Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Last night during the 28th annual induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Canadian progressive rock trio Rush finally joined the celebrated cast. As expected, their fans were there in full force to support them last night (April 18) with earth-shaking applause and standing ovations at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
Well, it finally happened, Rush fans -- the legendary Canadian power trio is finally, officially, ensconced in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dave Grohl may have phrased it best in his induction speech for the band, when he asked the audience in mock puzzlement: "When the f--- did Rush become cool?"
Along with Rush, Randy Newman and disco icon Donna Summer, the sibling-fronted classic-rock band Heart will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next week. Following that, Ann and Nancy Wilson will embark on a 32-date tour that kicks off in West Palm Beach, Fla., on June 17, and wraps up on August 30 in Portland, Ore.
Earlier today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced a new round of presenters and performers who will take the stage at the 2013 induction ceremony on Thursday, April 18. Legendary rockers Jackson Browne and John Fogerty have been added to the evening's star-studded performance roster.
It's been an up-and-down year between Deep Purple fans and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- the band was finally nominated for induction into the Hall, but didn't make it in. Keyboard player Don Airey seems to be taking it all in stride, though; as he put it during a recent interview, "I don't think the band really care, actually."