Neil Peart On The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Rush drummer extraordinaire, Neil Peart, was quoted in a recent interview with The Canadian Press saying that he really didn’t care much about not yet being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The band was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame last night, with Peart giving the acceptance speech.


It doesn’t matter to me. I’ve got the success and respect that 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. Being in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame, that’s 10 times — 100 times — more (important) than being in some critics’ list.”

Maybe it’s because Mr. Peart is Canadian that he feels that he can speak so freely, but in my opinion his candor is exciting and refreshing and its high time that more and more artists and bands step up and also call out the HOF.

Future possible inductee’s like Alice Cooper, KISS, etc., (the list of those passed up in favor of artists or bands not affiliated with the genre of Rock & Roll is a long and embarrassing read) most certainly should already be in, and it’s up to them to say so, but I fear that they fear retribution by being locked out if they do and that’s too bad. I would hope that neither Wenner nor those who run the HOF are giving said artists that impression, but knowing Wenner’s corpulent ego, it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s happening.

It’s been long been whispered amongst the fans of Rock & Roll that the HOF is becoming more and more irrelevant with each passing induction of groups like ABBA before such luminaries as the aforementioned Alice Cooper, it won’t take many more of those asinine inductions before the reputation and integrity of the HOF will be irreparably damaged.

The legacy of the genre demands that scenario never, ever happen.


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