The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees were officially announced on Thursday, October 5th (although they leaked the day before). The induction ceremony will be back in Cleveland on April 14th. Here are the 19 nominees:


Cast your 2018 ballot here!

Vote for the FIVE nominees you believe will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018:
Bon Jovi
Judas Priest
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
The Cars
Kate Bush
The Zombies
The Meters
Depeche Mode
The J. Geils Band
Eurythmics
Rage Against the Machine
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
MC5
LL Cool J
Dire Straits
Nina Simone
Link Wray
Please vote for exactly five nominees.

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Is this accurate? I thought it wouldn't be announced until 8:00 am.

Posted by Joe on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 00:10am


I'll be making a blog in the next day or two about the nominees, but for now here's some brief thoughts about the group of nominees...

I'm stunned that Janet Jackson is not on the ballot, and disappointed that Kraftwerk and Soundgarden/Smashing Pumpkins are being passed over for this year.

I'm also disappointed at the lack of Soul/R&B artists on the ballot. Only the Meters and Rufus and Chaka Khan are the true R&B acts, with Nina Simone being more borderline as she was more of a jazz artist, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe being a gospel artist and does not belong in the Performers category at all. No Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Commodores, Kool and the Gang, Spinners, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Joe Tex, Mary Wells, Marvelettes, Patti Labelle, Lionel Richie, Anita Baker, Sade, etc. Huge missed opportunity here.

That being said. I'm ecstatic to see The Moody Blues, Eurythmics get their long overdue first nominations, and excited to see The Cars Depeche Mode and Zombies back for another round, and Dire Straits and Judas Priest get their first nominations.

Biggest surprise for me is Kate Bush and Sister Rosetta Tharpe in the Performers category. That's really odd as her prime was in the 1940's, an era that predates the general consensus for the beginning of rock and roll which makes her a prime candidate for the "Early Influences" category.

Bon Jovi or the Moody Blues will most likely win the Fan Vote, and I think those two along with Radiohead are shoe-ins to get inducted.

Very surprised to see two synth-pop acts not named Kraftwerk appear on the ballot. The Nominating Committee definitely appears to be going for electronica more heavily which bears some hope for the electronica heavyweights of the 90's down the road. They just gotta get Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, New Order, Eurythmics, Giorgio Moroder inducted first.


I agree with everyone else that this ballot is heavily skewed towards white rock acts, mainly on the classic rock side, but also with two big 90's rock groups (though Rage isn't a completely white act), which is disappointing, but at the same time, I can't deny that they're all major snubs and definitely deserve to be in (with the exception of the J. Geils Band who is still the weakest act on the ballot for me, other than Sister Rosetta Tharpe's complete mis categorization.


Like I said, I'll have a more detailed blog in the coming days, but those are my first instant thoughts on the ballot.


And though it's probably way too early, my predicted inductees are as follows in order of likelihood of inducted....

1. Radiohead (Duh)

2. Bon Jovi (will win the Fan Ballot)

3. The Moody Blues (will be second on the fan ballot and many of the older voters will flock to them)

4. Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler is considered one of the best guitarists ever and that group is highly respected among musicians. Like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, and ELO, they're a prime example of a band that will go in immediately once they make it on the ballot


5. The Cars (another popular classic rock act that appeals to the more younger alternative/new wave generation of voters and will also finish highly on the Fan Ballot and with their third straight nomination they'll most likely make it in)


6. LL Cool J (the Hall will not want to have an all white, classic rock fest, so they'll look to a black or female artist to round out the group. Unfortunately the female acts they chose are not shoe-in level nominees for the voters as Kate Bush is too British and obscure for American voters probably, Nina Simone is probably too controversial and doesn't quite fit in the rock and roll idiom, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is in the completely wrong category, and Rufus and Chaka Khan will probably just not be able to compete with the star power on the ballot. The best shot for a female act IMO is Eurythmics, but with this being their first nomination and LL's fourth, the Hall may push more towards their next rap inductee rather than first synth-pop act as LL is a much bigger figure in American pop culture than Eurythmics, so he'll probably get the final spot.


Next up: Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Rufus and Chaka Khan, J. Geils Band, Rage Against the Machine.

Posted by Donnie on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 00:21am


Wow, if it is accurate, no Janet Jackson.

Posted by Joe on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 00:24am


Joe,

I question that too. Sister Rosetta Tharpe would be early influence not a nominee.

Posted by Zuzu on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 00:29am


Radiohead & Bonjovi? What a joke!!!

Posted by Rousian on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 01:13am


Randoms...

Happy to see such a much needed English-centric ballot...

My favorite part of the ballot reveal every year is that one, "Wow, they really did that?" (in a good way), nominee. Bad Brains pass that baton to Kate Bush this year. She was sitting between Roxy Music and Buzzcocks on my should, but never will bench...

Rage was a popular prediction, but I skipped them because I thought they might try to backtrack in that area first. I was hoping more for Soundgarden or Smashing Pumpkins or another shot at NIN, but it's not an undeserving or terribly obnoxious nomination...

Like most people I suspect that Sister Rosetta being on the ballot is more of a showcase for when they induct her in EI this year...

With Karftwerk taking a break, if (or likely when) Depeche Mode or Eurythmics don't make it through the VoteComm this would be a good year for Brian Eno in ME. We're well into the 90s. They really need to break the ice in that area for credibility's sake...

Didn't expect them to completely clear the field for LL Cool J, but I get it. It's shameful that they have to...

Will the should be first ballot shoo-in Radiohead turn out to be too advanced for the Voting Committee?...

And we can rest easy, they managed to strike just the right balance of nominees that we won't have to miss out on the annual hyper-predictable fan ballot...

Like FRL's tweet said, good luck narrowing it down to five. This is a strong, deep ballot...

Posted by DarinRG on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 01:20am


How does Sister Rosetta Tharpe even remotely qualify for the ballot? She is totally pre-rock.

Plus, she's basically the top Early Influence candidate not already inducted, so we all know they'll give her backdoor entry if she doesn't make it in via the ballot.

Posted by Casper on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 01:31am


Well, I'll be darn. Guess its safe to say its legit, even in a world we live in where the mainstream media is questionable. But iheartmedia just let the cat out of the bag. Way to go!

My thoughts....

I guess there's no need to say very much, since I agree with both Donnie and DarinRG on their opinions. Hell, I even second Donnie's main picks for those that very well may be inducted. But we have two months to come to our own conclusions on that one.

I think I was probably the only regular FRL poster that put Dire Straits on their predictions list, so...go me. I also believe Tom Morello had been hinting that Judas Priest may eventually get on the ballot soon enough.

The only thing different I gotta say is, the more I look at this ballot, its looking more like a dullish, weak one, IMO. It looks more like a 'Heinz 57' ballot, as more than half of the nominees are those that have been nominated before. To some, that's a good thing. You also have two that very well may get a back-door induction (Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Thorpe) - but with the ballot being big, that may not matter since the Rock Hall will probably only induct 6 of these acts.

So anyway, cheers to the NomCom for finally putting well-deserved acts like the Moody Blues, Nina Simone, Eurythmics and Dire Straits. It can't get any more random than that. Yes, they are ALL deserving. As the old saying goes, 'you gotta start somewhere...', or in this case, rebuild.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 02:30am


Been a while since I posted here so here are my thoughts of the 2018 nominees:

RATM and Radiohead are no-brainers that it's no surprise their in the ballot. Even if they don't want to, Radiohead is getting in first ballot.

Very happy that Eurythmics, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Kate Bush are in the ballot. It seems the NomComm heard the criticism that the Hall needs more women.

No surprise that The Cars, The Zombies,The J. Geils and Link Wray are coming back. With so many favorites on the ballots this year, I think they'll have to wait again (though Link Wray and The J. Geils Band might have more chances this year).

It'll be interesting to see who wins the fan poll this year because the Moody Blues and Bon Jovi are the biggest snubs to many people. Radiohead might even win the fan poll since Radiohead have a loyal fanbase.

As far predictions for inductee predictions, only Radiohead and the Moody Blues are a shoo-in. Bon Jovi might have a chance if they win the fan poll. As far as I like her, Kate Bush might be considered too British for American voters so she'll have to wait a little longer. If the voters want more women, they might either pick Eurythmics or Nina Simone considering they have a strong influence on culture today.

So here are my early predictions:

*Radiohead
*The Moody Blues
*(The J. Geils Band)
*(Bon Jovi)
*Eurythmics/Nina Simone
*Rage Against the Machine

Posted by John R.C. on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 03:30am


Scattered thoughts:

This is a strong ballot over all. I'm a bit surprised they didn't nominate Soundgarden this year considering, you know.

I'm not a fan, but if Journey is in, Bon Jovi was just as big, if not bigger, with a legitimate superstar frontman.

Rage Against the Machine isn't getting inducted this year. They're in the same vein as Nine Inch Nails and Smashing Pumpkins (both who haven't been inducted yet) and will take a couple of tries to get in. Radiohead far overshadows them.

Love the Sister Rosetta Tharpe inclusion but, she really should be an early influence inductee as her prime was in the 1940s. Pre-rock. She'll probably have the least amount of votes anyway, so they should just induct her as an early influence.

I'm still mad af at the Hall for inducting Nile Rodgers last year in the ghetto "Music Excellence" category, effectively killing Chic's chances at ever getting enshrined.

I'm even madder that they continue to push the thoroughly mediocre, journeyman act The J. Geils Band, now that is the definition of not deserving of the hall. At least Bon Jovi brings the FAME in Hall of Fame.

I'm excited for Judas Priest, Kate Bush, Moody Blues, the Eurythmics and Nina Simone all getting their first nominations. Dire Straits too I guess, but less so.

Obviously, Radiohead towers above all else here.

LL Cool J is a weird one. I get the sense he's not all that respected in the wider rock community since his superstar singles were all very romantic and capitalised on his pretty boy image. But he did get the Kennedy Centre Honour this year so who knows.

Love the synth acts but really Kraftwerk should get in above all else, and then after that Joy Division/New Order (because they'll obviously be inducted as one a la The Faces/Small Faces)

My early predictions:
1. Radiohead. DUH

2. Nina Simone. This one which doesn't make them look racist (and is a big name in wider music all her own).

3. Bon Jovi. The winner of the fan vote hasn't failed to be inducted yet. Expect Def Leppard to replace them in the ballot once inducted.

4. Judas Priest. This is the glaring snub they'll amend this year. Expect Iron Maiden to follow suit next year.

5. Eurhythmics. Toss-up between them and The Cars. But their first nomination feels fresher. Also, with Nina Simone dead, it'll be good to see an actual woman perform. Annie's star will push them over the edge.

6. Link Wray. The doco about him seems to be extremely well-regarded in music circles. The grandpas will feel obliged to vote for him.

Close:

7. Moody Blues. I honestly can't tell if they'll waltz in straight away or wait a couple of tries.

8. Kate Bush. Ditto

9. Dire Straits. Ditto

10. The Cars. See number 5.

Posted by Matt on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 03:58am


On the 2018 Nominees And Future Inductees. I really like the depth of diversity on the ballot. Wish there was Bad Company, Def Leppard, and Stevie Nicks on the ballot. Surprised no Soundgarden after Mr. Cornell's death. I really like Judas Priest's chances of induction. They should pick up plenty of votes from the hard rock and metal RRHOFers. Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, KISS, Metallica, etc. Bill G. was right about R&B and the Nom Com nominating groups and artists that have little chance at induction. Groups like The Marvelettes and The Spinners were making some traction only to be replaced by Rufus/Chaka Khan The Meters etc. The women choices are interesting. No Janet Jackson, No Pat Benatar, No Stevie Nicks. I thought at least 2 would be on there. Moody Blues appears to be one of the most certain inductees. If I were to pick 6 inductees, I'd choose the Quick 5: 1.Bon Jovi 2.Judas Priest 3.Moody Blues 4.Radiohead 5.The Eurythmics 6.LLCoolJ. It's possible The Cars will get squeezed out again. What a shame! Link Wray & The Zombies won't get enough votes but could be placed in the Musical Excellence banner. J.Geils Band has been forced fed to us again. In some regards, I hope J. Geils Band is inducted because they are holding up Bad Company and Johnny Winter's nomination I would suppose. Depeche Mode has some strong support on the Nom Com. My Big Star pick crashed and burned but so did many of those who picked Warren Zevon. Dire Straits surprised me a little since they haven't put out any new material since the mid 1990's. No Glen Campbell or Willie Nelson. Need a country artist 1 of these years. Looks like they Nom Com took Alex Voltaire's Nominees list and nodded, "This looks pretty good. We'll use this." I was right on 8 nominees but I know some have plenty more right. Interesting slate of nominees. BIG fan of these larger ballots. KING

Posted by KING on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 05:01am


Here are my predictions for the 2018 Hall of Fame Class

Performers

1. Radiohead
2. Rage Against The Machine
3. Depeche Mode
4. Eurythmics
5. The Cars
6. Moody Blues

Early Influence

1. Nina Simone

I can see the hall doing this to Nina Simone like they to Nile Rodgers for musical excellence last year and Freddie King in 2012 and Wanda Jackson in 2009.

They will probably do a Tribute to Tom Petty during the induction ceremony.

Radiohead would probably be presented by Chris Martin of Coldplay, Rage Against The Machine will have Bruce Springsteen as the presenter, Depeche Mode would have Beck or U2 as their presenter, Eurythmics will have Sting as the presenter, Moody Blues will have Rush present them, The Cars will probably turn to either Weezer or Gwen Stefani for presenter spot.

Posted by Kyle on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 08:00am


Lorddd stop with this Michael's sister thing, how ****ing annoying can her stans be?. This local hasbeen doesn't deserve it (a POPular artist should at least have the excuse of being really big global superstar). Get over it.

My picks,
Radiohead
Kate Bush
The Cars
Judas Priest
Depeche Mode / Dire Straits

Posted by Linn on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 08:20am


Wow. The announcement of the 2018 Rock Hall of Fame nominees has already happened. I read last nite on a post by richie that the Ballot was leaked. I thought it was a joke or a mistake. It was all over the internet this morning so I knew it was true. I need to say first that it is my proud pleasure to welcome the Moody Blues as a nominee to the Rock Hall of Fame. I have predicted them for about 10 years at this point. Finally. I too really like the depth of diversity on the ballot. I am rather shocked that Janet Jackson, Carole King and the Spinners did not make the ballot this year. I predicted 6 acts correctly. I predicted Bon Jovi, The Cars, J Geils Band, The Meters, Moody Blues and Radiohead.

A big surprise is Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Thats odd as her prime was in the 1940's. We will see what develops on this one. Another big surprise is Kate Bush. It is a pleasant surprise. Heyyy the thing I am most excited about is the Moody Blues. These are some early thoughts.

Posted by Ben on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 08:46am


They nominated Sister Rosetta Tharpe to see what would happen. She is a legitimate early influence. She is definitely going to be inducted in the Early Influence category in 2018! It's a game the Rock Hall is playing.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 09:00am


Who I'd like to see get in:

Bon Jovi
Kate Bush
The Meters
Radiohead
Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan
Nina Simone

Who I think will get in:

Bon Jovi
Eurhythmics
Judas Priest
Radiohead
Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan
The Zombies

Posted by Ian on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 09:51am


THE 19 NOMINEES FOR THE 2018 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
FROM SHORTEST TO LONGEST NAME

01. MC5
02. Bon Jovi
03. The Cars
04. LL Cool J
05. Kate Bush
06. Link Wray
07. Radiohead
08. Dire Straits
09. Eurythmics
10. Judas Priest
11. J. Geils Band
12. Nina Simone
13. The Zombies
14. Depeche Mode
15. The Moody Blues
16. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
17. Rage Against the Machine
18. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 10:46am


The 2018 class is so damn easy!

THE 2018 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

01. The Cars
02. Radiohead
03. Dire Straits
04. Nina Simone
05. The Moody Blues
06. Rage Against the Machine
07. Sister Rosetta Tharpe (The Early Influence Category)

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 10:58am


WHAT I GOT RIGHT HIGHLIGHTED IN RED

6 OUT OF 18

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 11:14am


To FRL

It's 18, not 19 nominees this year, as you posted above.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 11:29am


Been awhile since I posted here, but definitely wanted to share thoughts on this large, unwieldy, and overall excellent ballot.

I'm with everyone else on the Sister Rosetta nomination. Why bother? Just put her in where she belongs as an Early Influence. Why throw her on this ballot?

On Dire Straits. I'm conflicted here as a fan vs. objective observer. Dire Straits is one of my favorite bands. They were my first concert (1984, Brothers in Arms tour). Mark Knopfler is my favorite guitarist. All that aside, they strike me as a really great band, but induction-worthy? Not necessarily innovative. Not sure how far reaching their influence is. Musical Excellence - check. I'm rooting for them as a huge fan, and voting for them on the fan ballot as soon as they fix it...but this might be a case of "it's an honor to get nominated." That being said, Mark Knopfler has worked with a lot of people as a producer and guest guitarist, so he has huge respect in the industry. And Dire Straits is essentially Mark Knopfler. But how many of them will bother to vote? For instance, Knopfler played on some Van Morrison songs, but since Van didn't show for his own induction, I doubt he's opening up his mail and sending in a ballot. But as a fan, I'm rooting for them bigly.

Quickly on the others...

Bon Jovi - Ugh. This is the danger of the populist trend in the Hall. I loved Journey's induction because I was a fan. Not with Bon Jovi.

The Cars - I'm both a huge fan and I think they are way worthy and have a big influence. Hopefully third times a charm. My sense is that they almost got in both previous times. But this is a crowded ballot.

Depeche Mode - Love them, and they deserve it, but doubt they'll make it this time around. Also agree that Kraftwerk needs to lead the way.

Link Wray - Doubt he'll make it in this field, but way worthy. He is also more than just "Rumble" and those other guitar hits.

