Open Letter Demands Purple, Maiden, Slayer, Dio and More to Be Inducted Into RN'R Hall of Fame

Judas Priest and Motorhead also on the list. Help us get the word out.

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As the full list of 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees was unveiled earlier this week, a great portion of fans couldn't help focusing on the artists that weren't inducted yet again, rather than discussing the ones who will get in during the April 10 ceremony. Sharing such a stance, our colleagues at Loudwire wrote an open letter to the Hall of Fame, listing artists whose absence from the institution is nothing short of baffling, along with reasons for their long overdue induction. The letter initially focuses on hard rock icons Deep Purple, who were nominated and ultimately rejected for two consecutive years now. "With a total of 1,390,504 votes cast, Deep Purple came in third place out of 16 total choices," the letter reads. "The only acts to beat Deep Purple in the poll were Kiss and Nirvana, both of whom will be inducted during the 2014 Rock Hall ceremony. Deep Purple also collected more votes than Class of 2014 inductees Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens, so it's easy to see why fans are upset. In cases such as this, fans feel like their voices aren't being heard." The post then lists reasons for Iron Maiden, Slayer, Motorhead, Judas Priest and Ronnie James Dio to be inducted, pointing out the monumental impact and groundbreaking efforts of each act. "If being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is truly the apex of musical achievement, all of the trailblazing acts we mentioned above deserve a spot," the letter concludes. "An induction for any of these acts isn't just a celebration of their signature impact, but a legitimization of your own Hall of Fame moving forward. Think about it ... we'll be waiting for your Class of 2015 nominees." We couldn't agree more with each of the given arguments, hence we share this open letter in hope to spread the word out and help turn the Hall of Fame into a definite prestigious guitar-driven institution. We also believe Yes deserve a long overdue induction as a band that shaped the modern prog sound, leaving an everlasting impact on such greats as last year's inductees Rush and prog metal giants Dream Theater. Which other artists do you think deserve a Hall of Fame induction? Check out the full list of previous inductees here and share your thoughts in the comments. Note that artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first major effort.

