Rush Lead Hall Of Fame Public Vote

Rush are comfortably leading the public poll for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, after finally being nominated in the class of 2013.

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Rush are comfortably leading the public poll for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, after finally being nominated in the class of 2013.

They've pulled in 24.3% of all votes, with Deep Purple in second place with 17.1% and Heart in third with 12.5%.

But no matter how many people make their opinions known, the public count will only be one voice among the 600-strong panel who'll decide which artists make the grade.

In 2010 Rush drummer Neil Peart said: "You know who it matters to? The fans. It would matter a lot to the fans for us to have that validation. It doesn't matter to me. I've got the respect and success 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."

Purple singer Ian Gillan recently revealed how his attitude had changed to the potential honour, saying: "Without being asked I was nominated for an MBE a little while ago. I saw people getting excited about it around me. It's for the people who have supported us through the years, particularly through the bad times. So I look at it in a different way now."

The public poll is open until December 3. Other artists nominated are Donna Summer, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, Chic, Public Enemy, The Meters, Randy Newman, NWA and Procol Harum.

Meanwhile, former Purple singer Joe Lynn Turner admits he doesn't know whether he'll be invited to the band's induction if they're chosen to enter the Rock Hall.

According to ClassicRockMagazine, he told: "I've read that Ritchie Blackmore was not going to attend. He was never one of those guys that believed he needed an award. In a way I respect that. There are a lot of people who think it's a scam money and politically oriented. So I understand what he means.

"I have no idea which of the other members of Deep Purple will be included I don't know if it's just the Mark V lineup. I haven't really pursued it or tried to find out, because I'm half-and-half about it.

"I have a little bit of Blackmore's attitude in the sense that Deep Purple should have been in 20 years ago. What's that all about?"

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    They should just create different branches. Rock and Roll hall of fame, Pop Hall of fame, Heavy Metal!!! hall of fame. They could have someone from each gendra every year. Or just change the name to the Music hall of fame.
    i say people start a new R&RHOF. a real one. with R&R only.
    Maybe we should just induct every band into the hall of fame... and then everyone can stop complaining
    I always wondered how Rush would react if they were finally nominated after all the nonsense. Given their stated indifference, I figured it would be hard to gush over it, but at the same time, rejecting it would also be a bit too obnoxious. I like the comments Alex recently made, and apparently Neil made a few years back, that they are happy if it makes their fans happy. As always, Rush is a class act.
    NWA should get in there!!! Their music has inspired rock n roll since the 60's. Also, who is Rush? Are they one of those one-hit-wonders that keep getting in like Flock of Seagulls?
    I really can't take the hall of fame until it includes Deep purple, Rush and Iron Maiden, it's already ridiculous enough that Run DMC is there
    As everyone already knows, the public vote means nothing when it comes to the hall of fame
    Kraftwerk are an underappreciated band. they were the progenitors of electronic music in general and made music that was well ahead of its time. since the RRHOF plays fast and loose with the meaning of "rock and roll," they ought to be in there too.
    I really hope that Rush gets inducted and then tells them to **** themselves at the induction ceremony. The fact that they've just been nominated in 2012 is ridiculous.
    Fuck the Hall of Fame! The museum is a joke and hasn't been anything serious for a long time. Run DMC, Madonna and ****ing ABBA are in it for ****'s sake! I really hate this classic rock industry. The old acts are great but let's move on to something modern. What'll happen in 30 years when all of the old rock stars are dead? Then what? Will the industry then start focusing on up and coming groups? Forget the Rolling Stone all-time greatest lists that come out every single year and the Hall of Fame inductions that don't mean anything at all.
    Rush will always have my vote because I am Canadian and Neil Pert is a genius. I am also a hip-hop fan and find its history fascinating, this is why I also believe NWA deserves to be in the hall of fame as well. The influence of NWA is unmistakable in lots of todays music, even non-traditional hip-hop artists respect and are influenced by them. Their popularity was huge in the day and they changed the musical landscape forever. Albert King should also naturally be a shoe-in.
    i want rush as bad as anyone, but what about Kiss? Forget your hate for Gene Simmons for a second and think about how kickass they are. anyone?
    I don't get Rush's appeal. Thirty-five years of music and only 2 good songs? Are you even trying?
    Both Rush and Deep Purple were long overdue for induction in the hall a long time ago. If only induction was actually handled by the fans and not the critics at Rolling Stone magazine, then I could say that it is a true Hall Of Fame. Also Kiss,Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi are also due for induction as well, so where in the **** are they, huh ?
    They all have to meet a certain criteria in order to be nominated first. ... The only reason Kiss isnt nominated is because the world is against Gene Simmons LOL... sell-out
    I think the R&R HOF is largely a joke, as so many legends are excluded. I know it's about "booking" the card so to speak, but the fact that Purple are not in, but Run DMC are is a pile of shit. Without Ritchie Blackmore and the boys, *none* of this would exist.