Eurythmics - Great choice. Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart's influence reaches way beyond their group, so nice way to honor the careers of both.

Judas Priest - Finally. One of the more embarrassing holes in the Rockhall is metal. Need to start getting these pioneers of the genre in. Next should be Iron Maiden, Motorhead, etc.

Radiohead - They are in. And should be.

Rage Against the Machine - Don't like them much, but don't have an argument against them either. Not sure they'll get in in this crowded field, though.

Moody Blues - I'm a big prog fan, but have never been a huge fan of Moody Blues. my big snub here is King Crimson. But I don't mind any prog band getting in that is a leader in the genre.

LL Cool J - Sure. As the only rapper on the ballot, that helps.

Kate Bush - The Bad Brains this year. She's a great artist. Not a chance.

Zombies, Meters, MC5 - All marginally worthy, in my view. But still worthy on a lesser ballot.

Rufus and Chaka Khan - Interesting. I think at least Chaka Khan should be in. Not a lot of direct competition here. Still don't see it, though.

J. Geils Band - Who keeps pushing this nomination? I like them. But you can like a band and also acknowledge they aren't necessarily Hallworthy. Good to great band. That's it. Not Rockhall material.

Nina Simone - Stretches the definition, clearly. Did she have some sort of influence? Yes. But she is more of a stretch than Miles Davis (because at least you could point to Davis's fusion period). Love her, but not sure the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a place for her.

Predictions and my vote to come soon.

Posted by Dezmond on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 11:42am


Here's a hierarchial ranking from worthiest to least worthiest

1 - Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone
2 - Radiohead and The Moody Blues
3 - Depeche Mode, Rage Against the Machine, Judas Priest and MC5
4 - Kate Bush, Link Wray, The Cars, LL Cool J and Rufus with Chaka Khan
5 - Eurythmics and Bon Jovi
6 - The Zombies and The J. Geils Band

1 - If they aren't inducted, I will laugh hysterically
2 - Definitely needs to be inducted without any questions
3 - Seriously needs to be inducted
4 - Should be inducted
5 - Neither worthy or unworthy
6 - Not worthy, I wouldn't be upset if they never got inducted

Posted by Nicky Joe on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 11:54am


It is 19, actually!

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 12:02pm


THE 19 NOMINEES FOR THE 2018 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
FROM SHORTEST TO LONGEST NAME

01. MC5
02. Bon Jovi
03. The Cars
04. LL Cool J
05. Kate Bush
06. Link Wray
07. The Meters
08. Radiohead
09. Dire Straits
10. Eurythmics
11. Judas Priest
12. J. Geils Band
13. Nina Simone
14. The Zombies
15. Depeche Mode
16. The Moody Blues
17. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
18. Rage Against the Machine
19. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 12:06pm


I will have to mull over this one. I can say that I will pass on Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I recall she was prominent in the 1940's when my 85 year old Dad was very young. Roy made a great point that she is a legitimate early influence. I was considering predicting Nina Simone the way Joan Baez was inducted. She fits in better in Musical excellence. There are other mellow melodic acts that could be inducted. Kate Bush comes to mind or perhaps the Zombies. The shoe ins are the Moody Blues and maybe Bon Jovi. I will think this over.

Posted by Ben on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 12:42pm


DarinRG,

I like the pick of Kate Bush as a nominee. I like her but never thought of her. The Hounds of Love album as good. I also skipped Rage Against TM. I really thought Soundgarden would be nominated. Obviously Not.

Posted by Ben on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 13:29pm


http://www.futurerocklegends.com/statistics.php

THE 2018 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
BASED ON THE FUTURE ROCK LEGENDS VOTING

01. Janet Jackson
02. Bon Jovi
03. Whitney Houston
04. The Moody Blues
05. Devo
06. Jethro Tull
07. Radiohead

FRL VOTERS GOT Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues and Radiohead right this year!

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 13:39pm


If the voters don't go with the 90s acts then the 7 inductees will be…

Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Zombies
The Moody Blues
Nina Simone
Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 14:02pm


Here's the nominees' rundown:
(eligibility dates back to 1985, when the Rock Hall started)

* Bon Jovi- 10th year of eligibility; Second nomination
* Kate Bush- 15th year of eligibility; First nomination
* The Cars- 15th year of eligibility; Third nomination
* Depeche Mode- 12th year of eligibility; Second nomination
* Dire Straits- 15th year of eligibility; First nomination
* Eurythmics- 12th year of eligibility; First nomination
* J. Geils Band- 23rd year of eligibility; Fifth nomination
* Judas Priest- 18th year of eligibility; First nomination
* LL Cool J- Ninth year of eligibility; Fourth nomination
* MC5- 27th year of eligibility; Third nomination
* The Meters- 24th year of eligibility; Fourth nomination
* The Moody Blues- 29th year of eligibility; First nomination
* Radiohead- First year of eligibility; First nomination
* Rage Against the Machine- First year of eligibility; First nomination
* Rufus featuring Chaka Khan- 19th year of eligibility; Second nomination (Khan had two solo nominations in recent years)
* Nina Simone- 33rd year of eligibility; First nomination
* Sister Rosetta Tharpe- 33rd year of eligibility; First nomination
* Link Wray- 33rd year of eligibility; Second nomination
* The Zombies- 29th year of eligibility; Third nomination

Posted by JBR on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 14:09pm


Another "stacked deck" - the worst EVER this year, with almost NO BLACK ACTS.
And, as last year, the ones that ARE nominated are not popular enough to be inducted.
As with last year, The Spinners and The Marvelettes were gaining in support, so they were removed from the ballot.
JANET JACKSON has been gaining so much support, she would have pretty much been a shoo-in THIS year, so SHE has been removed from the ballot. (we just can't let HER get in, now CAN we ?)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe is virtually an unknown among Rock fans, and has NO CHANCE for induction.
She should have gone in as an Early Influence.
Ditto with Nina Simone. NO CHANCE. movie or no movie.
Ditto with The Meters. none of the voters will put them in.They didn't BEFORE...so they're PERFECT for the ballot.
The only really popular Black Act that might have a chance is LL COOL J (Oh GREAT !! another RAPPER !!)
Chaka Khan couldn't get in with Rufus, and couldn't get in alone, so now they're TRYING HER AGAIN with Rufus.
The results will be the same as in past years: NO INDUCTION .
In past years, at least the Hall put on the FACADE of wanting Black acts to get in .
Now, they're not even doing THAT.
The MESSAGE IS CLEAR. "We don't WANT BLACK ARTISTS IN "OUR" HALL OF FAME...AT ALL !!!"
"And we're gonna keep "stacking the deck" with the most popular ROCK acts...
And pitting against the LEAST-POPULAR Black Acts...to keep them out !!"
(unless they are RAPPERS).
With the current administration in power, racism has now become popular...among those that practice it...and racist pride is sweeping America.
And the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is sending forth a clear message:
"This is a "White Boys Only " club .No Superstar Black Acts ALLOWED...They just might GET IN....
...and we just CAN'T have THAT....now CAN WE ???
NO COMMODORES
NO POINTER SISTERS
NO BLUE NOTES, STYLISTICS, or DELFONICS
NO WHISPERS , DRAMATICS or BARRY WHITE
...or ANY OTHER R&B ACT THAT HAS A CHANCE .

"The Donald" would be PROUD....

Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 14:19pm


Because it's a bunch of old white guys sat around a table with cigars only interested in inducting old white guy artists.

I DO think Simone stands a good chance of induction because I'm sure they know they'll get ripped to shreds if they leave her out. Tharpe is most likely going to get inducted but they'll probably give her a secret door entrance by inducting her as an influence as with Wanda Jackson and Freddie King.

I was shocked when Janet Jackson wasn't nominated, I really don't see why they could've swapped her with The J. Geils Band plus The Spinners would've been a great substitute over The Zombies and then throw John Coltrane in to the mix.

Posted by Nicky Joe on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 14:47pm


Think it is a travesty that Marvalettes or Spinners not even nominated.

Bill, I do think LL Cool J is a worthy nominee and/or Hall member.

Don't hate the player, hate the game ;-)

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 14:57pm


Bill G, you are being a bit ridiculous. Bringing in Trump because, yeah, Trump's real popular in entertainment circles and on the pages of Rolling Stone. Come on. Overall, I think the Hall has done well with black artists that had a clear connection with rock and roll. Most of the uninducted artists you listed are definitely worthy. But you could say there is a great prejudice against metal music as well (the first ever nomination of Judas Priest? No nominations for Motorhead or Iron Maiden?) So there are, as always, holes. Some egregious.

The Hall has more of a gender issue than race, honestly.

Worst ballot ever? Not by a long shot. Is that your sole criteria? Number of black artists?

Posted by Dezmond on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 15:04pm


Actually I think Bill G has a very good point. Is it really that much effort to these people to give a shoutout to someone like The Spinners, Janet Jackson, John Coltrane, Whitney Houston and The Marvelettes especially over unworthy nominees like The Zombies and The J. Geils Band? I don't think so and neither does he!

Posted by Nicky Joe on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 15:23pm


****NOMINATED BUT NOT INDUCTED****
The last R&B- Identified group that was actually inducted by the voting body was Little Anthony & The Imperials...and that was EIGHT YEARS AGO.

The ones inducted since have either been inducted in the "Early Influence" Category (The "5" Royales, of in the "Special Induction" Category to fix the Hall's own screw-up. (The Miracles, The Famous Flames , and The Midnighters) and THAT was FIVE YEARS AGO.
And what about solo artists ?
IMO, Bill Withers is not R&B...more like Black Pop. His songs (with the exception of "Ain't No Sunshine") could have just as well , and as easily could have been done by Dylan.
Bobby Womack got in, but that was the same year as The Imperials were inducted (2009).
Jimmy Cliff is Reggae...not R&B.

No, not just Black Artists, Dez...R&B artists
specifically, have been targeted and ignored...including some very big names.

IMO,The only Black Artists that are getting in are RAPPERS. And in their wake, some big and hugely deserving R&B acts have been completely shut out.
This is leaving a huge R&B backlog that the HoF apparently has no intention of cutting down.
...And that's sad.
But they don't care.



Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 15:38pm


Bill, The Dramatics or The Whispers wouldn’t stand a chance on a ballot like this either, considering that it already has been proven difficult to get Janet Jackson inducted. Let’s be honest, of all the artists you mentioned, I’d say only The Commodores would be popular enough to reach the top 6 on the current ballot.

May I make a prediction? Nina Simone will be inducted. She’s this year’s Joan Baez, and might even be more revered in music circles. Furthermore, Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted as an Early Influence.

Posted by The_Claw on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 15:38pm


One thing I'd like to add is, this is not really a competitive ballot. I see some of the same ol' names like MC5, The Meters, the Zombies and the J. Geils Band. What will it exactly take to get them in? These are groups that have been nominated at least three times. Will they join the (what I call) 'Forgotten Field', which is the company of Mary Wells, Chuck Willis and Ben E. King?

I'm gonna take The Cars and L.L. Cool J out of the equation, because I (along with many others) feel they have a shot at getting inducted in 2018.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 15:51pm


If Nina Simone gets inducted I think it will be either as Early Influence along with Sister Rosetta Tharpe or Musical Excellence rather than as a Performer

Posted by richie on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 15:54pm


Why? Baez didn’t have a clear rock connection either (the early 1960s folk movement presented itself even as an alternative to rock n roll, most even looked down on it). And Simone has loads of respect in the music world, probably even the most of anyone on this ballot. IMO, she is very close to a safe bet for induction.

Posted by The_Claw on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 16:01pm


Because there is so much Classic Rock acts again this year like Bon Jovi The Cars Dire Straits Judas Priest and The Moody Blues and there is also Radiohead LL Cool J The Eurythmics and others to consider so I think she should be inducted either as an Early Influence along with Sister Rosetta Tharpe or get the Musical Excellence award rather than get inducted as a Performer

Posted by richie on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 16:12pm


As, I have said before , R&B artists with the greatest possible chance for induction have been either removed from the ballot, or not inducted at all, while 2nd and 3rd tier R&B acts that the HoF knows that the voters defintely WON'T induct keep showing up on the ballot year after year.
(CHIC, Joe Tex, The Meters, and newly-nominated artists like Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
No way are the voters gonna put these people in .

**********************************

Instead of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, why not DIONNE WARWICK ?
Instead of The Meters, why not THE SPINNERS,whom support has been steadily growing for
Instead of two-time loser LL COOL J , why not BARRY WHITE ?
Instead of Chaka and Rufus, why not THE COMMODORES ?
Why no POINTER SISTERS or MARVELETTES (whom support has also been growing for ) or MARY WELLS ?
These acts have all had huge crossover success and have the best possible chance to be inducted , so they are purposely LEFT OFF THE BALLOT. If They aren't nominated, they can't be voted on, thus they can't be inducted .
Since when has R&B become so irrelevant ?
And that doesn't even count the numerous deserving R&B acts that have never even been nominated: The Chi-Lites, The Manhattans, The Dramatics, Rick James & The Stone City Band, The Intruders,(the beginning of the Gamble-Huff-Bell Philly Soul Empire) Jr Walker & The All-Stars, Betty Everett, (you'd be suprised just how many artists have covered HER tunes...from Cher to Dusty Springfield) ,Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The Dominoes (two of their members have been inducted, one TWICE , Jackie Wilson and Clyde Mc Phatter, but what about the GROUP ?) Ben E. King, Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler ( The "Duke of Earl"- some 40 Pop & R&B Chart hits, Songwriter, Producer, Music Publisher, and Record Executive)...ignored year after year, not to mention Ashford & Simpson, Thom Bell, Whitfield & Strong, David Porter...
WHY are these people IGNORED YEAR after YEAR, in favor of RAPPERS ?

Black Artists ? yes. But R&B Artists SPECIFICALLY , even MORE SO.

********* WHY ?*********

Ridiculous ? Then prove me wrong. Tell me these artists are not induction-worthy...with a straight face .Do you believe it ?



Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 16:15pm


As far as the R&B question goes, I think most of it has something to do with this new, blooming institution called the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame. Its history, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's, is parallel. According to its wiki page, the R&B HOF was founded in 2010. So far, they have inducted a wide range of artists, even those that didn't perform (like Al Sharpton). They don't even have a permanent museum as of yet.

This may seem like a lame argument, but I'm like Bill C. and the others. The RR HOF should finish what they started when they induct acts from the R&B/soul/Motown/blues genre. If they are going to put Earth, Wind and Fire in, then put Kool and the Gang in. Induct Percy Sledge? Okay, then how about Brook Benton. I could go on. Hope you all see my point

Posted by Jason Voigt on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 16:31pm


Now wait a minute. Last year Joan Baez was nominated along with Classic Rock like the Cars,ELO, Journey,Steppenwolf and Yes and also there was Jane's Addiction and Pearl Jam that were considered among many others. Joan Baez was inducted nonetheless. I have not decided on my inductee list yet. I read up on Nina Simone. Those like Elton John, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Sade and Van Morrison have cited Simone as important for their upbringing along with many many others. I am not saying I am predicting Nina Simone as one of the inductees but if Joan Baez can be inducted so can Nina Simone. Case in point in the same year that Guns n Roses, Beastie Boys and the RH Chili Peppers were inducted so was Laura Nyro. She is not too connected to Rock either except as a songwriter somewhat. The Hall does that. Someone opposite in style to the Rock and Rap. I agree with the Claw.

Posted by Ben on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 16:36pm


Here's some predictions.

I believe that Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be given a back door entrance like most people so that brings the ballot down to 18 people and here's my prediction based off of scenarios.

The 2017 Style
1 - Nina Simone
2 - Radiohead
3 - Rage Against the Machine
4 - The Moody Blues
5 - Bon Jovi
6 - The Cars

Focus on 80s & 90s Artists
1 - Radiohead
2 - Rage Against the Machine
3 - Bon Jovi
4 - Depeche Mode
5 - LL Cool J
6 - Kate Bush

Focus on British Artists
1 - Radiohead
2 - The Moody Blues
3 - Depeche Mode
4 - Judas Priest
5 - Kate Bush
6 - Nina Simone

Focus on American Artists
1 - Rage Against the Machine
2 - Nina Simone
3 - Bon Jovi
4 - The Cars
5 - LL Cool J
6 - Radiohead

Focus on Older Artists in General
1 - Nina Simone
2 - The Moody Blues
3 - Judas Priest
4 - The Cars
5 - Bon Jovi
6 - Radiohead

Less Emphasis on Classic Rock
1 - Radiohead
2 - Nina Simone
3 - Rage Against the Machine
4 - Depeche Mode
5 - Bon Jovi
6 - Kate Bush

Focused on Classic Rock Catchup
1 - The Moody Blues
2 - The Cars
3 - Bon Jovi
4 - Judas Priest
5 - Radiohead
6 - Nina Simone

Focus on Women
1 - Nina Simone
2 - Kate Bush
3 - Rufus with Chaka Khan
4 - Radiohead
5 - The Moody Blues
6 - Bon Jovi

Focus on Black People
1 - Nina Simone
2 - LL Cool J
3 - Rufus with Chaka Khan
4 - Radiohead
5 - The Moody Blues
6 - Bon Jovi

Focus on Women and Black People
1 - Nina Simone
2 - Kate Bush
3 - LL Cool J
4 - Rufus with Chaka Khan
5 - Radiohead
6 - Kate Bush

Focus on Overlooked Genres
1 - Nina Simone
2 - Judas Priest
3 - Depeche Mode
4 - The Moody Blues
5 - Radiohead
6 - Kate Bush

Posted by Nicky Joe on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 16:37pm


I made my predictions earlier this AM but it seems that some logjams could be broken especially in hard rock and metal. Bon Jovi & Judas Priest induction opens it up for Def Leppard and Iron Maiden. The Eurythmics are probably the Wild Card. Annie & Dave are well-respected artists and cross-pollinated musically with some real legends. I was hoping Depeche Mode would help break the 80's alternative log jam as The Cure & The Smiths still waiting. This is a strong ballot though. Moody Blues should be inducted. Some members have downplayed induction but when they receive the call...There will probably be some tears and some good memories shared. What an important year for The Cars! There are some big groups next 5 years ready for induction. Alice In Chains, Black Crowes, Counting Crows, DMB, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots etc. Hopefully, The Cars receive induction this cycle. Bon Jovi was a surprise especially after JBJ mouthed off last year about the RRHOF. Bon Jovi has a large fanbase and should get enough votes. KING

Posted by KING on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 16:54pm


since there are 19 nominees again This Year and it`s in Cleveland again This Year and not New York City I think the Hall is going to go with either 7 or 8 Performer Inductees This Year the last time they had 7 Performer Inductees was in 2004 and the last time they had 8 Performer Inductees was in 2001 every year since 2005 it`s been either 5 or 6 Performer Inductees so I think it should be either 7 or 8 this year since it`s back in Cleveland this year
here`s what I think will get inducted if there are more than 6 and if there are 7 or 8 Inductees this year
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
Judas Priest
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Nina Simone
Radiohead
with Sister Rosetta Tharpe as Early Influence

Posted by richie on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 17:04pm


I don't trust the Hall to induct Tharpe as an EI if she's not inducted through the ballot.

