A recent episode of the “This Hour Has 22 Minutes”, the long-running CBC series that jeers Canadian politics and current events, included a skit on RUSH‘s nomination for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame‘s Class Of 2013. The Canadian rock trio has been eligible for the honor since 1999, 25 years after the release of the band’s self-titled debut album.
“I’m really happy for the RUSH fans who feel that it is really important, and I hope we’re inducted for their sake,” RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson told NorthJersey.com. “Personally it never really mattered to me, but at the same time it’s nice to be nominated.”
According to Lifeson, the Rock Hall induction would pale in comparison to the band’s having received one of the prestigious Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in March, the highest honor bestowed on artists by the Canadian government.
“The acknowledgement we got from the Canadian government, and by extension Canadians, is very dear to us,” Lifeson said. “The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is more a popularity contest.”
For the first time, the public gets to vote alongside the artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 5, fans can vote on RollingStone.com for the nominees they’d like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a “fan’s ballot” that will count as one of the more than 600 ballots that determine the Class Of 2013. The results will be announced in mid-December.
The April 18, 2013 event is set for Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, marking the first time the ceremony will be held in the city since 1993. HBO will tape the show for broadcast at a later date.