The response to our monthly Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame elections has been amazing. However, there's one important, repeated question turning up on our Facebook page and in our e-mail boxes that we'd like to address very clearly. So allow us to paraphrase a typical query:

Why the %$#@% isn't AC/DC (or Led Zeppelin, Van Halen or dozens of other names) nominated?

The answer is very easy -- more than likely, they are simply not nominated yet. We're traveling through classic rock history chronologically, based on the year in which the artists released their first studio album.

For example, the eight nominees featured in our first month's bracket -- the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Animals, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, the Moody Blues, Bob Dylan and the Yardirds -- put out their first records between 1962 and 1965. April 2013's eight nominees features acts or artists who put out their debut albums in either 1965, 1966, or 1967, and we will continue that pattern in future months.

AC/DC didn't release their first album until 1975, Led Zeppelin in 1969, and Van Halen made their debut in record stores in 1978, so it'll be a little while before they turn up in one of our elections. But they will get their chance, and there are plenty of great bands that will turn up between then and now.

In the meantime, you can still vote in each of the current battles, to help choose the acts who will be be elected into the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

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