Posted by dmg on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 17:06pm


Preach on Bill G!!!!! #thisyearsballotstinkslikebonjiveymusic

Posted by KXB on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 17:06pm


the reason why I picked those 8 acts if there are more than 6 and if there are 8 Performer inductees this year (Bon Jovi The Cars Dire Straits Judas Priest LL Cool J The Moody Blues Nina Simone and Radiohead) is because of the pattern of the last two years (2016 and 2017)
Bon Jovi The Cars Dire Straits Judas Priest and The Moody Blues are all big Classic Rock snubs just like Cheap Trick Chicago Deep Purple Steve Miller Electric Light Orchestra Journey and Yes were so they all should and will get in
LL Cool J is a big Rap artist just like NWA and Tupac so he should and will get in as well
Nina Simone is just like Joan Baez a Politically driven Female artist just like Joan so she should and will get in as well
Radiohead is just like Pearl Jam a big no-brainer first ballot inductee
and Sister Rosetta Tharpe can be the Early Influence inductee

Posted by richie on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 17:17pm


They're NOT inducting 8 acts this year!

Posted by just stop it on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 18:03pm


I guess my pick of Captain Beefheart was a crash and burn case like King talked about and the same with The Jam. I am disappointed that the Spinners were not nomimated this year. I dont know R&b like Bill G but I do own a decent amount of Old R&b. Janet Jackson and Tina Turner were passed over also. I am not a big Janet J fan but she is key in music history. I own Nothing by Janet J but I do own some Tina Turner.

Me and King had the Cure in mind for 80s alt but the Hall went with Depeche Mode. Some other picks of mine that failed Carole King, Kraftwerk and in fact Soundgarden. You would have thought With the Chris Cornell death they would be on ballot. There must have been some negotiating to get Judas Priest on ballot so Tom Morello lost Soundgarden. How about that theory?

Posted by Ben on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 19:20pm


My Predictions for the Inductees
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Moody Blues
Nina Simone
Radiohead
If seven
The Eurythmics
I think they will continue the Classic Rock route like they have the past two years and I think they will give Rap a break this year there were 4 Classic Rock Acts in 2016 and 3 last year so I think there could be 4 this year if we get seven inductees this year
between five to seven acts usually make it in and there were five in 2016 and six last year so I think they will go with either six or seven this year

Posted by richie on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 19:44pm


My choices for this year's induction.

The Cars

Dire Straits

J. Geils Band

The Moody Blues

Nina Simone

Link Wray

The Zombies

Early Influence: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Musical Excellence: The Silver Bullet Band

Non Performer: David Foster

Posted by danny on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 19:49pm


in 2013 the top 5 artists on the fan ballot were
1 Rush (got in)
2 Deep Purple
3 Heart (got in)
4 Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
5 Albert King (got in)
in 2014 the top 5 artists on the fan ballot were
1 Kiss (got in)
2 Nirvana (got in)
3 Deep Purple
4 Yes
5 Peter Gabriel (got in)
in 2015 the top 5 artists on the fan ballot were
1 Stevie Ray Vaughan (got in)
2 Nine Inch Nails
3 Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (got in)
4 Bill Withers (got in)
5 The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (got in)
in 2016 the top 5 artists on the fan ballot were
1 Chicago (got in)
2 Yes
3 The Cars
4 Deep Purple (got in)
5 Steve Miller (got in)
in 2017 the top 5 artists on the fan ballot were
1 Journey (got in)
2 Electric Light Orchestra (got in)
3 Yes (got in)
4 Pearl Jam (got in)
5 The Cars
and so far this year the top 5 artists on the fan ballot are
1 Bon Jovi
2 Dire Straits
3 The Cars
4 The Moody Blues
5 The Eurythmics

Posted by richie on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 20:44pm


I really don't think Bill G. is too far off the mark. But, as I've said before, I don't think it's blatant racism so much as it is latent racism. The Foundation is simply chasing the dollar. They're nominating acts that will make draw the biggest audiences for HBO and bring visitors to the museum. That money is still largely in the hands of the White people who want to see their classic rock bands get in. It's so subtle that most don't see how industry-wide and social racism nuance it.

I don't think the R&B Hall has much to do with it, but every little bit can contribute, I suppose.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 21:29pm


I got 9 right this year: Kate Bush, The Cars, Depeche Mode, Dire Straits, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, and Link Wray. I was one of the very few to predict Kate Bush so I am so pleased she finally appears on a HOF ballot. I doubt she'll get in this year (or maybe ever), but love her work nevertheless. I am also glad Dire Straits got nominated too, I thought they would be nominated for some reason and they did.

Did anyone post who got the most predictions right on FRL yet?

My personal top five for the fan ballot - Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, Kate Bush, The Cars, and The J. Geils Band.

Who will probably get inducted in 2018? Probably The Moody Blues, Radiohead, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, The Zombies, and Bon Jovi. I hope I'm wrong here (I'm pulling for Depeche Mode and The Cars hard this year), but that's where I see the results going at this moment.

Posted by Nick on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 22:53pm


I am stunned.....The Moody Blues ACTUALLY got "A" nomination! It took a few seconds for the news to sink in.... Then the screams and happy dance.
Wow after all these years. The 2018 list is very interesting. I think they have a very good chance and we are a "very strong" fan base. I believe the MB place in the top three in fan votes. I have to comment to a post from a few weeks ago. The person said the Moodies will get a "Pity" vote.... well the word pity and the MB are not even in the same conversation. They deserve the nomination and the win will be on merit. A BIG thank you to Enig, Ben and others for their fan support. The Moodies win would open the door for Tull, King Crimson, ELP, Kansas and perhaps others? I will be voting every day for the Moody Blues. This band has had such a positive impact on my life for over 40 years... It is about time!

Posted by Sue on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 23:14pm


I am stunned.....The Moody Blues ACTUALLY got "A" nomination! It took a few seconds for the news to sink in.... Then the screams and happy dance.
Wow after all these years. The 2018 list is very interesting. I think they have a very good chance and we are a "very strong" fan base. I believe the MB place in the top three in fan votes. I have to comment to a post from a few weeks ago. The person said the Moodies will get a "Pity" vote.... well the word pity and the MB are not even in the same conversation. They deserve the nomination and the win will be on merit. A BIG thank you to Enig, Ben and others for their fan support. The Moodies win would open the door for Tull, King Crimson, ELP, Kansas and perhaps others? I will be voting every day for the Moody Blues. This band has had such a positive impact on my life for over 40 years... It is about time!

Posted by Sue on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 23:14pm


Kansas ain't getting in- EVER!!!

Posted by Stop the Insanity on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 00:37am


****FROM LAST YEAR...****

Some of you may recall when I posted this last year, in the wake of the 2017 Nominations...

"This years winner's list was so predictible...
and the umpteenth ignoring of R&B acts has become standard procedure.
I predicted this years ago when I stated that, the advent of The R&B Music Hall of Fame would henceforth be used as an EXCUSE by The R&R HoF not to induct R&B acts going forward...and it's b turned out EXACTLY as I said:
I also said THIS when the 2017 Nominees were announced:
******************
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame deliberately picks R&B acts that they KNOW will have NO chance at all to get inducted...while flooding the ballot with superstar White Rock acts that they KNOW that the voters will put in.

Case in point : Joe Tex and CHIC . How many times have they been nominated in the past ? They didn't get in back then, so there's no reason to believe that that will change in 2017.
Chaka Khan: Supporters of RUFUS as a GROUP disapprove of her going in alone. She didn't get in either way, but her best recordings were with Rufus. Her solo songs, like "I'm Every Woman" and "Through The Fire" were hits, but they pale in quality compared to her recordings with Rufus,plus they are more Black Pop than R&R and R&B. Should she go in alone ? NO.
The JB's. Should have automatically been inducted in the "musical excellence" category. And, for goodness sakes, we can't have THAT.
So, the Non Com puts them on the Performers' ballot, where they'll almost certainly get shot down.
....and they WERE . (no duh!!)

****ON THE OTHER HAND****....
Support has been steadilly GROWING for THE SPINNERS and THE MARVELETTES to be inducted. Supporters of both groups now actually have their own Facebook Pages to gather support, both of which have been doing quite well...so the "Hallowed Hall" has taken them off the ballot.
Over the last few years, if Black act DOES actually get inducted...it will probably be a Rapper. This year's Token Rapper: 2Pac.He'll almost CERTAINLY get in,if ANY Black act does. Janet Jackson's accomplishments over the years, and her international success have outstripped and outdone that of ANY Rapper...yet a Rap group beats her into the Hall last year....just because they had a successful MOVIE ?? How trivial !!!
R&B artists that have tremendous crossover success, such as THE COMMODORES, BARRY WHITE,DIONNE WARWICK, and THE POINTER SISTERS, artists that actually have a CHANCE with the voters, are purposely LEFT OFF the ballot. Why? Because if they made it onto the ballot, those voters might just actually PUT THEM IN!!!
This is the reason why you never have, and never will , see me make predictions on this site....because I know how the results will eventually play out. The winners ? Rock acts. (Not Rock and Roll, which is all-inclusive) but RAWK ,which , by it's very nature, is EXCLUSIVE, and favors only one group over all others.
The winners ? White Rock acts and Black Rap acts. The losers ? Classic R&B Acts and Women.
You may say I'm wrong.
But look at the Inductees' lists ."

****DO YOU BELIEVE ME NOW ?****

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 01:40am


You’re not mentioning that they inducted Nile Rodgers last year. I do see that the number of inducted R&B acts is dropping, but I think that the truth is closer to Philip’s explanation than to some conspiracy against classic R&B. Furthermore, I don’t think that The Pointer Sisters, Barry White or Dionne Warwick would have stand a better chance than Janet Jackson or Chaka Khan on last year’s ballot. It is possible that they nominate less R&B acts for the same reason as why many people think that only one Hiphop act was nominated: maybe they want to clear the field for Chaka Khan. Let’s hope it will work.

Posted by The_Claw on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 02:34am


Sue,

I will post my predictions list for this year's Inductees later today but right now I want to say that it finally happened. The Moody Blues have been nominated. Ohh they have a very good chance. There is a lot of voters in the Voting body that will vote for them. Those who are inducted are voters. Pete Townsend, Grateful Dead members, Elton John, Grace Slick, Steve Winwood, Jeff Beck, Genesis members, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush. Those are a few of the many that would vote for the Moodys.

It will be the 50th Ann of The release of Days of Future Passed. They have a whole bunch of great albums.

Posted by Ben on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 07:16am


Bill G, do the "superstar white rock acts", as you call them, not deserve induction?

Posted by Dezmond on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 09:47am


10 members of Rufus are nominated. This is a good sign for Blood, Sweat & Tears and Kool & The Gang.

Bon Jovi could become the first act to win the Rock Hall fan poll and not be inducted.

I know it's early, but I'm calling Bon Jovi the winner of the fan poll. I don't think The Moody Blues fans are going to crash the web.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 10:18am


The Moody Blues are listed as Moody Blues in the poll. The only error. Idiots!

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 10:27am


https://www.rockhall.com/sites/default/files/fan-vote-header-2018_0.png

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 10:29am


My predictions!

1. Radiohead. If this one puzzles you, you haven’t been paying attention what happened in music in the past 20 years. By far the most important rock act post-Nevermind.

2. Nina Simone. Yes, I’m that certain. When voters will see the ballot, they’ll be looking for who they love. Many of those voters revere Miss Simone. But she’s jazz, you say? Didn’t stop people from voting for Miles Davis.

3. The Moody Blues. According to many, the greatest omission. Those people are incorrect, because that is Kraftwerk, but I can see their point. And I wouldn’t be surprised if many voters would also consider them among the major snubs.

4. Dire Straits. Three words: Brothers In Arms. Mark Knopfler and co were not exactly groundbreakers, but they have one of the most successful albums of all time on their discography. Don’t besurprised if many voters own a copy too.

5. Kate Bush. This is my biggest gamble, and I’m not entirely objective here, as she is probably my favourite artist of all time. But you might say, “Claw, be honest. An excentric singer-songwriter with limited hit potential that is mostly a critical darling, how would she ever get inducted?” And I’ll point to Tom Waits. Leonard Cohen. Randy Newman. They all got inducted the first time they made the ballot. Why not Kate?

Early Influence: Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Because she needs to be in there, if the Hall of Fame wants to be taken seriously. And they know it.

I haven’t decided yet on the 6th inductee. I hope it will be LL Cool J (because when else?) Rufus & Chaka Khan, to break the dryspell of R&B acts, or either Depeche Mode or the Eurythmics, because this place seriously need to acknowledge 80s electronic music by now. But it probably will be Bon Jovi because Popular Vote etc

Posted by The_Claw on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 10:46am


Ranking the nominees in the order of my favorites...


19. Nina Simone
18. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
17. Link Wray
16. The MC5
15. The Meters
14. The J. Geils Band
13. Kate Bush
12. Judas Priest
11. Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
10. Dire Straits

Artists on my 200 Favorite Artists of All-Time list

9. LL Cool J (#170)
8. The Zombies (#154)
7. Bon Jovi (#144)
6. Rage Against the Machine (#112)
5. Depeche Mode (#111)
4. Eurythmics (#101)
3. The Cars (#91)
2. The Moody Blues (#64)
1. Radiohead (#43)

Posted by Donnie on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 11:19am


THE 2018 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
WHEN VOTING FOR SENIORITY

01. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
02. Nina Simone
03. Link Wray
04. The Zombies
05. The Moody Blues
06. MC5
07. The Meters

THE 2018 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
WHEN VOTING ONLY FOR THE MOST RECENT ACTS

01. Radiohead
02. Rage Against The Machine
03. LL Cool J
04. Bon Jovi
05. Depeche Mode
06. Eurythmics

THE 2018 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
WHEN VOTING FOR THE REST

01. The Cars
02. Dire Straits
03. Kate Bush
04. Judas Priest
05. The J. Geils Band
06. Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 11:29am


Ok. I am ready. I needed a day to Mull this over.
Here are my predictions for the 2018 Rock Hall of Fame nominees. A lot of use have a prize with the Moody Blues on the ballot. I think that's a no brainer. I don't think all of the inductees will be all time favs of mine. Here is my list of predictions.

Bon Jovi
Dire Straits
Eurythmics
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Nina Simone

Now like I said I am an all time fan of the Moody Blues. That doesn't mean I think all the inductees will be ones I like a lot. Now I am someone who also thinks they will continue the Classic Rock route like they have the past 2 years and I think they will give rap a break this year. However rather than 4 Classic rock acts I am predicting the Eurythmics. I am not a fan of Annie Lennox in the least but many voters will not agree or music fans in general. I did say the 80s gap should be filled. So I have not chosen the Cars. They are Classic Rock in the 80s which Bon Jovi and Dire Straits also are. So I think there will be 3 Classic Rock acts for 2018. Instead of a rap act I have replaced that with the synth act the Eurythmics. They were weird to me but a bunch of huge hits in the 80s. I will take a chance I think with the Eurythmics. LL Cool J will get another shot.

I think Radiohead is a no brainer. I know that they are notable in the last 20 years. Again I am not a fan. I am picking Nina Simone. I agree with the Claw. People say she is Jazz. When voters see the ballot many will get excited about Nina Simone. Now Rest in Peace David Bowie but he did a cover of Wild is the Wind on one of his 70s albums. People like Elton John love Nina Simone. I will have a detailed look at another time. I would love comments.

Posted by Ben on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 11:53am


Ranking the nominees from least urgent/deserved to most:

19. J. Geils Band
18. Bon Jovi
17. LL Cool J
16. Dire Straits
15. Rage Against the Machine
14. Kate Bush
13. Depeche Mode
12. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
11. The Cars
10. Radiohead
9. Eurythmics
8. The Zombies
7. The Moody Blues
6. The Meters
5. MC5
4. Judas Priest
3. Nina Simone
2. Link Wray
1. Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Posted by dmg on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 12:01pm


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpLiSvaGMwE

Rock Hall of Fame 2018 Nominees Revealed, Predictions and Snubs

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 12:08pm


My Predictions for the Inductees
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Moody Blues
Nina Simone
Radiohead
As much as I love LL Cool J I think they will give Rap a break this year and As much as I love The Eurythmics I think they will split votes with Depeche Mode as they are both synth-pop acts

Posted by richie on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 13:07pm


Realistically, I think the inductees will be

BonJovi the biggest attention drawing name on the ballot

Rufus

LL cool j

Zombies just because its been way too long.

Eurythmics only because of Annie Lenox and their hits ,otherwise I would say The Cars.

