Future Rock Legends predicts the 2015
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees



The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominating Committee will meet in the next week or so to determine the nominees for the 2015 induction ceremony, which again will be held in Cleveland. The ballot will likely be announced in mid-October.

Future Rock Legends predicts the following sixteen eligible artists will be on the 2015 ballot:

  • Green Day - The last time the Induction Ceremony was in Cleveland, Green Day opened the event with one of their own songs. In 2015, they'll likely be back in Cleveland closing the show.

  • Nine Inch Nails - There aren't many names left on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list that haven't been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Trent Reznor's remarkable career (and Cleveland roots) makes this an easy choice. (Side note: Would Reznor be the only person inducted? Has a "band" ever been inducted with one member?)

  • N.W.A - Speaking of remarkable careers, how cool would it be to have both Reznor, Beats Music chief creative officer, and Dr. Dre, Beats co-founder, inducted at the same ceremony? Might as well induct Jimmy Iovine as a non-performer too. N.W.A have been nominated every year since they became eligible.

  • MC5 - After his rousing speech inducting Kiss into the Rock Hall, we're pretty sure Tom Morello could convince the Nominating Committee to put Milli Vanilli on the ballot, so getting the MC5 on there should be a piece of cake. The MC5 were previously nominated in 2003.

  • Chic - If Chic gets nominated again, that will be how many times on the ballot? Nine times? Nine times.

  • Kraftwerk - The Rock Hall didn't put Kraftwerk back on the ballot last year, despite coming in sixth place in the Rock Hall's official fan poll for 2013. With a potential Nine Inch Nails induction this year, it would be a shame if one of the pioneers of electronic music didn't get in too. In addition to 2013, Kraftwerk were on the 2003 ballot.

  • Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Joan Jett's performance with Nirvana at the 2014 induction ceremony was one of the evening's highlights, and should remind the Nominating Committee that they need to keep putting her on the ballot until she gets inducted.

  • Deep Purple - Deep Purple has been a top priority for a few people close to the Rock Hall, such as Lars Ulrich and Eddie Trunk, so they should return to the ballot this year, despite the band's ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ attitude towards induction.

  • Sonic Youth - Well, Questlove did say he was going to "fight for Sonic Youth" this year. Let's hope so!

  • Stevie Ray Vaughan - Joe Bonamassa, Dusty Hill, Derek Trucks and Billy Gibbons jamming during the Freddie King tribute performance at the 2012 Induction Ceremony brought the crowd to its feet. It would be nice to fill Public Hall in Cleveland with the blues once again. Vaughan has never been nominated.

  • LL Cool J - LL Cool J seems to have become a fulltime awards show host now, but never forget his importance to launching hip hop in the 80s.

  • Roxy Music - Last year, Nominating Committee member Roy Trakin had Roxy Music number two on his wishlist, behind Nirvana. One of the most influential bands to have never made the ballot.

  • Bill Withers - Not many R&B artists have appeared on the Rock Hall ballot lately, but Withers is one of the most deserving of a nomination.

  • Link Wray - Link Wray finally made the ballot for the first time last year, with Steven Van Zandt being one of his biggest champions on the Nominating Committee.

  • Yes - This theory about last year's ballot is just too fantastic to ignore.

  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Will Jann Wenner and Paul Shaffer lead the charge to get them on the ballot for the third year in a row?


[Predictions posted September 10, 2014]


Future Rock Legends forecasts which of today's artists will be the next generation's Rock & Roll Hall of Famers by using a combination of historically predictive criteria, user votes, and nomination patterns. The official nominees are determined by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation's Nominating Committee.

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The 2015 ballot speculation already started on the 2014 Inductees page, but feel free to re-post your predictions here.

Posted by FRL on Wednesday, 08.6.14 @ 09:21am


Here Are My Nominee Predictions

2015

1. Green Day
2. Janet Jackson
3. Nine Inch Nails
4. Chicago
5. Chubby Checker
6. Stevie Ray Vaughn
7. T-Rex
8. Chic
9. N.W.A.
10. Deep Purple
11. Yes
12. Lou Reed
13. LL Cool J
14. Carole King
15. Bon Jovi

Posted by Kyle on Wednesday, 08.6.14 @ 09:23am


Once again, here is my list of 2015 nominees, with a slight modification:

These are the artists whom I would like to see nominated for the rrhof induction in 2015

1. Duran Duran
2. The Moody Blues
3. Yes
4. Stevie Ray Vaughan
5. Sade
6. Doobie Brothers
7. Carly Simon
8. Chicago
9. Foreigner
10. Electric Light Orchestra
11. Green Day
12. Phish
13. The Meters
14. Deep Purple
15. Ice-T
16. Queen Latifah





And as producers:

Todd Rundgren
Brian Eno
Nile Rodgers

And as songwriter: Bernie Taupin

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 05.4.14 @ 19:33pm
Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 06.6.14 @ 09:47am



Posted by Enigmaticus on Wednesday, 08.6.14 @ 10:00am


My predictions for 2015:

1. Deep Purple
2. Janet Jackson
3. Chic
4. Green Day
5. Link Wray
6. Fela
7. Carole King
8. Roxy Music
9. Chicago
10. Harry Nilsson
11. Sonic Youth
12. The Spinners
13. Chubby Checker
14. Yes
15. N.W.A.
16. Lou Reed

Posted by Greg F on Wednesday, 08.6.14 @ 10:16am



I basically agree with the crux of what Greg and Kyle have put up, and I'm amending my earlier predictions that I posted at FRL and at

http://northumbriancountdown.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/the-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-class-of-2015-an-early-prediction/

I think my earlier prediction of the Eurythmics and, much as I like him, Bill Withers, were both wildly wrong. (I guess I was trying to anticipate a 'this makes sense, but we didn't see it coming' pick in the vein of Peter Gabriel last year.) So...

1. Green Day
2. Nine Inch Nails
3. Link Wray
4. Chicago
5. Janet Jackson
6. The Spinners
7. NWA
8. Carole King
9. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
10. Sonic Youth
11. The Dire Straits
12. De La Soul
13. Yes
14. Lou Reed
15. Deep Purple
16. The Zombies

with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Nile Rodgers, and maybe a Sideman nod for the Meters, if they are still giving them out.

One thing we need to keep in mind, though, is that Questlove is just one guy. His profile has grown exponentially in the past few years, but he is unlikely to get his way on every last group he's expressed a preference for in the past year, especially with heavyweights like Dave Marsh and Stevie Van Zandt still on the Nom Committee.

Posted by PopeCharming on Wednesday, 08.6.14 @ 10:50am


Here is my predictions for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees:

Bon Jovi
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Chic
Jim Croce
Deep Purple
Green Day
Janet Jackson
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
LL Cool J
Nine Inch Nails
N.W.A.
Gram Parsons
Lou Reed
Sonic Youth
The Spinners
Yes
The Zombies

I think a potential wildcard for the 2015 class could be Chicago. Because the Rock Hall has become more populist in recent years, Chicagos chances seem stronger than ever. No one can deny their success during their peak success (late 1960s-early 1980s) and they have sold more records than any other American rock band without becoming Rock Hall inductees. Like Kiss, Chicago was never really a critics band, so this might be the reason why they are being held up in terms of nominations. A very deserving band nevertheless that Im rooting for.

Another person I think could potentially be a nominee is Chubby Checker. With his recent comments about wanting to get inducted into the Rock Hall very soon, this might play out two wayseither the Rock Hall will immediately nominate him (and maybe even induct him) or they might just completely ignore Checkers request. Personally, I can go either way with a Checker nomination. Its best to wait and see if he will be a nominee in October.

Posted by Nick on Wednesday, 08.6.14 @ 21:03pm


I understand those who support Carole Kings induction as a performer, but I think everyone should realize that she was already inducted in the non-performer category as a songwriter in 1990. I think this was a controversial decision on the Rock Halls part, given that King was nominated as a performer on the 1989 ballot. Personally, I think she belongs in the performer category because of her large body of work as a solo performerespecially for her 1971 album Tapestry that included many of her best-known songs. However, I dont think the Rock Hall will induct a person twice in two different categories; this is something that has never happened nor will I think this could ever occur. So the likelihood of Kings induction as a performer (no matter how deserving) will probably not happen. Instead, I think the support for King should be for her to be the focus of next years music masters program.

Posted by Nick on Wednesday, 08.6.14 @ 21:13pm


2015 NOMINEES PREDICTIONS

01. Mary Wells
02. The Marvelettes
03. Chubby Checker
04. The Monkees
05. Jan and Dean
06. Joan Baez
07. Chic
08. Chicago
09. Yes
10. Deep Purple
11. Gram Parsons
12. The Spinners
13. Bon Jovi
14. Nine Inch Nails
15. Green Day
16. N.W.A

OR

01. Link Wray
02. The Zombies
03. The Meters
04. War
05. Chic
06. Chicago
07. Yes
08. Deep Purple
09. Procol Harum
10. The J. Geils Band
11. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
12. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
13. Bon Jovi
14. Nine Inch Nails
15. Green Day
16. N.W.A

OR

01. Link Wray
02. The Zombies
03. The Meters
04. War
05. Chic
06. Chicago
07. Yes
08. Deep Purple
09. Lou Reed
10. The Spinners
11. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
12. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
13. Bon Jovi
14. Nine Inch Nails
15. Green Day
16. N.W.A

OR

01. Link Wray
02. The Zombies
03. The Meters
04. Chic
05. Yes
06. Deep Purple
07. Lou Reed
08. Gram Parsons
09. The Spinners
10. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
11. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
12. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
13. Janet Jackson
14. Nine Inch Nails
15. Green Day
16. N.W.A

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 08.6.14 @ 22:25pm


So which one are you going with Roy of the 4 choices you made?

Posted by Nick on Saturday, 08.9.14 @ 13:09pm


I will do two lists of 16 nominees.

This is what I want the ballot to be:

Chicago
Chubby Checker
Chic
N.W.A.
Deep Purple
Yes
Carole King
The Moody Blues
Electric Light Orchestra
Link Wray and his Ray Men
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
The Marvelettes
The Monkees
War
The Spinners
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Of course there isn't a snowball's chance in hell that a ballot like that is going to happen.

This is what I think the ballot will actually look like:

1. Green Day (no brainer for the ballot)
2. Janet Jackson (capitalize on the groundswell of support)
3. Nine Inch Nails (close to no brainer but might scare some of the older members
4. Chicago (if KISS can get in off the supposed "blacklist" anythings possible)
5. Chubby Checker (should've been in by now, might nominate him while he can still perform)
6. Chic (just put them in already)
7. N.W.A. (the "rap" nominee, sorry but it might be the way they see it)
8. Deep Purple (with KISS in should get the classic rock vote)
9. Yes (my favorite on this ballot, should get the prog spot)
10. Lou Reed (the "should've nominated him while he was still alive" candidate"
11. Link Wray and his Ray Men (see #10, Little Steevie's support should help)
12. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (see last year's Nirvana tribute)
13. Sonic Youth (time to start giving props to women in 80's rock)
14. The Zombies (British Invasion candidate)
15. Jim Croce (singer/songwriter candidate)
16. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (blues/ guitar god candidate)

Wild card: The Spinners (just call it a hunch)

Posted by Tom H. on Saturday, 08.9.14 @ 20:10pm


1. Green Day
2. Nine Inch Nails
3. Kraftwerk
4. Deep Purple
5. The Cure
6. Lou Reed
7. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
8. Gram Parsons

Posted by Matas Adducci on Sunday, 08.10.14 @ 12:26pm


So which one are you going with Roy of the 4 choices you made?

Posted by Nick on Saturday, 08.9.14 @ 13:09pm

I don't know.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 08.10.14 @ 19:05pm


To Tom Lane

Ma Rainey is already an inductee.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 08.11.14 @ 09:41am


To Tom Lane

Ma Rainey is already an inductee.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 08.11.14 @ 09:43am


Tom H.,

Those are two great lists. I am easily able to choose 5 candidates from the second list; the first list, I would have more difficulty choosing 5 candidates from, however.

I am glad that you have included The Moody Blues, Electric Light Orchestra and Stevie Ray Vaughan, those are three artists which I had chosen also.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Wednesday, 08.13.14 @ 09:50am


Enigmaticus:

Thanks, that second ballot was rediculously tough to come up with because I was trying to think like a nominating comittee member (it made my head hurt). The hardest thing of all was not putting Jethro Tull (my favorite prog band) on the ballot. Even though they absolutely deserve to be inducted there is no way they're leapfrogging over Yes or Moody Blues (to say nothing of ELO and King Crimson) to be priority one.

Btw: I also like your idea of putting in Nile Rogers and Brian Eno as producers (lifetime achivement award) as it would go a long way with the art rock and disco crowds. Plus if they do that then it would free up a ballot space for this year that I would suggest go to The Spinners or Carly Simon

Posted by Tom H. on Wednesday, 08.13.14 @ 10:28am


Chic
Deep Purple
Eurythmics
Gram Parsons
Green Day
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
LL Cool J
Link Wray
Lou Reed
MC5
N.W.A.
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Roxy Music
Sonic Youth
Yes
The Zombies

I'm going heavy on previous nominees and names that were recently considered in order to land the most names possible out of my sixteen choices. At this point, any first time nominees outside of Green Day could be literally anyone...

A few years back I pointed out how just choosing Guns 'N Roses along with the most recent nominees from the previous few rounds would have led to somebody having the most correct ballot that year...I suspect that if a prediction here includes all of the names from last year that weren't inducted that more than half of them will reappear on the next ballot.

Posted by Casper on Thursday, 08.14.14 @ 14:37pm


Hmmm...wonder if its too early? Since last year was the first time (and hopefully the only) the nominees were announced, I'm thinking of putting my final 15 until early September or late August. As always the case, this will be another great interesting year.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Friday, 08.15.14 @ 13:57pm


Whoops I just now noticed I left out the fact the nominees list was put out in October. My bad. This site needs a comment editor :)

Posted by Jason Voigt on Friday, 08.15.14 @ 13:58pm


What about the cars billy idol weird al 80's line up of kiss

Posted by michael odom on Friday, 08.15.14 @ 22:23pm


The Cars and Billy Idol, yes. Deserving icons. Weird Al? No, making up adolescent lyrics to other peoples' music is not HoF worthy. The Kiss part doesn't deserve a response.

Posted by DarinRG on Friday, 08.15.14 @ 23:45pm


The Cars, yes. Billy Idol is a faux punk who is even less deserving of induction than Poison. "Weird Al" does do some adolescent parodies, but some of them are poignant bits of commentary on our society. Plus his original songs/style parodies are usually pretty brilliant. His new album fell a little short of the mark that "Alpocalypse" hit, but it still has some pretty awesome moments.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.16.14 @ 21:52pm


Once again, here is my list of 2015 nominees, with a slight modification:

These are the artists whom I would like to see nominated for the rrhof induction in 2015

1. Duran Duran
2. The Moody Blues
3. Yes
4. Stevie Ray Vaughan
5. Sade
6. Doobie Brothers
7. Carly Simon
8. Chicago
9. Foreigner
10. Electric Light Orchestra
11. Green Day
12. Phish
13. The Meters
14. Deep Purple
15. Ice-T
16. Queen Latifah
17. Lou Reed
18. The Spinners

And as producers:

Todd Rundgren
Brian Eno
Nile Rodgers

And as songwriter: Bernie Taupin


Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 08.17.14 @ 05:44am


Philip sticking up for punk cred. I like it!

