rocker would defiantly tell them to kiss their ass! But fame now means more than standing for something so our heroes will march up on stage, smile, waive, and accept their little award. Bleeeeccccchhhhhhhh!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • weston

      Look up the definition of rock & roll and study it's history before making ignorant comments. Hard rock, heavy metal, etc are offshoots of rock & roll as is most other popular music. "Rock and roll (often written as rock & roll or rock 'n' roll) is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s,[1][2] primarily from a combination of African American blues, jump blues, country, jazz,[3] and gospel music.[4] Though elements of rock and roll can be heard in country records of the 1930s,[3] and in blues records from the 1920s,[5] rock and roll did not acquire its name until the 1950s."

      December 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  357. Kevin Barbieux

    Really? A Rap group and a Disco singer at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? That would be like inducting Arthur Ash and Babe Ruth into the Football Hall of Fame. It just seems wrong somehow.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  358. j0eschm0e

    Whatever catagory Donna Summer is in, they are 6 months too late. They should have gave her a spot in the Hall of Fame long before she died. Its sad singers that pass do not get the Hall of Fame until after the fact.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  359. Beth Sixx

    seriously, these guys need to get it together..... MOTLEY CRUE should be in the Hall of Fame......

    December 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  360. breezetakeover

    tom petty...what about him!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  361. mickey

    if your fave didn't make it in this year just wait.
    eventually everybody will be in.
    they are already running out of people.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  362. Tim

    Heart a hard rock band? who knew? LOL

    December 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • rogo

      Heart a hard rock band?

      Yes...

      who knew?

      Apparently everyone but you...

      December 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  363. Colinmb

    Not a huge music listener except for the drive to work and at the gym. My first impression when reading this was: Public Enemy in the RRHOF, really?.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  364. Rob

    Hello?! It's Todd Rundgren ... Screwed again!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Yes, and not only for his music but his producing as well.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • elvis

      Agree. Rundgren is LONG overdue.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      Todd is a most worthy candidate for the RRHOF. It's a travesty that he's left off the list once again. BOO!!

      ...But I AM glad that Rush and Heart made it in. They're both bands worthy of the honor.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  365. Michael

    The RNRHOF is becoming more of a joke with each passing year. Finally, they admit Rush. But come on - disco? Rap? Madonna, a couple of years ago? They're heading radically away from "rock and roll" and inducting a bunch of people or groups that clearly don't fit that description. Notable omissions:

    Kiss, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Yes, Steppenwolf, Supertramp, Cheap Trick.... my god, the list goes on and on.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      The acts you mentioned are all pretty much white, hard rock. I notice that people who complain about the Rock Hall inductees usually have a pretty limited definition of rock and roll.

      The Ronettes? Should they have been indicted?

      December 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Don't forget Bad Company either.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  366. Jerry Patrick

    The Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame should be in DE-TROIT Michigan, not freaking Cleveland. I don't care if some D.J. from Cleveland coined the phrase, just look at all the great musical talent that has come from the great state of Michigan.And Disco, Rap? Wattsup with dat!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Like Cooperstown in baseball, the Hall is where the game originated, not what city produced the most amount of baseball players.

      And the idea of playing R & B to white kids on a mass-audience radio station that reached the suburbs originated with Alan Freed on WJW in Cleveland in the early 50s.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • musicFan

      your ignorance knows no bounds does it?

      December 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  367. Hobbitmaster

    Once again the Moody Blues have been screwed over the the R&R hall of fame. Some of those elected this time have done litttle to enhance rock and roll music. It's a travesty.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      I agree with you, but I am willing to bet that some hard rock fans don't exactly think "Nights In White Satin" is "rock",

      December 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryB

      No question about it....the Moody Blues are not in, but Donna Summer is? That's just ridiculous. I'm glad Rush was finally acknowledged, but a lot of the inductees have little to nothing to do with rock & roll. It sort of cheapens the whole thing. Why not induct Beethoven while they're at it.....

      December 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  368. LovesIrony

    What no Stars on 45?

    December 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  369. donna marie

    donna summer is not rock and roll...but she did sell millions of records. i feel she should get some recognition

    December 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • asddfasd

      So did Pavarotti. As far as I'm concerned, Donna Summers music was Anti-Rock and Roll.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Donna Summer while I like her, was only elected because she recently died. Not because she is part of Rock and Roll. There are so many other groups that are true rock that are neglected. This Hall of Fame is really a Hall of Shame. Who elects these people/groups, 20-30 somethings?

