Why Isn't Rush In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?

By John Soeder, Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 15, 2011

Despite Rush's close ties to Cleveland, the band remains conspicuously absent from a certain local landmark.

So why aren't these guys in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Rush has been eligible for more than a decade, although the group has yet to be nominated.

To make their displeasure known, some fans plan to gather at 3 p.m. today outside the Rock Hall. Don't expect picket signs or torches, though. This promises to be more of an edgy photo op than a full-blown protest rally.

Organizer Todd Walterspaugh of Galesburg, Mich., used Facebook to spread the word about the show of support for Rush.

He expects 100 fans to pose for a group photo with a large banner that depicts Rush's "starman" logo mooning the Rock Hall logo, with the hall itself as a backdrop.

"Rush deserves to be inducted," Walterspaugh said. "For a lot of fans, it's past due."

Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock Hall and a member of the hall's nominating committee, said that he personally supports Rush and that the group has been considered during nomination meetings.

"It's not like they're the only worthy band that's not in," Stewart said.

"They simply haven't gotten enough votes to make the ballot. I can't tell you why. Based on impact, influence, innovation, and excellence, they're worthy.

"I think it's just a matter of time before it happens."

Geddy Lee appreciates the Rush fan community's outrage, even if he doesn't necessarily share it.

"From a fan's point of view, I totally get it, because there's nothing like championing your team," he said.

"When you feel that there's been some injustice, you take it personally. I get that.

"But for me, being in the band, it just seems unseemly to get too involved in that whole discussion. It's something that we have no control over. If it happens one day, that would be great. And if it doesn't, my life is not going to stop. It's going to carry on just fine."