Posted by DarinRG on Sunday, 08.17.14 @ 23:18pm


The next ballot should be and 6 will get in:
Chicago
Green Day
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Yes
NWA
Chubby Checker
Deep Purple
The Cars
Chic
The Doobie Brothers
The Meters
Todd Rudgren
The Zombies
Nine Inch Nails
L.L Cool J
Of this list - 6 will get inducted: Deep Purple/Carole King/Yes/Chicago/NWA/Green Day

Posted by Dan on Monday, 08.18.14 @ 08:38am


That is a great list, Dan. Where is Carole King on that list, however? From your list, I would choose the following artists as inductees: Chicago, Green Day, Yes, The Doobie Brothers and The Zombies. I am not so certain about Deep Purple. The third time might be a charm for them, however Chic may end up getting in with their ninth nomination. Chicago, like KISS before them, might win the public's popular vote. Yes barely missed getting in last time by supposedly 20 votes, or so. According to your list, Yes will be Deep Purple's biggest competition. Green Day and The Doobie Brothers should be shoo-Ins.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 08.18.14 @ 09:25am


However, if for some reason, Duran Duran, The Moody Blues and Electric Light Orchestra get nominated, all bets are off. Those three will have their own huge fan bases, receive support from Rush's massive fan base (which had supported KISS last year) and will get quite a few votes from the present membership. How huge, you might ask? The Moody Blues votes could easily displace those of Yes and Chicago, not to mention Deep Purple and The Zombies. Duran Duran and their massive fan base could challenge anyone on that list and win easily. Electric Light Orchestra, specifically their founder Jeff Lynne is iconic.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 08.18.14 @ 10:04am


Any 6 of these artists would make a great HOF class of 2015:
The Cure
Def Leppard
Depeche Mode
Dire Straits
Duran Duran
ELO
Whitney Houston
Iron Maiden
Judas Priest
Pearl Jam
Phil Collins
The Smiths
Ringo Starr
Traveling Wilburys
Wings

Posted by GV on Monday, 08.18.14 @ 11:10am


GV,
Pearl Jam isn't eligible until 2016 (they will definitely be first-ballot Hall of Famers now that Nirvana is in).

Posted by Nick on Monday, 08.18.14 @ 15:14pm


Yes
Patsy Cline
Lou Reed
Whitney Houston
Green Day
N.W.A
The Moody Blues
Depeche Mode
Roxy Music
The Cars
Graham Parsons
Deep Purple
Chic
T-Rex
Chubby Checker

And The 5-6 Inductees
Should be

YES
Chubby Checker
Patsy Cline
Roxy Music
Depeche Mode
N.W.A

Posted by Brian on Monday, 08.18.14 @ 16:10pm


A few weeks ago I posted my ballot predictions but since some people seem to be predicting which artists from their ballots will get in this year I figured I'd follow the trend. First off here are my ballots:

This is what I want the ballot to be:

Chicago
Chubby Checker
Chic
N.W.A.
Deep Purple
Yes
Carole King
The Moody Blues
Electric Light Orchestra
Link Wray and his Ray Men
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
The Marvelettes
The Monkees
War
The Spinners
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

This is what I think the ballot will actually look like:

Green Day
Janet Jackson
Nine Inch Nails
Chicago
Chubby Checker
Chic
N.W.A.
Deep Purple
Yes
Lou Reed
Link Wray and his Ray Men
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Sonic Youth
The Zombies
Jim Croce
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Assuming that there are seven inductees I think this will be who gets in:

From List One:

Chubby Checker
Deep Purple
Yes
The Moody Blues
Electric Light Orchestra
The Marvelettes
The Spinners

From List Two:

Green Day
Janet Jackson
Chubby Checker
Chic
N.W.A.
Deep Purple
Yes

Posted by Tom H. on Monday, 08.18.14 @ 18:34pm


I still think that the Rock Hall will need to do something really spectacular for their 30th anniversary induction ceremony. As the years pass by, artists become older and some may even pass away prematurely. Lou Reed's passing last year was somewhat unexpected and given Rolling Stone Magazine's love for him, he could be included on this year's ballot. Stranger things have happened, but even his widow, Laurie Anderson could receive a nomination as well.

Personally, I like the idea of inducting these artists:

I still really like this idea for the 2015 ceremony, I think that it covers most of the bases:

So I have heard that the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony wasn't that great. I wonder how well a 6 hr. Ceremony would go over?

Can you imagine a ceremony honoring these artists in 2015?


Oh what the heck, let's add Chicago and E.L.O. and Bernie Taupin to the mix. Then, let's revise the songs themselves:

1. Bernie Taupin

'Daniel'
'Someone Saved My Life Tonight'
'Your Song'

2. Sade

'Smooth Operator'
'No Ordinary Love'

3. Electric Light Orchestra

'Sweet Talkin' Woman'
'Turn To Stone'
'Mr. Blue Sky'

4. Doobie Brothers

'Long Train Running'
'China Grove'
'Black Water'
'You Belong To Me (with Carly Simon)'

5. Carly Simon

'Nobody Does It Better'
'Let The River Run'
'You're So Vain'

6. Foreigner

'I Want To Know What Love Is'
'Cold As Ice'

7. Deep Purple

'Smoke On The Water'
'Burn'
'Hush'

8. The Moody Blues

'I'm Just A Singer In A Rock & Roll Band'
'Legend Of A Mind'
'Nights In White Satin'

9. Green Day

?
?

10. Yes

'Roundabout'
'Owner Of A Lonely Heart'


11. Chicago

'25 or 6 to 4'
'Saturday In The Park'
'Wishing You Were Here'

A Lou Reed Tribute,

Including "Walk On The Wild Side" and "Perfect Day" (performed by Duran Duran)


12. Duran Duran

'Ordinary World'
'Rio'
'Girl Panic'
'What Happens Tomorrow'

This list, as far as I am concerned, has a lot of diversity and
covers the following genres: singer- songwriters (Carly
Simon), hard rock (Foreigner), progressive rock (Yes, The
Moody Blues, E.L.O.), rock & roll (The Doobie Brothers), jazz/ rhythm and blues (Sade), jazz rock (Chicago), alternative rock /punk rock (Green Day) and of course (that never agreed upon category, you can call it "art rock," (I do) "new wave" whatever, but it is definitely hard to define and great (Duran Duran). I would not be upset by Queen Latifah, or Ice-T's induction, either. I think that they represent the perfect balance between those two worlds. I am against groups however who advocate hatred against minorities, women, et cetera.
I could try to work Garth Brooks into the ceremony, but given his level of star power, perhaps 2016 would be more appropriate. I am not familiar enough with Green Day's output to come up with a song list, either. Although, I think that "American Idiot" might work as a song.

Now, as far as Laurie Anderson is concerned, "O Superman" would be a great song, XTC could also perform 'Dear God' for Todd Rundgren.



Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 08.19.14 @ 10:05am


If Yes was short of just 20 votes for the 2014 class, it's safe to say that they are a lock for induction for the 2015 class. Yes is the next major progressive rock act that needs to be inducted anyway. This isn't good for Deep Purple or any hard/progressive rock group trying to get in next year because they will be fighting for the same slot.

Posted by Nick on Tuesday, 08.19.14 @ 20:17pm


Rock Hall voting is a prey clandestine affair. Any proof or testimony that says Yes fell only 20 votes short?

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 08.20.14 @ 00:04am


The Drummer from Yes said this in a recent interview (I'm sure if this is true or not, but if it is then Yes will certainly be a lock for the 2015 class). Here is the link to the interview:
http://www.rockcellarmagazine.com/2014/08/05/alan-white-yes-interview-heaven-and-earth/2/#sthash.BmrHAtOq.yGIGSwY9.dpbs

Posted by Nick on Wednesday, 08.20.14 @ 00:24am


Meant to say "I'm not sure if this is true or not" (sorry)

Posted by Nick on Wednesday, 08.20.14 @ 00:30am


Toto deserves a nomination! Is there a way to at least get them on the Public Online Poll in the HOF website?

Posted by Leo on Friday, 08.22.14 @ 13:49pm


As soon as I post my predictions, I start second-guessing myself.

Particularly the role of 70s soul on the ballot. My Mark I prediction was Bill Withers, my Mark II prediction was The Spinners.

I wonder, though, if The Stylistics could have a chance. It would be a great, and unexpected, way to respond to Hall and Oates' dare that Philadelphia be better represented in the hall, since I have trouble seeing them picking Chubby Checker for that mission, given his brazen, borderline-shameless, self-advocacy for the Hall of Fame in the past.

Posted by PopeCharming on Friday, 08.22.14 @ 16:23pm


Personally, I don't think Toto warrants a Rock Hall nomination and feel that there many late 1970s and early 1980s musicians that need to be inducted before them. Some names that come to mind include Chic, Duran Duran, Sonic Youth and The Smiths. I just don't find Toto innovative enough nor have they contributed enough to Rock music for the Rock Hall.

Regarding R&B artists and the 2015 nominations, I think the Spinners or the Meters have the best chances of securing a nomination. Of the two, I would nominate The Spinners but both groups are definitely worthy of induction. I agree with PopeCharming's statement about Chubby Checker's desire to become a Rock Hall inductee. For his comments, I think the Rock Hall will do one of two things--nominate (and maybe induct him) on the 2015 ballot or simply ignore his request. I tend to think that the Rock Hall ignore him and not nominate him. At least Linda Ronstadt had the support of Don Henley and Glenn Frey; likewise, Donna Summer had the support of Elton John and Kiss had the support of Tom Morillo. Checker is advocating himself which I don't think will convince voters to nominate him. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I can go either way on a Checker induction (I think he should be in, but I'm not upset with his exclusion either). He will be a wild-card candidate on the 2015 ballot, although I feel the chances of him appearing on the ballot will be slim.

I can't see Bill Withers or the Stylistics as nominees (let alone inductees)anytime soon, but R&B music and the Rock Hall nominations can be quite bizarre. Think about R&B artists such as Bobby Womack who seemed like a random (but deserving) nominee that made it on his first appearances back in 2009. Long story short, anything is possible when it comes to R&B artists and the nomination process. I think the larger question for R&B and Rock Hall is the drastic decrease of this genre's artists becoming inductees in the couple of years. Sure, there are artists working within multiple musical genres (e.g., Hall and Oates--Pop and R&B) but fewer whose genre lies entirely within R&B.

Posted by Nick on Friday, 08.22.14 @ 18:03pm


My guess is as good as yalls

Chic
The Cure
Deep Purple
Nick Drake
Green Day
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
King Crimson
Kraftwerk
LL Cool J
Nine Inch Nails
N.W.A.
Gram Parsons
Lou Reed
Sonic Youth
The Spinners
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Yes

I'd cast my 5 votes for N.W.A., Chic, The Cure, The Spinners and Kraftwerk if they were on the official ballot.

Posted by Prince on Saturday, 08.23.14 @ 04:52am


The backlog of deserving artists continues to grow and grow.

Nome noteworthy acts worth consideration for 2015:

The Cure
N.W.A.
Eric B & Rakim
Depeche Mode
Green Day
Nine Inch Nails
Janet Jackson
Lou Reed
Procol Harum
Kraftwerk
Yes
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Stevie Ray Vaughn

I'm really hopeful that Chic will be missing from the ballot - give it a rest with Chic for a cycle and maybe try bringing them back a following year.

Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 08.27.14 @ 04:31am


Hi everyone!

The summer is about to end fairly soon. And with that, we will as early as Monday begin two highly important functions to add to our collective knowledge of who are the artists and non-performers that define popular recorded music; in particular, rock and roll. The first and foremost will be voting on our Crown Jewel, the Revisited/Projected Rock Hall Project. The second, of course, will be finding out who will be nominated and later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Since we are now in the process of making out our own predictions for the Class of 2015, I suppose this is now the proper time for me to present my current predictions.

I am of the inference that the RRHOF Nominating Committee will once again look at those inducted into the Revisited/Projected Rock Hall Project to determine who will be nominated and perhaps likely inducted before the year is out. Using this method of approach, and at the moment only looking at the performers category; here I whom I infer will be nominated fairly soon.


Green Day
Nine Inch Nails
Yes
Chic
Eurythmics
Electric Light Orchestra
The Runaways and/or Joan Jett
Stevie Ray Vaughan
LL Cool J
N.W.A.
Deep Purple
Kate Bush
Weird Al Yankovic
Eric B. & Rakim
Kraftwerk
Soundgarden

The now normal rate of inductees is six each year. I thus infer that the six inducted will be:

Yes
Green Day
Nine Inch Nails
Chic
N.W.A.
Kate Bush

Now, I do also think there may be a seventh pick this year, considering we at the Revisited/Projected Rock hall Project do induct seven performers every year. Should that be the case, I think The Runaways and/or Joan Jett will be the seventh inductee. None the less, the first five listed are I believe automatic locks for induction next year. Some oversights will be rectified this coming election cycle: namely Yes, Chic and N.W.A.

There is however an interesting wild card that may be thrown into the mix. Last year, Lou Reed died at age 71. Reed was able to be inducted into the RRHOF with The Velvet Underground during his lifetime. Amazingly, Reed was twice nominated for induction on his own accord. When everything is considered, I think Lou Reed was just as influential, if not more so, on his own than his years in The Velvet Underground. I do think, however, that the Nominating Committee will be able to take a far more serious look at inducting Reed once Reed gets posthumously inducted into the Revisited/Projected Rock Hall Project.

Fortunately, many of us fellow posters, including myself, are now willing to include Lou Reed as part of our ballots in the next two months or so. That is to say, I think many of us are likely to have Reed become an inductee into our Project. Should and/or once that happens, it clearly means the RRHOF has more of an incentive to give Lou Reed an honor for his entire life's work that he did not live to see.

Well, these are my current predictions and inferences on what will take place with The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Feel free to either comment or suggest changes to this post if need be. It is possible it might need changing within a month or more.

Try to guess which artist I now most want to see inducted :),

Lax31

Posted by Lax31 on Saturday, 08.30.14 @ 22:24pm


Here is my list of nominees for 2015:

1. Deep Purple
2. Journey
3. Lou Reed
4. Iron Maiden
5. Judas Priest
6. INXS
7. Chubby Checker
8. Megadeth
9. Def Leppard
10. Queen Latifah
11. Chicago
12. Willy Nelson
13. B 52's
14. Electric Light Orchestra
15. The Smiths

Posted by Larry on Sunday, 08.31.14 @ 07:15am


16. The Monkeys

Posted by Larry on Sunday, 08.31.14 @ 07:19am


You have a much better list of nominees and inductees now Lax31! I could easily choose 5 of those artists. By the way, where did Kate Bush come from? Given your choice of nominees, this would be my inductees list:

Stevie Ray Vaughan (posthumously)
Lou Reed (posthumously)
Green Day
Yes
Deep Purple
Electric Light Orchestra
Kate Bush

Larry,

That is a great list also, but where is Yes?