      December 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  370. Rodly

    Putting rap, hip-hop, and Randy Newman in the Rock+ Roll hall of fame is like having a Fiat in a Ford museum Just don't belong there. A name change is in order.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • You got that right

      Maybe he got in for his ass kicking work on the Toy Story soundtrack... uhg

      December 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enoch100

      Newman is a genius. Not really a rocker, but the greatest American songwriter of a generation.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Joe

      Randy Newman is not Rock n Roll in any way.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  371. Kevin Nivek

    And still no Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem...

    December 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  372. miguelmigz

    Hell yeah!!! So ecstatic to see Rush finally make it in. They are truly one of the legendary rock bands; on par with Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and Van Halen.

    Awesome!

    Bang your head!!

    Rock On Rock Off!!!

    That is all. :)

    December 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken L

      Did you just say that Rush is on par with The Stones and Led Zep????

      December 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • effjay

      Rush is on par with any rock band. Led Zep, Stones, anyone. Have you listened lately?

      December 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • miguelmigz

      Yes they are on par with Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Particularly all of their music from the 70's up until the mid 90's.

      Rock On Roll Off! :)

      December 12, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  373. Barbarajean martin

    12-22-2012 end of the world where r u? Barbarajean- carrollton, ga.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  374. Lair Hull

    Am I reading this correctly? Deep Purple was not inducted? Public Enemy was?? And Deep Purple wasn't? Really???

    December 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Dude can you delieve it? For Machine Head alone they should be in. Smoke on the Water was an Anthem in the summer of '72. I wonder if the voters were even born then.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  375. IndianaGreg

    And still no Meat Loaf....Bat Out Of Hell was released 34? 35? years ago? It's one of the best selling albums of all time...grrrrr

    December 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • peter

      Meatloaf?

      Someone is bent out of shape about Meatloaf not being in the Rock Hall?

      December 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryB

      LOL, Peter! Meatloaf, really?
      I'm a Jimmy Buffett fanatic but would never claim that he belongs in the R&R hall of fame.
      I thought "Rock & Roll" was supposed to mean "Rock & Roll" but I must have been mistaken.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beautiful☆Vixen

      Lol

      December 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Meatloaf (sadly) isn't in, but Steinman himself was added last year, I believe.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Paradise By The Dashboard Light is still one of the all time great songs. While I don't like his politics, Meatloaf belongs. 2 Number 1 hits separated by 20 years.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  376. DAN

    Public Enemy???Really.I don't think so.Donna Summer?debatable.All the rest ...deservedly so.And despite all the snobbery & rock n' roll "hipness"...the Moody Blues have,like Rush,deserved to bet there a long time ago!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saboth

      Public Enemy was one of the best groups of the 80s and 90s. Truly innovative music, and much of it is very rockish. Rush and PE are awesome.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • keef

      "PUBLIC ENEMY!:!?!?!

      I know right?!?! how the heck are they only JUST NOW getting inducted?!!! Guns And Roses were much later than PUBLIC ENEMY and inducted a year ago! what an injustice!

      December 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • idiots

      lol you old geezers need to die already. hip-hop is here to stay! suuck it

      December 13, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  377. Langkard

    Once again, the RRHOF fails miserably and the twit who runs it shows that it isn't a Hall of Fame, it's a Hall of what he thinks. Where is Blue Öyster Cult? They've been around for over 40 years, they still tour, they had 3 legitimate hits which tops many of the inductees already in the RRHOF: Godzilla, Burning for You and Don't Fear the Reaper plus other great songs like Shooting Sharks and Veteran of the Psychic Wars and many more. Buck Dharma is one of the greatest guitarists of his generation. And they can't get in the ROCK and ROLL Hall of Fame but the "Queen of Disco" can? Absolute proof that the RRHOF is a joke.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnewKINDofFEELIN

      Count me in the BOC camp. I was born in 1982 and still love them. I even got a hook and cross tattoo when I was 18.

      That said, they need to change "Rock & Roll" to Music if they are going to keep inducting everyone but great rock bands.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • big b

      They gotta make the boot shines happy or they'll riot in the streets.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • midranger

      They need more cowbell!

