Rush, Donna Summer among 8 to be inducted into Rock Hall
Canadian progressive rock trio Rush will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after years of being snubbed.
The other bands and music artists on the list of 2013 inductees are: Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy -- the group that made rapper Flavor Flav famous, and Disco queen Donna Summer, who died in May. The list was revealed on Tuesday, December 11.
In addition, record moguls and producers Lou Adler and Quincy Jones will received the Ahmet Ertegun Award. All honorees will be inducted at the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on April 18, 2013. This is the first time the event will be held in the West Coast since 1993. Tickets go on sale on January 25.
The induction ceremony will also air on HBO on May 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Rush, headed by singer Geddy Lee, formed in the late 1960s and has released commercial hits such as "Tom Sawyer," "The Spirit of the Radio," "Limelight," "New World Man" and "Closer to the Heart." Rush is known not only for its unique sound but for its eclectic stage props - working appliances such as dryers, fridges and even rotisserie chicken ovens have been placed on stage instead of bass amps.
"We are honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," the band members of Rush said in a statement on the group's website. "The 3 of us are especially appreciative of our loyal fans whose support and dedication has gone a long way to making this possible. P.S. And special thanks to our moms for voting 6000 times!"
For years, fans have called on the Rock Hall to induct Rush, a group admired by musicians such as Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.
"While they have never gotten the critical respect they so richly deserve, Neil Peart has inspired more young drummers to take up the instrument than any other drummer of the past 30 years," the Rock Hall's website states. "No less impressive is Geddy Lee's ability to play keyboards and bass in concert while never missing a note of his lead vocals, and guitarist Alex Lifeson is a virtuoso simply without peer."
The group's music has also carried political messages, promoting individualism. The 1976 concept album "2112" was inspired by Objectivist author Ayn Rand and her novella Anthem, which is also the title of one of a Rush song.
Peart, whose drum set is among the largest seen in concerts, opened up about his current political views in an interview with Rolling Stone in June to promote Rush's new album, "Clockwork Angels." He said: "On that 2112 album, again, I was in my early twenties. I was a kid. Now I call myself a bleeding heart libertarian."
Actors Jason Segel and Paul Rudd famously paid tribute to the band in the Judd Apatow movies "Knocked Up" and "I Love You, Man." The two actors starred in a Funny Or Die video with the band (watch it here). Segel also channelled Peart in a drum sequence on an episode of Apatow's 1999 series "Freaks and Geeks."
Rush earned the group a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June 2010. Fellow Rock Hall nominee Heart, which is known for songs such as "Alone" and "What About Love" and is headed by Ann Wilson and her sister Nancy Wilson, received the same honor on September 25.
The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were announced in October. Those who did not make the cut are iconic metal group Deep Purple - known best for the song "Smoke on the Water," Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, N.W.A, Procol Harum, Kraftwerk, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Meters, The Marvelettes and Chic.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has inducted a total of 279 bands and artists -- including a total number of 701 people -- and has held 26 ceremonies since the organization, which is based in Cleveland, was established in 1983.
According to the group, music performers become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record and nominees are voted upon by more than 600 artists, historians and members of the industry. Inductees must receive more than 50 percent of the vote. The organization announced that this year, for the first time, fans could participate in the induction process.
Earlier this April, groups such as Guns N' Roses<, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.