Back in October we learned which musicians were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and today we learn who got in as the Class of 2013. Artists like Donna Summer, Albert King and Randy Newman are joined by groups like Rush, Public Enemy and Heart … who are joined by non-performing producers like Quincy Jones and Ahmet Ertegun as members of the Rock Hall Class of 2013. Woot!!
After more than a decade of irate rants and enthusiastic lobbying from fans, Rush is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Canadian trio will be inducted into the hall on April 18 along with Heart, singer-songwriter-pianist Randy Newman, rap group Public Enemy, the late disco queen Donna Summer and blues guitarist Albert King. Label executive and music impresario Lou Adler and producer-arranger-composer Quincy Jones are headed as Ahmet Ertegun Award — aka non-performer — honorees. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, inducted with the hall’s last class, announced the awards Dec. 11 at the Nokia Theater where the induction ceremony will be held next year. It is the first time in 20 years since the festivities have been held in L.A.; it will again be open to the public and aired on HBO on May 18. This year’s class represents the first time fans have been allowed to participate in the selection process and it’s little surprise that Rush is the big winner. More than any other act’s fan base — with the possible exception of Kiss — Rush fans have created online petitions, Facebook pages and websites to push for the band’s induction. Lifeson told Billboard earlier this year that the slight has been mitigated by that dedication. “I know for me, and I would say it’s true of all of us, we felt that you’ve got to enjoy every moment that you’re out there doing this. It’s a privilege to be able to play music, especially for your whole life,” Lifeson explained. “And it’s an even greater privilege to have such a fantastic audience who’s willing to support you and listen to what you’re doing and become so passionate, like Rush fans always become. You know, it’s really, really something special and it’s never lost on us.” Generally speaking, the hall has overlooked bands from the prog-rock era, inducting only Genesis in 2010. This is the first ballot Rush has appeared on. Public Enemy, in its first year of eligibility, becomes the fourth rap act to enter the hall, following Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys. Heart, which appeared on the ballot for the first time last year, has had a particularly active year. Ann and Nancy Wilson published a joint biography,”Kicking and Screaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll”; released a new album, “Fanatic”; and maintained an active touring schedule that continues from January through March, in the U.S. and Canada. Summer, who died in May, gets in on the sixth time her name appeared on the ballot. King, whose single-string, bent-note approach to the electric guitar was a significant influence on Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, is best known for “Born Under a Bad Sign” from 1967. Newman, whose debut was released in 1968, wrote uniquely caustic and insightful pop songs in the ’60s and ’70s before devoting most of his time to film work.
IMHO, this is a great list of inductees. I am SO GLAD that the Rock Hall is FINALLY listening to fans when it comes to who they select as inductees. I think the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be much more inclusive now that fans have a say in who gets in. While I’m a tiny bit bummed that N.W.A. didn’t get in this year (they were nominated) I think they’ll get in next year. Congrats to the Class of 2013!!