Rock Hall of Fame: Rush Being Inducted After Decade of Petitions

Image: Rock Hall of Fame: Rush Being Inducted After Decade of Petitions L-R: Rush’s bassist and front man Geddy Lee, drummer Neil Peart, and guitarist Alex Lifeson.

Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 10:31 AM

By Alexandra Ward

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Canadian rock trio Rush has finally earned a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after fans petitioned for more than a decade to get them inducted.

Rush will join others like Donna Summer, Randy Newman, Heart, and Public Enemy as members of the 2013 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honorees to be inducted Thursday night at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre.

The trio — composed of bassist and front man Geddy Lee, 59; guitarist Alex Lifeson, 59; and drummer Neil Peart, 60 — became eligible for induction in 1999, 25 years after the release of the group's first record. But they didn’t make the Hall of Fame ballot until 2012.

Urgent: Should Obama Ban Guns? Vote in Poll

"I'm relieved for our fans, who took it personally each time we were overlooked," Lee told USA Today. "But I also hope this means other great bands like Yes will follow suit. Deep Purple was on the ballot this year, and I was hoping they'd get in with us. We wouldn't be the band we are without Deep Purple's existence."

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum officials in Cleveland are also relieved, as they no longer will have to field calls from angry fans.

"The normal barrage of e-mails and calls from Rush fans complaining that the band was overlooked was gone," Meredith Rutledge-Borger, assistant curator at the Cleveland-based rock shrine's museum, told USA Today. "I don't know what I'll do now with all my spare time."

Though Rush has long been snubbed by critics, the band has always sustained a loyal fan base.

"We were just kids from the suburbs who wanted to play music, and when we finally did that, we spent a lot of our early years deliberately touring the heartland," Lifeson told USA Today. "Our lyrics went beyond just girls and partying. There was a little more thought to them. We were honest about who we were, and I guess in the end that struck a chord."

Urgent: Obama or GOP: Who’s to Blame for Budget Crisis? Vote Now

Later this month, Rush will soon resume its world tour to support its 20th album, "Clockwork Angels."

Related stories:

Rock & Roll Museum to Unveil $6.9 Million Renovation

Justin Timberlake's White House Gig To Be Part of 'Memphis Soul'

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

US Officials '99% Certain' North Korea Behind Sony Cyberattack: Report

Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 20:51 PM

U.S. officials have determined with "99 percent certainty" that the North Korean government is behind the cyberattack on . . .

AMC MoviePass: Subscription Service Lets Viewers See Daily Movies

Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 20:29 PM

AMC Theaters has joined startup MoviePass on a pilot program that will offer a subscription service for in-theater movie . . .

Socialmatic Camera Prints Polaroids and Posts Them to Social Media

Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 19:53 PM

Polaroid will soon offer the Socialmatic camera, which both prints photos and posts them to social media. . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved