As many of you know I have been VERY critical of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on the air in the past. It’s a fantastic place to visit, but the selection process has been “suspect” at best. It took almost 30 YEARS for the likes of KISS, Rush, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and Cheap Trick to get in…think about that. That being said I think they are starting to come around. More of the “voices” of rock have more of a say. (Radio, TV, print, etc) And now fans have a say as well. Votes were tallied from ballots sent to “an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, including current living Inductees, historians and members of the music industry,” according to a Rock Hall press release. “Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.” About time.
The Hall broke with its tradition of inducting five acts and went with seven for 2019. The Cure, Janet Jackson and Radiohead will also be inducted at a ceremony taking place at the Barclays Center in New York City on March 29.
This was the first year on the ballot for Def Leppard, Roxy Music and Nicks, who was previously inducted for her work in Fleetwood Mac. Def Leppard and Nicks also topped the fans’ vote. Two other new members, the Zombies and the Cure, finished in the top five. Todd Rundgren was the only artist to make the fans’ ballot this year to not get inducted.