      December 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryB

      I was wondering when the cowbell would come up. BTW, is Bruce Dickinson in the R&R HOF?

      December 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  378. Hall of Fame is a Joke

    Donna Summers? What next, ACDC nominated for the Disco Hall Of Fame?

    December 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  379. CT

    So......Donna Summer, Public Enemy, and Randy Newman before KISS and Hall & Oates? What a joke. At least Heart and Rush finally get in. The R&RHOF is anything but...

    December 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  380. Norm

    Hip Hop and Disco is NOT Rock and Roll.
    Never was....never will be.
    Start your own Hall of Fame.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken L

      Right on, Norm !!

      December 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toad

      Hip-hop and disco are both rooted in James Brown, P-Funk and the ocean of great early 70s funk. If that's not part of rock and roll for you, you're impoverished.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • lawre

      lol old white people are funny. freaking losers. kill yourselves. oh and black people invented rock music. you're welcome

      December 13, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  381. ATOMIC BIRD MAN

    Rush is ok and Heart is ok. The rest are d ooo d oooo p oooop d ooooody.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  382. pinkfloyd43

    Donna Summer, Rock & Roll! What have they been smoking! Jeesh!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  383. Jesse Pinkman

    Glad to see Rush finally get recognized. Heart also deserves to be in there. Deep Purple was listed as a nominee but didn't make it in again this time. Deep Purple deserves to be in there so hopefully they will be inducted in the future.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  384. dhcrystal

    And still no Moody Blues? Rush? Donna Summer? Really? And, no Moody Blues?

    December 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • pri

      True that!!!

      This is a sham!!! Tueday Afternoon and this is just a bummer

      December 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnewKINDofFEELIN

      Say what you want about Donna Summers, but they are 17 years late inducting Rush. No slight on the Moody Blues, but they don't deserve entry before Rush.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  385. GregB

    No Motorhead still?

    You've lost all credibility.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  386. Mike E.

    Deep Purple were rumored to be on the consideration list. Smoke On The Water is the ultimate rock riff. Seems to me they were more worthy of the ROCK hall than Summer.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse Pinkman

      They were on the nomination list but didn't make it in this time unfortunately

      December 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  387. Brian

    Jeff Lynne seems to be passed over yet again...

    ELO – Mr Blue Sky, Dont Bring Me Down, Living Thing, Telephone Line.

    Produced – The Beatles, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, The Traveling Wilburys, Joe Walsh, Regina Spektor.

    Do they actually have a clue at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame?

    December 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • basketcase

      He did more than produce the Traveling Wilburys, he was a member.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian #2

      HERE NOW! HERE NOW!
      .
      Jeff Lynne is without a doubt one of the top musicians of all time.
      THE complete package: writer, arranger, performer, producer, and he still has it 100%.
      Just go look at his recent acoustic performance with Rich Tandy and be amazed.
      AND btw why have these ceremonies in LA or NYC?
      They already have just about everything else when it comes big-time induction ceremonies and the like.
      Make the elites come to Cleveland, as far away from Hollyrock and Gotham as possible.
      ANY member of the T Wilburys not already in the HOF is proof of the stupid politics that rule.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  388. vote for gene simmons

    all this for a little tongue action...forget it

    December 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  389. Brian

    POP & CRAP HALL OF SHAME! HOW HAS PUBLIC ENEMY DONE MORE FOR ROCK THAN KISS?

    December 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  390. DW

    More and more ridiculous nominations of genre representatives that were supremely not rock n' roll. It has become a Pop Music Hall of Lame (except for the deserving)

    December 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  391. Cbk

    Rush stinks, overrated

    December 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      24 Gold and 14 Platinum(3 multi plat) records must be wrong....

      December 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenneth

      I'd agree, Rush Limbaugh is a disgusting human being.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mendozian

      Are you high, or just stupid?

      December 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • pinkfloyd43

      Rush is by far the best of all the names. Although you may not like their type of music they are by far both individually, and as a group, excellent musicians. Guess if you listen to Donna Summer you may not like them.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cbk

      I may not like Rush, but I like it in the bum!

      December 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey

      come on derp, if we are going by that, ABBA would be in.
      wait....

      December 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • joeNYC

      Overrated?

      Are you kidding? Try playing the guitar or bass part to one of their songs. Just try. If the riffs themselves don't bend your fingers backwards, the time signatures will bend your brain.