From your list, I would choose:

Chicago
Queen Latifah
Lou Reed (posthumously)
Judas Priest
Deep Purple
Willie Nelson





Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 08.31.14 @ 09:31am


Once again, here is my list of 2015 nominees, with a slight modification:

These are the artists whom I would like to see nominated for the rrhof induction in 2015

1. Duran Duran
2. The Moody Blues
3. Yes
4. Stevie Ray Vaughan
5. Sade
6. Doobie Brothers
7. Carly Simon
8. Chicago
9. Foreigner
10. Electric Light Orchestra
11. Green Day
12. Phish
13. The Meters
14. Deep Purple
15. Ice-T
16. Queen Latifah
17. Lou Reed
18. The Spinners

And as producers:

Todd Rundgren
Brian Eno
Nile Rodgers

And as songwriter: Bernie Taupin

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 08.31.14 @ 09:35am


I still think that the Rock Hall will need to do something really spectacular for their 30th anniversary induction ceremony. As the years pass by, artists become older and some may even pass away prematurely. Lou Reed's passing last year was somewhat unexpected and given Rolling Stone Magazine's love for him, he could be included on this year's ballot. Stranger things have happened, but even his widow, Laurie Anderson could receive a nomination as well.

Personally, I like the idea of inducting these artists:

I still really like this idea for the 2015 ceremony, I think that it covers most of the bases:

So I have heard that the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony wasn't that great. I wonder how well a 6 hr. Ceremony would go over?

Can you imagine a ceremony honoring these artists in 2015?


Oh what the heck, let's add Chicago and E.L.O. and Bernie Taupin to the mix. Then, let's revise the songs themselves:

1. Bernie Taupin

'Daniel'
'Someone Saved My Life Tonight'
'Your Song'

2. Sade

'Smooth Operator'
'No Ordinary Love'

3. Electric Light Orchestra

'Sweet Talkin' Woman'
'Turn To Stone'
'Mr. Blue Sky'

4. Doobie Brothers

'Long Train Running'
'China Grove'
'Black Water'
'You Belong To Me (with Carly Simon)'

5. Carly Simon

'Nobody Does It Better'
'Let The River Run'
'You're So Vain'

6. Foreigner

'I Want To Know What Love Is'
'Cold As Ice'

7. Deep Purple

'Smoke On The Water'
'Burn'
'Hush'

8. The Moody Blues

'I'm Just A Singer In A Rock & Roll Band'
'Legend Of A Mind'
'Nights In White Satin'

9. Green Day

?
?

10. Yes

'Roundabout'
'Owner Of A Lonely Heart'


11. Chicago

'25 or 6 to 4'
'Saturday In The Park'
'Wishing You Were Here'

A Lou Reed Tribute,

Including "Walk On The Wild Side" and "Perfect Day" (performed by Duran Duran)


12. Duran Duran

'Ordinary World'
'Rio'
'Girl Panic'
'What Happens Tomorrow'

This list, as far as I am concerned, has a lot of diversity and
covers the following genres: singer- songwriters (Carly
Simon), hard rock (Foreigner), progressive rock (Yes, The
Moody Blues, E.L.O.), rock & roll (The Doobie Brothers), jazz/ rhythm and blues (Sade), jazz rock (Chicago), alternative rock /punk rock (Green Day) and of course (that never agreed upon category, you can call it "art rock," (I do) "new wave" whatever, but it is definitely hard to define and great (Duran Duran). I would not be upset by Queen Latifah, or Ice-T's induction, either. I think that they represent the perfect balance between those two worlds. I am against groups however who advocate hatred against minorities, women, et cetera.
I could try to work Garth Brooks into the ceremony, but given his level of star power, perhaps 2016 would be more appropriate. I am not familiar enough with Green Day's output to come up with a song list, either. Although, I think that "American Idiot" might work as a song.

Now, as far as Laurie Anderson is concerned, "O Superman" would be a great song, XTC could also perform 'Dear God' for Todd Rundgren.


Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 08.31.14 @ 09:39am


"I still think that the Rock Hall will need to do something really spectacular for their 30th anniversary induction ceremony."

Enig, people said the same darn thing for their 25th Anniversary 5 years ago. The only really spectacular thing they did for the induction class that year was induct a slew of classic songwriters that they had dragged their feet (and knuckles) on for years. Oh, the Foundation still celebrated their 25 years.... with a concert tour of inducted artists and artists they'd been pushing to get in (e.g. Darlene Love, who was inducted the next year). Nothing tied to the ceremony. And 5 years before that to celebrate their 20th year, the celebrated at the ceremonies with special performances from Jerry Lee Lewis and Bo Diddley. Five years ago, Lax "inferred" that for 25 years, they'd induct 25 artists, all of them Genesis. Well Genesis got in, but ONLY Genesis got in.... not solo Gabriel, solo Collins, solo Hackett, Mike + The Mechanics, etc. And quite frankly, the Non-Performer inductee list was more impressive than the inductee list that year.

Will they do something to commemorate 30 years? Absolutely. Will it happen at the ceremonies? Maybe. Will it be directly tied to the inducted class itself? No. Will it be the "Enigmaticus wet dream of every artist he believes needs to be inducted immediately inducted in his proscribed sequence playing his preferred set list?" Get real.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 08.31.14 @ 12:01pm


I doubt the Rock Hall will do anything "special" for the 30th anniversary of Rock Hall ceremonies. Sure, there might be a concert or TV special, but nothing really beyond that. The 30th anniversary will absolutely have no bearing on who's nominated and inducted for the 2015 class (it shouldn't). Phillip, I loved your last sentence about Enigmaticus, someone who constantly posts the same predictions (no matter how slim the chances are for most of his choices) each time on this forum. Also, there will NEVER be 12 inductees in one year ever again so his "setlist" wet dream will never, ever happen (I think 1987 had around 15 inductees, but that was the second year of the inductions).

Posted by Nick on Sunday, 08.31.14 @ 18:26pm


Nick,

I have found out over the years that predicting the nominees and/or inductees for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame is anything but certain. In fact, unless you are an industry insider, it could be mind bogglingly complicated. In January, 2012, I did however predict 3 of the 6 inductees, 6 months in advance of their announcement. I had voted subsequently for 4 of those inductees after the nomination list had come out.

My list does not list just my choices, but a list of other individual's choices as well. Every year that passes where certain bands continue to be snubbed adds to the uncertainty. Although, I would not technically say that my nominees are old, I would not say that they are young either. Each one of them has contributed greatly to the rich texture of the fabric of Rock & Roll.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 09.1.14 @ 17:25pm


Actually, I did not post that prediction on this forum until June, 2012. I had predicted it elsewhere 5 months beforehand.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 09.1.14 @ 17:29pm


Mike Raymond has an interesting list, from his list, I would choose the following as inductees:

Green Day
Doobie Brothers
Pat Benatar & Nick Giraldo
Jimmy Buffett
Steve Miller Band
The Cars

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 09.1.14 @ 18:01pm


Mike Raymond has an interesting list, from his list, I would choose the following as inductees:

Green Day
Doobie Brothers
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
Jimmy Buffett
Steve Miller Band
The Cars

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 09.1.14 @ 18:06pm


September has arrived!

Posted by Roy on Monday, 09.1.14 @ 19:31pm


A lot of pop artists were already inducted, I hope The Carpenters will be nominated.

Posted by akeem on Monday, 09.1.14 @ 20:09pm


The Carpenters definitely deserve a nomination, so I would definitely support that cause. If not this year, I can see them becoming nominees (not necessarily inductees anytime soon) within the next 5 years.

Posted by Nick on Monday, 09.1.14 @ 21:03pm


1ST year Eligible nominee(Green Day
Returning nominees(Lou Reed, Bon Jovi, The Cure, NWA, Gram Parsons, The Zombies, YES, The Marvelettes, MC5 and Carole King
1st time nominees)The Cars, The B-52's, Chubby Checker,The Commodores, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tina Turner, The Monkees and Junior Wells

Posted by Ben on Monday, 09.1.14 @ 23:49pm


My predictions for this year's nominees:

Chic
Chicago
Deep Purple
Def Leppard
Green Day
Janet Jackson
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Link Wray
LL Cool J
Lou Reed
The Marvelettes
The Meters
N.W.A
Yes
The Zombies

Posted by Paul K on Tuesday, 09.2.14 @ 01:20am


Paul K,

That is a great list of nominees. From your list, I would choose the following artists as inductees:

Chicago
Deep Purple
Green Day
Lou Reed
The Meters
Yes
The Zombies

Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 09.2.14 @ 04:31am


Can't support an induction of Chicago into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After Terry Kath died, Chicago was Air Supply with horns.

Posted by EricP on Tuesday, 09.2.14 @ 16:02pm


Alright...here it is, my 15 picks of who I believe will be nominated for 2015 Induction Ceremony. When I first drew up this list a month ago, I had 25 acts listed. Believe me, it was hard to whittle them down to 15.

The 'already-nominated before':

Bon Jovi
The Cure
Kraftwerk
LL Cool J
The Marvelettes
Lou Reed
The Zombies

The new ones:

The Cars - this is the 3rd yr in a row I put them on my nominations list. Their time has come.

Nick Drake - I've put him on my noms list in the past, and like all the others I believe he should've been in a long time ago. We'll see how his influence is brought up.

The Guess Who - I've been really into this band lately, listening to their stuff on Spotify. I have always really dug their music, and I know a lot of people just look at them as another 'classic rock radio act', but its time to look outside the box. Besides Neil Young, they truly opened doors for Canadian rockers.

Jane's Addiction - Another band I'm putting on my list for the 3rd yr in a row. Obvious reasons.

Nine Inch Nails - see paragraphs below

Roxy Music - I've said it before but I'm more than surprised Roxy Music hasn't made a ballot yet since Rolling Stone put most of their albums on their Top 500 list.

Huey 'Piano' Smith and the Clowns - They're gonna need someone to represent the 50s this year. Besides Link Wray, they'll need the New Orleans group in sometime. Huey Smith is still living today, and it would be nice that someone like him can enjoy the appreciation of his work getting recognized that late in his life.

You've probably noticed this is mostly leaning towards 70s and 80s acts. I wish it weren't that way, since most of the recent nomination ballots nearly look like the 50s and 60s never existed. I do hope more 'forgotten but influential and notable' acts do get another shot for next year. This was next to what I consider realistic. There are a few that I believe are a mystery as to why they're not in the HOF yet, such as Bon Jovi (because of his iconic status and his connections to other HOFers), The Cure and Kraftwerk (both highly influential), Lou Reed (why go there), LL Cool J (what I believe the next rap/hip-hop act to get in, despite 'Accidental Racist').

As far as first-eligible balloters, I believe Nine Inch Nails is the only one who stands a chance. I already know 95% of you put Green Day on yours, but I honestly don't think they won't be put on the list until next year (but you never know...). Sure, their breakthrough year was '94 and without doubt they've totally influenced the American punk scene the last 20 years. There's just a part of me that thinks the HOF won't consider '89 as their first eligible year since they only put out a little-known EP that year. I'm already aware I've started a firestorm....

And lastly, as for the supposed 'hard rock-bias', I do hope Deep Purple and some prog-rock and heavy bands get a chance. Even Motley Crue! But realistically, I don't see Vince & Co. getting in anytime soon :(

Posted by Jason Voigt on Tuesday, 09.2.14 @ 19:29pm


Excellent writeup, Jason. Will be up in your neck of the woods this weekend for Loufest.

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 09.3.14 @ 07:52am


Jason, you could say the same thing about Nirvana because while their first album was released in 1988, nobody outside of Seattle heard of them until the release of 1991's Nevermind. This is why I think you're wrong here when trying to apply this to Green Day. Yes you are right that didn't become successful until 1994, but it's the first year that they put out a record that counts. Voters looked past Nirvana's year, it's the quality of their music and their influence on rock music that truly matters (not the year they "made it"). Green Day will be a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer, they are virtually a lock at this time. I agree with you that Nine Inch Nails deserves to be first-ballot hall of famers as well, but something tells me that they won't get inducted for another couple of years given the stacked number of worthy inductees in the last couple of years.

Posted by Nick on Wednesday, 09.3.14 @ 22:54pm


My predictions of this year's nominees:

Bjork
Chic
Deep Purple
Green Day
Janet Jackson
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Kraftwerk
LL Cool J
The Marvelettes
The Monkees
Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan
Gil Scott-Heron
The Smiths
The Spinners
Link Wray

Posted by Ian on Thursday, 09.4.14 @ 00:41am


Something that concerns me about the big-name alternative rock bands of the 90's that are already eligible or will be eligible in the next few years, is the possibility that Soundgarden is going to be left behind. Now I'm aware that there are a butt-load of worthy HOF rock bands of the 80's that were in the underground (Sonic Youth, Pixies, Replacements, etc) that are also getting left behind, but that's another subject for another time. In this one I'm talking about the mainstream, big time rock acts of the 90's.

Back to Soundgarden, they were first eligible for the 2013 class. So they've already been absent from two ballots for the 2013 and 2014 class. Now Soundgarden may be considered an act that can wait a few years, but other than Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Radiohead, I don't think there are any other big name rock bands that are gonna be eligible in the next 3-4 years that should be a first ballot HOFer anymore than Soundgarden, including Green Day.

This year we have Green Day and Nine Inch Nails becoming eligible. Next year (2016 class) Alice in Chains will be eligible. The following year (2017 class), you have Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins. Then the year after that (2018 class) you have Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, and Beck all becoming eligible. Everyone's predicting that Green Day and Nine Inch Nails will both be on the ballot this year. If my prediction holds correct that Green Day makes it in, but NIN doesn't, then NIN will probably be back for the next year, possibly along with Alice in Chains. If both acts make it that year, then following year, Pearl Jam without a doubt, and Smashing Pumpkins will both be on the ballot. But I think most of us would bet that the Hall is not going to nominate more than two mainstream, big time 90's rock acts. So where does that leave Soundgarden?

Soundgarden is just as worthy of immediately going into the HOF as Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, and RATM (and don't sleep on Beck, he was more critically acclaimed than almost every previously mentioned band except Radiohead), and I'm very worried that if the HOF goes the predictable route, then Soundgarden could get lost in the shuffle.

I could see a couple of possibilities on that not happening though. One possibility is that Green Day and NIN both appear on the ballot this year as many expect, and both actually get inducted for next year's class. If that happens, then that definitely leaves another spot open on the 2015 ballot for Alice in Chains (who will be newly eligible) and Soundgarden to finally get nominated. And if both bands make it in that year, then the Hall can actually be back on schedule with getting the Pumpkins and Pearl Jam (and 2Pac) into the 2017 class, and two of the three of Radiohead, Beck, and RATM (or maybe even all three).

Or perhaps the Hall will throw a curveball and nominate Green Day, and skip over NIN, and nominate Soundgarden instead, leaving NIN to wait a year. Now I'm sure many will say NIN are too big to get passed over on their first year of eligibility. Well, Metallica and Van Halen didn't get nominated in their first year of eligibility, so there is a precedent for huge named acts getting passed over in their first years of eligibility. Another thing to keep in mind is that all of these bands are hard rock groups. And while the Hall has gotten way better about being inclusive to hard rock over the last few years, you know there's still a lot of people on the Nominating Committee that would rather have ballots full of mellow, critically acclaimed singer-songwriters, or their favorite cult artists over mainstream, popular, hard rock bands. So while credible music experts and historians all know the likes of Soundgarden, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, etc are all shoe-ins that should be inducted immediately, this is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominating Committee we're talking about. We should never be surprised about them snubbing any artist, especially a hard rock band. Look at Stevie Ray Vaughan who seems like such a no-brainer inductee for the HOF, and yet he's been eligible 6 years now and still hasn't been nominated once.

