I have not yet had the chance to watch HBO’s two-hour highlight show of the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoring Rush, Heart, Donna Summer, Public Enemy, and Randy Newman, so that will be a separate post. (Though I do miss the years that FUSE showed the whole messy thing, uncut and live.)
It’s a familiar parlor game at this point to pile on the HOF and its nominating committee for who is not enshrined. A controversy that won’t die and came to a head this year when Rush got their long, LONG overdue nod.
Still, there’s a lot of names who have been spent too long in the waiting room. Consider this list of who is NOT in the Hall:
Blue Oyster Cult
The Doobie Brothers
Grand Funk Railroad
Hall & Oates
Steve Miller Band
Three Dog Night
Surprised? You should be. Maybe some of those slots have been taken over the years by inductees like these who ARE in:
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
Nothing against the artists above and, yes, I get that Rock and Roll is a melting pot of other musics. And I get that acts are eligible at different times. But it’s not the “General Music” Hall of Fame under that pointy pyramid in Cleveland.
Likely, the story for the 2014 list will be whether or not Deep Purple – the most egregious exclusion – make the cut. And given the Hall’s seemingly predisposition to shun prog, hard rock, and heavy metal (which gets “That Metal Show” co-host/DJ Eddie Trunk fuming), it’s time for the Purps to get in – though it’s too bad keyboardist Jon Lord won’t be around to see it since his death last year.
So come on, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Let’s get some of these more-than deserving rockers on the roll!