Pioneering punk rockers Green Day, Joan Jett and DiC faves Nine Inch Nailsare just two of the bands that are eligible for introduction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2015. In order to be eligible, artists must have made their first recordings 25 years ago. Green Day’s ‘1,000 Hours‘ and NIN’s influential ‘Pretty Hate Machine‘ were both released in 1989.
Also included on the list of nominees are The Smiths, Sting, Bill Withers, N.W.A. and the late Lou Reed. Like Sting, who was inducted in 2003 with The Police, Reed already has a spot in the museum with The Velvet Underground, but I think his recent death will earn him a solo spot. I’m sure NINwon’t have a problem getting in either, and it’d be great to see ten time nominees Nile Rodgers and Chicget some much deserved recognition.
The inductees will be announced at the end of the year, with the induction ceremony taking place on April 18th, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. You have until December 9th to add your vote to the “fan ballot” over at RollingStone.com.
I think you know who we’ll be voting for, but who will you be giving the extra push to? Let us know!
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year’s inductees: Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt will all join the class of 2014. The E Street Band [Bruce Springsteen’s long-time band] will be given the Award for Musical Excellence and Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.
Here’s my Number 1 Question: WHO will attend on Kurt’s behalf? Courtney? The Bean? Will Courtney and Dave Grohl have a slap-fight onstage whilst Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear (if he’s included) stand quietly at the podium just…shrug? Oh, the perfect storm of awkward is afoot, you people.
You just KNOW Ol’ Girl gots sum’in to say. And it will be pure gold. I’m rubbing my hands together already in anticipation–which means my palms will be bloody and raw, since the Induction Ceremony isn’t until April 10, 2014.
I was actually blown away hearing Hall and Oates were voted into the Hall of Fame. I’m completely thrilled and cool with it…and those of y’all who choose to look down your pretentious Illiterate glasses(Thanks, Zach G.) at me, I suggest you come over and listen to my VINYL of H2O. BRILLIANCE. So, YAY for Daryl and John. Don’t tell ME you don’t love this song, because I know better. (Sidebar: When my grandson Felix was around 18 months old and we took him out to dinner, he’d sit in his high chair, arm crooked over the back and checking out who was coming into the restaurant while ignoring my husband and me. That’s when I broke into to song…”he’s sittin’ with you, but his eyes are on the doooor.” Good stuff.)
KISS? Will they show up in full make-up and costumes or barefaced and tryna be cool with “the kids”. I vote for the former. I liked KISS just fine in 8th grade. But that’s about it for me. Wait. Hold up. “Love Gun”!!! They completely deserve this honor.
Linda Ronstadt’s induction is bittersweet. One of the most beautiful voices has been silenced due to her struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.
“My health is not great right now,” she tells Rolling Stone. “It’s most likely I that I won’t be able to make it to New York in April. Travel is very difficult for me.”
We’ve also got Cat Stevens aka Yusuf Islam. It would be nice if he attended, don’t you think?
I know everyone gets all swoony about Peter Gabriel’s“In Your Eyes”, but I love “Shock the Monkey“. Shrug. That’s just me.
The next important question I have is what song will be the big end-of-show jam sesh? Please don’t let it be something by Springsteen.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced it it’s 16 nominees for it’s 2014 Class of Inductees on Wednesday, and half of the field were first timers. Among them were Nirvana, Hall & Oates and Linda Ronstadt. Not surprisingly, Nirvana got a nom during their first year of eligibility, while it’s taken some of the other nominees quite a few tries.
Also on the list are KISS, Peter Gabriel, YES, Link Wray and The Zombies. Returning nominees include LL Cool J, N.W.A and Chic. This is the eighth nomination for Chic, and with the stellar year that co-founder Nile Rodgershas been having, I think the eighth time might be the charm. The finalists were chosen by secret ballots cast by more than 600 voters, including past inductees and other musicians. The final inductees will be announced in December, with the ceremony being held next year in April. The concert will air on HBO in May.
You can cast your vote for your favorite artist on the RockHall.comor RollingStone.com. The Top 5 vote-getters will make up a “fans” ballot which will count towards one vote. Oh, and yes, you can vote more than once!