Thursday, March 22, 2012

Make RUSH a Hall of Famer

I'm not sure why this is warranted.  From my perspective, Rush should be a no-brainer inductee into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.  Nonetheless, an online petition has been circulating to have the power trio inducted into the HoF.  Posted below, you can read the petition reason(s) as to why:

We, the undersigned, as consumers and fans of rock music, wish to see Rush considered for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

We believe that Rush has earned a spot in the Hall of Fame for reasons including, but not limited to, the following: 

--Rush has 22 consecutive gold records, and is fourth behind The Beatles, The Stones, and Kiss in all-time gold record acquisitions for a band. Fourteen of those albums have gone platinum. 

--Rush has inspired such bands as Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, The Tragically Hip, Smashing Pumpkins, Primus, Queensryche, and many more. 

--Rush's lineup has remained unchanged since their first major tour in 1974. 

--Rush has consistently put out records that reflect their own artistic growth and change, without compromising the band's integrity for the sake of sales. 

--Rush has a huge, worldwide fanbase. 

--Rush has, with the exception of the Test for Echo "Evening with Rush" tour, always toured with opening acts in part to allow said acts the chance to play on "a fairly large tour" (as quoted by Alex Lifeson). 

--Outside of Rush, each member has made his own contributions to the world of rock music, through production, outside musical efforts, guest appearances, and so forth. 

--Rush consists entirely of men your children can look up to. No scandals, no embarrassing "National Enquirer" moments, nothing like that. Just really good music from generally decent human beings. 

We believe that Rush has been sorely overlooked in the United States for far too long by the popular media and the critics. The Hall of Fame was founded to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of rock music. Inducting Rush will legitimize that claim by recognizing one band in particular that has contributed dramatically to the rock genre while continually preserving its integrity.

Be sure to make your way to the site and sign the petition.  This is for a great cause and can only help solidify Rush's place in the ongoing history of music.


It seems everyone's voices have finally been heard!  RUSH has now made it to the 2013 nominations for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!  And from the polls already, it seems the trip is leading the race with 30% of the vote thus far!  Mind you, there are a few other notable acts such as Depp Purple, Public Enemy and many more.

“We are honored to be among the nominees for this year’s Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame. We are especially thrilled for the many, many dedicated RUSH fans to whom this nomination is so very important.” – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart

Check out the promo video below:

To vote, head over to the Rock & Roll HoF online poll and cast your vote for your favourite artists (and of course RUSH).

"For the first time in its history, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process.  Beginning on Thursday, October 4th and continuing through December 5, the public can cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a 'fans’ ballot' that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2013 inductees." -R&RHoF

So did you all get the chance to check out the Rush parody?  Canada's own CBC television show "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" got the chance to poke fun at the trio and their recent nomination (finally!).  Not a bad rendition.  Could be worked on, but funny nonetheless...

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