If I am wrong on any I'd say
Maybe Nina Simone who I think could be and should a definite, very possibly Dire Straits, j geils i wouldnt be suprised if they do make it.

Maybe moody blues or kate bush, both of whom are overdue and well deserving.

As for the rest, I don't think Radiohead as much as I do like them and as great as they were, I don't think they'll ever be inducted or at least anytime soon.I just think the committee will get them unless Tom Morello makes the push.

I think it's too early for a Rage,Priest is possible since Morello is there but I am just not sure they will get the nod this year.

All the other nominees it's too early for I think. I guess we shall see in Dec.

Posted by Vito on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 14:35pm


I'm curious where Radiohead would be placed on the pyramid when inducted. Would they be a 3? I'm very happy to see Judas Priest & Moody Blues nominated. Both should be inducted. Judas Priest probably has toured or been in 1 of those festival bills with every important hard rock and metal band in the last 30+ years. They will pile up the votes especially since the hard rock/metal bands have 4 or 5 members. Moody Blues will receive votes from a large swath of voters. 60's and 70's legendary bands. Like Judas Priest, Moody Blues toured with several great bands and those already inducted. Maybe, Roy can write 1 of his lists on who would vote for Judas Priest and Moody Blues. Love those lists. KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 15:00pm


Looking at those fan ballots, I don't see how anyone can think they're even somewhat credible when it's mostly white cis males of all ages whining about how they're inducting non-rock artists and want to put all of their effort in to keeping them out by mindlessly voting for rock acts, EVEN IF they aren't worthy.

Posted by Nicky Joe on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 15:47pm


King,

Thank you so much for your support to The Moody Blues!

Ben,

Yes the answer to your question is I was 15 when "Seventh Sojourn" was released. However I discovered the band by accident at 14 when I borrowed a copy of the lp "Days"
It was several years later that I had the chance to earn the money necessary to buy some of their other records. The college FM radio stations from Atlanta were the first exposure I had to some of the deeper cuts. "Seventh Sojourn" did reach #1 in the US. I love the whole lp but especially the amazing guitar work between Justin and John on "You and Me" which is a moving song about war. As with many of the powerful lyrics of the MB the words are still relevant today. This is but one of MANY reasons they belong in the RRHOF. The MB are so underrated as musicians and vocalists. When you listen to the extensive body of their work I place them right up there with the best! Some of the music fans here should take some time and give them a try especially in order the first 8 albums with a good sound system. Remember they were one of the first to use quad stereo. The Moodies also influenced many of the groups already inducted into the RRHOF.

Posted by Sue on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 16:54pm


Sue,

I knew you would be excited about the nomination of the Moody Blues. I was pretty close about your Seventh Sojourn experience. You may have missed the tour. The FM stations in New York were also my first exposure to the deeper cuts. "You and Me" is a great tune. I place them right up there with the best like The Who,The Doors, Gr Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd and Steely Dan among so many others. They have been skipped over way too long. They did influence many of the groups already inducted. Lets see Pink Floyd, Traffic,Genesis, Heart, Rush, Deep Purple, Electric Light Orchestra and Yes. There is a bunch.

Posted by Ben on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 18:04pm


"Bill G, do the "superstar white rock acts", as you call them, not deserve induction?"

Posted by Dezmond

Of course they do, Dez !!! EVERY deserving artist should be at least considered for induction.
But, that is NOT what is happening . And THAT is what I have an issue with.
I would have had a issue with that even if the artists are of the SAME color.
Case in point: HOW in the WORLD did Percy Sledge get inducted...over people like Barry White, Brook Benton, Gene Chandler, Ben E. King and Jerry Butler (although King and Butler are already inducted with their groups,both have BIG careers APART from them .
However, that being said, There is a very large backlog of deserving R&B acts and women that The HoF is delibrately turning a blind eye and ear to.
Can someone please tell me why DIONNE WARWICK, PATTI LaBELLE & THE BLUE BELLES/LaBELLE , THE POINTER SISTERS,THE MARVELETTES and ELLA FITZGERALD (Early Influence) not in the Hall ?
Things have changed dramatically there since Terry Stewart resigned as CEO.
...And not for the better .
And that needs to STOP.

Women and minorites , especially R&B artists, are being short shrift...and The CEO and the NON COM know it . And they're doing nothing about it.
If an organization is going to charge itself with chronicling " the evolution, development and perpetuation of Rock and Roll" , and honoring those important individuals who have reached that coveted plateau, it is important that they honor ALL of them...not just the ones who are of a certain color of gender .

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 20:00pm


Personally I think Nina Simone should be either inducted as an Early Influence along with Sister Rosetta Tharpe or get the Musical Excellence award rather than get inducted as a Performer yes Joan Baez got in as a Performer but she was more active in the Rock & Roll scene because of her friendship with Bob Dylan and because of that Joan fitted the Rock & Roll scene more than Nina did the reason why I think Nina should either get inducted as an Early Influence along with Sister Rosetta Tharpe or get the Musical Excellence award rather than get inducted as a Performer is because of the competition this year there is Classic Rock acts like Bon Jovi The Cars Dire Straits and The Moody Blues to consider this year and there is also other acts like Radiohead The Eurythmics and LL Cool J to consider this year too

Posted by richie on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 20:53pm


Good points there, Bill G., but the vast majority of the (virtually all white) alt-rockers of the 80s/90s (Smiths, Cure, NIN, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Replacenments, etc.) have been getting short shrift too...

Posted by EDS on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 21:01pm


"IMO, Bill Withers is not R&B...more like Black Pop. His songs (with the exception of "Ain't No Sunshine") could have just as well , and as easily could have been done by Dylan."--Bill G.


You know, Bill G., this is exactly what I've been trying to say about Dionne Warwick, at least her Bachrach and David stuff. Just swap Withers out for her, and Andy Williams in for Dylan.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 10.7.17 @ 00:00am


I didn't even realize this was happening.

What I'd like to see:

Rage / Link Wray / The Cars / Priest / MC5

What we'll probably receive:

Radiohead / Rage / Moodies / J. Geils / Sharpe or Simone

This list shows that the Hall really doesn't know which way to go. The backlog is pathetic, and they are now producing boring voting classes. This is partially due to internal/generational politics, and their inability to reconcile themselves to what happened over time.

There were two comments made, one by Philip and on by Bill G., that I'd like to respond to. At one point, Philip noted that the Hall was trying to follow the cash trail in it's choice of nominees, one, for the television special, and secondly, for the Hall's attendance. Technically these two things are at odds, and will continue to be at odds in the coming years. The audience for HBO may lean more towards the Boomer side of things. At the same time, Boomers are moving towards retirement, which means a more fixed, Social Security bound income. This means less cash to spend on frivolous things, like a trip to the Rock Hall. Gen X, on the other hand, can afford the price of admission, which to me makes it only all the more confusing as to why the more modern (modern - ha! 80's and 90's seem a lifetime ago) acts aren't filling the bill. It isn't a hard and fast rule, but somebody within the Hall's braintrust ought to catch this.

Bill G. you made a comment saying that "Rawk" was exclusive. I would say wrong. There is no exclusionary pattern, except the one set up by African-Americans in their own minds that says they should not go there. Anyone w/a valid interest in the genre could purchase a guitar and amp. There was a time when the industry made something of an effort to segregate to a degree. This, however, was in the early 70's. It was (semi) conscious, but for those interested, punk did it's part to overturn it later in the decade. Bad Brains are a visible symbol, as is the recently revived mid-70's act Death. The Black Rock Coalition has been around for over 30 yrs. now. The options have been there.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 10.7.17 @ 06:03am


Nina Simone is not an early influence. She will get enough votes. Sister Rosetta Tharpe is a legitimate early influence and that's how they will induct her, even if she gets enough votes. Simone and Tharpe in the same year: it's going to happen.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 10.7.17 @ 08:54am


It's exclusionary in and of itself to insinuate that all Rock and Roll has to be guitar-based.
To imply that , in order to be considered , one HAS to "pick up a guitar and amp".
Everybody here knows that Rhythm and Blues music consists primarily of vocal groups.
To insinuate that Rhythm and Blues vocal groups that DON'T play instruments should not qualify is itself exclusionary.
Rhythm & Blues, as everyone here with even a tiny knowledge of Rock and Roll History knows, is one of the Founding Fathers of Rock and Roll, and so the artists who make it should not be excluded just because they don't play guitars.
In the early years of Rock and Roll , there were many White vocal groups too, as they followed the lead of their Black counterparts in forming vocal groups . Does the term "Doo-Wop" ring a bell ?
Are you saying that this is the reason why The Belmonts did not get inducted with Dion ? Why The Skyliners are not inducted ? Why we don't see the numerous Pre-Beatles White vocal groups aren't in ?
It wasn't until The Beatles and the numerous other British Invasion acts came to our shores that white vocal groups began to slowly disappear, as young artists began to ditch their suits, and pick up guitars to become self-contained bands. It is here that the divergence between Black and White groups began.
As I said before , the powers that be are turning The inclusionary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame into the exclusionary "Rock" Hall of Fame. The elimination of R&B groups is proof positive.
The Commodores play instruments.
So does Kool & The Gang.
Why have THEY never been nominated ?
So does CHIC . why weren't THEY inducted ?

Everybody sees just what is happening here .The comments by Philip and others prove it.
To ignore it, is just closing one's eyes to the facts.
The last R&B group actually inducted in by the Voting Body was Little Anthony & The Imperials EIGHT YEARS AGO.

Posted by Bill G. on Saturday, 10.7.17 @ 10:27am


My Predictions for the 6 Inductees
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Moody Blues
Nina Simone
Radiohead
I know it would be a Classic Rock heavy inductee list again just like 2016 and last year but that`s the way I see it going this year there were 4 Classic Rock acts inducted in 2016 (Cheap Trick Chicago Deep Purple and Steve Miller) along with 1 Rap Act (N.W.A) and there were 3 Classic Rock Acts inducted last year (Electric Light Orchestra Journey and Yes) along with 1 Rap act (2Pac) 1 Politically Driven Female Artist (Joan Baez) and 1 shoo-in first-ballot inductee (Pearl Jam)so I`m going to say that there will be 4 Classic Rock acts inducted this year (Bon Jovi The Cars Dire Straits and The Moody Blues) along with 1 Politically Driven Female Artist (Nina Simone) and 1 shoo-in first-ballot inductee (Radiohead) as much as I love LL Cool J I think they will give Rap a break this year just like they did after they inducted The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy in 2012 and 2013 before they inducted N.W.A in 2016 and as much as I love The Eurythmics I think they will split votes with Depeche Mode as they are both synth-pop acts

Posted by richie on Saturday, 10.7.17 @ 10:47am


I hope that they do a bigger induction class than 5. I understand the argument that you wouldn't want to "water down" the Hall, but since they're clearly going for trying to include a VAST amount of different genres under the same roof, having larger classes wouldn't be an issue.

I agree with Bill that there are a lot of worthy R&B acts not yet in, and I think that partially may be due to the hall distancing itself from the 50s and early 60s. It IS crazy to me, however, that the nominating committee would consistently go for acts like Joe Tex or the Meters (all talented and great artists), when they could go for bigger, more memorable R&B acts that would be BONAFIDE inductees if nominated. Kool and the Gang and the Commodores are the two biggest examples of this, in my opinion.

With a 19 artist ballot, why not induct 10 acts or so? You'll still have 9 acts looking in, and that way they'll make greater strides in helping clear the backlog.

That being said, I don't have many issues with this ballot. Tharpe should DEFINITELY be an early influence. How ridiculous would it be having Tharpe in the performers category and Wanda Jackson as an early influence? Nina Simone is debatable, but I'd probably throw her into the Influences category too.

The more I witness the RR Hall's process of inductions, the more I prefer how we do it with our Revisited/Projected projects on here, although thats not without its faults either, of course.

Posted by Steve Z on Saturday, 10.7.17 @ 10:56am


there were 5 Performer inductees in 2016 4 of them were Classic Rock acts (Cheap Trick Chicago Deep Purple and Steve Miller) along with 1 Rap act (N.W.A) and Bert Berns got inducted in the Non-Performer category making it a total of 6 inductees that year last year there were 6 Performer inductees 3 of them were Classic Rock acts ( Electric Light Orchestra Journey and Yes) along with 1 Rap act (2Pac) 1 Politically Driven Female Artist (Joan Baez) and 1 shoo-in first-ballot inductee (Pearl Jam)and Nile Rodgers got in as Musical Excellence making it a total of 7 inductees last year so I`m going to say that there should be 7 Performer inductees this year so my Predictions are based on the pattern of the last 2 years
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Nina Simone
Radiohead
with Sister Rosetta Tharpe as Early Influence making it a total of 8 inductees this year as much as I love The Eurythmics I think they will split votes with Depeche Mode

Posted by richie on Saturday, 10.7.17 @ 11:33am


Sue,

You are very welcome. It is the least that I can do for my third favorite musical artist. I had discovered the music of The Moody Blues, somewhat accidentally over 37 years ago. My first purchase of their work was "This Is The Moody Blues." My first album purchase by The Moody Blues was "Long Distance Voyager." My first compact disc purchase of The Moody Blues was "Sur La Mer." I do agree that several more "progressive rock bands" will be inducted afterwards. Since, Rush was one of the first "prog" bands to speak up for The Moody Blues, I think that Geddy, Alex and Neil should be given the honor of inducting The Moody Blues into the Rock Hall in 2018.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 10.7.17 @ 13:38pm


Sue,

You are very welcome. It is the least that I can do for my third favorite musical artist. I had discovered the music of The Moody Blues, somewhat accidentally over 37 years ago. My first purchase of their work was the compilation, "This Is The Moody Blues" on cassette. My first album purchase by The Moody Blues was "Long Distance Voyager." My first compact disc purchase of The Moody Blues was "Sur La Mer." I do agree that several more "progressive rock bands" will be inducted afterwards. Since, Rush was one of the first "prog" bands to speak up for The Moody Blues, I think that Geddy, Alex and Neil should be given the honor of inducting The Moody Blues into the Rock Hall in 2018.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 10.7.17 @ 14:17pm


Enig.

There you are. I expected to see you on here immediately after the announcement. Yu may have been so overcome with happiness or you were simply working. Welll there you have it the Moody Blues. The votes are easy. By the way my first album purchase was Days of Future Passed. It was also my first Cd purchase.

Posted by Enig on Saturday, 10.7.17 @ 14:18pm


One more time. My first Album purchase of the Moody Blues was Days. The same for my first Cd purchase of the Moody Blues. Not overall. That was either a Beach Boys or Beatles album. So in any case Enig its so great that the Moody Blues are finally nominated. I am very confident they will be inducted. It occurred to me they too could take 2 or 3 nominations. BUT I say No

Posted by Ben on Saturday, 10.7.17 @ 15:37pm


My Predictions for the 6 Inductees
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Moody Blues
Nina Simone
Radiohead
if 7
LL Cool J
as much as I love The Eurythmics I think they will split votes with Depeche Mode as they are both synth-pop acts

Posted by richie on Saturday, 10.7.17 @ 16:25pm


I'm also going to pat myself on the back here over how I predicted Dire Straits could be nominated soon all the way back in February.

Posted by Steve Z on Saturday, 10.7.17 @ 16:48pm


@ Bill

British Invasion was the first major crack. I came across a RS article that stated that Music in the early 60's had gotten boring and The Brits livened things up. Note that both RS and Cream started in the late 60's and both are named after British Invasion Bands. And, no, I do not buy that RS was named after a Muddy Water Song. Notice that there were 2 major skips, early 60's and late 60's & 70's artist (they included Brits & mainly Californian artist).

Garage Bands are said to be young kids who only knew 3 chords and led to punk bands. That is not what I found in my research on Chicago artist. They were actually rejecting a lot of what the Brits did as going too far and needing to bring back some of the Blues and R & B elements.

End Boomers were not British obsessed. Too many people forget that the Bicentennial was in 1976 and I think that we looked more to American artists. Also I think American artist were covering issues that were important to us.

Classic rock is actually not boomer music and mostly not rock. It is actually gen-ex music pushed by the late 70's shock jocks. It is made up mostly of hard rock (only 10% of the rock genre) and metal (metal prog & punk were separated). The shock jocks rejected disco, r&b, country, soft rock folk and rock that had any inkling of r&b elements. Boomers actually considered rock to be more inclusive. We may not included all of the artist but we did include some.

There are some legit complaints on the rock side. Somethings I read are that there are artist who should never have even been considered that have been inducted - some is about not being rock and roll but some of it is about artist that were not up to the quality that should be expected for induction. There is anger about pushing forward while deserving artist are not even nominated.

I think the big issue is generational. Take a look at lists here and on the rest of the internet to see how many put Brits above Americans. Now how many Brits are women, r&b, country or folk. I did a quick check and there are only 5 years that did not induct a Brit since the Beatles were inducted. Several years have had multiple Brits. Brits have about 1/6 the population size of the US. I am fairly sure that they are the only demographic to have more their ratio.

This is definitely a fixed ballot. I think the nom com needs to be called on it. There also needs to be oversight of the nom com. I have recently been bringing up some of these issues.

I think you also need to consider the disco backlash as the next break.

Posted by Zuzu on Saturday, 10.7.17 @ 17:25pm


It's exclusionary in and of itself to insinuate that all Rock and Roll has to be guitar-based.

To imply that , in order to be considered , one HAS to "pick up a guitar and amp".



Posted by Bill G. on Saturday, 10.7.17 @ 10:27am
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Bill:

You will have to forgive me. I misinterpreted your response. I was under the impression that you were suggesting that while many African-Americans freely chose not to follow the more instrumental based hard rock acts, that somehow the white groups from the 70's onward had deliberately excluded them from being able to even play rock music. My error.

You're absolutely right about both Kool & the Gang, and the Commodores. In addition, War has to be mentioned here as well. It would be nice to see them all inducted.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 10.7.17 @ 20:49pm


In regards to FRL's recent blog post on snubbed members and whether they'd gotten it right this year or not, I'd say that, for the most part, they did.

