If you are a lover of music like I am, you may want to, at some point in your life, go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. While there, you may expect to see all of the inductees that have had huge success, a long career, and/or were influential to many others. You might expect to see the following artists:
Herbie Hancock(n), Ella Fitzgerald(n), John Coltrane(n), Pat Boone, Sammy Davis Jr.(n), Chubby Checker(n), Paul Revere and the Raiders(n), Willie Nelson(n), Patti LaBelle(n), Wayne Newton(n), The Moody Blues, Cher(n), Randy Newman, Iron Butterfly, Jethro Tull, Steppenwolf(n), Steve Miller Band, Chicago, Grand Funk Railroad(n), Joe Cocker, Yes, Diana Ross(n), Jimmy Buffett(n), The Doobie Brothers, ELO, Meat Loaf(n), REO Speedwagon(n), Thin Lizzy(n), Blue Oyster Cult(n), Peter Frampton(n), Styx(n), Scorpions(n), Bachman-Turner Overdrive(n), Barry Manilow(n), Barry White, The Pointer Sisters(n), Rush(n), Tina Turner, Bad Company, The Commodores, Judas Priest(n), Kansas(n), KISS, Robert Palmer(n), Journey(n), Ted Nugent(n).
That would be one hell of a Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, none of these artists have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Do you see the names with the "(n)" after them? These artists haven't even been CONSIDERED for the HOF, much less nominated. This list, by the way, is just a short sample of those that are not in. This list also is made up entirely of artists that have been eligible for over 10 years. IF you add those that have been eligible for less than 10 years, you get these folks:
Air Supply(n), Boston(n), Heart(n), Kenny Loggins(n), Luther Vandross(n), Peter Tosh, Sammy Hagar(n), .38 Special(n), Cheap Trick, Foreigner(n), George Thorogood(n), Peter Gabriel, Black Flag(n), The Cars, The Cure, Devo, Rick James(n), The B52's, Bryan Adams(n), The Dead Kennedys(n), Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister(n), Weird Al(n), Billy Squier(n), The Go-go's(n), Huey Lewis and the News(n), INXS(n), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts(n), Loverboy(n), Ozzy Osbourne(n), UB40(n), The Bangles(N), Billy Idol(N), Depeche Mode, Duran Duran(n), Eurythmics, Lionel Richie(n), Ministry(n), Motley Crue(n), , George Clinton(n), Janet Jackson(n), Sting(n), Dio(n), Slayer(n), Stevie Ray Vaughan, 2 Live Crew(n), Pet Shop Boys(n), Red Hot Chili Peppers(n), Steve Vai(n).
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame did nominate KISS last year, but they didn't make it. I will give them credit for nominating Alice Cooper this year, but I doubt he will be voted in by the same people who do not think, KISS, Rush, Journey, Deep Purple, and Stevie Ray Vaughan deserve to be in a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. These same voters thought that ABBA was more deserving to be inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame.
There is bound to be some disappointment with this years class. The nominees for 2011 are;
J. Geils Band
LL Cool J
I won't go into my thoughts on, "non-rock and roll" artists in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the fact that they should just change their name to the Pop or Popular Music Hall of Fame.