Rush Lead Rock Hall Public Vote
Rush are comfortably leading the public poll for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, after finally being nominated in the class of 2013.
They’ve pulled in 24.3% of all votes, with Deep Purple in second place with 17.1% and Heart in third with 12.5%.
It’s been a year full of awards for the Canadian giants, who were honoured at the inaugural Progressive Music Awards in September and were recently inducted into Guitar Center’s RockWalk. Alex Lifeson was this month named the greatest-ever Canadian guitarist.
In 2010 Rush drummer Neil Peart said: “You know who it matters to? The fans. It would matter a lot to the fans for us to have that validation. It doesn’t matter to me. I’ve got the respect and success we’ve had and the opportunity to do exactly what we wanted for 35 years. Do we need them to make us feel better? No – not at all.”
But no matter how many people make their opinions known, the public count will only be one voice among the 600-strong panel who’ll decide which artists make the grade.
The public poll is open until December 3. Other artists nominated are Donna Summer, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, Chic, Public Enemy, the Meters, Randy Newman, NWA and Procol Harum.