Yeah, just thought I'd have a bit of a discussion about the upcoming big-named alt-rock bands, and the worries I have of Soundgarden getting lost in the shuffle beings they haven't been nominated yet when there's so many other first-ballot-level bands becoming eligible in the next few years.

Posted by Donnie on Thursday, 09.4.14 @ 08:03am


Great discussion topic, Donnie. Yeah I was kind of worried about Soundgarden too, since they came out way before the words 'Seattle grunge' were in our vocabulary. In 1989, Soundgarden released their first so-called major label LP, so maybe that would raise our hopes a bit.

I also do worry about the 'older acts' from the 50s to the 70s that will probably end up being forgotten since, as you pointed out, the next few years we'll have plenty of eligible '90s rockers. It'll get exciting, I know.

Paul, sent you an email - hope you get it before you leave for StL.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Thursday, 09.4.14 @ 12:04pm


"Everyone's predicting that Green Day and Nine Inch Nails will both be on the ballot this year."

I'm predicting NIN doesn't make this year's ballot. Hard edged, electronic based -- two major areas of music that the hall loves to pretend have never existed.

Posted by DarinRG on Thursday, 09.4.14 @ 13:49pm


Nine Inch Nails is on both of Rolling Stone's Immortals lists. In the bottom 10, but still. Green Day is nowhere to be found on the list, as of yet. Just thought I'd throw that out there

Posted by Jason Voigt on Thursday, 09.4.14 @ 14:39pm


I agree with Darin. I haven't made my predictions yet, but NIN won't be among them. Fantastic and important band that deserves it, but I don't see them at the top of their wishlist. Same goes for Soundgarden or Alice in Chains, by the way. My prediction is that none of these bands will make the ballot before Pearl Jam is inducted.

Don't forget how they handled the 80s: inducting the huge names like the Prince, Madonna, and U2, but saving large names Depeche Mode, The Smiths and Duran Duran for later. I don't expect that they'll be inducting all important alternative bands of the 90s in the next five years, only the undeniably big ones like Green Day, Pearl Jam and Radiohead.

Posted by The_Claw on Thursday, 09.4.14 @ 14:44pm


Jason - That is an interesting point, but I also think that Rolling Stone lists or RS critical praise translating to the NomCom's agenda can be overstated. RS loves a lot of the snubbed 80s bands, but it doesn't seem to sway the NomCom much.

Claw - Agreed. I could see Soundgarden creeping onto the ballot after PJ. AiC will likely have a long wait. They were outliers when it comes to the "Seattle scene" and have a Metal hue to them, which we all know how the NomCom views.

Also, I'm a big NIN fan and can see the case for first ballot, but NIN going in before Kraftwerk, Joy Division and the Cure (amongst others, but I'm being realistic here) seems a bit wrong to me. I'm sure my complaining would only last a few minutes, though.

Posted by DarinRG on Thursday, 09.4.14 @ 16:17pm


You also can't overlook the fact that Green Day (or a member thereof) has been on hand to induct at least two relatively recent rock acts (the Stooges and Guns N' Roses)... they're currently in good graces with someone at the foundation. The favor's getting repaid.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 09.4.14 @ 23:00pm


"they're currently in good graces with someone at the foundation. The favor's getting repaid."

Yep.

Posted by DarinRG on Thursday, 09.4.14 @ 23:20pm


Great discussion guys.

I definitely agree with everyone's points that Nine Inch Nails could possibly not make the ballot this year. Like I stated, a lot of people at the Hall still look down on hard rock in all forms, and industrial/electronic music has gotten practically no love at all. So it is a possibility that they could miss the ballot.

Hence why I think it's possible that Soundgarden could be on the ballot instead of Nine Inch Nails. They're more of a classic hard-rock sounding band, and they also have just as much credentials to be inducted as Nine Inch Nails does.

Another possibility is that both NIN and Soundgarden get passed over for Jane's Addiction instead. They're another major early 90's alt-rock band that has a strong case for induction.

There's also the possibility that they only go for one mainstream alt-rock group (Green Day) and one 80's underground or British group (Pixies, Sonic Youth, Replacements, Cure, Smiths, Depeche Mode, Husker Du, etc.). Although I think we'll see one of those bands plus Green Day and one of the three between NIN, Soundgarden, and Jane's Addiction on the ballot. There's too many great alternative bands that are eligible now for it to not have a major presence on the ballot.

Posted by Donnie on Friday, 09.5.14 @ 08:46am


Yes too early for NIN. There should be a pecking order when it comes to Alt rock bands. They look like a family tree and the grandparents should be in before for grandkikds and so on.. I feel it is time for a band like Depeche Mode to get in. They continue to produce cutting edge music and draw massive crowds on tour. However I would understand if they don't, there are even bands on the family Alt tree that came before them that influenced bands of the early 80's like The Cure, Depeche Mode and The Smiths). I think you have to look at Roxy music and Kraftwerk for induction before Depeche mode and so on. And then some day NIN and other bands of that generation would get in after Joy Division/New Order, The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Smiths and Sonic Youth etc...

Jan's Addiction - Not yet.

Posted by brian on Friday, 09.5.14 @ 15:52pm


I agree with those that feel bands like Kraftwerk, The Cure and The Smiths deserve to be inducted very soon. I think Depeche Mode might appear on the 2015 ballot, almost similar to Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates (obviously worthy candidates who happen to get inducted when they first appear on the ballot after years of getting snubbed). It wouldn't shock me if Depeche Mode appeared (and got inducted) on the 2015 ballot. I think we're gonna see more 1980s bands/acts that are worthy receive nominations for the first time and get inducted on their first appearance.

Despite a lot of people's reservations about Nine Inch Nails' chances on the 2015 ballot, I think they stand a really high chance of appearing on this year's ballot. Trent Razor is one of modern rock music's most innovative talents that continues to put out impressive work. I don't believe that NIN will be first-ballot Hall of Famers (even thou I think they should be) because Green Day will fill that role. I think NIN will probably be inducted in the next couple of years (2016-2018) and continuously appear on rock hall ballots

Bands like Jane's Addiction and Soundgarden will have to wait in line for other 90s bands/acts to get inducted like Pearl Jam, Green Day, Radiohead and Beck.

Posted by Nick on Saturday, 09.6.14 @ 00:22am


So, I may be late to the party, but I've finally come up with my list of predictions for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class. Last year's class had 16 nominations so that's what I went with. Here they are in alphabetical order....

Chic
Dick Dale (don't think they'll add the Del-Tones)
Deep Purple
Def Leppard
Depeche Mode
Green Day
Whitney Houston
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
L.L. Cool J.
Nine Inch Nails
N.W.A
Lou Reed
Paul Revere and the Raiders
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Mary Wells
Yes

If a miracle occurs and I were to get all 15 nominees correct, my predicted 6 inductees would be as follows...

Deep Purple
Green Day
Whitney Houston
N.W.A.
Lou Reed
Stevie Ray Vaughn

Posted by Donnie on Saturday, 09.6.14 @ 07:47am


My 2015 ballot choices in no particular order:

Pick 8-10 inductees.

Yes
Deep Purple
The Moody Blues
Procol Harum
Electric Light Orchestra
Emerson, Lake and Palmer
The Doobie Brothers
The Zombies
Phil Ochs
Chciago
The Steve Miller Band
Carole King
Joe Jackson
The Raspberries
Todd Rundgren
Scott Walker
Kraftwerk
Slade
Fairport Convention
Squeeze
Meat Loaf
Nick Drake

No N.W.A., LL Cool J, or any one who would be classified as rap/hip hop. This is a ROCK AND ROLL Hall Of Fame.

Posted by danny on Saturday, 09.6.14 @ 17:47pm


Also:

Jethro Tull
Foreigner
Journey
Carly Simon
The Monkees
Jim Croce

Posted by danny on Saturday, 09.6.14 @ 17:57pm


MY LIST - UPDATED

Non-Performers for the Rock Hall

Willie Mitchell, Bernie Lowe, John Simon, Arif Mardin, Phil Ramone, Richard Barrett, Robert Blackwell, Rudy Toombs, Bob Crewe, David Porter, Bernie Taupin, David Foster, Jim Steinman, Carole Bayer Sager, Diane Warren, Wolfman Jack, Casey Kasem, Don Cornelius, Tommy Mottola

Kal Mann and Dave Appell
Bert Berns and Jerry Ragovoy
Norman Whitfield and Barret Strong
Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Henry Cosby and Sylvia Moy
Thom Bell and Linda Creed
Boudleaux and Felice Bryant
Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 09.6.14 @ 20:20pm


Danny, give it a rest about hip-hop and rap in the Rock Hall. There are already 4 hip-hop/rap inductees (Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, Beastie Boys and Public Enemy), so at this point this is a hangup you will have to sort out yourself. There will likely be a hip-hop/rap inductee for 2015 (either N.W.A. or LL Cool J has the best chances as of now) and more in the upcoming years. With more 1990s artists, expect to see them more on future ballots (whether you like it or not). From skimming through your list, you only listed white performers for nominees which will never happen (yes, the performers inducted in 2014 were not black, BUT black artists were nominated such as Chic, NWA, LL Cool J and The Meters).

The best way I think people here should think of why hip-hop/rap has a legitimate reason to be in the Rock Hall is quite simple---the notion and history of the spoken word. Classic Blues (in Post-WWII years) and even some Rock musicians in the past (e.g., Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison immediately come to mind) used the spoken word in their music. One can say that rap is an extension of spoken-word direction past rock musicians used in their music. It may Also, early hip-hop used a hard rock sound--mainly Run-DMC and Beastie Boys.

Anyone who claims that hip-hop and rap doesn't belong in the Rock Hall needs to move on and worry about something else. With inductees from that genre already in (2 of the 4 were first-ballot Hall of Famers),

The first posting you wrote features many (if not most) acts that simply have no chance of getting nominated, let alone inducted. While I do appreciate your support for Yes, Deep Purple, The Zombies, Jim Croce, Phil Ochs, Chicago, Jethro Tull, and Kraftwerk, I just don't see the others standing a chance with the emergence of important 1990s artists becoming eligible and even more importantly the Rock Hall nominating and inducting artists they snubbed in the past.

Posted by Nick on Sunday, 09.7.14 @ 13:19pm


Forgot to delete that sentence in 3rd paragraph of my post. Sorry about that.

Posted by Nick on Sunday, 09.7.14 @ 13:20pm


My picks:

Green Day (The one certain inductee)
Deep Purple (There's really no one else ahead of them in the 'Classic Rock' order; third time the charm for induction?)
Chic
The Zombies
N.W.A. (I'm really pulling for them to open the doors to Eric B. & Rakim etc.)
The Cure
Lou Reed
Whitney Houston
Yes (If they feel up to adding another prog band, this is where they'll go)
Kraftwerk

Wild cards:
-Stevie Ray Vaughan (I've pretty much given up hope here as I was sure he'd be first ballot, but given his popularity anything is possible)
-Nine Inch Nails (Most likely forced to wait a few years, but you never know)
-Bon Jovi (Would sell dinner tickets, plus plenty of friends on the committee)
-Def Leppard (Like BJ a safe way to represent the 80's, plus some decent critical respect)
-MC5 (Same crowd that got The Stooges through)
-Depeche Mode (The electronic tag is difficult to overcome, but you can't rule them out for the same reasons as The Cure)

I'd say 2 wild cards join my picks

Posted by Sam on Monday, 09.8.14 @ 07:29am


The Hall of Fame is so politically correct that it makes we wanna puke. Because they're so he'll bent on inducting rap/hip hop acts to appear less prejudiced, they stray away from the whole of rock and roll. Because Public Enemy and Grandmaster Flash got in, actual rock bands like Yes and Deep Purple get hung out to dry. Why can't there be a rap hall of fame and just leave themselves out of this organization altogether.

Posted by danny on Monday, 09.8.14 @ 14:03pm


Danny,

I DO agree that the Hall is sickeningly politically correct, but for different reasons than you.

Rap and Hip-Hop IS a subgenre/product of the rock era, and it doesn't matter if you disagree with that, it's still a fact. It, almost subjectively, belongs in the Hall of Fame, and the 4 choices they have made so far, in my opinion, deserved it, and there are at least 10 other rap/hip-hop artists, that are or will be eligible that SHOULD and most likely WILL get in. (N.W.A, LL Cool J, Afrika Bambaataa, A Tribe Called Quest, 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan, OutKast, Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye West are all locks within the next 20 years).

The reason I say they are politically incorrect is that, not necessarily so much (but still somewhat) with black artists, but with women artists. It certainly seems they force a nomination and especially induction when there was a much more deserving male artist/band. Laura Nyro, Darlene Love, Wanda Jackson are all great, but in each case there were at least four male artists nominated who should have got in before them. Maybe the voters just have different tastes from your average music fan, but this practice seems really forced and obvious.

Artists should get in on their own merits, not because they are fulfilling a designated slot for a specific gender or race.

Posted by Paul K on Monday, 09.8.14 @ 14:28pm


Danny, you gotta understand that "Rock" music means different things to different people. I could argue that progressive rock really isn't a form of rock music because much of the emphasis on that sub-genre involves classical music. Of course I don't agree with the previous sentence but many people do and that is perhaps a reason why many progressive rock bands are kept out of nominations and inductions for the Rock Hall. Likewise, Jazz isn't something that many people would consider in relation to rock music. That is why when Miles Davis was inducted back in 2006, that left many people starching their heads as to what constitutes rock music. Rap and Hip Hop are extension of the Blues (which also served as a precursor to the advent of rock and roll music in the mid-1950s). There shouldn't be a separate hall of fame for rap music nor should that be one for R&B music (the one that just started last year). Rock music is a very vague term for popular music since 1953/1954, so in many ways the Rock Hall is meant as a representative for popular music. Rock music's definition has and will always expand. Race and "political correctness" has nothing to do with rap and hip hop in the Rock Hall. Think about the inaugural class of 1986 and 1987---there were more black performers inducted in those two years than white performers. 2005 and 2009 come to mind as well with years being that the majority of inductees were black. Race has nothing to do with the selection, it's the influence and talent about these performers. This debate has gone on long enough and if you fight against rap and hip hop, you will be in a losing battle.

Posted by Nick on Monday, 09.8.14 @ 14:30pm


Paul K, that is a good point to bring up that it does seem sexist that the Rock Hall almost always insists on at least one female performer per year. I agree with you that all of them deserved an induction, but would they have gotten in as easily if they were male performers? This is where I think you are on to something that the Rock Hall needs to fill quotas. However, you have to keep in mind that one of the biggest criticisms against the Rock Hall is the lack of women who only constitute maybe 3 or 4% of the total number of Rock Hall inductees. This might be the reason why they emphasize more women becoming inductees.

Posted by Nick on Monday, 09.8.14 @ 14:36pm


I can see this being a year that they choose to push through a lot of backlogged artists, as none of the first-year eligible acts are slam dunk first-ballot HOF'ers.

