The Rush fans can stop their bellyaching. And the web will probably lose a few million sites dedicated to the painful injustice so many Rush fans saw in their favorite band's omission from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Really not a prog rock fan myself, though I did see Rush at Madison Square Garden on the Counterparts tour. (March 1994?) My left ear still rings. No joke. We owe pub and punk rock so much for wiping away the excesses of progressive rockers.
That being said, Rush deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as much as anyone, if only because Neil Peart is one of the best drummers of all time. Everything irksome about Geddy Lee's voice is made up for in Peart's talent as a drummer. (That's really saying something too. Lee's voice is really irksome.)
The key phrase in that last paragraph is "as much as anyone." The fact is, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame may be one of the more ridiculous ideas of all time. I could see a "History of Rock and Roll" museum, I guess, but the idea of enshrining rock and roll performers — including the drug addicts, suicides, tax cheats, etc. — into a "hall of fame" is hilarious. And the criteria is so subjective.
Eh, I guess if it makes you feel good that your favorite band is in there, good for you.
Now where is Hall and Oates?
Rush, Public Enemy and Heart to Join Rock Hall of Fame
Donna Summer, Randy Newman and Albert King will also be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony on May 18 in Los Angeles.