Efforts Ramp Up For Rush Hall of Fame Induction

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I’m not sure there is any more intense hot button issue with dedicated Rush fans than the group’s omission from the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Now it appears at least one blog author at Wired magazine believes the group deserves a place among the other rockers in that famous institution.

Wired blogger Scott Thill contacted a source at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and inquired about the chances of getting answers to three questions from readers — who also happen to be Rush fans — regarding the whole issue of the group’s exclusion.

The article resulted in 500 responses, which was said to be record-breaking – perhaps even breaking a site-wide record for reader responses.rock-hall-of-fame

To summarize, fans noted that Rush has 24 gold and 14 platinum records to their credit, with an impressive 40 million units sold worldwide. Also touted are the musicianship of the individual members of the group, who few are likely to argue with, I suspect.

There’s also the fact that the group is still together and still working, having released a new album not long ago and finished up an extensive tour in July.

Finally, fans asked if Jann Wenner – co-founder of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame – simply dislikes Rush, and as a result, has excluded the Canadian trio from induction due to his personal feelings.

As the article points out, the ball is now in the court of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and we’ll be listening for any response. The 2009 inductees have already been selected and Rush seems to be absent from the list yet again.

Although comments from the group indicate that they are not losing any sleep over their exclusion, it’s clear that many fans believe that it’s high time they received the honor they have earned. As they say so often in the world of sports: “Maybe next year.”


  1. Rich January 14, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Canada has its own RRHOF and Rush is already in it. Just because they are not good enough or popular enough to make the *real* hall of fame is not our fault. Canada (and Canadians) should just shut up and mind their own business.

  2. Tim January 15, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Well Rich, Yes Rush is in the Canadian Rock Hall of Fame.

    The problem is the supposed “Rock ‘n Roll” HOF in Cleveland has, how shall I say, has a questionable selection history. You see, when an organization is founded as a “Rock ‘n Roll” HOF, I would THINK that the nominee’s/inductee’s would actually be “Rock ‘n Roll” artists. Prince? Madonna? Leonard Cohen? Please. If these artists are in this so called “*real*” RRHOF … Rush most certainly deserves a spot.

    But you know what: you’re right. Rush is not in the rrhof in Cleveland, and really its for the best…

    Rush would give the rrhof a respectability they do not deserve.

  3. MARIA April 5, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I think it is dispicable that Madonna is in the HOF and Rush is not. She is not rock n roll but bubble gum pop. Rush is more deserving than her to be in the hall of fame. They belong there, plain and simple.

  4. Ed Morrison July 7, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    It’s a travesty when you consider who has been inducted. There are various efforts on the web to show support for Rush.

    Ours is a Facebook group called “Supporters of Rush Becoming Inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”. You can check out our Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=93215693000&ref=mf

    There is also our official website at http://www.squidoo.com/supporters_of_rush and our official blog at http://supportersofrush.blogspot.com

    I think it is time that the music industry takes note. The fans think that Rush should be inducted. They have more than earned it.

    I encourage everyone to join the cause.
    .-= Ed Morrison´s last blog ..Progressive in Spirit =-.

  5. iain November 28, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    The selection committee has to dislike prog rock and RUSH in particular. A fair unbaised view puts them in automatically.
    Great band, genuis musicians, longevity, and influencial.
    The R&R losses credibility not honouring RUSH.

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