Warning: New Rock Hall Nominees List May Make You Feel Old. Rush Snubbed. Again.

The rules for being considered for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame say that you must have released your first record twenty-five years ago.  Keep that in mind when you look at the fifteen names put forth for the class of 2012.




  1. Beastie Boys (Another try; they didn’t make it on a previous nomination.)
  2. The Cure 
  3. Donovan (Another try)
  4. Eric B. & Rakim
  5. Guns ‘N Roses (Yes, it’s been a quarter-century since they started releasing records!)
  6. Heart
  7. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
  8. Freddie King
  9. Laura Nyro (Another try)
  10. Red Hot Chili Peppers (Another try)
  11. Rufus with Chaka Khan
  12. The Small Faces/The Faces
  13. The Spinners
  14. Donna Summer (Another try)
  15. War (Another try)


I still have mixed feelings about the need for a hall of fame for rock.  And I can’t really take any of this serious WHEN THEY KEEP FAILING TO NOMINATE RUSH! WHAT THE F*CK IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?


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8 thoughts on “Warning: New Rock Hall Nominees List May Make You Feel Old. Rush Snubbed. Again.

  • September 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    This makes me so angry when I read this.
    I get that the definition of 'Rock n Roll' has changed. But, there is NO artist on that list that deserves it more than Rush.
    Eric B and Rakim? WTF?
    Who the hell is Laura Nyro?
    I like GnR, but seriously, how many quality albums did they release? Appetite, and the 2 Use your illusions? Maybe 4 if you include Lies.

    Yeah, I am biased. I am a huge fan.
    But I dare anyone to tell me different!
    I have always wanted to go to the RnR HOF, but I flat out refuse until Rush is in.

  • September 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Crazy…love The Cure but ahead of Rush? Heart? Give me a fucking break!

  • September 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band. 'Nuff said.

  • September 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Agreed. RUSH should be there…but what about KISS? The RRHOF is becoming a joke….Blondie? beastie Boys? more like top 40 hall of fame.

  • September 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    While not a HUGE Rush fan, I do still own several of their albums and must admit that yes, this is a major major oversight on the RNRHOF's part. What is the criteria for being nominated besides 25 years after your first release? Did someone get dumped at a Rush concert years ago and now this is payback by not nominating them or something?

    As for GNR, yes, their 4 quality albums were indeed Apetite, Lies, and Use Your Illusions 1 & 2. That in itself should be enough to garner a HOF nod, nevermind Axl's gone nuts in the last 20 years. Spaghetti Incident we all know was done to fulfill label obligations, and let's not discuss Chinese DemoCRAZY. But Appetite when it came out? It was a game changer for sure.

    It's like Jane's Addiction: They are about to release their 4th major label studio album, 8 years after their third which was what 12 years after their second? The Police were nominated their first year for eligibility and they hadn't released a full studio album since 1983 and they only put out 5 albums.

    I think GNR should definitely be in the HOF, but Rush should ALREADY be there.

  • September 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Anyone of Rush's Albums are better than years of musivc all the other groups put out . Shame

  • September 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    By no means a Rush fan but seriously…. why are they not in there by now. RRHOF is getting consecutively more pathetic each year


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