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After more than a decade of routinely being listed among the most popular and influential bands not in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, Rush officially lost the right to be included in such conversations this morning. The Canadian progressive rock band famous for its outside the box concept albums will be enshrined in April alongside Public Enemy, Randy Newman, Heart, Albert King and Disco Queen Donna Summer.
The choices were revealed this morning at a press conference in Los Angeles by Flea. The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, himself an inductee last year, also announced Quincy Jones and Lou Adler will be enshrined in the non-performers category. The glitzy ceremony will take place in LA on April 18th at the Nokia Theater. Tickets for the event will officially go on sale on January 25th, and it will be broadcast on May 18 on HBO.
Many fans have already taken to the Internet to complain about semi-finalists like Deep Purple and NWA failing to make the final cut this year, but in time, most of those who narrowly missed out should eventually find themselves honored. Plus, it’s hard to complain about any of those picked for the 2013 ceremony. In addition to Rush, all of the musicians made significant contributions. Public Enemy is one of the best and most important rap groups in history. Donna Summer and Heart both had a ton of hits. Randy Newman has been churning out music for four decades, and Albert King, while not as well known, was a heavy influence on Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and dozens of other famous guitarists.
Pop Blend sends out its congratulations to all of the 2013 inductees.