G N' R, The Cure & Chili Peppers Could Be Hall Of Famers Next Year

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Oh, this will be a fun induction ceremony...
This morning, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland announced the list of nominees for its Class of 2012: The Small Faces & The Faces, Freddie King, The Cure, Guns 'N Roses, Heart, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Spinners, War, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Beastie Boys, Donovan, Laura Nyro, and Eric B. & Rakim.

As always, musicians become eligible for the Hall 25 years after the release of their first record, which means that a lot of these acts have been eligible for a few years but have not been on the ballot. The Cure became eligible in 2003, and Summer's magic year was 1999. War, Donovan, King and Nyro have likewise been on the bench for a long time - the latter two have been dead since 1976 and 1997, respectively.

What's odd is that the Red Hot Chili Peppers haven't made it in yet, but as tastes change among the voters and they start understanding that these groups were just as influential as their roots and soul favorites, we will see a glut of modern rockers entering the hall. It took a while for them to even realize that rap and hip-hop artists could stand along side the likes of Chuck Berry and Led Zeppelin.

This was Guns N' Roses' first year of eligibility, 25 years since the EP Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide. The Hall could have a big grunge class coming up, as Soundgarden, Nirvana and Pearl Jam will both be eligible soon (SG 2012, Nirvana 2014, PJ 2016). Dates reflect the year the ballot is released, not the induction ceremony - Ed.

Of course, the The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is one of the most ridiculous and contested fake institutions in rock, seemingly built only to instigate arguments and frothing at the mouth. We stopped complaining so much after the Stooges made it in last year.

Older acts getting nods this year, like the Spinners, Freddie King, The Faces, and Donovan were too long coming. Seriously, the Gilmer, Texas-born King has been dead for 35 years, and we just now got around to this?

Big up to the ladies this year, with Heart, Summer, Jett, Nyro, and Chaka Khan (Chaka Khan) making the noms list this year. If there were a Singles Hall of Fame, Jett's old band The Runaways would have been in for "Cherry Bomb" a long time ago.

Here is a list of eligible artists not yet inside the hall, if you feel like feeling your insides liquefy with hate this afternoon. Don't shoot the messenger, talk to Jann Wenner.

Devo, X, Love, The Replacements, Motörhead, Roxy Music, Can, Big Star, Cheap Trick, Peter Gabriel, New Order, Joy Division, Thin Lizzy

New York Dolls, The Cars, Electric Light Orchestra, Bon Jovi, Gram Parsons, KISS, Kraftwerk, The Flaming Lips, The Pogues, Tammi Terrell, Warren Zevon

Randy Newman, T. Rex, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Smiths, Los Lobos, Dick Dale, Linda Ronstadt, Hall & Oates, Link Wray, The Monkees, MC5, Deep Purple


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WAR has combined all music genres, including rock to create their own sound. They still stand in the forefront of the music scene with their iconic song 'LOWRIDER' being used left and right in commercials, movies, covered and sampled by numerous bands, including the Beastie Boys. (if they get in instead of WAR, I think I will have to shoot myself). Their other iconic, timeless and socially conscious song,"Why Can't We Be Friends?" is used by everyone as well and is just as popular today, as it was in 1975 when they created it.  As for the rock aspect of being worthy to be on this list, they are more than worthy with their songs, 'Spill The Wine', Tobacco Road' and most other songs with Eric Burdon.  Don't forget 'Slippin' Into Darkness' (which Bob Marley got his riff for Get Up, Stand Up from), 'Four Cornered Room'(which I read influenced Robin Trower's "Bridge of Sighs'), 'The World Is A Ghetto', 'Cisco Kid'..... WAR was the last band to jam with the legendary Jimi Hendrix the night before he died. Now you don't kick it with Jimi Hendrix if you don't have some kind of rock & roll in you. WAR has finally been nominated after 40 years of great music and they deserve a vote and to be inducted, even if you're not an absolute WAR fan like me.

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Classic Rock Bob
Classic Rock Bob

I realize that this list rightfully gets people riled up every year, but really, you're gonna induct Eric B. and Rakim or Laura Nyro over not only a lot of acts in Craig's list, but (whether you like them or not) Chicago, the Doobie Brothers, Yes, Jethro Tull, and even Journey???

And no Rush or Deep Purple is just a disgrace.I still can't believe they've got Brenda Lee, the Dells, and Percy Sledge in there!

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

Many of us who worked on the original idea for The Hall or participated in the long debate about the location and design of The Hall knew that people would become riled up each year and would work hard to improve the process.

It would be helpful if we could tone-down the rhetoric each year about the nominees and focus instead on promoting the fact that Rock & Roll bands are business organizations that do not require State or Federal stimulus funds or loans or grants and the bands do in fact...Pay Taxes ... while helping cities pay down the debt on venues such as our Toyota Center (as but one example) here in Houston.

It's called Capitalism!

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a symbol of the Free Enterprise System for the entire world to see and hopefully emulate.

I look forward to the day when the first Chinese or North Korean artist is inducted into The Hall with or without approval from their central communist government.

Freedom! Jimi Hendrix!  ‘Nuff said?

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

From the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The induction process for performers is below. There are more than 500 international rock experts who vote. The "CUT" is highest number of votes AND more than 50% of the vote.


Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development andperpetuation of rock and roll.

The Foundation’s nominating committee, composed of rock and roll historians, selects nominees each year in the Performer category. Ballots are then sent to an international voting body of more than 500 rock experts. Those performers who receive the highest number of votes - and more than 50 percent of the vote - are inducted. The Foundation generally inducts five to seven performers each year.


Could it be that those who are pissed off at The Hall are those who have not been selected as voting experts?


FacesFreddie KingHeartDonovan

that's it.

well, Link Wray and Dick Dale SHOULD be in there ...

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

What exactly have The Red Hot Chili Peppers influenced besides a lot of tribal tattoos?  


The great Bro Down of 2002 comes to mind.

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

Next year will mark the twentieth anniversary of the first Lollapallooza here at the Fort Bend Fair Grounds.  It will also mark the moment that while at that concert, after ingesting a lot of acid, I proceeded to make my way up front during the Chili Peppers closing set, and witnessed a bunch of heavily muscled and tatted out dudes that looked suspiciously like Warchild in Point Break pummel the shit out of each other and grope any women unlucky enough to be in their vicinity.  It was then and there that I came to realize that this band and their fans suck ass.


I agree. I think all the bands on the list I posted who have not made it deserve this before the Beastie and the Chili Peppers. EVEN Los Lobos. 

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