      Well crafted music – that has influenced 1000 other bands. including Metallica, The Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, and Billy Corigan.. even Zeppelin themselves back in the day.

      Rush deserves to get in as much as anyone else.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • racefan111

      Cbk is just trollin'...

      @Kenneth – well played.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Are you serious?!? After Rush came along, every drummer and bassist on the planet lists Neil Peart and Geddy Lee as influences.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse Pinkman

      The drummer of Rush is considered one of the top musicians to ever walk this earth. He has influenced so many great drummers including Danny Carey of TOOL, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, and Scott Travis of Racer X and Judas Priest.... who are now considered some of the best drummers in music. Sometimes something is so complex it goes over simple minded people's heads. If you think Rush is overrated then you probably just don't get it. Sorry to hear you didn't get blessed with the ability to understand and process complex things. I guess you got the "base model" brain.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • HMDQ

      I agree! Rush is highly overrated. Do not even put Rush on par with the Stones!!!! Good band but can't listen long, the lead singer's voice is too grating. All the nominees are odd this year! Rap, disco and Rush??!!

      December 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Ask MANY current rock start TODAY who their mentors are. MANY MANY drummers today claim Neil is their mentor. Many have said Geddy was, and I have also heard many say Alex was. More than I have heard about ANY band that is still together. Just ask the likes of Metallica, Dave Navarro, Jack Black (if you want include him, lol), Nine Inch Nails, Dream Theatre. That's just off the top of my head. And I would consider all them more talented, except maybe Jack Black, lol, than you and I combined.

      So I hate to burst your high and mighty bubble. But I certainly will take THEIR word over yours anyday.

      I would like to add, that the person who listens to Rush solely to listen to Geddy sing, does NOT appreciate music. Because the talent portion of the band is in their music, and how hard and technical it is, NOT Geddy's singing. Even HE admits that. Though I do like his voice, but it is not my favorite. But the drums, bass, and guitar parts ARE.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      "I would like to add, that the person who listens to Rush solely to listen to Geddy sing, does NOT appreciate music."

      I'm not sure how you'd be able to tell, since no such person has ever or will ever exist.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  392. Island girl

    why do they wait for some people to die and then do it.... it's great they did this .. would of been nice if Donna Summer would of been alive to enjoy it.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  393. mordrud

    I've been saying for years this hall of fame is a joke. It's a political correctness feel good party that has very little to do with "Rock n Roll". Public Enemy?? really? What a joke. What next Run DMC? Snoop Dog? Sliim Whitman?

    December 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is pathetic. No Kiss, no Steve Miller Band. Skip visiting the venue if you're ever in Cleveland.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • GT

      You must be a white guy!!! lol...... That has nothing to do.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • big b

      Run DMC made it a few years ago. Made me sick.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toad

      Steve Miller Band? I'll stick with Miles Davis' assessment of Steve Miller: "this non-playing m.....f....."

      December 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      LOL! Slim Whitman! Maybe even fellow greats like Boxcar Willie or Zamphir? The way these nominations are chosen I wouldn't be shocked to see one of these 3 make it in someday ;-)

      December 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnm

      haha you old geezers need to get a life. RUN DMC has already been inducted. more hip-hoop artists will get inducted, deal with it. or better yet, just die already

      December 13, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  394. leapfrog

    Since when was Disco ever considered Rock'n'Roll? I'm old enough to remember the Disco Sucks and Death to Disco t-shirts worn by rockers in the 1970s. I agree with the previous poster, change the name to Music Hall of Fame and be done with the pretense of calling it Rock.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  395. Push Down -- Smart

    donna summer deserves a big salute.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  396. Karen

    Long overdue for Rush!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  397. Booger

    A little late on Albert King considering his influence on Rock n Roll.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      It is late for Albert King, but man – could that man sing! I was slow to find his work, but I can't get enough! I love his voice and the songs he wrote told his story so well. No one is ever going to be happy with the inductees, but all these folks have reason to be there. I don't watch the nominees from year to year, but Randy Newman is a prolific writer, Rush were always good, and Heart (oh, they had my heart!) were great, too.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  398. Black Dynamite

    Heart, Donna Summer & PE long overdue
    BD

    December 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  399. John

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a useless organization. If the Steve Miller Band hasn't been inducted, it just goes to show you how pathetic the people in charge are. They make our politicians look good. If you are ever in Cleveland, I would avoid the venue.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  400. Weird Fan

    Randy Newman and no Weird Al? heresy!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  401. binky

    Its a travesty that Kiss is not in the hall of fame.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  402. Richard

    And still no Grand Funk Railroad. Agreed on Heart and Rush.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  403. Fred

    The Moody Blues get snubbed again...

