They also look at some of the more notable snubs that still exist.
When word came last December that Canadian progressive-rock titans Rush were among the 2013 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Meredith Rutledge-Borger was in for a shock.
“The normal barrage of e-mails and calls from Rush fans complaining that the band was overlooked was gone,” says Rutledge-Borger, an assistant curator at the Cleveland-based rock shrine’s museum. “I don’t know what I’ll do now with all my spare time.”
The new crop of inductees — who will be feted at a ceremony Thursday night at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre — reflects an especially wide range of music: acerbic pop (Randy Newman), disco (the late Donna Summer), blues (the late Albert King), rap (Public Enemy) and a true hair band (Heart).
But Rush’s inclusion is particularly poignant in that it represents not just a moment of vindication for its fans but also a chink in the Hall of Fame armor that has so far held back a small army of seminal prog rockers.