Rush Finally Nominated For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

By Martin Kielty,, October 4, 2012

Rush have finally been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Rush have been eligible for entry since 1998 but had been ignored up until 2013's shortlist, with the subject a common one among fans and media alike.

They're nominated alongside Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Procol Harum, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Albert King, Kraftwerk, Randy Newman, Donna Summer, Public Enemy, NWA, Chic, the Marvelettes and the Meters.

Now 600 music industry professionals and experts will vote to decide whether the band is to be inducted next year.

In an official statement Rush say: "We are honoured to be among the nominees for this year?s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We are especially thrilled for the many, many dedicated fans to whom this nomination is so very important."

In 2010 guitarist Lifeson said: "I kinda like the status quo, where they don't want us in there and we don't really want to be there. it's a good place to be."

But drummer Peart said the same year: "You know who it matters to? The fans. It would matter a lot to the fans for us to have that validation. It doesn't matter to me. I've got the respect and success we've had and the opportunity to do exactly what we wanted for 35 years. Do we need them to make us feel better? No ? not at all."

Hall of Fame chief exec Joel Peresman says: "The definition of ';rock and roll' means different things to different people, but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music."

Bands become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first album. A public campaign to have Rush inducted has attracted over 40,000 signatures.