Hugh McDonald from Bon Jovi is absolutely the biggest snub. He's played (or contributed Bass parts) to TWELVE of their thirteen albums, with the only exception being 7800 Fahrenheit.

Besides that though, they've just about gotten everyone else right. For Dire Straits, I had been considering Hal Lindes and Terry Williams, since they both played on multiple recordings (Love Over Gold for Lindes, Brothers in Arms for Williams, and both played on ExtendedancEPlay), but they aren't critical snubs.

Halford, Downing, Tipton, and Hill were the only necessary performers for Judas Priest, with Dave Holland having the best case as a drummer. He's an interesting case though, as he had been imprisoned for attempted rape, and while Holland has adamantly maintained his innocence, I am surprised that they went with him. I probably just would've gone with the core four and kept it as that.

Everyone else is pretty much on the money. I probably would've left off Vince Clarke from Depeche Mode too and kept them to Gahan, Gore, Fletcher, and Wilder.

Posted by Steve Z on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 01:17am


Oh, that's OK Cheesecrop. A simple misunderstanding.

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 01:42am


"I agree with Bill that there are a lot of worthy R&B acts not yet in, and I think that partially may be due to the hall distancing itself from the 50s and early 60s. It IS crazy to me, however, that the nominating committee would consistently go for acts like Joe Tex or the Meters (all talented and great artists), when they could go for bigger, more memorable R&B acts that would be BONAFIDE inductees if nominated. Kool and the Gang and the Commodores are the two biggest examples of this, in my opinion."

Posted by Steve Z.

EXACTLY, Steve !! You're getting it !!!

WHY should The Rock Hall continue to nominate R&B acts that NO ONE WANTS TO INDUCT ?
Don't they know that they will CONTINUE NOT TO BE INDUCTED ??

********OF COURSE !!!********

That is why they CONTINUE TO DO IT !!! BECAUSE THEY don't WANT to induct R&B acts at ALL !!!
And, the BEST way to do that is to continue to nominate R&B acts that they KNOW that the voting body WILL NEVER INDUCT !!
Nobody can accuse them of NOT nominating them...and they can always say that the acts "failed to secure enough votes"...but, we NOMINATED them....is that OK ?
And therein lies the problem !!!
Ever since Terry Stewart left as CEO, and the Non Com members most likely to nominate R&B acts were let go, the deck has been stacked ever since !!
And , talk about "generational"...
That may be true to an extent...but I have two problems with that reasoning:

1) The Zombies and The Moody Blues are from the Sixties...and the HoF Non Com had no trouble nominating THEM, and ...
2) R&B music and artists didn't disappear in the 70's . What about all of the artists of the "Soul Train Era"... like The Commodores, La Belle (AKA Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles, The Pointer Sisters, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The Chi-Lites,Barry White, and others. Several of these artists' music dominated the 70's,long after the '50's and '60's were over . Why have none of these acts been nominated ? Why were Janet Jackson, The Spinners, WAR, and The Marvelettes removed from the ballot...just as they were gaining more support ??

BECAUSE THE "HALLOWED HALL" WAS AFRAID THEY'D SECURE ENOUGH VOTES TO BE INDUCTED !!
In fact, they've even ignored inducting DON CORNELIUS HIMSELF !!!

It's a Fool's Game that the R&R HoF is playing , and they KNOW it.
Only ONE problem....
They've deceived themselves into thinking that people are too dumb to have CAUGHT ON.
After EIGHT YEARS ??
Sorry Guys...The Game is OVER....
...And you've been CAUGHT !!

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 02:20am


Vito,

I read your post. A lot of us on here are soo happy about the Moody Blues nominated. I have predicted the Moodys for the last 10 years. We started discussing it at work around 7 years ago. Thats late 2010. We expected Moody Blues then. I dont remember all the nominees. But I know that acts like Darlene Love, Dr. John and Neil Diamond were inducted for 2011. NO Moody Blues, Deep Purple, Rush, Yes,Chicago or the Guess Who. We were wondering what was up with that. Similar disappointment for 2012. In 2013 Rush was inducted.So that was progress. 2014 had inductees like Kiss, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens. But again no Moody Blues or Chicago. In 2016 Chicago and Deep Purple were inducted and last year 2017 Yes.

So the Buzz for the Moody Blues became intense. You may not know too much about them. Its the biggest Buzz since Rush. I know you said maybe for the Moody Blues. Oddly you have predicted the Zombies an even older band from the 60s. The Zombies have waited so long but The Moodys have had an extremely big buzz with a huge fan base. Me and Sue can explain more on here. Enig can give a terrific explanation. I am a huge fan. I own many albums by the Moody Blues.

Now Judas Priest also have a huge fan base. They have a decent chance as well. Not as strong as the Moodys but they do. You see the Voters are all the current inductees and Veteran music critics. This means that Pete Townsend, Pink Floyd members and the Jefferson Airplane all get ballots. They will see the Moodys on the ballot. Those are 60s rockers already inductees. I can see Donald Fagen voting for the Moodys too. Now Judas Priest will get plenty of votes from Hard rock/heavy metal inductees. Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Metallica and GnR members will easily vote for Priest. But they need votes from Older voters too. Pete Townsend, Elton John, Jefferson Airplane and Bruce Sprinsteen all get ballots. Its not as likely they vote for Priest. That makes Judas Priest a maybe. Your theory had been that an act like Bon Jovi would represent Hard rock instead. It turns out both are nominated. I think Bon Jovi is a big winner. Lots of votes from Older and younger voters. Priest will probably need a few nominations. That happened to Black Sabbath years ago.

The Eurythmics is a gamble of mine. I am predicting them instead of the Cars. Annie Lennox is very known. You picked Rufus and LL Cool J. Rufus have been nominated before and lost. LL also. I think they will skip Rap. The Hall does that. A rap act was inducted for 2016 and 2017.Thus they skip. I think it will be 6 inductees. I think you predicted 5. We could say Nina Simone is your 6th inductee. I agree that its too early for a Rage Against TM induction. Judas Priest is possible but I see you agree they may not get the Nod this year. As you say I guess we will find out in Dec.

Posted by Ben on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 07:42am


Bill, on what do you base that The Spinners, The Marvelettes etc were gaining support? From social media? How many of the people in these Facebook groups are members of the Voting Committee? Do you have any evidence that the support was also growing among the people who actually get to vote?

Secondly, how would you know that there is no support for Chaka Khan? The end results are not revealed, so nobody except the Hall of Fame itself knows how many votes all the nominees actually receive, who is gaining support and who has no support at all. For all we know, she was very close to getting inducted last year.

Furthermore, they HAVE inducted The “5” Royales. They HAVE inducted Nile Rodgers. If they don’t want to induct R&B artists at all, why did they go through the effort to let them in?

Posted by The_Claw on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 08:43am


Ben,

Have you ever played trivial pursuit?

Bill G.,

I do agree with you about the diminished number of successful rhythm and blues artists in the past several years. I think that you know quite well that had Sade been nominated this time; she and her namesake band would have been inducted. However, since Sade is not on this ballot, I had voted for the late great Nina Simone, one of her biggest influences, and of course: Eurythmics, Kate Bush, The Zombies and The Moody Blues.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 08:50am


Enig,

I will answer that question. I assume you mean the board game and not the game show. My brother plays the board game or the Game book. He loves trivia. When I music trivia question comes up he asks me. Also I am very good at years for songs and albums. As an example I have known for over 35 years that In Search of the Lost Chord is 1968. Close to the Edg-Yes is 1972. Tell Me Something Good Rufus is 1974. Just 3 of the millions of examples.

Posted by Ben on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 10:09am


Enig,

Also I do believe you just gave your predictions. Although Actually that seems to be who you voted for. They are not often the same. I have not Voted yet. I see that you voted for Nina Simone, Eurythmics, Kate Bush, The Zombies and the Moody Blues. I do predict Nina Simone, Eurythmics and of course the Moody Blues. I will NOT vote for Eurythmics but I do predict them due to Annie Lennox with all those hits and influence. I am not a fan at all. Obviously I will vote for the Moodys. Also probably the Zombies and Dire Straits. I expect to vote for Nina Simone and the Cars as well. I look forward to your list of predictions. I dont thibk Kate Bush deserves it but I really dont think she is getting inducted. So post your actual predictions.

Posted by Ben on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 10:54am


Ben,

Thank you. Do you remember that individual who would join the trivial pursuit game later than everybody else, but still win the game?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 12:42pm


I think the 6 inductees will be
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Moody Blues
Nina Simone
Radiohead
as much as I love LL Cool J I think they will give Rap a break this year and as much as I love The Eurythmics I think they will split votes with Depeche Mode as they are both synth-pop acts and I just can`t see the Hall inducting two women this year if Janet Jackson couldn`t get in the last 2 years then I doubt The Eurythmics can despite Annie Lennox being beloved

Posted by richie on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 12:45pm


I'm predicting the following 6 inductees:

Bon Jovi
Dire Straits
The Moody Blues
Nina Simone
Radiohead
Link Wray

I've been seeing a lot of voting artists expressing support for Wray. Bon Jovi and Moody Blues are the big populist entries this year and populism is in vogue in the Hall. Mark Knopfler is simply too respected by fellow musicians to be passed over. Nina Simone will be this year's Joan Biaz - beloved and well respected by a wide spectrum of people who don't care whether or not she fits the public definition of "Rock N Roll". Radiohead is among the last of the "no brainers" left for first year eligible induction.

Eurythmics will be very close due to the connections that Stewart and Lennox have. If they don't have a lot of committee inductions this year (Musical excellence, Early Influence, Ahmet E.) then I could actually see them doing 7 performers if the vote winds up close.

Posted by Shrek on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 14:52pm


I can't guess what the Hall would pick, but my choices are:

-Bon Jovi
-Radiohead
-Moody Blues
-Judas Priest
-Either The Cars or Link Wray. Can't decide between those two.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe as an Early Influence, and give Mark Knopfler the Musical Excellence Award.

Posted by Follower on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 15:55pm


I think they will give Link Wray a backdoor induction as an Early Influence along with Sister Rosetta Tharpe rather than as a Performer
also I think they are going to go with 7 inductees this year
My Predictions for The Inductees if they go with 7
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
The Moody Blues
Nina Simone
Radiohead
Early Influence
Link Wray & Sister Rosetta Tharpe
I don`t think they are going to do the Musical Excellence or The Ahmet Ertegun award for Non-Performer this year

Posted by richie on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 16:04pm


I think you guys are underestimating The Cars this year two of The Cars either lived in Cleveland or are from Cleveland The late Benjamin Orr is from Cleveland and Ric Ocasek lived in Cleveland for a time in the 60s and that`s where the two of them met Deep Purple and Yes both got in on their 3rd try and with this year being their third straight nomination I think The Hall clearly wants them in and it would be a good time to do so because it`s back in Cleveland this year I think they will go with 7 inductees this year I`m predicting them along with Bon Jovi Dire Straits The Eurythmics The Moody Blues Nina Simone and Radiohead with Sister Rosetta Tharpe as an Early Influence

Posted by richie on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 16:40pm


I actually think they are going to go with 7 inductees this year
My predictions for the Inductees if they go with 7
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
The Moody Blues
Nina Simone
Radiohead
with Sister Rosetta Tharpe getting a backdoor Induction as an Early Influence making a total of 8 inductees this year

Posted by richie on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 17:19pm


Enig,

I dont remember a lot about Trivial Pursuit game show. I thought yu meant the Trivia book. I look forward to your list of predictions. I DO think Kate Bush deserves an induction but I really dont think she is getting an induction. Post your predictions. I know you are predicting the Moodys. Post your list

Posted by Ben on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 18:42pm


Ben,

I was referring to the board game Trivial Pursuit. I had meant to indicate that when one wins the game, they fill in all six pieces of the pie, or so to speak. If we decide that there will be six inductees in the performer category, then these will be the possible Rock Hall inductees: The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, Nina Simone, Bon Jovi and Judas Priest.

Now, I will explain the trivial pursuit analogy:


Each of us carry several pieces of the pie when we make up our lists, the only real difference is that each of those pie pieces will inevitably fit different games in different years. When I had first arrived at this website, in 2012, I had three pieces of the pie with me which would fit the 2013 puzzle (Heart, Donna Summer and Rush). Since that time, I have only had 3 pieces of the pie, at the most, and that had been during this year. (Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra and Yes), although 2 of those pie pieces were from earlier years. During most years, I have only had 2 pieces: Chicago and Deep
Purple in 2016, Hall & Oates and Peter Gabriel in 2014.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 19:54pm


Regarding the Rock Hall inductions;

Overall, 2015 was an unmitigated disaster, since only Stevie Ray Vaughan (from my earlier lists) had been inducted.

Otherwise,

1993 was an okay year for prog, with the inductions of proto-progressive bands, The Doora and Cream.

1995 was an okay year for prog, with the induction of the late great Frank Zappa.

1996 was a great year for prog, with the inductions of Pink Floyd and Jefferson Airplane and art rock artist, David Bowie.

2002 was an okay year for prog, with the induction of Talking Heads.

2004 was an okay year for prog, with the induction of Traffic.

2010 was an okay year for prog, with the induction of Genesis.

2013 was a great year for prog, with the induction of Rush and the induction of prog adjacent act, Heart.

2014 was an okay year for prog, with the induction of Peter Gabriel, as a solo artist.

2015 was a disastrous year for prog, with no prog inductees.

2016 was a better year for prog, with the inductions of: Chicago and Deep Purple.

2017 was a spectacular year for prog, with the inductions of: Yes, Electric Light Orchestra and prog adjacent act, Journey.

Will 2018 be a great year for prog with the inductions of The Moody Blues and quite possibly, The Zombies and Kate Bush?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 20:51pm


Let's try this again, shall we?

1993 was an okay year for prog, with the inductions of proto-progressive bands, The Doors and Cream.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 20:56pm


Ben,

Oops, I forgot Radiohead.

2018 Inductees (if 6):

The Moody Blues
Bon Jovi
Eurythmics
Radiohead
Judas Priest
Nina Simone

If 7: The Zombies
If 8: Kate Bush

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 21:14pm


Hi fellow posters!

It has been four days since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominating Committee announced the 19 nominees for the RRHOF Class of 2018. I was not able to comment on this immediately because of other obligations. None the less, I do have some opinions to be made on the likely Rock Hall induction class to come and the nominees this fall.

First, it appears that once more the NomCom presented a wide variety of artists representing different sub fields of pop music. And each year, we see the influence of new Nomination Committee members with respect to first time nominees. Having mentioned that, I am of the impression that the eventual inductees will veer towards classic rock; or rather, later classic rock. By that I mean, rock and roll artists that got popular in the late 1970's-early 1990's. As well, only 9 of the 19 nominees are either female and/or minorities; I agree with the sentiment of Philip at Rock Hall Monitors in that for the time being women and minorities should be primarily if not exclusively considered for the next few years or so. Problem is, there are so many artists worthy of induction. Indeed, 17 out of 19 nominees are inductees into the Revisited/Projected Rock Hall Project. Thus, while I would like to see all 17 go in this year; it will likely be 7. Here are my thoughts on these nominees' chances for induction this year.

Radiohead: they are getting inducted first ballot. And rightly so.

Rage Against The Machine: It would be a good idea for RATM to be inducted right off the bat. Indeed, their importance and innovative writings are needed in these perilous times. I am somewhat certain Zach De La Rocha would be willing to reunite with Tom Morello one more time.

Kate Bush: If I had a ballot, she would be on it without hesitation. I can only hope those who vote on the ballot will likewise consider Kate Bush worthy of induction.

Eurythmics: finally, at last! The years of myself and others advocating for Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart to get nominated has paid off. I see them going in this year; their influence and stature as being perhaps the most innovative new wave artists of their time cannot be ignored.

The Moody Blues: Yes, they got nominated! And it only took 50 years since Days of Future Past to get this far. Now, with the deep number of innovative artists being considered this year; it is entirely possible Justin Hayward and co. might get lost in the shuffle. However, an induction should be forthcoming, as early as this year.

Nina Simone: A well deserving artist, albeit a posthumous honor due to Ms. Simone passing away in 2003. I believe Nina Simone will be inducted this year; either through the Performers ballot or as an Influence, as was done here at Future Rock Legends. I am not too sure who could perform her songs for the induction ceremony though.

Link Wray: Yet another posthumous yet well deserving honor, albeit Mr. Wray passed away in 2005. Link Wray will be inducted this year; albeit he will go in as an Influence. Still, an induction is an induction.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: A highly influential artist in the gospel and secular worlds, having passed away in 1984. Once again, the number of artists being considered is so deep that Ms. Tharpe might not get inducted this time out. We shall see what will occur by December; though I could see a potential Influence induction.

Dire Straits: I honestly did not see this coming. Now that it has, Dire Straits seem poised to get inducted at long last. Whether Mark Knopfler manages to perform one more time with either John Ilsley or David Knopfler remains to be seen. Completely underrated as performers, musicians, writers and influential people.

The Cars: they should have gotten inducted years ago. And there is a possibility an induction will take place soon; though again 2018 might not be the year. Unless of course the RRHOF considers 2018 an amnesty year and induct more artists than usual.

Bon Jovi: It took some years for Jon Bon Jovi and co. to get nominated a second time. None that it has happened, Bon Jovi have the help of the fan ballot, which as of this moment they are leading. In their era of hair metal and pop-metal, Bon Jovi were one of the few bands that adapted and prospered in the years that followed. If they win the fan ballot, Bon Jovi will be inducted. Clear as day.

LL Cool J: I think he will be inducted. Yes, LL Cool J is receiving a Kennedy Center Honor and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame might be considered overkill. Having said that, this is the best chance Mr. Smith has of getting inducted. Being the only hip-hop/r&b artist nominated, this will now be the time.

