Tuesday, December 18, 2012

"Rush" Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame For 2013!

Rush fans are celebrating the news that their heroes will finally be inducted into the "Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame". With all due respect to the other members of the Class of 2013 – Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Donna Summer and Albert King – Rush is this year’s big story. With the possible exception of Kiss, no other major rock band’s omission was as glaring or widely bemoaned.
The enduring Canadian trio has been eligible for induction since 1999, but wasn’t even nominated until this year. Bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart have consistently pronounced themselves unconcerned with the perceived snub. Their supporters, however, vented their own frustration at the lack of validation a Hall of Fame nod would supposedly bestow.

Granted, the Rush faithful are among the most aggrieved fans in all of classic rock. Many feel that Rush, one of the most consistently popular rock bands in North America for the past 30 years – reportedly, the only two bands with more consecutive gold and platinum albums are the Beatles and the Rolling Stones – is somehow underappreciated and disrespected.
But with all the love being directed at Rush these days, fans will have a hard time maintaining that chip on their shoulder. The Globe and Mail newspaper in Toronto, Rush’s hometown, published an editorial cartoon this week noting that even The Grinch celebrated Rush’s Hall of Fame moment. On Friday, Dec. 14, VH1 Classics devoted an entire day of programming to Rush, broadcasting a concert film from the band’s 2010 Time Machine tour, the award-winning documentary “Beyond the Lighted Stage,” and features on the making of the band’s classic “2112” and “Moving Pictures” albums.

Rush is slated to tour Europe in summer 2013. Word is they will return to North America for a run of amphitheater dates both before and after the European trek.
But on April 18, Lee, Lifeson and Peart plan to be at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction, representing many thousands of fans who have long stood behind them. Congratulations Guys!   You Deserve It!  Mac

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