A four-minute video report from CBC‘s Nick Purdon on why fans want to see Canadian power trio RUSH in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame can be seen below.
RUSH and DEEP PURPLE are among 15 finalists for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame‘s Class Of 2013.
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.
In an official statement, RUSH said: “We are honored to be among the nominees for this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. We are especially thrilled for the many, many dedicated fans to whom this nomination is so very important.”
Artists are considered for inclusion in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first recording.
In a June 2012 interview with RollingStone.com, RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson was asked how he felt about having yet to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. “Honestly, we really, really don’t care about it,” he replied. “It’s someone’s thing, and they can do whatever they want with it. They can have whomever they like. It’s their thing.” He added, “It’s a little bit different here in Canada. We’ve received awards that mean an awful lot more to us than being in the Hall Of Fame. We got the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award a couple weeks ago. That’s really the highest accolade you can get in this country for the performing arts, and it’s recognized nationally, and I felt so proud as a Canadian to be in this esteemed group of artists that have been there for the last 20 years.”
When asked if he and his bandmates would show up at the ceremony if they were eventually chosen to be inducted into the Rock Hall, Lifeson said, “I think we’d consider it at the time and just see where we’re at. I mean, you don’t want to be rude, and we’re Canadians, and we find it very difficult to be rude as much as we’d really like to. [laughs] So we’d probably have to look at that one, if it ever came. I know there must be pressure from their end. We keep going on and getting more popular…”
He continued, “Look, there are a lot of other bands that should be in there before we should be in there… If the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame doesn’t want us in there, that’s fine. I don’t care. It really, really doesn’t matter at the end of the day. It’s probably better left the way it is. There’s more controversy for them and for us.”