A blind stab in the dark at the sixteen nominees

Green Day
Nine Inch Nails
NWA
Chic
Deep Purple
Yes
Weird Al Yankovic
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Bon Jovi
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Janet Jackson
Lou Reed
Chubby Checker
WAR
The Replacements
Sonic Youth

Alternates

Kraftwerk
Jim Croce
The Meters
Link Wray
LL Cool J
Kate Bush
Chicago
Willie Nelson
Whitney Houston
Garth Brooks
ELO

Out of my predicted 16 nominees, I figure the following six will get inducted:

Chic
Deep Purple
Janet Jackson
NWA
Lou Reed
Sonic Youth

Posted by Johnny DuBiel on Monday, 09.8.14 @ 18:52pm


Paul- I understand what you mean, but I see Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, and Wanda Jackson (Influence) not as women put in for the sake of including more women, but hobby horses that a few members on the Nom Com have-- in the same category as Solomon Burke, Del Shannon, Percy Sledge, Gene Pitney, and others who kept showing up on the ballot indefinitely.

They didn't just leapfrog over deserving male artists, they leapfrogged (Leptfrogged?) over Carole King, Carly Simon, Joan Baez, and others of their time.

Posted by PopeCharming on Monday, 09.8.14 @ 19:31pm


Induct the old timers now and then induct the rap/hip hop and recent musicians. It's an embarrassment that Public Enemy is in and not Yes or that Green Day has a better chance at getting in this year than Deep Purple.

Posted by danny on Monday, 09.8.14 @ 20:14pm


PopeCharming, that's definitely a valid counterpoint that made me think a little. The Nom Com needs to take a break from their pet projects for a few years, and push fan favorites (the past year was promising, at least nominations wise). It'd be healthy for the Hall's reputation to have at least one or two years of pure backlog killing. At any rate, those three women you listed, plus Kate Bush should've got in before the three I listed.


Danny, let me direct you to our Rock Hall Rankings:

http://futurerocklegends.com/Revisited_Projected_Rankings.php

This is one case where it isn't just the RnRHoF; it is also the collective opinion of users of this site that Public Enemy is a better artist than Yes. I certainly think that Yes should've been in closer to their first eligible year, and therefore in before Public Enemy chronologically speaking. BUT if all artists were eligible instantly without a waiting period, I agree PE should be in first.

(Deep Purple should have been in way before Green Day, I will give you a point there).

Posted by Paul K on Monday, 09.8.14 @ 23:45pm


ROCK and ROLL HOF. nuf said. how about some rock groups for a change!!

1. Yes
2. Steve Miller Band
3. Deep Purple
4. Chicago
5. ELO
6. Green Day
7. Foreigner
8. Journey
9. Bon Jovi
10. SRV
11. ELO
12. ELP

I understand the early performers R&B and blues acts put in as formative teachers to the rock community, but why the influx of non - rock musicians??? Sorry but Donna Summer, NWA, etc. do not belong in this HOF. Not a hater, but it is the "ROCK" HOF. Why doesn't Motown or someone create a R&B HOF?? Let's keep the ROCK in the Rock and Roll HOF!!

Posted by Dan on Tuesday, 09.9.14 @ 03:47am


Nick: I think Miles Davis got into the HoF almost exclusively on "In A Silent Way" and "Bitches Brew." If he didn't move into Jazz Fusion I doubt he would have been inducted. I personally still think an Early Influence/Musical Excellence induction would have been better.

PopeCharming: I think the biggest thing that harmed Carole King's chances was here induction as a Non-Performer. I know that is the big reason why we have yet to induct her into the Revisited/Projected Project. Also while agree that some of those male choices seemed fishy, Solomon Burke totally deserved induction.

Paul K: I agree 100% with almost everything you've said.

Dan: Isn't it a bit hypocritical to advocate the induction of Stevie Ray Vaughn, who I totally agree deserves to be inducted, but question the early blues acts?

Posted by Gassman on Tuesday, 09.9.14 @ 09:36am


Gassman, I think you misunderstood my earlier post. I believe Miles Davis deserved induction, I just meant to say that people who question specific music genres that are in the Rock Hall. I like how you argue that Davis took a jazz fusion turn which is probably what made him an inductee. Like classical music's influence on progressive rock, I just meant that some might question why jazz is in the Rock Hall. I don't advertise this idea, but many do.

Posted by Nick on Tuesday, 09.9.14 @ 22:56pm


I'll take a stab at a prediction of:

Green Day
N.W.A.
Yes
Deep Purple
Lou Reed
LL Cool J
Johnny Winter
The Spinners
Sonic Youth
Kraftwerk
Link Wray
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
MC5
The Zombies
Roxy Music

Posted by DarinRG on Wednesday, 09.10.14 @ 17:27pm


Gassman - I didn't question the early blues progenitors. Reread what I said. I said I understand the entry of the early acts that were formative to R&R. What I don't understand is how disco, rap, and "one hit wonders" can slip in to a ROCK and ROLL HOF without the acts (and many more) that I listed having a seat.

Posted by Dan on Wednesday, 09.10.14 @ 19:20pm


Who should be on the nomination list for the R&RHOF for 2015…
Grand Funk Railroad
The Moody Blues
Yes
Deep Purple
Chicago
Todd Rundgren
The Guess Who
Jim Croce
Jethro Tull
America
Blue Oyster Cult
Tommy James and the Shondells
Jane's Addiction

Posted by GB on Thursday, 09.11.14 @ 02:57am


Since the majority of music fans want to see their generation's artists get inducted into the HOF, an equitable solution is to induct six A-List artists whose music comes from the last four decades (70's, 80's, 90's & 00's) and covers a broad range of styles i.e. pop, rock, hard rock, soft rock, R&B and alternative. In some of these artists cases they made famous songs in more than just one decade-which in itself supports their worthiness for enshrinement all the more.
Certainly there will be people who won't like this idea and say, "No way! X is more deserving than Y" which I can respect, but again, this is an effort to compromise and appeal to large numbers of people.
Here now are six artists whose induction would make lots of music fans happy:
Wings
Electric Light Orchestra
Def Leppard
Phil Collins
Janet Jackson
Green Day

Posted by GV on Thursday, 09.11.14 @ 05:17am


Those are great nominee lists: Dan, Danny, Sam, GB and yes, even DarinRG and Johnny DuBiel.

Although, I still like mine better:

Once again, here is my list of 2015 nominees, with a slight modification:

These are the artists whom I would like to see nominated for the rrhof induction in 2015

1. Duran Duran
2. The Moody Blues
3. Yes
4. Stevie Ray Vaughan
5. Sade
6. Doobie Brothers
7. Carly Simon
8. Chicago
9. Foreigner
10. Electric Light Orchestra
11. Green Day
12. Phish
13. The Meters
14. Deep Purple
15. Ice-T
16. Queen Latifah
17. Lou Reed
18. The Spinners

And as producers:

Todd Rundgren
Brian Eno
Nile Rodgers

And as songwriter: Bernie Taupin



Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 09.11.14 @ 07:26am


Regarding progressive rock acts,

Nick,

When Rush was inducted back in 2013, many of Rush's so-called detractors asked who was next: Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven?

No, but I can imagine that each of those great composers were definitely toasting Rush's 2013 induction.

I have been strongly advocating the inductions of: Yes, The Moody Blues, Duran Duran, Electric Light Orchestra, etc. for several years. I had previously been advocating Rush's induction for almost 16 years, prior to their actual induction.

I have also been strongly advocating the inductions of Carly Simon and Sade, which in my honest opinion represent two of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time.

Unfortunately, trying to predict the nominees without being an Industry insider, or keeping up with the news about the decisions of various Nominating Committee members is a daunting task.

I am busy working most of the time, instead. However, I do have my opinions and I think that there should be a diversity of artists within this institution. However, I do not advocate artists who espouse hatred of individuals, or groups, based upon ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender, etc.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 09.11.14 @ 07:51am


So after reading Future Rock Legends' predictions as well as those of alexvoltaire (the link to his blog on his predictions is on the link Future Rock Legends gives under Yes), both make plenty of good arguments for artists I didn't put on my nominations list. I'd like to discuss and make a few comparisons between their lists and my list (which I'm still planning on making a more detailed blog of on my Facebook page).

In addition to Green Day and Nine Inch Nails for the first time eligible nominees, I also had Depeche Mode as my other alternative music nominee. Future Rock Legends predicted both Roxy Music and Kraftwerk to represent early alternative music/electronic music, though Roxy Music was one of the very last artists I cut from my predictions. I just have a feeling that the Hall is gonna bypass Kraftwerk (though I forgot they finished 6th on the fan polling back in 2012) and go for a modern electronic group in addition to Nine Inch Nails which gets Depeche Mode on the ballot. Plus, Depeche Mode would be the first synth-pop group (unless you count Kraftwerk) to get nominated.

Future Rock Legends and Alexvoltaire also bring up Sonic Youth. Future Rock Legends therefore has Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, the MC5, Sonic Youth, Roxy Music, and Kraftwerk on their list of predicted nominees which will put 6 artists of the alternative like (electronic, punk, early glam/new wave, mainstream alt-rock, etc.) on the ballot. I think that's honestly pretty excessive, and I don't think the Hall will go with that many alternative nominees. I only have four nominees that could fit under the alternative umbrella (NIN, Green Day, Depeche Mode, and Lou Reed, though he's also my singer-songwriter pick), and to me that's a more realistic amount than 6. Even though the Hall is getting more modern and populist, I don't think they're quite ready to go that heavy on alternative music, when there's still such a huge backlog of 70's and 80's (non-alternative) artists. Not to mention probably about 15-20 artists from the 50's and 60's that a serious case can be made for or are popular with some on the Nominating Committee. I, of course, could be wrong though.

But back to Sonic Youth, I forgot that Questlove was going to heavily push for them, so that certainly makes Sonic Youth a more likely candidate than Depeche Mode (whom as far as I'm aware of have no one publicly pushing for them). But again, there's gonna be some kind of electronic nominee, and I think the Hall is gonna skip over Kraftwerk and put another major 80's group (ala the Cure, the Replacements) on the ballot that hasn't been there before, which I think will be Depeche Mode. Then again, it could very well be Sonic Youth.

I think pretty much everyone I know of is in agreement that Deep Purple, Yes, and Joan Jett will be back on the ballot. Many on the Hall are heavily behind Deep Purple, and with no major early hard rock bands in Deep Purple's way (like Alice Cooper, KISS, and Rush were), I don't see anyone among Deep Purple's peers that can stop them from getting inducted this time around. I suppose there's always Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, or Scorpions, or 80's hard rock groups like Def Leppard (who are also on my list), Bon Jovi, or Iron Maiden. But among 70's hard rock groups, there's really no one now that can stand in Deep Purple's way this time. Hence why they'll be back and I strongly feel will get inducted next year. There's too many reports out there about Yes almost getting inducted last year and with them still being very popular on the touring circuit and on relative decent terms with one another, they would make for an easy choice for the HOF and they would be a good group to perform on the show. I don't think there'll be another KISS fiasco with Yes (though there probably will be with Deep Purple), and Yes is the most logical prog rock group to go for next. They'll be back. Joan Jett was nominated two years in a row, missed the ballot for this year's class, but was still heavily involved by closing out the show for Nirvana's performance (which could also help Kim Gordon and Sonic Youth's case in addition to Questlove pushing for them). So Joan Jett is definitely on the Hall's radar and with the Hall needing more female inductees, and also trying to appeal more to your 70's 80's rock fans, Joan is the perfect candidate. I would personally like to see the Hall put Pat Benatar on the ballot and give her a shot (who is just as admired by female rock fans and musicians as Joan Jett is and was way more popular in her heyday too), but Joan is more critically acclaimed, so she'll be back. Maybe even get inducted this time around?

You know what? I'm gonna change one of my predictions and take Def Leppard off my ballot and put Sonic Youth on there instead. So yep, Sonic Youth is on my predictions now. There's too many good arguments for their case. Whereas Def Leppard has no one publicly supporting them, though they have been previously considered and would make for a good 80's induction.

Another prediction I'm changing is I'm taking Whitney Houston off my prediction and switching her with Janet Jackson. Those are the two mainstream female 80's and 90's R&B/Pop nominees to get on the ballot. Each year I've predicted Whitney because she was always more critically acclaimed than Janet, but if the Hall was going to seriously go for her, they would've done it in the last 3-4 years when she became eligible and especially for the 2013 or 2014 class after she passed away. Janet is in the same boat though as she's been eligible even longer but has yet to make the ballot. But, she has a major push for her on social media (the Induct Janet campaign, which I fully support), which has gained the support of some major artists (which alexvoltaire pointed out), including Questlove who we know is an important member of the Nominating Committee. I'm guessing Questlove is gonna push for Sonic Youth, Janet Jackson, and N.W.A.. Now in the past social media movements never really mattered that much to the Hall, but that tune has changed big time in recent year, as big time fan support, protests, petitions, etc have helped get the likes of KISS, Rush, and probably even Hall & Oates on the ballot. "Weird Al" Yankovic also has a big movement to get him on the ballot as well, but with Janet, I can see the Hall getting behind it. So yeah, I'm changing my prediction from Whitney to Janet instead.

As for the 50's and 60's nominees, The Zombies, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Link Wray seem to be popular candidates to return to the ballot. Those are great nominees that definitely deserve induction (well not Paul Butterfield IMO), but a trend with this category of nominees is that the Hall pretty much never nominates groups/artists in this category two years in a row. Since the Small Faces got inducted in 2012, Procol Harum was nominated in 2013 and failed to get inducted. The Hall tried with the Zombies in 2014, and they also failed to get inducted. And when it comes to the 50's artists, the Hall hasn't made heavy pushes for any artist in that time frame in over a decade. In that time, The 5 Royales, the Chantels, Chuck Willis, and Link Wray have all been nominated. Never have any of those artists been nominated two years in a row. These time periods at this point in time are not very successful at getting inductees, so the Hall has repeatedly tried different artists from these categories each year if they don't make the cut. So for that reason, I think the Hall is going to continue this pattern and try different artists. For the 60's group I'm going with Paul Revere and the Raiders, as that is another group that Steve Van Zandt has publicly stated he wants to get on the ballot, plus why not take a break from the British Invasion and go with an American group. Personally, I feel the Moody Blues and the Monkees would be far better candidates than Paul Revere and the Raiders, but there's been no public push for either artist, plus with Yes occupying the Prog spot, to me that shuts the Moodies out. And if the Monkees couldn't get on the ballot after Davy Jones passed away, when are they ever? They very well may, but obviously if Davy's death wasn't enough to get the Nominating Committee to heavily push for them, nothing will. Other possibilities are the Troggs, Herman's Hermits, the Spencer Davis Group, and the Turtles. I'm going with Paul Revere though. As for Link Wray, I think the Hall will try with another pioneering early rock guitar hero with Dick Dale. He's just as worthy as Link Wray, and I could see this finally being his year. Plus, he's still alive, so it would make for good publicity for the Hall to get an older inductee in while they're still alive, which the Hall has received a good amount of criticism for in recent years (Donna Summer). As for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, they have two of the most important supporters in Jann Wenner and Paul Shaffer, which is why they've bucked the trend for 50's and 60's groups and gotten on the ballot two years in a row. However, three years in a row is pushing it, and I think the Hall will go with another 50's/60's act in their place. And I'm going with Mary Wells. She's long been thought of as one of the last worthy Motown acts for induction and she hasn't been on the ballot in almost 25 years. They tried with the Marveletts a few years ago, so why not give Mary Wells another shot? She would make for a viable, notable female candidate, as well as an R&B candidate, and a 50's/60's candidate. She fits three categories that the Hall wants to represent.