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    The fact that so many legendary acts have never been inducted over artists such as Public Enemy goes to show this entire Hall of Fame business is a load of shite
    To be fair...Public Enemy is amazing. I understand your point, because Public Enemy isn't rock and roll, but they're so influential that I guess they had to induct them. They should be in some other "hall of fame" type of induction, of course.
    Does that mean when justin bieber is up for nomination he can be inducted into the Hall of fame because he influenced someone? No dude it's rock bands that should go into the rock and role hall of fame first, and then other genras. Public enemy gets in before deep purple..... C'mon.
    If we are going to use the term 'rock and roll' as a reason that Public Enemy etc shouldn't get inducted over Slayer etc, then none of the above bands should be inducted. Rock and roll was your Chuck Berry's and Little Richards. The point is that these artists have been influenced by the genre and are representing it through their own style. Public Enemy have undoubtedly achieved more through their music than artists such as Slayer. Plus i saw Public Enemy live just after they won the award. They 'rocked' far more than 90% of the rock/metal artists i've seen.
    Don't diss Public Enemy dude. They changed a whole genre of music are probably the biggest political band in history. Just because they featured rapping and DJing it doesn't mean they didn't have a rock sound. They used the structures of funk music to make their music and if we don't count funk there goes Sly and The Family Stone, Parliament Funkadelic etc from the Hall Of Fame. There's much worse acts in the Hall Of Fame (like ABBA) who you could easily use as an example at it's stupidity
    I agreed with all your comment except one thing. They are not the biggest political band in history. System of a Down?
    You kids seem to think bands with political influence emerged in the post 80' naive...
    Try Rage Against the Machine
    C. Jasper
    So many of your bands in the 60's and 70's were political. Where do you think the term protest tune came from? The whole idea, sound, and image of rock n roll is political. The reason it became popular is that it broke the mold and tore down barriers. To so many people it was a political outcry against the man, against the structure that society was trying to package people into. Public Enemy does this with their own sound but no way in hell do they need to be in RRHOF. It's as big a joke as michael jackson being inducted. Save that shite for the Hip hop hall of fame, or start one for pop so MJ can staple his name right there next to beiber so we can all laugh about it.
    The fact that people are trying to say Slayer and Motorhead are as significant as Deep Purple show that the majority of the protesters are full of shite.
    Both of those bands are hugely significant in Heavy Metal and still very significant in Rock n Roll. Although, I'd much rather those bands not get into the Cock and Ball hall of fame.
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    @cyclonus: Spot on. I'd give you four upvotes if I could - one each for your username, your avatar, your comment and your use of the word 'shite'.
    All these Hall Of Fame clubs, top 10 polls, best ever lists etc are a load of crap. Music is art, not some gang you join. I can see why Axl wasn't over the moon about getting in the HOF (GnR fueding aside)
    Theres bigger issues in life to worry about. This is definitely not one of them. If they want to treat the hall of fame as commercially as the music it supports then so be it.
    I didn't realise people took the RnR Hall of fame seriously. We all know it's just a joke right?
    I think the problem is it became a joke there was a time when it was an honor, however lately, I agree it is a complete joke. No Deep Purple, Zappa, Maiden, Slayer, SRV and DIO???!!! yet we have Linda Ronstadt ???
    Easy now, now I don't know if Genesis is in yet or not, but when he was fronting them back in the late 60s early 70s they were very progressive rock n roll. Check out the Trespass album. But I see what you're saying, you would expect a little more Rock n Roll edge, rather than "In Your Eyes" (which I have to admit that song made a lot of mixed tapes to the ladies back in the day)
    Peter's third and fourth album alone make him a force to be reckoned with, not to mention his entire catalogue
    Frank Zappa
    Frank Zappa was put in by Lou Reed. What needs to happen is changing the name from Rock and Roll to something else. Then maybe it won't seem so crazy that some bands are in who don't play Rock and Roll.
    In the ROCK AND ROLL Hall of Fame is present Madonna while Deep Purple are not. I think this is pretty self-explanatory of the joke this "RnR Hall of Fame" is.
    First: the RRHOF isn't relevant, and the criterion used to pick the inductees is severely flawed. And second: we don't need the RRHOF to tell us that X or Y are rock legends, the legacy that bands and musicians leave behind is enough for us to know that. That being said, I don't see why people still give a toss about this.
    People are complaining about Run DMC, Public Enemy, Madonna etc being in there. Fact of the matter is they were game changers for their genres. Yes they're not technically 'Rock N Roll' but they certainly lived rock n roll lives (Public Enemy sticking it to the man, Madonna showing a woman could hang with the men etc)Yes it sucks than Deep Purple, Rush, Dio etc aren't in there, but if they were to all go in within two/three years you wouldn't really have anybody worthwile going in after a while (unless people really want to see Poison in there)
    Meanwhile everybody knows that RnR Hall of Fame is a joke, it really means something to the artists to be considered for their work, meaning it's not just about the selling of album, the sold out gigs they give...
    the cure should have gotten in. they're like the godfathers of indie/goth
    Iron Maiden are a must . Besides I think The Police and Def Leppard should be in there
    people still havent noticed that they dont induct alot of these great bands because they want to stay relevant in the years to come. so they wont induct deep purple this year, so they will have a great band to talk about for next years ceremony. and next year we will certainly hear of other great bands who still havent made the HoF and people will cry out the same way. if you put all your cookies in one jar, you wont have any left after the rabid kids clean that jar out. I really dont care for this HoF thing. the real HoF is in the fans memories and us keeping their music alive for decades to come.
    Black Flag, The Replacements, Joy division. Also Fugazi and Radiohead since I think they can get in next year.
    The only band from this list who really really should be in the RRHOF is Iron Maiden. All the rest are good suggestions but Maiden are the only essentials that are missing and it's criminal that they are not in it!!!!!
    i agree and want maiden in to, but judas priest deserves it even more. they have been around a little longer and ushered in what we know as heavy metal . without priest you dont have slayer, metallica, or countless other bands. i also enjoy priests music just a tad more over maiden
    if anyone deserves to be put in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame is CHICAGO. Over 22 Plat. albums + over 15 Gold albums. They have multi-Plats too. It makes no sense....
    Iron Maiden, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Def Leppard, Dire Straits, Faith No More, Thin Lizzy
    You all sound like a bunch of whiny mothers who kid didn't win a trophy this year in soccer. Music awards are lame to begin with, and there's always next year.
    duane baldwin
    The so called hall of fame is joke, always has been, always will be, so who really cares
    You, and a lot of other people saying that its a joke and 'who cares' apparently do. Otherwise you wouldn't have clicked the link leading to this article, read the article, potentially read everyones comments and then proceeded to comment yourself.
    Saying the same as in the KISS thread: The more I read about the hall of fame the more I agree with Axl Rose's decision to give the whole damn thing a big middle finger. Also if the inducting doesn't work by world wide voting within the genre (i.e. NO MADONNA) nobody should care because it's an inside club which some fanboys run and induct the artists that they like.
    Rock'n'roll is not about awards or grades. It's about stickin' it to the man! Rebellion. Anti-establishment. Music is beautiful because there are no rules with songwriting, there's no such thing as perfect. Now KISS is being inducted am i supposed to think that i HAVE to listen to KISS more? Fuck, i listen to KISS cos i love KISS! I'll forever listen to Deep Purple, Maiden, Priest etc. regardless of wether they are in the Hall of Fame or not!
    Dream Theater is in the HOF, but Iron Maiden is not? Did I read that correctly?
    Dream Theater is not in the HOF. They can be up for nomination next year. First release was in 1989
    If this was a legitimate Hall of Fame, they wouldn't just be inducting people every year I think. They should really just do it when there is an act worthy of recognition, but I guess that wouldn't make as much money.
    Johnny Thunders needs to be at the top of the list. New York Dolls, L.A.M.F Heartbreakers and So Alone have soo much street cred period.
    Is there any band that rejected the induction!? That could be the most R&R attitude! Who gives a shit about this "recognition"!?
    C. Jasper
    well i wanna put deep purple but if i do that then boyzIImen will probably get in. Sad world
    Have any of you actually been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? The place is neat, but not what you'd expect from a "Hall of Fame." The coolest thing I remember was Jimi Hendrix's childhood couch, there was a decent amount of instruments, props, costumes, and lyrics, but not nearly as much as I though. In fact I think the Hard Rock Cafe in NYC has more memorabilia that the Hall does, from a proportional view point. That, and the place is falling apart. The day I went it was raining and about 20 feet of the record store section was flooded from the leaking glass ceiling. Is it neat , yes. Is it worthy of being THE Hall of Fame for Rock and Roll, not really.
    Nirvana had like 4 or 5 Plats. weak*
    You should do research. Yes nirvana has few albums. As for platinum albums, well....nevermind is close to 3x diamond sales. Also how many times platinum did the rest of their albums go. I'm in full agreement that purple, maiden and other bands should be in the hall. Purple got robbed this year. You can not argue nirvana though. Their album sales, with such few albums have probably outsold most bands being mentioned, entire catalogs, and they still sell as many albums as some of these bands. Shout out for those who deserved to make it, but don't bitch about a band who clearly earned it, because your upset about ones who were robbed.