Depeche Mode: I am sure they will be inducted at a certain point in time one day. Although again I am not too sure if Depeche Mode are going in this year. It would be nice though for it to happen.

MC5: In any other year, past and present, MC5 would be a shoo in. None the less, Wayne Kramer may need to be patient and wait a bit more for an induction to occur. Sad though because MC5 should have gotten in years ago.

Judas Priest: An induction for these heavy metal icons might just happen this year. Were that to happen, I would be rather surprised yet rather pleased. We shall see what happens.

The Meters: I think at some point the Meters will need to get inducted. And I foresee them going in with the Musical Excellence award induction format. I do not know if this will be the year, though.

That leaves 2 artists not in the Revisited/Projected Rock Hall Project yet are nominated for the actual RRHOF. My thoughts on their chances for induction in short form are that they will not be going in this year. In fuller detail:

Chaka Khan: I do not think Chaka Khan, along with Rufus, are going to be inducted this time out. Ms. Khan could go in the Revisited/Projected Rock Hall Project by next week or later; thereby enhancing her credentials for an induction. Even so, in our website, a number of artists are being considered for induction into our own hall. Personally, I think Chaka Khan is one of the great singers and artists of her field and should probably be looked into for greater recognition.

J. Geils Band: No. Why this glorified bar band again? I know J. Geils recently passed away this year. However that is not a legitimate excuse. Seriously, when were the J. Geils Band ever a thing? Did people really like Freeze Frame, Love Stinks, etc.? Was Peter Wolf ever a good singer, let alone memorable? Does not Jann Wenner understand that no matter how many times the J Geils Band are talked about as potential inductees; an induction will never happen.

And as I mentioned earlier, yes J. Geils died this year. Well, so did Chris Cornell. So did John Wetton. So did Holger Csukay and Jaki Lieberzeit. So did Keith Emerson and Greg Lake last year. And yet, a nomination for Can, Soundgarden, Emerson Lake & Palmer, or King Crimson is not taken into consideration. No, w have to have the brown note nominee in the J. Geils Band be force fed into us.

So, who I think gets inducted by December may change during the course of the next two months. None the less, I think there will be at least 6 inductees.

Radiohead
Rage Against The Machine
Eurythmics
LL Cool J
Dire Straits
Bon Jovi

I think these 6 are likely to get inducted. In addition, I believe Nina Simone and Link Wray could go in as Influences, along with perhaps Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Besides those three, if it goes to 7 Performers inductees, which I suspect will happen; I believe Kate Bush will be considered. Indeed, it is possible Dire Straits could be the optional 7th inductee and Kate Bush the certain 6th inductee. So again, in short form, getting inducted may very well be:

Radiohead
Rage Against The Machine
Kate Bush
Eurythmics
LL Cool J
Bon Jovi
Dire Straits
Link Wray
Nina Simone
Sister Rosetta Tharpe

I do commend the NomCom for going a bit left field in their approach to potential inductees this year. None the less, the RRHOF is not entirely without fault, as a number of worthy artists and bands could have replaced the nomination of the J. Geils Band and this would have been an even better ballot.

Excitedly looking forward to the next Revisited/projected election cycle,

Lax34

Posted by Lax34 on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 21:16pm


I forgot to mention the Zombies: great artists in the British Invasion and art rock scene. I am not too sure if an induction is forthcoming though. None the less, it would be a pleasant surprise to see the Zombies go in.

Hopefully no artist has now been left out,

Lax34

Posted by Lax34 on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 21:19pm


Since it is fun to do so, let's speculate what the 2019 Rock Hall nominees list might look like:


01. King Crimson
02. Duran Duran
03. Jethro Tull
04. Sade
05. Carly Simon
06. Soundgarden
07. Doobie Brothers
08. Willie Nelson
09. Lionel Richie
10. The Spinners
12. Nine Inch Nails
13. Iron Maiden
14. Motörhead
15. Twisted Sister
16. The Cure
17. Kansas
18. Foreigner
19. Tori Amos

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 21:25pm


Lax34,

Great analysis and opinions on the nominees. I agree with just about everything...except I really think the Moody Blues will definitely get in this year. Also, it seems like you're not a fan of the J. Geils Band! (laughs) They're alright, Centerfold and Give It To Me are great songs, but there are other groups in their field/genre that are more deserving. If I'm not mistaken, its not just Jann Wenner that's pushing them but I may have read that Little Stevie has a lot to do with that pick. Never have I heard that term 'bar band' in a long time. As I mentioned in one of the earlier comments, I'm still wondering what it will take for groups like The Meters and MC5 to get in. Probably not this time around, but what about the future when more modern acts clog the ballot?

Posted by Jason Voigt on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 21:34pm


Lax34,

This is the 50th anniversary of prog. The Moody Blues are the co-founders of the "art rock" and "prog rock" genres, why do you think that they will not be inducted?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 21:41pm


Or will 2018, be another spectacular year for "prog" with the inductions of: The Moody Blues, The Zombies, Kate Bush and Radiohead?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 10.8.17 @ 23:01pm


My Predictions for the Inductees if they go with 7
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
The Moody Blues
Nina Simone
Radiohead
with Sister Rosetta Tharpe as an Early Influence

Posted by richie on Monday, 10.9.17 @ 00:37am


Enig,

I just want to correct things. I know very little about the board game of Trivia Pursuit. My brother uses a Trivia book of Trivia Pursuit. He owns the board games. I just found that out. Trivia is his hobby not mine. I just help him with music questions in the book. I know nothing about a pie. I do like your description of the pie. That means I got 5 pieces of the Pie for 2017. I only left out Tupac Shakur. I got ELO, YES, Journey, Joan Baez and Pearl Jam correct. I picked Janet Jackson which was wrong. I thought they would skip Rap. I underestimated 2Pac. This year I do again think they will skip Rap. My predictions are Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, Eurythmics and Radiohead. Yu predict all those but added Judas Priest. They are one of the best Heavy Metal bands of all time but may not get enough votes. Not every voter like tunes likes Hell Bent for Leather and Breaking the Law and sees their influence. AC/DC and Black Sabbath members will vote for Priest so its possible they are inducted.

Posted by Ben on Monday, 10.9.17 @ 08:38am


I`ll name the artists likelihood of being inducted this year
1 Radiohead
2 The Moody Blues
3 Bon Jovi
4 Nina Simone
5 The Cars
6 Dire Straits
7 The Eurythmics
8 LL Cool J
9 Rage Against The Machine
10 The J. Geils Band
11 Link Wray
12 Judas Priest
13 Depeche Mode
14 The Zombies
15 Rufus With Chaka Khan
16 Kate Bush
17 MC5
18 The Meters
19 Sister Rosetta Tharpe (will be slotted into Early Influence)
out of the 19 I think the hall will surprise us all and go with 8 inductees this year here`s my predictions
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Nina Simone
Radiohead
with Sister Rosetta Tharpe as an Early Influence

Posted by richie on Monday, 10.9.17 @ 11:43am


Ben and Enig,

Deepest heartfelt thanks to both of you for continued support of the Moody Blues for induction into the class of 2018! We have pulled up into the #2 spot in the fan vote poll. Please continue to put the word out to vote every day until December 5.
I have been involved on social media along with MANY others in our very large and dedicated fan base. The Moodies deserve this for their longevity and impact on the development of progressive rock music as a genre and a long list of other major contributions.
This past weekend was the 50th anniversary of the landmark album "Day's of Future Passed". The Moody Blues toured during the summer and now will continue into 2018 for the anniversary show. That is a long time folks for a band to still be active and relevant.
I understand the passion and frustration over favorite artists and the politics of the RRHOF.
I also understand that some people do not care for the MB-that is ok. Some people like a few of the hits and have fond memories from the past perhaps "Nights" during a prom. Many of us longtime fans and those who discovered them during the MTV videos or younger fans who listened along with parents really GET the Moodies. This band are unusual that the fan base covers several generations and includes many fans who remember the positive impact the MB music had during the Viet Nam years.
Thank you everyone who will take time to vote on the RRHOF fan vote for your favorite artists and much appreciation to those who add a vote to The Moody Blues!

Posted by Sue on Monday, 10.9.17 @ 12:51pm


like I said in my last post I posted the 19 acts of likelihood of induction this year and the reason why I think the hall will surprise us all and go with 8 inductees this year is because of two reasons
1 it`s back in Cleveland this year and not New York and Barclays Center would never allow the hall to induct more than 6 because of the arena`s schedule
2 we once again got a big ballot this year with 19 nominees again and so I think the hall will surprise us all and induct 8 this year With Sister Rosetta Tharpe as an Early Influence I don`t think they are going to do Musical Excellence or Non-Performer inductees this year

Posted by richie on Monday, 10.9.17 @ 14:06pm


My predictions for this years inductees:
1. Radiohead
2. The Moody Blues
3. Bon Jovi
4. The Cars
5. LL Cool J
6. Nina Simone
Early Influence: Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Musical Excellence Award: The Meters

My early predictions for next years nominees:
1. Rage Against The Machine
2. Dire Straits
3. Depeche Mode
4. Judas Preist
5. MC5
6. Beck
7. OutKast
8. Kraftwerk
9. Janet Jackson
10. The Spinners
11. Gram Parsons
12. War
13. The Smiths
14. Soundgarden
15. Roxy Music
16. Kate Bush
17. Emerson Lake and Palmer
18. Def Leppard
19. A Tribe Called Quest

Posted by Evan on Monday, 10.9.17 @ 18:09pm


Sue,

I just want to say that is so cool that the Moody Blues are inducted. However they band is a little unusual in that their fan base covers several generations. There are a few. The Grateful Dead also have a huge fan base that covers several generations. Their fan base also includes fans that remember the positive impact Gr Dead music had during the Vietnam years. It has been a long time since such an act has come along. Pink Floyd is such a group too. Moody Blues may be the last one like that to be inducted. There aren't a lot that can brag about 50 years of fans. Just a few.

Posted by Ben on Monday, 10.9.17 @ 21:02pm


I think the Hall will surprise us all and go with 8 inductees this year
My Predictions for the Inductees
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Nina Simone
Radiohead
with Sister Rosetta Tharpe as an Early Influence making it a total of 8 Performer Inductees and 1 backdoor Induction this year

Posted by richie on Monday, 10.9.17 @ 23:08pm


Hey everybody. Notice if you will I left out the J. Geils Band as a prediction this year. I predicted them as a nominee. It was one of the ones I got right. However,due to another stacked list I do NOT think they will be inducted. I initially felt the the passing of J. Geils would place them in the Hall. I didn't know the choices at the time. I had predicted my favs the Moody Blues. I also predict Bon Jovi and Dire Straits. Now I am taking a chance with Eurythmics. I know a bunch of their 70s stuff but how many Voters do or care. Another Boston band Aerosmith probably know them but what about others. SO I say no to the J. Geils Band this year.

Posted by Ben on Tuesday, 10.10.17 @ 06:59am


BANDS WITH 10 OR MORE MEMBERS INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

01. Parliament-Funkadelic (16 Members Inducted in 1997)
02. The Grateful Dead (12 Members Inducted in 1994)
03. Bill Haley And The Comets (11 Members Inducted in 1987/2012)
04. Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band (11 Members Inducted in 1999/2014)

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 10.10.17 @ 08:50am


richie,

I cant figure out the logic for having 8 inductees because its in Cleveland. When the ceremony was last in Cleveland there were 6 inductees. They were Paul Butterfield, Green Day, Joan Jett & the BH, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lou Reed and Bill Withers. The 7th was Ringo Starr for music excellence. So why would it be 8 this year because its in Cleveland? Let me know Im trying to figure that out.

Posted by Ben on Tuesday, 10.10.17 @ 18:51pm


If she gets in, I wonder who would induct Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Sure Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard are still alive (both in their early 80's) but I doubt either of them are healthy enough, and one or both of them will probably die before the ceremony.

Posted by Follower on Tuesday, 10.10.17 @ 19:43pm


Ben,
the reason why I think the Hall will surprise us all and go with 8 Performer inductees with 1 backdoor induction (Sister Rosetta Tharpe as an Early Influence) this year is because we once again got a big ballot this year with 19 nominees and because of that I think the Hall will surprise us all and go with 8 Performer inductees plus Sister Rosetta Tharpe as an Early Influence this year

Posted by richie on Tuesday, 10.10.17 @ 20:01pm


richie,

I see. It was 6 inductees last year in New York. In 2016 it was 5 inductees also in New York. 6 inductees with Ringo Starr for Music Excellence in Cleveland. So it would be 8 this year. Ohh maybe yu are saying there has never been 19 nominees with Ceremony set for Cleveland. Thus 8 inductees. That would be awesome. I recall the last time that happened was in the 90s sometime.

Posted by Ben on Tuesday, 10.10.17 @ 21:56pm


Dave Stewart is the most recent in a long line of British artists to say that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an American thing and insinuating that it is only an American institution. Deep Purple did it too. Stop it. The whole British Invasion is in, tons of other British artists are in, and just in the past few years:
ELO
Yes
Deep Purple
Ringo Starr
Cat Stevens
Peter Gabriel
Andrew Oldham
Brian Epstein

This "it's an American institution" statement is another defense mechanism used to downplay the importance of the institution...until, that is, that they get inducted.

Posted by Classic Rock on Tuesday, 10.10.17 @ 22:32pm


Ben,
The Last Time we had 8 Performer inductees was 2001 when Aerosmith Solomon Burke The Flamingos Michael Jackson Queen Paul Simon Steely Dan and Ritchie Valens were inducted

Posted by richie on Tuesday, 10.10.17 @ 23:23pm


Classic Rock

I did a quick check and since 1988 when the Beatles were inducted there have only been 5 years when a Brit has not been inducted. That is 29 years and remember that Britain has 1/6 The population of the US. Now compare that to Canada whose population is approximately 2% of the US. I can only think of 4 Canadians that have been inducted - Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and Rush have been inducted and I can think of 4 or 5 big Canadian artist from the 60s and 70s that have not been inducted. As a matter of fact I believe there was an uproar when Rush was inducted before The Guess Who.

Posted by Zuzu on Wednesday, 10.11.17 @ 00:53am


Richie,
You are absolutely right. The last time we had 8 performer inductees was 2001. I should have remembered that. Some favs of mine were inducted that year. Aerosmith, Steely Dan and Paul Simon. All the inductees were understandable. Michael Jackson is the King of Pop and Solomon Burke so that makes sense.

Now back to the present. I think yu are thinking 8 inductees because its in Cleveland and there are 19 nominees. Now prior to that post you felt there would be 7 performer inductees. I will go with that thought. 8 may be too much. I will decide very soon on a 7th. I am torn between the Cars and Judas Priest. NOT the J. Geils Band. I like some J. Geils in the 70s but how may voters do? I will mull over a 7th anyway.

Posted by Ben on Wednesday, 10.11.17 @ 06:47am


Ben,
the reason why I think the Hall will surprise us all and go with 8 Performer inductees with Sister Rosetta Tharpe as an Early Influence this year is also because I just don`t think they will do Musical Excellence on Non-Performer inductees this year

Posted by richie on Wednesday, 10.11.17 @ 11:45am


Zuzu,

What were those 5 years form 1988-Present where a British Act was not inducted?

Posted by Follower on Wednesday, 10.11.17 @ 14:41pm


Follower,

I just did a quick check and did not keep track of which year - just that a year did not have a British artist in a running tally. If I didn't see a British artist I knew I did google the artist in that year to see if they were any Brits.

I should also note that the first year of induction was 1986 and that some years had more than one British induction.

I have a more detailed analysis that will include breakdown on country, state, # of individuals for an artist, sex and which artist are living or deceased in mind for a future project. It will probably take about 6 months to a year since I plan to verify info and how much free time I will have. It will take some work since I do want accurate with demographics that I think will result in some interesting info.

Posted by Zuzu on Wednesday, 10.11.17 @ 15:24pm


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Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.11.17 @ 17:20pm


I have decided to go with 7 Inductees.
Here are my predictions if they go with 7.

Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
Eurythmics
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Nina Simone

Posted by Ben on Wednesday, 10.11.17 @ 18:35pm


Ben,
I`ll name the 19 acts on likelihood of induction this year
1 Radiohead
2 The Moody Blues
3 Bon Jovi
4 Nina Simone
5 The Cars
6 Dire Straits
7 The Eurythmics
8 LL Cool J
9 Rage Against The Machine
10 The J. Geils Band
11 Link Wray
12 Judas Priest
13 Depeche Mode
14 The Zombies
15 Rufus With Chaka Khan
16 Kate Bush
17 MC5
18 The Meters
19 Sister Rosetta Tharpe (will be slotted into Early Influence)
I agree with you Ben I think it will be those 7 acts as well with Sister Rosetta Tharpe as an Early Influence making it a total of 8 inductees this year

Posted by richie on Wednesday, 10.11.17 @ 19:58pm


King,

If its Ok I will write a list on who would vote for the Moody Blues. Roy can make one for voters of Judas Priest. I like some Judas Priest but I am not a Judas Priest or heavy metal expert. Ok here are some probable voters of the Moody Blues. I will go through the inductees based on their induction mostly.

Paul McCartney
Mick Jagger
Pete Townsend
Roger Daltrey
The Kinks members
The Byrds
remaining Doors members
Ginger Baker
Grateful Dead members
The Animals members
Elton John
Rod Stewart
Led Zeppelin members
Pink Floyd members
Jefferson Airplane members
Rascals members
Stevie Nicks
Mick Fleetwood
Brian May of Queen
Donald Fagen
David Byrne
Traffic
REM
Jeff Beck
Genesis
The Hollies
Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart
Rush
Peter Gabriel
Cat Stevens
Chicago members
Deep Purple members
Steve Miller
ELO
Yes

Posted by Ben on Thursday, 10.12.17 @ 07:24am


King,

Other possible Voters for the Moody Blues.
Noel Redding- Jimi Hendrix Experience
Mitch Mitchell- Jimi Hendrix Experience
Yardbirds members
Van Morrison
Crosby,Stills and Nash
Joni Mitchell
surviving members of the Mamas and the Papas
John Sebastian
James Taylor
Donovan
Robert Christgau
Some music critics that love Prog. You or Enig can help out here.