I've predicted Stevie Ray Vaughan to be on the ballot every year since he became eligible, and will continue to do so until he finally gets on the ballot. Because he's such a sure-fire, no brainer candidate for a nominee and inductee. It seems that Future Rock Legends agrees with me as they have him on their list of predictions.

As for the rap nominees, everyone knows that N.W.A. is gonna keep getting on the ballot for the next couple of years. Because until 2016 when Tupac becomes eligible, there's no act in rap that is more worthy of the Hall than N.W.A. and everyone knows that. The Hall has two more years to get N.W.A. in until the major names of 90's rap become eligible, so the Hall is going to try this year, and next year if they don't make it in this year. Every year the Hall has two rap nominees, even though it often serves as a detriment to those nominees as they often cancel each other out with the voters. But nonetheless a second rap act I'm sure will be on the ballot. Future Rock Legends and myself (among many others) are going with LL Cool J, because he's the other big name rap act that easily warrants induction. However Alexvoltaire is going with De La Soul which is a really interesting pick. I think it's unlikely, but like with other genres, maybe the Hall will give LL (a frequent nominee) a rest and try someone else, which makes room for De La Soul. Although Salt N' Pepa should not be slept on as they're another big name act that's never been nominated and would also give the ballot more female presence, which the Hall is always looking for.

For the singer-songwriter category, there's usually 1-3 acts in this category. However there have been years where there's only been one nominee you could put under this category. The most recent year being the 2012 ballot (2013 Class) which featured Randy Newman who was promptly inducted. Gram Parsons is a likely candidate as he's been nominated three times before. I'm going with Lou Reed like a lot of other people are doing, because of his passing last year, and he was nominated two years in a row in 1999 and 2000, so he was due to make another appearance on the ballot even if he was still alive. However, there's been lots of cases where an artist's death hasn't made a difference on the Hall getting them on the ballot. The most notable recent cases being Whitney Houston and Davy Jones of the Monkees. Another somewhat related case was Michael Jackson's death in 2009, which you would think would make the Hall want to go for Janet Jackson as it would've gotten the Hall publicity and also been seen as a tribute to Michael. But Janet still is awaiting her first nomination. So while it seems logical that the death of an artist will get them on the ballot, it's also not a guarantee. DarinRG's prediction of Johnny Winter also fits this scenario and reportedly there has been a push for him by some people in recent years, so maybe his death will get him over the top and on the ballot. If the Hall passes over Stevie Ray Vaughan (why would they do this again?!) and one of the early 60's guitar heroes (Link Wray and Dick Dale), than I think Johnny Winter is very likely to be on the ballot to represent the newer "guitar hero" spot on the ballot.

Lou Reed is my only singer-songwriter nominee, which may seem a surprise, but again the Hall has recently had ballots with only one singer-songwriter. But Alexvoltaire is also putting Carole King on his list of prediction. She also happened to be one of the very last people I cut from my list of predictions. To me along with Janet and Whitney, she is by far the most important female candidate for induction that's eligible (yes even moreso than Joan Jett). To me, she's also the most notable singer-songwriter candidate missing. In fact I'd put her ahead of just about every singer-songwriter that's been inducted in the last 5-6 years. She'd be the perfect candidate for a female inductee as well as a singer-songwriter inductee. And she'd be a shoe-in to get inducted. However, I ultimately cut her due to the Hall's reluctance to give her a second induction due her induction in 1990 as a Non-Performer. While she's a logical, great candidate to be nominated, ultimately I think the Hall will pass on her again, like they've done for the last 23 years.

Interestingly FutureRockLegends also only has one singer-songwriter on their predictions list, that being Bill Withers, which I find very interesting. Not to toot my own horn here, but I don't really recall anyone else really bringing him up as a viable candidate in recent years, other than myself. I've mentioned quite a bit that he would make a good candidate as he's one of the few R&B artists that could fall under the typical singer-songwriter category. Plus he has a group of songs that are among the most enduring of the 1970's. To me, like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Dire Straits, he seems like the perfect kind of candidate the Hall would go for.

Everyone knows Chic will be back again. That's a foregone conclusion.

Sorry for the long post, but I just had a lot of thoughts about both predictions list I read.

Posted by Donnie on Thursday, 09.11.14 @ 08:21am


So with a few changes made to my list of predictions, here are the 16 artists I'm predicting will be nominated for the 2015 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Chic
Dick Dale
Deep Purple
Depeche Mode
Green Day
*Janet Jackson* (new prediction)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
L.L. Cool J.
Nine Inch Nails
N.W.A.
Lou Reed
Paul Revere and the Raiders
*Sonic Youth* (new prediction)
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Mary Wells
Yes

Artists taken away from my original list:

Def Leppard
Whitney Houston

Posted by Donnie on Thursday, 09.11.14 @ 08:25am


Of my list, if I was choosing the 6 inductees, I would go with the following...

Deep Purple
Green Day
Janet Jackson
N.W.A.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Yes

Depeche Mode being my 7th vote.


Of my list of nominees, the six I think would actually get the induction..

Chic
Deep Purple
Green Day
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Yes

Posted by Donnie on Thursday, 09.11.14 @ 08:37am


Hi Donnie...I am Alex Voltaire (with Pope Charming as my other alias on the internet. Which is odd, I suppose, given Voltaire's feelings about popes...)

Anyway, thanks for your reflections on my list of predictions. In a subsequent post, though I did knock the Eurythmics off in favor of Janet Jackson. Although that leaves me without any electronic acts, I'm pretty confident in my choice- partly because Induct Janet has been doing a laudibly respectful, but urgent, social media full court press on Janet's behalf. (Most other Facebook groups don't realize that if you talk about a "Rock and Roll Hall of Shame" nobody in Cleveland is going to pay you any attention.)


If I were given a ballot with your predictions on it, I would have selected: Green Day, Deep Purple, Yes, Janet Jackson, Mary Wells, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Posted by PopeCharming on Thursday, 09.11.14 @ 09:47am


"Hi Donnie...I am Alex Voltaire (with Pope Charming as my other alias on the internet. Which is odd, I suppose, given Voltaire's feelings about popes...) "

Oh, okay. Well I really enjoyed your blog on your predictions. It's one of the best ones I've read on the net.

Kudos to you, sir.

Posted by Donnie on Thursday, 09.11.14 @ 10:16am


Another thing I forgot to mention about Bill Withers is that he has an important supporter on the Nominating Committee. That being Questlove. There's an hour long video of YouTube of Questlove and David Byrne (of the Talking Heads) speaking to a college audience about the art of music, their respective careers and the art of music. It's a great find and an awesome video to watch. Highly recommended.

Anyways, Questlove talks about the Al Green album he and the Roots helped produce a few years ago, and how his original choice to work with was Bill Withers. He cites Bill Withers as one of his favorite artists ever (he may have even said he is his absolute favorite), and that he tried endlessly to get Bill to make a new album with him and the rest of the Roots in the same vein of Santana, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, and ultimately Al Green of older artists making newer albums with a fresh sound thanks to working with younger artists. But Bill wasn't interested.

Point being that Questlove is a big Bill Withers fan, and although he hasn't publicly proclaimed that he's going to push for Bill Withers, it would not shock me if he in fact does.

Just something interesting to think about.

Posted by Donnie on Thursday, 09.11.14 @ 10:31am


My choices for 2015 induction class:

Deep Purple
Yes
Procol Harum
The Zombies
Nick Drake
The Moody Blues

I don't care if it's biased towards British musicians. These legends should be in the Hall Of Fame post haste. I think Billy Joe Armstrong or LL Cool J would oblige for waiting another few years.

Posted by danny on Thursday, 09.11.14 @ 10:48am


"Those are great nominee lists: Dan, Danny, Sam, GB and yes, even DarinRG and Johnny DuBiel."

Aw, thanks Enig.

Posted by DarinRG on Thursday, 09.11.14 @ 17:40pm


Enigmaticus,
What are you talking about exactly when you posted your comments related to my earlier post? I think you misunderstood what I meant--I support progressive rock in the Rock Hall (especially the recent induction of Rush and the most likely induction of Yes for 2015), however I am referring to people that might make a case against Progressive Rock due to the fact that many artists of this subgenre drew their influences from Classical Music. I have nothing against Progressive Rock by any means (and I very much support more Progressive Rock nominees in the future), but you have to look at things from various perspectives and that includes people that don't want Progressive Rock. I know this has been said before but Duran Duran is not Progressive Rock and almost everyone on this forum will disagree with you on that. I'm very confused by the last paragraph of your reply to my post regarding that you don't support musicians who discriminate against others. What artists are you exactly referring to? I wasn't sure what this was referring to.

I think my list is quite diverse as well, but the difference between myself and many others on this forum is that I try to think like a Roll Hall committee member and who they would most likely nominate. I think far too many people on here trying to create unrealistic lists to self-fulfill their own tastes. These kinds of lists aren't diverse enough for the Rock Hall. I think you have a diverse list, but I don't see some of them becoming nominees anytime soon. Keep in mind that some voters advocate other musical genres such as hip hop/rap, soul and country.

Here is my revised choices for the 2015 ballot:
Bon Jovi
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Chic
Jim Croce
Deep Purple
Green Day
Janet Jackson
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
LL Cool J
Nine Inch Nails
N.W.A.
Gram Parsons
Lou Reed
Sonic Youth
The Spinners
Link Wray
Yes
The Zombies

Posted by Nick on Thursday, 09.11.14 @ 19:22pm


Sorry if I'm late for this. This are prediction for the 2015 Ballot:

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Chic
Chubby Checker
Deep Purple
Green Day
Janet Jackson
Johnny Winter
L.L. Cool J
Lou Reed
Link Wray
Nine Inch Nails
N.W.A.
Sonic Youth
War
Yes
The Zombies

Posted by John R.C. on Thursday, 09.11.14 @ 19:26pm


Nick-
As a fellow Prog fan I can see where your coming from with thinking like a committee member. Below is my predictions that I posted a few weeks ago:

I will do two lists of 16 nominees.

This is what I want the ballot to be:

Chicago
Chubby Checker
Chic
N.W.A.
Deep Purple
Yes
Carole King
The Moody Blues
Electric Light Orchestra
Link Wray and his Ray Men
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
The Marvelettes
The Monkees
War
The Spinners
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Of course there isn't a snowball's chance in hell that a ballot like that is going to happen.

This is what I think the ballot will actually look like:

1. Green Day (no brainer for the ballot)
2. Janet Jackson (capitalize on the groundswell of support)
3. Nine Inch Nails (close to no brainer but might scare some of the older members
4. Chicago (if KISS can get in off the supposed "blacklist" anythings possible)
5. Chubby Checker (should've been in by now, might nominate him while he can still perform)
6. Chic (just put them in already)
7. N.W.A. (the "rap" nominee, sorry but it might be the way they see it)
8. Deep Purple (with KISS in should get the classic rock vote)
9. Yes (my favorite on this ballot, should get the prog spot)
10. Lou Reed (the "should've nominated him while he was still alive" candidate"
11. Link Wray and his Ray Men (see #10, Little Steevie's support should help)
12. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (see last year's Nirvana tribute)
13. Sonic Youth (time to start giving props to women in 80's rock)
14. The Zombies (British Invasion candidate)
15. Jim Croce (singer/songwriter candidate)
16. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (blues/ guitar god candidate)

Wild card: The Spinners (just call it a hunch)

As you can see I tried to do the same thing that you were talking about while still waving my flag of fandom. I know full well that a ballot with Yes, Deep Purple, ELO, The Moody Blues, and Chicago on it all at once would never happen (though it would kick ass if they did). I do think that having two or three from that list on the same ballot (In this case Chicago, Yes and Deep Purple) is a bit more feaseable. Also I left my favorite prog band (Jethro Tull) off both ballots comepletely. Don't get me wrong I would love to see them go in and you can bet that I'll be first in line to buy tickets to the ceremony if they get inducted. At the same time however I know that it would be rediculous to put them in before Yes and The Moody Blues.

Posted by Tom H. on Thursday, 09.11.14 @ 19:47pm


I liked your list Tom H and I think you have one of the more realistic ballot predictions of the people who post on this forum. Like my list it is diverse enough to satisfy all genres and tastes. I think the Spinners have a good chance given that they were nominees a couple of years ago. The Meters might show up as well but I don't think they should be inducted as performers. But rather The Meters should be in the Sidemen category (but that's just my opinion). I would like to see a Chicago nomination as well (I think they are a potential wildcard nominee that might sneak in). Great list and thanks for your great comments on my post.

Posted by Nick on Thursday, 09.11.14 @ 20:08pm


Nick,

Thank you for your response, I appreciate the fact that Tom H., John R.C. and Donnie have created great nomination lists also. Danny, your choices for induction in 2015 are great also, but perhaps a little unrealistic.

I will initiate a response over the next few days to your question. At the present time, I have to get ready for work.

By the way, you very welcome, DarinRG.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 09.12.14 @ 10:12am


Once again, here is my list:

Once again, here is my list of 2015 nominees, with a slight modification:

These are the artists whom I would like to see nominated for the rrhof induction in 2015

1. Duran Duran
2. The Moody Blues
3. Yes
4. Stevie Ray Vaughan
5. Sade
6. Doobie Brothers
7. Carly Simon
8. Chicago
9. Foreigner
10. Electric Light Orchestra
11. Green Day
12. Phish
13. The Meters
14. Deep Purple
15. Ice-T
16. Queen Latifah
17. Lou Reed
18. The Spinners

And as producers:

Todd Rundgren
Brian Eno
Nile Rodgers

And as songwriter: Bernie Taupin




Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 09.12.14 @ 10:16am


Categories that get somewhat overlooked most of the time or always:

Progressive Rock (eg. The Moody Blues, Procol Harum)
Electric Folk (eg. Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention)
Arena Rock (eg. Foreigner, Journey)
Surf Rock (eg. Dick Dale)
Wagnerian Rock (eg. Meat Loaf)
Oldies (eg. The Grass Roots, Tommy James and the Shondells)
Bubblegum Rock (eg. The Monkees, 1910 Fruitgum Company)
Acid Rock(eg. Captain Beeheart, Love)
Electronic (eg. Kraftwerk)
Symphonic Rock (eg. Electric Light Orchestra)
Jazz Rock (eg. Chicago)
Soft Rock (eg. The Raspberries/Eric Carmen, Gary Wright)
New Wave (eg. Joe Jackson, Squeeze)

Posted by danny on Friday, 09.12.14 @ 20:33pm


Songwriter/folk: Jim Croce
Major: Janet Jackson
Urban: The Sugarhill Gang
Pop: Chic
Soul: The Marvelettes
Classic Rock: Deep Purple
Alternative: Sonic Youth
Contemporary: Soundgarden
Early rocker: Chubby Checker
Sixties: Dick Dale and His Del Tones

Early Influence: Tommy Johnson
Award for Musical Excellence: The Silver Bullet Band

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 09.13.14 @ 01:25am


Ok. Here is my list of predictions for nominations to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. I am not listing all 15 I predict. I will list the ones I predict that I like. This will avoid confusion about what I like and what simply predict. Ok. Here we go.
Chicago
Deep Purple
Doobie Brothers
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Carole King
The Marvelettes
The Moody Blues
Lou Reed
Soundgarden
Yes
The Hall typically nominates 15 artists. I have another 5 in mind but they comprise Rap, Disco and another 90's choice. Above are the ones I like that may and should be nominated. I left out Chubby Checker intentionally. If the Marvelettes are nominated they will leave out Chubby Checker I think. I have noticed they don't fuss over 60's oldies as much anymore. Also worth noting I included Lou Reed. A worthy artist. They missed the boat nominating him last year. He was still alive in Sept when the Hall were nominating. He died in Nov. By then the Inductees were almost decided. This year realizing their Major mistake he will almost surely be nominated. As for the Moody Blues I predict them by tradition for the last 6 years.

