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

Iconic British outfit Purple have been eligible for entry for 20 years while the Canadians have been eligible for 15. Both had been ignored up until 2013′s shortlist, with the subject a common one among fans and media alike.

They’re nominated alongside 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 which bands are 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 Alex 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 Neil 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.”

Deep Purple were recently honoured by bands including Metallica and...

Former Purple member Glenn Hughes recently said of the Hall of Fame: “We know the people in charge and we know how they think. It’s become like a joke in a way. Gene Simmons will talk to me about it, and go on a rant and all, and he is exactly right. But I’m not gonna hold my breath. Deep Purple, Kiss, Yes, and especially Rush should obviously all be in.”

 

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.

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Comment by maximum jack on October 17, 2012 at 5:00pm

I haven't listened to an entire Rush album since Junior High (81-83), but "12" seems like hyperbole.  Off the top of my head, I could still probably still listen to Fly By Night, 2112, Permanent Waves, and Moving Pictures,  Signals came out when I was in 9th grade (which was my last year of junior high), and even then I kind of thought it was mediocre.

Comment by Harry on October 16, 2012 at 2:35pm

I count 12 great Rush albums not counting the numerous live ones.

If anybody is with Stan (bailing after 2112) I say start post-2112 and check out every disc forward...it will be quite some time before you get to a dud.  Even some good latter-day stuff on Vital Signs et al.

Dennis I would agree Deep Purple belongs in a comparison with Black Sabbath (and neither come within a light year of Led Zeppelin, for me)

Comment by DME1061 on October 16, 2012 at 11:39am

I would venture to say that Deep Purple is a bit more than a couple of iconic guitar riffs. Their string of albums from In Rock through Burn were all great.....I would say just a step below Led Zeppelin & Black Sabbath during the same time frame. Made a great comeback with Perfect Strangers as well. They should have been inducted years ago.

Comment by Stan Schwieger on October 16, 2012 at 11:23am

True, that Deep Purple did not have the staying power of Rush.  However, Machine Head alone, for me, makes me bow to them as rock greats.  Not to diminish Rush at all (I lost interest after 2112, but their first disk is one to remember.)  

Comment by Harry on October 15, 2012 at 8:37pm

Deep Purple: not bad.  Couple of iconic guitar riffs.

Should not be mentioned in the same paragraph as Rush.

Comment by Stan Schwieger on October 4, 2012 at 7:54pm

I am with you on both accounts...Deep Purple belongs, and so do our Northern Neighbors.  However, when you dilute the "honor" with crap like Chic, it is like saying that Firefall belongs.  Perhaps a drum beat for the Rex Smith induction needs to begin...

Comment by Theodore Knapinsky on October 4, 2012 at 6:35pm

I only care about DP and Rush.

Comment by Stan Schwieger on October 4, 2012 at 4:22pm

If I'm on a ballot with Chic, [which put out such rock classics as "Le Freak,"]  that would mean [to me] that someone thinks that Chic are my equal in being rock greats. I then join Neal Peart in saying thanks, but keep your "honor."   [However, I want to see Chic join Rush for the funk version of 2112 at the induction ceremony.  I imagine Geddy Lee has a mean thumb slap bass style in his little Canuck body somewhere.]

Pure insanity.  

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