After many years of being passed over for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and quite possibly being the top band mentioned who should be in, Rush will become members in 2013. “We are honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” the band said in a statement on their Facebook page. “The three of us are especially appreciative of our loyal fans whose support and dedication has gone a long way to making this possible. P.S. And special thanks to our moms for voting 6,000 times!”
“It’s a terrific honor and we’ll show up smiling,” Rush’s singer and bassist, Geddy Lee, told Rolling Stone. “It made my mom happy, so that’s worth it.” Lee is especially happy for Rush’s army of hardcore fans. “It was a cause they championed,” he says. “I’m very relieved for them and we share this honor with them, for sure.”
Besides Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart being named, Ann & Nancy Wilson with their band Heart were named as inductees as well. Heart rocked during a time of male dominated band’s in rock n’ roll, and showed that ladies can rock just as well, inspiring an entire generation of females. Ann Wilson of Heart said about the induction: “Some people have an idea of what the shape of rock & roll is supposed to look like. We’re not really it. Personally, that’s why I think it’s taken quite a while…We’re always traveling and out there doing it. It can start to feel like you’re a tree falling in the forest, but nobody notices. So this kind of acknowledgement is really sweet.”
The public was allowed to vote for the first time in the history of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. Votes were taken online, and the result was a “fan’s ballot” that was counted along with roughly 600 other ballots.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on April 18th, 2013 at the Nokia Theater and then broadcast on HBO May 18th. Tickets for the public go on sale January 25th.
Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers announced the inductees earlier today, with blues legend Albert Lee, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Donna Summer joining Rush and Heart. Lou Adler and Quincy Jones were announced for induction as recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers. Other nominees Deep Purple, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Procol Harum, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Meters, Chic, the Marvelettes, Kraftwerk and N.W.A. did not gain enough votes necessary to make the 2013 class. Hopefully next year for the more than deserving Deep Purple.