Posted by Ben on Saturday, 09.13.14 @ 06:59am


Ben, good list of potential inductees you want on the Rock Hall ballot. The Marvelettes and Chicago are definitely worthy to note and glad you had them on your list. I will admit that I'm not a big fan of the Doobie Brothers (maybe it's just a generational thing--I'm in my early 20s), but a case could be made for their induction. Sure they made good music but was it influential? That I'm not really sure, but there are several examples of artists who made consistently good music that are in the Rock Hall without being entirely too influential (names that come to mind immediately are Hall & Oates and John Mellencamp---but this can be debated due to personal preferences and tastes). Soundgarden will have to wait until after other 90s acts get inducted like Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Green Day and Beck. That is just the truth, although I can see them appearing on a ballot in a couple of years (just not now). Carole King's 1990 induction as a songwriter/non-performer killed her chances to be an inductee as a performer (this was an error on the Rock Hall's part that I still don't understand).

I'm gonna take a shot in the dark and predict that the other "5" in last paragraph refer to Chic, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A. and LL Cool J (if not LL Cool J then Eric B. & Rakim).

On a side note, I'm kinda shocked that at the top of the forum didn't include Lou Reed who many people (including myself) believe will appear on the Rock Hall ballot. If he appears on the 2015 ballot, he will probably become a inductee as a solo artist (he deserves it). They should have replaced Reed with Withers for the singer-songwriter spot.

Posted by Nick on Saturday, 09.13.14 @ 12:21pm


That is a great list also, Ben. From your list, I would choose: Yes, Lou Reed, The Moody Blues, Doobie Brothers, Deep Purple and Carole King as inductees.


From my list, I would realistically choose the following as inductees:

Duran Duran
Yes
The Moody Blues
Sade
Stevie Ray Vaughan (posthumously)
Lou Reed (posthumously)
Carly Simon
Doobie Brothers
Green Day

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.13.14 @ 13:17pm


Personally, I would choose, from my list:

Duran Duran
The Moody Blues
Yes
Sade
Carly Simon
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Doobie Brothers
Electric Light Orchestra

But, I certainly expect Lou Reed to be inducted as a solo artist, due to his recent passing. Deep Purple could also be inducted, if for some unseen reason, The Moody Blues do not get on the ballot. Other alternates would be Foreigner and Green Day.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.13.14 @ 13:31pm


But, if the Hall wants to do something crazy and unexpected, they might induct Chicago, instead. I am sure that their fan base has been clamoring for an induction, for a very long time. In which case, the inductees might look like this:

Duran Duran
Yes
Carly Simon
Sade
Chicago
Doobie Brothers
Lou Reed
Green Day

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.13.14 @ 13:37pm


Okay, forget all of the above. Here are the REAL deserving 2015 projected nominees:

Shaun Cassidy
Vanilla Ice
Britney Spears
Milli Vanilli
Tommy Tutone
The Backstreet Boys
N'Sync
The Partridge Family
Kingdom Come
Vanity Six

Well, SOMEONE has to mention them!

Posted by Joe on Sunday, 09.14.14 @ 14:32pm


I realized that my prediction did not sync with what I had on my blog, so here is my final prediction:

1. Green Day
2. Nine Inch Nails
3. Link Wray
4. Chicago
5. Janet Jackson
6. Bill Withers
7. NWA
8. Carole King
9. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
10. Sonic Youth
11. The Dire Straits
12. De La Soul
13. Yes
14. Lou Reed
15. Deep Purple
16. The Zombies

Posted by PopeCharming on Sunday, 09.14.14 @ 21:00pm


Here are my predictions for the 2015 Nominees:

Green Day- Need I say more?

Nine Inch Nails- Industrial rock at it's finest.

NWA- The fathers of gangster rap.

Yes- One of the best progressive rock groups of the 70s.

Deep Purple- They've waited too long for induction.

Stevie Ray Vaughn- He should have been inducted when he was eligible.

Lou Reed- Same thing here

Janet Jackson- So what if her breast showed for a second? That's no excuse for leaving her out.

LL Cool J- Let him in already.

Link Wray- How he got passed up last year is beyond me?

Sonic Youth- With R.E.M in, It's only a matter of time before these guys will get in.

Like my picks? Tell me what you guys think.

Posted by Andrew on Monday, 09.15.14 @ 18:05pm


"Nine Inch Nails- Industrial rock at it's finest."
"Like my picks? Tell me what you guys think."

Since you asked...

NIN is post-Industrial at its finest and most commercially packaged (and again, I am a fan). For Industrial at its finest you have to go back to Throbbing Gristle, pre-Synthpop Cabaret Voltaire and jackhammer solo era Einstuerzende Neubauten, IMNSHO.

Solid predictions though, Andrew.

Posted by DarinRG on Monday, 09.15.14 @ 19:30pm


Excellent list Andrew with logical choices for each of the performers. You chose all my picks expect for Stevie Ray Vaughn (who I think definitely deserves to be nominated and inducted, but he keeps getting snubbed by the Rock Hall so I'm not sure when will receive a nomination at this point). The other nominees that I chose for my list are--Bon Jovi, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Jim Croce, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Gram Parsons, Spinners and Zombies.

Darin, I think you're being a little nit-picky about Andrew's comments about Nine Inch Nails. I think you're just messing with him thou. That's like if I said Green Day is punk rock at its finest (not my opinion, just an example) and then someone else comments what about Sex Pistols, Ramones and Clash. Andrew's comment was a personal opinion (we all have them, especially on this forum).

On a side note, Andrew you only chose 11 nominees for your list, you still have 5 more to choose from (there were 16 nominees last year). Let me know who you think the last 5 will be.

Posted by Nick on Monday, 09.15.14 @ 20:03pm


"Darin, I think you're being a little nit-picky about Andrew's comments about Nine Inch Nails. I think you're just messing with him thou. That's like if I said Green Day is punk rock at its finest (not my opinion, just an example) and then someone else comments what about Sex Pistols, Ramones and Clash. Andrew's comment was a personal opinion (we all have them, especially on this forum)."

Nick - I understand where you come to that conclusion. That's an area of music that's very important to me and that falls into a lot of people's blind spots around here. People who came of age in the 90s or later have a very different understanding (or no understanding at all) of what words like "Goth" or "Industrial" mean, or what the importance of those genres were, than those of us who actually grew up when those genres were relevant and progressive and still see the influence.

I wasn't picking on Andrew personally. I like Andrew. It is an area where I will nitpick every time. It's an area that's important to me, if nobody else.

Posted by DarinRG on Monday, 09.15.14 @ 21:03pm


Nick, in response to your question, the remaining 5 predictions for the 2015 Nominees for me would be:

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts- They've been nominated two times already, so they might be nominated again this year.

Paul Butterfield Blues Band- It's a shame that these guys aren't in the Hall yet, considering how talented they were. Paul was one of the best white harmonica players out there.

MC5- Along with The Stooges, they pretty much invented punk and it would be a crime not to have them in.

The Cars- New wave isn't well represented in the Hall and it's about time that the group was nominated.

Chicago- Along with Santana, Steely Dan and Blood, Sweat, & Tears, these guys where one of the best jazz rock bands of the early 70s.

Nick, I hope that this will answer your question.

DarinRG, I just want to ask, what exactly do you like about me?

Posted by Andrew on Tuesday, 09.16.14 @ 00:22am


Great predictions from a host of people. My 2 cents:

Green Day
NWA
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
The Spinners
Link Wray & His Raymen
The Marvalettes
Soundgarden
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
The Cure
Eric B. and Rakim
Judas Priest
Carole King

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 09.16.14 @ 08:03am


How about:
Cher
Bon Jovi
Carole King
Jimmy Buffet
Joe Cocker

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 09.16.14 @ 19:52pm


I'm going to be posting my prediction on my blog soon... of all the predictions posted that I've read, the two I have the most in common with are JohnnyDuBiel and John R.C., both of whom I match 12 of 16. That's even better than my mid-season report (11 of 15 or 16). JohnnyDuBiel is up to 14 if you include the alternates.

Lots of 9s, 10s, and 11s, btw.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 09.16.14 @ 20:57pm


The Zombies MUST get inducted this year. And Bon Jovi MUST NOT...not ever.

Posted by Heli0tr0pe on Wednesday, 09.17.14 @ 22:33pm


Cheap Trick is long overdue. So are Chicago, Yes, Dire Straits and a bunch of others. But Cheap Trick has got to be in the Hall.

Posted by KyPerson on Friday, 09.19.14 @ 14:14pm


Has anyone heard anything yet about the Nominating Committee meeting to come up with the nominees. Obviously this is the time frame they usually meet, but does anyone know anything official?

Posted by Donnie on Friday, 09.19.14 @ 18:49pm


Hey Philip, are you the one that does the Rock Hall Monitors blog? I know Tom Lane, Charles Crossley, and Pope_Charming have blogs, so I'm assuming the Rock Hall Monitors Blog is done by you?

Posted by Donnie on Friday, 09.19.14 @ 18:51pm


Yep, Donnie, that's me.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 09.19.14 @ 22:09pm


Yes, the NomCom met this past week.

Posted by FRL on Saturday, 09.20.14 @ 20:50pm


Well, now we know the Nominating Committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has met over the last week or so. I suppose this year has not been as consistent with my posts advocating preferred artists in my quere to be inducted. Rest assured, though; I do have artists that are now eligible that I think and infer will be inducted for the RRHOF Class of 2015. Perhaps now would be the best time to go through each artist or group Future Rock Legends has now predicted will be nominated.

Green Day will be inducted.

Nine Inch Nails will be inducted.

N.W.A. will be inducted, and the oversight will be rectified.

MC5 should be inducted; yet this band will likely not be getting in the Hall any time soon. I could see MC5 get on the nominees' ballot however. The problem arising from a potential MC5 nomination and/or induction arises in knowing that half of the band have passed away, including Fred "Sonic" Smith. I am sure Patti Smith would accept the honor, as would Wayne Kramer. Yet, would that be it?

Chic will be inducted. This has gone on far enough. In point of fact, it should have taken Chic only two times at most to get an induction.

Kraftwerk I infer will be nominated. This band having won a Grammy Lifetime Award must have certainly given the NomCom a reasoning for their eventual third nomination. I do think, though, an induction will occur only if Ralf Hutter is willing to be in the same room with at least Florian Schneider at least one more time. It would also be nice if Karl Bartos and Wolfgang Flur also were given invitations. From what I gather, some things have gone down between Ralf and Florian that has affected a near total break from the legacy of the partnership. For instance, the 2009 remastered cover for Trans-Europe Express does Not have the now famous portrait of the classic four in suits looking directly away from the camera, as it were. Now, if an induction were to occur, how Kraftwerk present themselves would entirely be up to them.

The Runaways and/or Joan Jett: either one may likely get inducted. This will go to a near certainty if there are seven Performers inductees.

Deep Purple will be nominated again; yet I do not think they will be inducted again. Relations between Ritchie Blackmore and the rest of the band, David Coverdale and the rest of the band, and Rod Evans and the rest of the band are at best nonexistent. And in Evans' case, no one wants to be associated with him. I know many do clamour for at least a reunion of the living Mach II line-up, as do I. Yet, as I mentioned last year; if Ritchie Blackmore did not bother to memorialize Jon Lord, I sincerely doubt he will be interested in getting inducted. In fact, Blackmore has said as much.

Sonic Youth would be a very welcome surprise for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominating Committee to put onto a ballot. This band should be in post haste. And yet: knowing Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore split up, thereby effectively ending Sonic Youth; I doubt we will see them get inducted for fear of a rather awkward night for all involved.

Stevie Ray Vaughan should have been inducted in his lifetime. Hopefully, the Vaughan family will one day be presented the honor for SRV to be inducted. I would not be surprised if Stevie Ray Vaughan does get a nomination.

LL Cool J will definitely be nominated. Hopefully, an induction is not too far behind.

Roxy Music needs to be inducted as soon as can be. I am sure if they are nominated, an induction will immediately occur before the year is out. Also, it would be exciting to have both Brian Eno and Roxy Music be inducted in the same year.

Bill Withers is an artist I will have on my ballot for the Revisited/Projected Rock Hall Project election next month. Inferring that Bill Withers will finally be included in our Crown Jewel; I can see a potential RRHOF nomination in the weeks ahead. It may not be an induction; yet it is a start.

Link Wray will be nominated again, and I infer will somehow get inducted either as a Performer or least likely as an Influence.

Yes will be inducted.

Paul Butterfield is an artist that I do not think will be nominated this year. Butterfield in his life's work is not on my shortlist for the Revisited/Projected Rock Hall Project. As well, when putting in the Blues Band, Paul Butterfield is mainly not the person that gets discussed. That would be Mike Bloomfield. As I mentioned before, if it were Mike Bloomfield in his own name, a nomination and probable induction would occur post haste.

How I see it, at least five of the six artists listed will be inducted before the end of the year. It might be six if there is a potential for seven Performers inductees. Knowing that the probable seventh would be The Runaways and/or Joan Jett; the six I believe will be inducted are as follows.

Green Day
Nine Inch Nails
N.W.A
Yes
Chic
Kate Bush

Enigmaticus had wondered why I picked Kate Bush as a likely inductee. Well, Kate Bush recently went back to performing concerts after a 35 year absence. That is correct; 35 years it has been between her 1979 Lionheart tour and her 2014 shows. And from what I gather, these recent concerts have been awesome. As well, with the growing amount of art rock artists getting inducted; one would consider the likelihood of including Kate Bush, one of the more enigmatic and cerebral performers of her time, as a potential inductee.

Well, those are my opinions and predictions. There is always the likelihood of Lou Reed getting posthumously nominated; which would include an obvious induction. If that is going to happen, then I will present a revised selection of probable 2015 inductees. By the way, Lou Reed is a lock on my ballot for the Revisited/Projected Rock Hall Project election next month. Thus, a Lou Reed nomination by the RRHOF NomCom is a distinctive possibility. We all shall see.

Now is the time at Future Rock Legends when we ponder:),

Lax31

Posted by Lax31 on Sunday, 09.21.14 @ 21:21pm


Regarding Lax's Deep Purple point: I'm not aware of any Coverdale tensions. In fact, Lord and Paice both played with Whitesnake. I think the problem is Blackmore and the surviving Mk. II members wanting nothing to do with each other. That plus no Jon Lord would make the ceremony a bit more difficult.