I don't know how many votes are needed but some acts like the Jefferson Airplane and of course have a bunch of surviving members alive. Could it be 300-400 votes to win an induction. I do need to know that.

Posted by Ben on Thursday, 10.12.17 @ 07:59am


Ben,

All the members of the Jimi Hendrix Experience are dead. They won't be voting for the Moody Blues.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 10.12.17 @ 13:57pm


Philip,

Oh my. Darn it. I just checked. Darn it. Mitch Mitchell died in 2008. Noel Redding died in 2003. Ok. I made a big blunder there.

Ok I will replace them and mention a few others.

Mick Fleetwood-Fleetwood Mac
John McVie-Fleetwood Mac
Christine McVie- Fleetwood mac
John Deacon-Queen
Roger Taylor- Queen


They are alive. I checked this time. That was quite a goof. We move ahead.

Posted by Ben on Thursday, 10.12.17 @ 14:43pm


Ben,
I keep going back and forth between 7 or 8 inductees this year and I really think they will surprise us all and go with 8 inductees this year here`s my predictions if they go with 8
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Nina Simone
with Sister Rosetta Tharpe as an Early Influence making it a total of 8 Performer inductees and 1 backdoor induction this year

Posted by richie on Saturday, 10.14.17 @ 10:54am


richie,

I notice that you are going back and forth. I am going with your notion of 7 performer inductees. Again my predictions if they go with 7.

Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
Eurythmics
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Nina Simone
with Sister Rosetta Tharpe as an early influence. I think she was thrown on the ballot on purpose to then give her back door induction.

I am going with your idea that the Hall skips Rap this year. Some in the Voting body may feel Rap should be skipped this year. I am NOT a big Eurythmics fan either but they had their history with all the hits Annnie Lennox sang. So I have included then as well as Bon Jovi, The Cars and Dire Straits. This will take care of some 80s Rock buildup. Totally different from that are the Moody Blues that have been eligible since 1989. They will get a lot of votes due to the Older voters. We are in basic agreement at the moment minus LL Cool J.

Posted by Ben on Saturday, 10.14.17 @ 14:04pm


Ben,
I agree with those 7 acts (Bon Jovi The Cars Dire Straits The Eurythmics The Moody Blues Radiohead and Nina Simone) plus Sister Rosetta Tharpe as an Early Influence but I really think the Hall will surprise us all and go with 8 inductees this year and I think LL Cool J will be the 8th inductee because he`s getting a Kennedy Center Honor this year and he`s the first Rap artist to ever get a Kennedy Center Honor and this is his fourth nomination plus he`s the only Rap act on the ballot this year so I really think he will get in and there will be 8 Performer inductees plus Sister Rosetta as an Early Influence this year making it a total of 8 Performer inductees and 1 backdoor induction this year making it the biggest Inductee Class since 2001

Posted by richie on Saturday, 10.14.17 @ 18:34pm


NO to LL this year (rap fatigue, 'but the Kennedy Center...' is a weak-ass argument at best, too many worthier non-white acts on the ballot this year, etc.), and there's no way they're honoring more than 7 acts (Early Influence/Musis Excellence included), when they haven't done that many in over a decade! #wakeupsheeple

Posted by KXB on Saturday, 10.14.17 @ 18:40pm


Alright then that last post was a bit extreme. I will write a much more mild version of that. There has been a pattern in recent years of skipping a rap act sometimes. In 2012 Beastie Boys were inducted and then in 2013 there waa Public Enemy. Rap was skipped in 2014 and 2015. It was a way of giving Rap a break. So after NWA in 2016 and 2Pac last year many voters may be a bit tired of Rap in a class. LL would be skipped and given another chance next year perhaps.

Posted by Ben on Saturday, 10.14.17 @ 19:33pm


Ben
the reason why I really think the Hall will surprise us all and go with 8 Performer inductees this year is because we once again got a big ballot this year with 19 nominees and it`s in Cleveland this year and so I really think the Hall will surprise us all and go with 8 Performer inductees plus Sister Rosetta as an Early Influence this year and I think they will skip Rap next year in 2019 but not this year and I just don`t think they will do Musical Excellence or Non-Performer inductees this year

Posted by richie on Saturday, 10.14.17 @ 19:43pm


Ben,
the reason why I really think the Hall will surprise us all and go with 8 Performer inductees this year is because we once again got a big ballot this year with 19 nominees and it`s in Cleveland this year so I really think the Hall will surprise us all and go with 8 Performer inductees plus Sister Rosetta as an Early Influence this year I think they will skip Rap in 2019 but not this year and I really just don`t think they will do Musical Excellence or Non-Performer inductees this year because they just did Non-Performer in 2016 and Musical Excellence last year so I think it will be just Early Influence this year

Posted by richie on Saturday, 10.14.17 @ 20:06pm


Ben,
do you think that Nina Simone could get the Musical Excellence award if so then I think LL Cool J stands a chance of getting inducted
here`s my Predictions if they go with 7 inductees
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Award for Musical Excellence
Nina Simone
Early Influence
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
making it a total of 7 Performer inductees and 2 backdoor inductions this year

Posted by richie on Saturday, 10.14.17 @ 22:20pm


richie,

You have a good question there. Do I think Nina Simone could get the Musical Excellence Award. I say No Nina Simone will be one of the Performer Inductees. Case in point. Laura Nyro who is not widely known through the years in Rock was inducted in 2012. Thats tbe same year as Beastie Boys and GnR. Randy Newman was inducted in 2013 and Bill Withers in 2015. These are not the most key names in Rock.

I was going to post a different point. Last year I said that it would not be likely to have 60s acts inducted at the same time. I chose Joan Baez and was right. There was a coulple weaker 60s acts with MC5 and the Zombies. This year the Moody Blues are on the ballot and so is Nina Simone. I think they will both be inducted.

Posted by Ben on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 07:31am


Ben,
because we once again got a big ballot this year with 19 nominees and it`s in Cleveland this year
I really think they will surprise us all and go with 8 Performer inductees this year
I don`t think Rap will be skipped this year but next year it will be
here`s my Predictions if they go with 8
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Nina Simone
Early Influence
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
making it a total of 8 Performer inductees and 1 backdoor induction this year

Posted by richie on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 10:08am


richie,

It would be cool to have 8 performer inductees and I dont want to expect that too much. I did increase to 7 inductees. We shall see what happens in Dec. We do agree on those 7. Also witb Sister Rosetta Tharpe as early influence. I am going to end this topic to take time for other chats.

Posted by Ben on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 10:29am


Ben,
the reason why I really think there will be 8 Performer inductees plus Sister Rosetta as an Early Influence this year is because I just don`t think there are any worthy candidates for the Musical Excellence or Non-Performer categories this year

Posted by richie on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 10:44am


richie,

I agree with that totally. I looked up Sister Rosetta Tharpe on Google. Her career goes back to 1941. Her career was in gospel and it seems like it died down in the late 50s. I too cant think of anyone for Music Excellence. Im not good with the extra awards.

Posted by Ben on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 10:56am


As you are most probably very much aware, earlier this year, several of the past and present members of Yes had finally been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Although Yes had been previously nominated twice before, their third nomination was the charm. Accordingly and perhaps quite appropriately, Yes had been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame by previous inductees and prog icons, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush.

In 2018, The Moody Blues, who have long deserved this acknowledgement, will most probably receive their long overdue induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
After all, The Moody Blues are essentially the godfathers of prog rock and art rock, probably the most critically derided genres of Rock & Roll.

Ultimately, the question then becomes, who do you think is worthy of inducting The Moody Blues into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 13:21pm


Enig,

I can answer that question. Rush seem to be soo likely. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have did so well inducting Yes but it could also be some members of Yes. I can easily picture Jon Anderson and Steve Howe as the presenters for the Moody Blues. Jeff Lynne is also kind of worthy. How about Carl Palmer as tbeir presenter. That woulr sort of be a homage to ELP in an indirect way but its NOT as likely. For that matter somebody like Alan Parsons can also do it. Tell me what you think.

Posted by Ben on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 15:42pm


Ben,

Personally, I think that all three members of Rush would be delighted with the honor of inductingThe Moody Blues into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

As I have stated previously, “I have seen no greater influence on Rush’s overall discography than that of The Moody Blues.”

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 15:49pm


Ben,

Personally, I think that all three members of Rush would be delighted with the honor of inducting The Moody Blues into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

As I have stated previously, “I have seen no greater influence on Rush’s overall discography than that of The Moody Blues.”

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 15:51pm


Enig and Ben,

I agree about the members of Rush and or Yes inducting the Moodies. I also believe Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan of ELO would be good choices. Jeff is from Birmingham, England(Where the Moodies pretty much started from) Bev is friends with John Lodge. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull played with Justin at a benefit several years ago and Tull also were with the Moody Blues at the Isle of Wight show in 1970.Two gentleman worthy but probably not going to come would be Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel of Genesis. One more from left field would be Howard Stern who is a big fan. Of course Ringo and Paul are a possibility.
There is no doubt a major tribute to the passing of Tom Petty will occur so several major artists will be on hand. Perhaps Dhani Harrison(George's son) who has joined in at a RRHOF jam before will play with Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan and others for a Traveling Wilbury's song.
If Eurythmics,The Cars,Dire Straits and Bon Jovi all win along with The Moodies I think it will be one of the best jams ever especially if "Just a singer in a rock and roll band" is the song. Members of Radiohead and LL Cool J could also be in the mix so that would make things very interesting.
I would love to see The Moodies and Eurythmics do a song together. Annie Lennox has one the most amazing female vocals in rock music. Along with Justin and John something magical could happen. "Nights" would be perfect for this.

What songs and artist jams do the two of you or anyone here have for the 2018 show in April?

We must also remember the RRHOF is political and artists are inducted who have been out of the "buzz", while fan favorites are passed over sometimes for years...

Posted by Sue on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 16:39pm


It will probably be around Thanksgiving/late November when I post my real predictions for the Class of 2018. I've narrowed it down to ten acts, and it gets difficult all the time. However, I'll be glad to share who I would vote for if I were one of the "cool, selected, lucky people to be able to vote":

The Moody Blues
Nina Simone
Bon Jovi
Eurythmics
The Cars

They are only allowed to pick 5, right? That would suck bigtime. My ballot is based strictly on personal taste, and I would have included Depeche Mode and Kate Bush in a heartbeat. But this is just playing favorites on my part. I'm wondering if this is how others are voting, that is with their hearts and who is the most deserving. I would also do an 'underdog' ballot, since I cheer on for those at the bottom of the barrel: The Meters, MC5 and the J. Geils Band.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 18:38pm


Jason,
I really think they will surprise us all and go with 8 inductees this year
here`s my Predictions if they go with 8 inductees this year
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Nina Simone
Early Influence
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
making it a total of 8 Performer inductees plus 1 backdoor induction this year
the reason why I really think there will be 8 Performer inductees plus Sister Rosetta as an Early Influence this year is because of two things
1 we once again got a big ballot this year with 19 nominees and it`s in Cleveland this year
2 I just don`t think there are any worthy candidates for the Musical Excellence or Non-Performer categories this year

Posted by richie on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 19:16pm


I'm not the first to complain but it does strike me as odd that voters can only select 5 acts regardless of how many acts will be inducted. I really hope they surprise us.

Nice predictions by the way

Posted by Jason Voigt on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 19:25pm


Sue,

That was a great post. I think perhaps the Moody Blues would be the Headline act. Unlike Enig I did NOT expect Yes to headline last year. Like so many others I figured on Pearl Jam as the headline act.

Pearl Jam are now in. I predict Radiohead to be inducted but NOT to headline. They are Not as universally popular as a 90s act as Pearl Jam. Now the reason this is relevant is it leads us to the question of which act would be the headliner that closes. That act could easily be the Moody Blues. The jams could be Nights and Singer in a Rock n Roll band.

Posted by Ben on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 20:19pm


richie, how do you know that the candidates for the Musical Excellence or Non-Performer categories are not worthy? Those candidates have never been revealed.

Posted by The_Claw on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 20:27pm


Ben, without a doubt Bon Jovi is the most popular act on the ballot and if they are selected, they'll be the headliner.

Posted by The_Claw on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 20:30pm


The_Claw,
I think that since they did Non-Performer in 2016 and Musical Excellence last year that they skip both this year and will just do Early Influence this year

Posted by richie on Sunday, 10.15.17 @ 21:57pm


I think Steve Winwood will induct Moody Blues. This would grease the wheels for a 2nd Steve Winwood induction. Can't envision a scenario where Moody Blues is squeezed out. They will receive votes from all over the place. 60's groups, 70's groups,the Prog contingency,rock groups. LL Cool J is very intriguing. N.W.A. Public Enemy and some rap groups have been inducted recently. Should pick up some votes. He's a big star in music and TV. Will help his cause. However, Janet Jackson with her fans and popularity couldn't get enough votes for induction. I think Moody Blues and Radiohead will make it through. Hoping Judas Priest can capture enough votes for induction. They have earned it. KING

Posted by KING on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 01:58am


The_Claw,

Yes. There is Bon Jovi. Ahhh right Bon Jovi. I changing my mind. Bon Jovi is indeed the most popular act on the ballot. I think they will be selected and that they will headline. It would NOT be the Moody Blues. I was wrong. Last year Yes was my fav. This year the Moodys are. This certainly doesnt mean that they will headline. I got carried away. I like Bon Jovi. I own his Gr. Hits and once owned Slippery When Wet. I am NOT a huge fan but I like him. I am just pointing out that I am not opposed to Bon Jovi headlining. Livin on A Prayer would also make a good jam. We will discuss this more after the inductees are announced.

Posted by Ben on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 07:07am


Ben,
one song I could see it being the Jam session is I Won`t Back Down by the late Tom Petty I could totally see that song being the Jam session this year as a tribute to him

Posted by richie on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 11:18am


After taking a closer look at the nominees and predicting the top picks for artist, committee, fan, and music critic votes. Here is my final prediction for 2018

1. Radiohead: they will get a lot of votes from music writers, critics, and committee members.

2. Eurythmics: will get alit if votes from females artist and other peers

3. Dire Straits: will get a lot of votes from their peers,especially artist like Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, and Tina Turner.

4. LL Cool J: he will get a lot of support from Africian American artist and Rap artist

5. Rage Against The Machine: will get support from artist like Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, The Clash, Patti Smith, U2 and others

6. Bon Jovi: they will win the fan vote and the hall of fame will want to keep fans happy.

Early Influence

Nina Simone: she was eligible since before 1986 which qualifies her in this category. She will get a lot of votes, but I can see the hall of fame placing her as a early influence in favor of the final spot to Bon Jovi. Again, hall of fame will want to keep fans happy.

2019 picks

1. Dave Matthews Band
2. Janet Jackson
3. Moody Blues
4. Nine Inch Nails
5. Soundgarden
6. The Cars

Posted by Kyle on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 11:22am


richie,

I didn't think of that either. The Tom Petty death. Although I expected a Chuck Berry tribute at the end early this year. It was at the beginning. So who knows. It will probably be a closing jam. We are a bit ahead of ourselves. Lets find out the actual inductees in Dec. So we know who will play for sure.

Posted by Ben on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 11:35am


Kyle,
I just don`t see RATM as a first ballot inductee RATM I think they`re more like NIN I think it`ll take them a couple of tries to get in I think The Cars and The Moody Blues are far more likely than RATM I agree with Bon Jovi Dire Straits The Eurythmics LL Cool J Radiohead and Nina Simone though I really think they will surprise us all and go with 8 Performer inductees this year plus I think Sister Rosetta Tharpe will get in as an Early Influence

Posted by richie on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 12:04pm


Kyle,
I think RATM`s career though influential was way too short and besides we got two first-ballot inductees last year with Pearl Jam and Tupac and I just don`t see it happening again this year and Radiohead and RATM I think the next time we`ll get two first-ballot inductees in one year will be the year when Foo Fighters and Jay-Z become Eligble
I really think they`ll surprise us all and go with 8 inductees this year
here`s my Predictions if they go with 8 inductees this year
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Nina Simone
Early Influence
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
making it a total of 8 Performer inductees plus 1 backdoor induction this year

Posted by richie on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 12:18pm


I really think they will surprise us all and go with 8 inductees this year
here`s my predictions if they go with 8 inductees this year
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Nina Simone
Early Influence
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
making it a total of 8 Performer inductees plus 1 backdoor induction

Posted by richie on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 12:29pm


I really think they will surprise us all and go with 8 inductees this year
here`s my Predictions if they go with 8 inductees this year
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Nina Simone
Early Influence
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
making it a total of 8 Performer inductees plus 1 backdoor induction this year

Posted by richie on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 12:32pm


King, you're exactly right. Steve Winwood should induct the Moodys. It would indeed get him back on the ballot, solo-wise.

I'm wondering who would induct Nina Simone. Let's face it, early influence or not, I am certain she'll finally get in this time. She's influenced so many from different genres, it would be a challenge to figure out who would induct her. A legend like Elton John (who named one of his pianos after her?)? A current artist like Lana Del Ray? Superstar R&B acts such as Alicia Keys and/or John Legend? Or an activist like Bono? Can't wait to see what it narrows down to.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 13:07pm


What's the connection between Steve Winwood and the Moody Blues?

Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 13:20pm


Jason,
I really think they will surprise us all and go with 8 inductees this year
here`s my predictions if they go with 8 inductees this year
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Nina Simone
Early Influence
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
making it a total of 8 Performer inductees plus 1 backdoor induction this year
I really think those 8 artists I mentioned (Bon Jovi The Cars Dire Straits The Eurythmics LL Cool J The Moody Blues Radiohead and Nina Simone) plus Sister Rosetta as an Early Influence will be inducted this year making it the biggest inductee class in years

Posted by richie on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 13:39pm


Jason,
the reason why I really think the Hall will surprise us all and go with 8 inductees plus Sister Rosetta as an Early Influence this year is because of two things
1 we once again got a big ballot this year with 19 nominees and it`s in Cleveland this year
2 they did Non-Performer in 2016 and Musical Excellence last year so I think that they will skip both this year and will just do Early Influence this year

Posted by richie on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 13:43pm


I really think the Hall will surprise us all and go with 8 inductees this year
here`s my Predictions if they go with 8 inductees this year
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Nina Simone
Early Influence
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
the reason why I really think there will be 8 Performer inductees plus Sister Rosetta as an Early Influence this year is because of two things
1 we once again got a big ballot this year with 19 nominees again and it`s in Cleveland this year
2 they did Non-Performer in 2016 and Musical Excellence last year so I think that they will skip both this year and will just do Early Influence this year making it a total of 8 Performer inductees plus 1 backdoor induction this year making it the biggest inductee class in years

Posted by richie on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 18:20pm


Yo Richie,

Think you've made it perfectly clear your thoughts for next Spring. Its very realistic. We shall find out during the holiday season what happens. I do have to question something and that's your argument about why they will have 8 inductees.

Yes, this is the second year in a row where there are 19 nominees. Last year the Hall were able to induct 6 performers and one Musical Excellence person. They could add one more. Three of the solo artists on the ballot are deceased (Link Wray, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe). These same three could easily get a back-door nomination, like Early Influence or something. If any or all of these three get inducted next year, that could save time in the ceremony - which would be good for whoever is broadcasting it. I don't know who would accept the award on their behalf, perhaps their descendants. The one thing I do question is I'm not sure what Cleveland has to do with having more inductees as usual. Maybe I missed something

Posted by Jason Voigt on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 20:57pm


Jason,
the reason why I think there will be 8 inductees plus Sister Rosetta as an Early Influence this year is because I just don`t think they will do Non-Performer or Musical Excellence this year they did Non-Performer in 2016 and Musical Excellence last year so I think that they will skip both this year and will just do Early Influence this year

Posted by richie on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 21:50pm


Just to point out how random and arbitrary the selections for the RNRHOF are each year,this is an alternative list of artists that could have made an equally plausible list of nominees this year without using any artist that was nominated:

Nine Inch Nails
Janet Jackson
The Smiths
The Spinners
Kraftwerk
Soundgarden
The Cure
The Marvelettes
Carole King
Pat Benetar
Motorhead
Smashing Pumpkins
Bad Company
War
Harry Nillson









Posted by Classic Rock on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 21:58pm




Margie,

Thank you so very much for your wonderful words about my favorite band the Moody Blues! You are exactly correct in every aspect. I am also a longtime fan for over 45 years. Their positive influence on so many of us has had such a massive impact on our lives. Those of who really GET the Moodies have a deeper understanding and often a higher intelligence about this complex world in which we live.
You made my day...
Moody Blues Fans now need to work together and spread the word and Vote Every Day on the RRHOF web sight(fan vote) until December 05.
I read on an internet sight that there are several mostly Female Fan Clubs in the New Jersey area that got organized on social media and are getting the word out big time for Bon Jovi. I wonder how many e-mail accounts each one has? Interesting that here on FRL where you can only vote once per computer the Moodies are winning? The fan vote is VERY important but nevertheless a small part of the overall result. The RRHOF is political so anything is possible. I have read the "CRITERIA"(found on this sight) and The Moody Blues certainly qualify for the induction and for any major "Jams" during the show. After all they helped to develop the electric drum kit, early synth sound, using classical musical instruments in rock, quad stereo and the concept album among their many contributions. This year is the 50th anniversary of the release of the landmark lp "Days of future passed". They toured this summer by performing the total lp and many of the greatest hits. They have toured nonstop for many years "in a row". The last several years Justin and John are also doing successful solo shows and have new material on lp releases as well. Also let us not forget they helped to create a whole new genre of rock with Progressive.
The list is long with many worthy artists and bands on the nominee list this year so I am sure it will be a good show. With The Moody Blues it will be a great show! Just think how wonderful it will be for HALL to have the thousands of us from so many walks of life and generations to visit The Moody Blues exhibit finally...
Thank you again to you and ALL The Moody Blues fans here. Please keep posting comments on FRL and social media to keep the motivation going..it certainly will not hurt the cause!

Posted by Sue on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 22:07pm


King,

First I want to thank you for your positive comments on The Moody Blues.
I think there is a good possibility that Steve Winwood may do the honors for The Moody Blues.

Also after I gave it some thought, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull may be a contender as well. Remember there has been strong pressure for the Hall to include Progressive Rock longstanding snubs. It will be a way for the acknowledgement that the Hall finally accepts the genre and it opens the door for Tull in 2018. Those of us who are long time fans of The Moody Blues are hoping on a reunion with Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas. Mike will probably be fit and ready to play. Ray has had major health problems. Hopefully he can come but may not be strong enough to take on the flute parts alone. The MB have a wonderful very talented artist in Norda Mullen who can handle the flute and other instruments just fine. However Ian is just as strong now on the flute as ever. He played with Justin several years ago and played fantastic on the flute solo in "Nights". I think he would make a great addition on stage. He will not be included on the vocals as his voice has struggled with age.

About Tom Petty,
Remember he and Stevie Nicks were very close, I am fortunate to have seen Tom P. live several times and once with Stevie. He introduced her as a honoree "Heartbreaker". I think she will be included perhaps with a duet partner doing "Stop dragging my heart around". This may set her up for a nomination soon.
A jam with major artists is likely. Tom and the HB usually finished the show with "American Girl". There are so many great songs difficult to choose what may happen. Personally I love "Running down a dream". It fits the RRHOF theme.

Posted by Sue on Monday, 10.16.17 @ 23:26pm


Sue, Margie, Ben and KING,

Thank you for your continuing support of The Moody Blues. As I have stated previously, “I have seen no greater influence on Rush’s overall discography, than that of The Moody Blues.” They are my third favorite artist after Rush and Yes.

During Rush’s last major tour, Rush fans had been disappointed that Rush had not stopped there on their most recent tour, because of the small number of dates for that tour.

Since Rush is now on indefinite hiatus, the fan base in Cleveland, the city where Rush first broke through, would be delighted to see them once again. The members of Rush have previously mentioned that The Moody Blues were a huge influence on them. I had not realized that The Moody Blues had actually opened for Cream in their earlier days. Alex and
Geddy had been strongly influenced by Cream during their
early days. Is it possible that Geddy and Alex had attended a Cream concert with The Moody Blues opening for them?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 10.17.17 @ 04:36am


King,

That is good thinking about Steve Winwood as presenter for the Moody Blues. Its the same era. But the Rush or Yes members are more likely. Also Ian Anderson is quite likely. Jethro Tull and Moody Blues knew eachother and I think they followed eachother on stage.

Posted by Ben on Tuesday, 10.17.17 @ 08:40am


I really think Bon Jovi The Cars Dire Straits The Eurythmics LL Cool J The Moody Blues Radiohead and Nina Simone are all going to get inducted as Performers this year with Sister Rosetta Tharpe as an Early Influence making it a total of 8 Performer inductees plus 1 backdoor induction this year making it the biggest inductee class in years

Posted by richie on Tuesday, 10.17.17 @ 13:09pm


I`ll name the 19 nominees on likelihood of induction this year
1 Radiohead
2 The Moody Blues
3 Bon Jovi
4 Nina Simone
5 The Cars
6 Dire Straits
7 The Eurythmics
8 LL Cool J
9 Rage Against The Machine
10 The J. Geils Band
11 Link Wray
12 Judas Priest
13 Depeche Mode
14 The Zombies
15 Rufus With Chaka Khan
16 Kate Bush
17 MC5
18 The Meters
19 Sister Rosetta Tharpe (will be slotted into Early Influence)
I really think that they will surprise us all and go with 8 Performer inductees this year
here`s my predictions if they go with 8 inductees this year
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Nina Simone
Early Influence
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
making it a total of 8 Performer inductees plus 1 backdoor induction this year making it the biggest induction class in years

Posted by richie on Tuesday, 10.17.17 @ 13:44pm


King,

I said earlier thats good thinking about Steve Winwood as presenter for the Moody Blues. I am pretty sure he has hung out with the Moody Blues. A lot of the big British musicians hung out together in tbe 60s. You may know that the Moody Blues hosted a bunch of parties where the big British guys

Posted by Ben on Tuesday, 10.17.17 @ 19:02pm


So to continue. The Moody Blues hosted a bunch of parties where the big British guys of music hung out. I would think Steve Winwood was at some of those. I believe members of the Who like Pete and Keith Moon went. Do yu know what Im talking about.

Besides the Moody Blues I think Bon Jovi has a great chance and will headline the whole 2018 ceremony

Posted by Ben on Tuesday, 10.17.17 @ 19:11pm


BEN and FRL Regulars.
I'm hoping Moody Blues receives induction 2018 and that means Procol Harum will be next. They should receive induction in 2019. Rush, YES, Moody Blues, Genesis, etc would all vote for Procol Harum. There are a few members on the Nom Com who are Procol Harum fans. My guess Procol Harum will be the only prog on the ballot to insure induction. What do you think? I'm a big fan of Procol Harum and from all reports are outstanding characters and probably would be honored. On Steve Winwood: I suggested Steve Winwood because it seems time for a 2nd nomination and he probably deserves a 2nd induction for his solo work.KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 10.17.17 @ 20:45pm


King,

Procol Harum seems likely to be inducted rather soon. They are known charachters as you say and probably would be honored. On Steve Winwood I see that you are aware he was nominated and inducted once before with Traffic. Did you know he was actually nominated for his solo work in 2003? I found that out recently. I thought perhaps you considering the fact that he is one of the many friends of the Moody Blues. Traffic and the Moody Blues were both key British bands in the late 60s.

Posted by Ben on Tuesday, 10.17.17 @ 22:03pm


Now as far as my predictions. I am predicting 7 for this year. Clearly my fav is the Moody Blues. I do also dig the Cars and Dire Straits as well as Bon Jovi to some degree. Nina Simone is a great Jazz vocalist. Wild is the Wind is a great tune and I know about her career. I don't know where DarinRG is but he should be impressed I am picking Eurythmics. I am Not a fan at all really. Every year there is always some I don't like much or know. Many do groove with all the hits sung by Annie Lennox. She will bring support and Votes from Women as well as some Men.

I don't really know Radiohead even though I predict them. Heyy I predicted Tupac Shakur without really knowing a tune. Actually I predicted him somewhat by picking him as a 7th inductee. Anyway the only tune I know from Radiohead is Creep but they are a good 90s choice based on their popularity in the 90s. Those a little younger than me may know them better.

I am not predicting the J. Geils Band. I thought about it and realized after their loss last year that they lack votes. There is another stacked list this year. I suppose there is a slight possibility. Judas Priest is possible and it would be cool to have a Heavy metal band inducted but I got a feeling they will be squeezed out. I am not a huge Heavy metal fan but they are one of the bands that comes to mind when I think of Heavy metal. I like a few basic tunes of Judas Priest.

The Zombies have been nominated a few times. They were key in the British invasion. They have a small chance but again its a Stacked list.

Posted by Ben on Wednesday, 10.18.17 @ 17:12pm



I`ll name the 19 nominees on likelihood of induction this year
1 Radiohead
2 The Moody Blues
3 Bon Jovi
4 Nina Simone
5 The Cars
6 Dire Straits
7 The Eurythmics
8 LL Cool J
9 Rage Against The Machine
10 The J. Geils Band
11 Link Wray
12 Judas Priest
13 Depeche Mode
14 The Zombies
15 Rufus With Chaka Khan
16 Kate Bush
17 MC5
18 The Meters
19 Sister Rosetta Tharpe (will be slotted into Early Influence)
I really think that they will surprise us all and will go with 8 inductees this year
my Predictions for the Inductees if they go with 8 this year
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Nina Simone
Early Influence
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
the reason why I really think they will go with 8 Performer inductees plus Sister Rosetta as an Early Influence this year is because of two things
1 we once again got a big ballot this year with 19 nominees again and it`s in Cleveland this year so I think they will induct more than 6 this year last year when they had 19 nominees they inducted 6 with Nile Rodgers as Musical Excellence but that was because they were held in Brooklyn New York last year at Barclays Center and the arena wouldn`t allow that due to the arena`s schedule
2 I just don`t think there are any worthy candidates for Non-Performer or Musical Excellence this year they did Non-Performer in 2016 and Musical Excellence last year so I think that they will skip both this year and will just do Early Influence this year making it a total of 8 Performer inductees plus 1 backdoor induction this year making it the biggest induction/inductee class in years

Posted by richie on Friday, 10.20.17 @ 17:29pm


Ben,

Great post about The Moody Blues! You are exactly correct it is a long overdue nomination.

There is even more news about Justin Hayward. He is one of the most talented song writers of rock music and has won many of the major awards available to artists across Europe. It is about time his talent is recognized here in America..

I found this posted today:

It looks like this year very well could be The Year of the Moody Blues. The band has finally been nominated for The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after being passed over for nearly three decades. And now, simultaneously, Justin’s newest single, The Wind Of Heaven has made the first round ballot of this year’s Grammys in two categories: Song of the Year and Best Music Video.
Co-written by Justin Hayward, David Minasian and Alberto Parodi,"The Wind Of Heaven" is now in front of the Grammy members, who will be voting this week to choose the finalists in each category.
It’s hard to believe that this is Justin’s first-ever Grammy consideration. For someone who has written numerous Moody Blues classics over the last five decades including Tuesday Afternoon, Question, The Story In Your Eyes, The Voice, Your Wildest Dreams, I Know You’re Out There Somewhere and of course Nights In White Satin, such recognition is long overdue.

If any fans have not listened to this beautiful song and seen the video I highly recommend it!

Posted by Sue on Friday, 10.20.17 @ 20:23pm


Sue,

I believe you are talking about my post on the Moody Blues page or thread. It is true. They have been eligible since 1989. They could have been inducted at the 1990 ceremony. They would have been alongside Simon & Garfunkel and the Who. That's the post you mean.

Posted by Ben on Saturday, 10.21.17 @ 05:51am


hey guys who do you guys see getting inducted this year?
I really think that they will surprise us all and go with 8 inductees this year
I`ll name the 19 nominees on likelihood of induction this year
1 Radiohead
2 The Moody Blues
3 Bon Jovi
4 Nina Simone
5 The Cars
6 Dire Straits
7 The Eurythmics
8 LL Cool J
9 Rage Against The Machine
10 The J .Geils Band
11 Link Wray
12 Judas Priest
13 Depeche Mode
14 The Zombies
15 Rufus With Chaka Khan
16 Kate Bush
17 MC5
18 The Meters
19 Sister Rosetta Tharpe (will be slotted into Early Influence)
here`s my predictions for the inductees if they go with 8 this year
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Nina Simone
Early Influence
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
the reason why I really think that they will go with 8 Performer inductees plus Sister Rosetta as an Early Influence this year is because of two things
1 we once again got a big ballot this year with 19 nominees again and it`s in Cleveland this year so I think they will induct more than 6 this year last year when they had 19 nominees they inducted 6 with Nile Rodgers as Musical Excellence but that was because it was held in Brooklyn New York at Barclays Center last year and the arena wouldn`t allow them to do more than 6 inductees due to the arena`s schedule they had a Brooklyn Nets game the day after the induction last year
2 I just don`t think there are any worthy candidates for the Non-Performer or Musical Excellence categories this year they did Non-Performer in 2016 and Musical Excellence last year so I think that they will skip both this year and will just do Early Influence this year making it a total of 8 Performer inductees plus 1 backdoor induction this year making it the biggest induction/inductee class in years

Posted by richie on Saturday, 10.21.17 @ 15:02pm


hey guys who do you guys see getting inducted this year?
I really think that they will surprise us all and go with 8 inductees this year
I`ll name the 19 nominees on likelihood of induction this year
1 Radiohead
2 The Moody Blues
3 Bon Jovi
4 Nina Simone
5 The Cars
6 Dire Straits
7 The Eurythmics
8 LL Cool J
9 Rage Against The Machine
10 The J. Geils Band
11 Link Wray
12 Judas Priest
13 Depeche Mode
14 The Zombies
15 Rufus With Chaka Khan
16 Kate Bush
17 MC5
18 The Meters
19 Sister Rosetta Tharpe (will be slotted into Early Influence)
here`s my predictions for the inductees if they go with 8 this year
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Eurythmics
LL Cool J
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Nina Simone
Early Influence
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
but I would also give an outside chance to Rage Against The Machine The J. Geils Band and Link Wray as well the reason why I really think that they will go with 8 Performer inductees plus Sister Rosetta as an Early Influence this year is because of two things
1 we once again got a big ballot this year with 19 nominees again and it`s in Cleveland this year so I really think that they will induct more than 6 this year last year when they had 19 nominees they inducted 6 with Nile Rodgers as Musical Excellence but that was because it was held in Brooklyn New York at Barclays Center last year and the arena wouldn`t allow them to do more than 6 inductees due to the arena`s schedule they had a Brooklyn Nets game scheduled for the day after the induction last year
2 I just don`t think that they are any worthy candidates for the Non-Performer or Musical Excellence categories this year they did Non-Performer in 2016 and Musical Excellence last year so I think that they will skip both this year and will just do Early Influence this year making it a total of 8 Performer inductees plus 1 backdoor induction this year making it the biggest induction/inductee class in years
I also think that the jam session this year will be I Won`t Back Down by the late Tom Petty as a tribute to him

Posted by richie on Saturday, 10.21.17 @ 18:48pm



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