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.
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.”