    December 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janet

      So right Fred. Crime that they are not in there..........

      December 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • West Maroon

      The list of those far more deserving is long. Jethro Tull comes to mind

      December 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  404. David

    It is about time Rush was inducted. The songs listed, however, are from the 1980's. CNN's authors should do research before publishing an article.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • sybaris

      good catch

      December 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      I like the way you think David.

      Oh, btw, nice name. :)

      December 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Oh, and I thought the same thing. I bought the 8 track moving pictures album during Christmas of 1980 when I was 15 years old visiting my father in Miaimi. I remember it so well because his car had an 8 track, and wanted to listen to it in the car. My dad was confused because he had given me a stereo with the NEW cassette player, and wondered why I bought an 8-track, not knowing I already had the moving pictures cassette. Well... I was from S.C, and had a restricted license, which I was not allowed to use in Florida, it was like a permit, I had to have someone with me. But I stole my dad's car anyway, took the top down, went to Miami beach and cranked up my new 8-track of moving pictures. Riding down Miami Beach at midnight with the top down. I was in heaven. :) Except I didn't pick up any girls. :( maybe they didn't like Rush? Or probably my zit filled 15 year old puberty face? ")

      December 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  405. dirty Joe

    Good, solid choices. I don't like Rush's music, but can't deny their technical prowess as musicians. Never listened to rap much but Public Enemy was groundbreaking in the 90s.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  406. Joe Prov

    I think that unless they want to change their name to Music Hall Of Fame I strongly disagree with Donna Summer (she had such a great voice) and Public Enemy (not a fan) – That is like Tom Petty and Crosby, Stills and Nash getting into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame. Can't we rockers have anything that we can call our own? it's not fair – Long live rock and roll!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  407. 666 FEMALE CHIEF

    wow.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  408. DanB

    Catch the Spirit, Catch the Spit!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  409. Oh my

    Heart. Time to beef up the stage.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  410. fsjunkie

    So I guess dying is considered a hit for the RRHOF. If Summers deserved to get in, they should have acknowledged her while she was alive to appreciate it. In any case, this show won't come close to the last one, with performances by RHCP and GnR.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.E.

      It's better that she's dead for this one. Going into the RRHOF means your career is dead, so it's usually best if the artist dies first rather than having to suffer the "honor."

      December 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Northeast Guy

      Unfortunately dying can happen at any untimely manner so it doesn't really matter rather they do it while they're alive or dead. You can't go. "Hey, this person is gonna die soon, we should do something." That would be terrible. "Hey Donna Summer. We know your gonna be dead soon... Before that happens we would like to induct you before you kick the bucket."

      December 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • fsjunkie

      Slash and RHCP put on a good show last year. I'd buy an album from either the second it was released. Just bought some Slash from iTunes a few weeks ago, despite the annoying Axl Rose fill-in dude.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  411. Michael Wilcox

    Please nominate and induct Mr. Ian Hunter !

    December 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  412. Michael Ruderman

    The Rush songs mentioned were released in the 1980s (Tom Sawer and Spirit of the Radio). But at least we (RUSH fans) can rejoice :)

    December 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean M

      I was thinking the same thing but you said first. I'm willing to overlook the error because my favorite rock group is FINALLY getting inducted!

      December 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      Why would you rejoice over such a nonsensical, meaningless "award"? Lifeson's quote in the article is very telling. They could care less about this crap except for the fact that their "fans" apparently do. On one hand we gripe about how ridiculous this "HoF" is but then we turn around and "rejoice" at the inclusion of our favorite artists...doesn't make any sense.

      December 12, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  413. MCR

    Donna Summer? She was great yeah, but not Rock & Roll. She was, after all, the Queen of DISCO

    December 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Booger

      Well true but then they have Rap in there as well. I guess it's just all rock and roll anymore. Even country is rock and roll these days.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  414. nonyabidnes

    Still no nod for the band Chicago, wonder why???

    December 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • fsjunkie

      Politics and i'm guessing money are the