Did they get it right this year?
Nothing says October like the great American past time, so get out your baseball bat and take a few practice swings. It’s time to beat on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination list.
This year’s sentimental favorite is Linda Ronstadt, whose battle with Parkinson’s has left her unable to sing. Ronstadt was unbelievably huge during the 1970s, and not thanks to Auto-Tune. She had the pipes to back it up, which makes her disease particularly cruel.
Both KISS and Deep Purple are on the ballot, which offers their devoted fans the slight glimmer of hope that this might be the year. The Hall of Fame has long been criticized for overlooking each band.
Nirvana and the Replacements are on the list, too: Two bands that music geeks of my age would love to see make the Hall on one hand and would hate to see pinned under glass like butterflies on the other. We may be balding and pot-bellied, but we still like our heroes on the fringe.
LL Cool J, Chic, and N.W.A. likely will cause the most conversation among rock purists, who annually voice their displeasure that rap and R&B acts bump “deserving” rock bands off the roster.
Here is the complete list of this year’s nominees. Who are your picks?
- Linda Ronstadt
- Deep Purple
- The Replacements
- LL Cool J
- Peter Gabriel
- Cat Stevens
- Paul Butterfield Blues Band
- Hall and Oates
- The Meters
- Link Wray
- The Zombies
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