Finally! Kiss, Deep Purple Nominated for 2014 Rock Hall of Fame
10/16/2013 10:34:00 AM
You'll hear the phrase, "It's about time!" a lot in the coming days. The long overdue nominations of Kiss, Deep Purple and Yes have finally materialized for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Deep Purple was nominated last year but didn't make the cut.
Also among the nominees for the 2014 class are Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates, The Zombies and the highly influential Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
The artists who get the most votes will be inducted at a New York City ceremony next April. For the second time, fans can select who they think should be honored via a poll on RollingStone.com, but as I frequently bitched about last year - all those votes will be combined into one ballot that becomes just one of 600 ballots given to industry insiders that will determine the winner.
Like it or not, the Rock Hall nominations and voting are mostly controlled by insiders who have their own agendas and look down their noses at fans. It is a secretive committee of so-called “experts,” consisting largely of music critics. Most notable is Rolling Stone publisher and Rock Hall chairman, Jan Wenner. It was Wenner who pushed to get disco queen Donna Summer selected. It was Wenner whom Neil Peart said is, "The world’s most powerful Rush-hater, rumored to have personally kept us out of the Hall of Fame all these years!"
There's something wrong in a world where Laura Nyro and L.L. Cool J are inducted into an institution with the word "ROCK" in its title while the likes of Kiss, Deep Purple, Yes and Rush are kept out for years. Perhaps Dawn Olsen put it best in a column at Technorati.com in 2008: "I blame Jann Wenner, the simpering queen and publisher at Rolling Stone for his constant need to pass up the greats so he can cater to his friends and special interests of the marginally talented. "