I'd love to see Kate Bush inducted but that's a pipe dream.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 09.22.14 @ 07:56am


I have my predictions posted at the top of the page but I haven't done inductee predictions if my predictions wound up being 100% correct. I'll post my predictions here again anyway and do my inductee predictions based on that.

1. Deep Purple
2. Janet Jackson
3. Chic
4. Green Day
5. Link Wray
6. Fela
7. Carole King
8. Roxy Music
9. Chicago
10. Harry Nilsson
11. Sonic Youth
12. The Spinners
13. Chubby Checker
14. Yes
15. N.W.A.
16. Lou Reed

Inductees:

If 6
Green Day
Deep Purple
Yes
Lou Reed
Chicago
N.W.A.

If 7
Green Day
Deep Purple
Yes
Lou Reed
Chicago
N.W.A.
Roxy Music

If 8
Green Day
Deep Purple
Yes
Lou Reed
Chicago
N.W.A.
Roxy Music
Janet Jackson

Posted by Greg F on Monday, 09.22.14 @ 09:41am


Because the Rock Hall has gotten more populist in recent years (e.g., Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Kiss), I think many "popular" acts who have been snubbed in the past are having the best-ever chances of scoring Rock Hall nominations (and possibly inductions). That's why acts like Chicago have a great chance of finally getting a chance into the Rock Hall. I have a feeling that there are going to be a couple of names thrown in that we will all be like "They Deserve to be nominated but we weren't expecting." This is how I felt when I heard last year that Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates were nominated (They both totally deserved nominations and inductions, but very few thought they stood a chance) and eventual inducted. For some reason, I think someone like Steve Winwood might score another nomination this year, the last time he was nominated was 2003 so he has some leverage to secure another nomination. Something I feel that the "Future Rock Legends 2015 Predictions" lacks is solo artists. I don't think Bill Withers, Roxy Music, Stevie Ray Vaughn or MC5 will appear on the 2015 ballot. Sure they all deserve nominations (and inductions), but I don't see the Rock Hall nominating them this year. On a side note, I can't believe Lou Reed wasn't one of the 16 predictions because of how respected Reed is in the Rock Music community. He just died last year and many rock critics rank Reed among the best front-men and singer-songwriters ever. Reed is a more realistic choice than someone like Bill Withers. If Lou Reed appears on the ballot next month, he will most likely receive induction. Reed is long overdue for induction as a solo artist anyway.

My picks for the class of 2015:
Chic, Green Day, Janet Jackson, N.W.A., Lou Reed, Yes

A perfect balance that has something for everyone:
1 Disco and/or Soul Act [Chic]
1 First-Ballot Group [Green Day]
1 Pop Act [Janet Jackson]
1 Rap/Hip-Hop Act [N.W.A.]
1 Singer-Songwriter [Lou Reed]
1 Progressive Rock Act [Yes]

The only three locks are Green Day, N.W.A. and Yes at this point; because there is usually one female act, I think the best bet is either Janet Jackson or Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. I think Jackson has the better chances if both appear on the ballot together, but I wouldn't count Jett out due to her awesome version of "Smells like Teen Spirit" earlier this year at the 2014 Rock Hall ceremony. Jett definitely reminded voters how good she is and deserves induction very soon (hopefully 2015).

Posted by Nick on Monday, 09.22.14 @ 16:03pm


Stevie Ray Vaughan was nominated before.

Joan Jett was also nominated before.

Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 09.24.14 @ 21:43pm


Yes, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts have been nominated twice (2012, 2013), BUT Stevei Ray Vaughan has not received a Rock Hall nomination yet (he should, but he hasn't).

Posted by Nick on Wednesday, 09.24.14 @ 23:07pm


Yes, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts have been nominated twice (2012, 2013), BUT Stevie Ray Vaughan has not received a Rock Hall nomination yet (he should, but he hasn't).

Posted by Nick on Wednesday, 09.24.14 @ 23:08pm


I am responding to a Young fellow named Nick. You seem to be very knowledgeable in music. You know about artists from 40 years ago or more. I will reiterate my list as a reminder.
Chicago
Deep Purple
Doobie Brothers
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Carole King
Marvelettes
The Moody Blues
Lou Reed
Soundgarden
Yes
Now I will add to this the 5 I don't like. Those consist of Rap,Disco and another 90's act. You see there's also an 80's artist I have in mind. That's what threw you. The other 5. Bon Jovi, Chic, Green Day, LL Cool J and NWA. I DO NOT like these artists too much if at all. I do feel they will b nominated. I was confused what you meant about top of the Forum for Lou Reed. I listed them alphabetically. In case one wonders why Lou Reed is not at the top. In any case. Lou Reed is well deserved. I am actually not a real huge fan but he is well deserved and they missed the boat last year. Doobie Brothers have a good chance of nomination. The Hall is focused on a lot of 70's artists these days. No they aren't the most influential. That's happened recently with Hall & Oates. Keep in mind this a Nominee list not a list of Inductee predictions. I feel Soundgarden will be nominated to get the 90s thing rolling. I DON'T THINK they will be Inducted. 90's spot would go to Green Day. Not a fan of Green Day but that's how it goes. Carole King can easily be nominated. It would be as a solo artist. People have gone in many times with a group and Solo. Her solo work includes Tapestry from 1971. She was inducted with Gerry Goffin. She was also a key Singer Songwriter in the 70s after that. I always predict Moody Blues. Moodys must get in. Such a great career. There's my comments for now.

Posted by Ben on Friday, 09.26.14 @ 05:11am


I want to clarify that my list above is my predictions for Nominees not Inductees. I don't think they will all be inducted. Only about 6 artists get inducted these days. I love early Chicago and they have had a long career. Painfully I still don't think the Hall will be smart enough for that one yet. Same thing with the Doobie Brothers. They can be Nominated not Inducted. I will list Inductee predictions after the Nominees are announced. Joan Jett could be Nominated I think. Same thing. I do however feel Deep Purple will be Nominated and Inducted for example. After all the controversy early in the year over Kiss the Hall may go with a 70s Hard Rock and that consist of quieter fellows. I can see those guys jamming Smoke on the Water at the Hall. I always say the Moody Blues should be inducted and therefore I predict them. I know what you're thinking. Deep Purple and Moody Blues at the same time Why not? Heart and Rush went in at the same time. So anyway this is a Nominee list not an Inductees list. One last example. I predict Yes to be nominated not Inducted. They are too similar to the Moody Blues. Deep Purple is much Harder Rock than the Moody Blues.

Posted by Ben on Friday, 09.26.14 @ 06:26am


The most overlooked entities for the Rock Hall of Fame have to be The Monkees along with Jan and Dean..... Monkees have proven year in year out they are real thing AND how many others have been inducted that used the same Wrecking Crew to do their music??? Jan and Dean are the same, more hits than most, plus Jan Berry was one of the best west coast music minds in the 60's, not to mention you could at least throw him and Dean a bone for coming back from the near death accident in '66.

Posted by Gene on Friday, 09.26.14 @ 12:20pm


Gene, the Monkees had advantages no other rock band had (Network publicity, Neil Diamond writing songs for you, etc.) Why weren't they bigger?

I think Jan & Dean have a better case. Hall maybe thinks they didn't have along enough run. The Hall doesn't seem to take life changing tragedies into account too much.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 09.26.14 @ 13:49pm


I wouldn't mind if inxs is on the ballot

Posted by Gio on Sunday, 09.28.14 @ 19:52pm


1, Deep Purple
2. Big Mama Thornton
3. T. Rex
4. Joan Baez
5. Patsy Cline
6. The Moody Blues
7. Cliff Richard & The Shadows
8. Johnny Winter
9. Paul Butterfield Blues Band
10. Quicksilver Messenger
11. Carole King
12. Yes
13, Joe Cocker
14. Gram Parsons
15.Clifton Chenier

Posted by Denis on Sunday, 09.28.14 @ 23:57pm


Ben,

I appreciate your ongoing support of The Moody Blues. Although, I feel that it would not be outrageous for the Rock Hall to nominate both Yes and The Moody Blues and possibly induct both of them during the same year. Deep Purple was originally a covers band, then a progressive rock band, then a hard rock band. I think that Deep Purple has probably been building a bloc which will support their induction, but given the choice between inducting The Moody Blues, arguably the founders of the progressive rock/art rock genres and inducting Deep Purple, I think that Deep Purple will still have to wait, unless the Hall decides to induct several more artists.

As far as Heart and Rush's inductions were concerned, they were probably viewed as belonging to different genres, Rush is viewed as a major "progressive rock" band and Heart is viewed as not only a folk/hard rock artist, but also as a very important female fronted hard rock band. Rush had two competitors that year: Procol Harum and (early and "Burn" era) Deep Purple. Heart's competition was Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Deep Purple.

I think that nominating and inducting Doobie Brothers would probably be a great idea also, however sadly, many of their members would be inducted posthumously.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 09.29.14 @ 09:37am


Ben,

I appreciate your ongoing support of The Moody Blues. Although, I feel that it would not be outrageous for the Rock Hall to nominate both Yes and The Moody Blues and possibly induct both of them during the same year. Deep Purple was originally a covers band, then a progressive rock band, then a hard rock band. I think that Deep Purple has probably been building a bloc which will support their induction, but given the choice between inducting The Moody Blues, arguably the founders of the progressive rock/art rock genres and inducting Deep Purple, I think that Deep Purple will still have to wait, unless the Hall decides to induct several more artists.

As far as Heart and Rush's inductions were concerned, they were probably viewed as belonging to different genres, Rush is viewed as a major "progressive rock" band and Heart is viewed as not only a folk/hard rock artist, but also as a very important female fronted hard rock band. Rush had two competitors that year: Procol Harum and (early and "Burn" era) Deep Purple. Heart's competition was Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Deep Purple.

I think that nominating and inducting Doobie Brothers would probably be a great idea also, however sadly, many of their members would be inducted posthumously.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 09.29.14 @ 09:38am


That time of year is almost upon us: the fight over who should be nominated, and eventually inducted, into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for 2015. Here are my picks:

1. Deep Purple ( The elephant in the room for 2015. However, I think it should ONLY be the "Mach II" incarnation of Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, and Paice. Unquestionably the most influential of ANY other lineup before OR after ).

2. Bad Company ( How does the Hall ignore an icon like Paul Rodgers? Long overdue induction. Enough said ).

3. Chic ( SOMEBODY must think highly of them to receive eight nominations! Hugely influential. Time to right the wrong ).

4. Stevie Ray Vaughn And Double Trouble ( He single-handedly brought the blues to a new generation of rock fans. Many of us went back to the blues to find out the entire story once and for all. A no-brainer for nomination this time ).

5. Journey ( Why or how Bon Jovi gets a nomination before Journey is mindboggling! In short order, there would be no Bon Jovi without Journey paving the way for their "type" of "arena rock" ).

6. Suzanne Vega ( Arguably as influential as Joni Mitchell yet doesn't receive the recognition she deserves. She paved the way for Tracy Chapman, Melissa Etheridge, Sarah McClaughlin, Joan Osborne, Alanis Morrisette, this list goes on ).

7. Janet Jackson ( If you talk about Madonna, you also have to talk about Janet.Imitated but never duplicated to this day ).

8. Judas Priest ( Do I really need to explain )?

9. The Commodores ( Frankly, I'd rather have them in over Lionel any day of the week ).

10.Steve Earle ( A "country" artist that knows how to ROCK! A critic's darling as well ).

11.Cheap Trick

12.The Cars

13. Grand Funk Railroad ( If the Hall is really heading towards a "populist" bent, perhaps a nomination is not too far off ).

14.Jethro Tull

15.New York Dolls ( Punk BEFORE punk )!

16.Iron Maiden ( Judas Priest had to pass the torch to somebody. Iron Maiden ran with it ).



Posted by V.F.T. on Monday, 09.29.14 @ 21:45pm


That time of year is almost upon us: the fight over who should be nominated, and eventually inducted, into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for 2015. Here are my picks:

1. Deep Purple ( The elephant in the room for 2015. However, I think it should ONLY be the "Mach II" incarnation of Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, and Paice. Unquestionably the most influential of ANY other lineup before OR after ).

2. Bad Company ( How does the Hall ignore an icon like Paul Rodgers? Long overdue induction. Enough said ).

3. Chic ( SOMEBODY must think highly of them to receive eight nominations! Hugely influential. Time to right the wrong ).

4. Stevie Ray Vaughn And Double Trouble ( He single-handedly brought the blues to a new generation of rock fans. Many of us went back to the blues to find out the entire story once and for all. A no-brainer for nomination this time ).

5. Journey ( Why or how Bon Jovi gets a nomination before Journey is mindboggling! In short order, there would be no Bon Jovi without Journey paving the way for their "type" of "arena rock" ).

6. Suzanne Vega ( Arguably as influential as Joni Mitchell yet doesn't receive the recognition she deserves. She paved the way for Tracy Chapman, Melissa Etheridge, Sarah McClaughlin, Joan Osborne, Alanis Morrisette, this list goes on ).

7. Janet Jackson ( If you talk about Madonna, you also have to talk about Janet.Imitated but never duplicated to this day ).

8. Judas Priest ( Do I really need to explain )?

9. The Commodores ( Frankly, I'd rather have them in over Lionel any day of the week ).

10.Steve Earle ( A "country" artist that knows how to ROCK! A critic's darling as well ).

11.Cheap Trick

12.The Cars

13. Grand Funk Railroad ( If the Hall is really heading towards a "populist" bent, perhaps a nomination is not too far off ).

14.Jethro Tull

15.New York Dolls ( Punk BEFORE punk )!

16.Iron Maiden ( Judas Priest had to pass the torch to somebody. Iron Maiden ran with it ).



Posted by V.F.T. on Monday, 09.29.14 @ 21:45pm


Not a bad list, but...

"Suzanne Vega ( Arguably as influential as Joni Mitchell" ??????????

Posted by Dezmond on Monday, 09.29.14 @ 23:31pm


Alright, I guess I should post my predictions.

1. Green Day (for all the reasons already stated. Not a fan, but I do not argue against them)

2. Chic (they will keep trying)

3. Deep Purple (this will be the year, I think)

4. Yes (almost made it last year, and one of the most egregious omissions)

5. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble (I am like Tom Lane and others, I don't understand what the hold up has been, so I will keep predicting it until it happens. Once he is nominated, he is a guaranteed inductee)

6. Link Wray (I have a feeling they will give him another try, he has strong support amongst the old timers, and he definitely deserves it)

7. Roxy Music (perhaps this is wishful thinking, but it is absurd that they have never even been nominated; extremely influential, extremely awesome, and it gets Brian Eno in too)

8. The Smiths (They've thrown The Cure out there, then The Replacements...perhaps it is The Smiths turn)

9. Janet Jackson (the campaign may have worked)

10. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (I like her, but I don't think she deserves induction)

11. NWA (some influential folks have said they were going to push hard for them again)

12. Gram Parsons (I could see them throwing him out there again, although I personally have never understood the Parsons worship)

13. Journey (throwing a bone for the masses? I would have doubted this earlier, but with KISS last year and a nomination for freakin' Bon Jovi awhile back, why not? Definitely influential, although not in some positive ways. I really like them, though, and it creates the requisite controversy for the ceremony...will Steve Perry perform with his estranged comrades?)

14. Kraftwerk (they will have a difficult time, but incredibly influential. This is one where the voting body might not fully understand the history here)

15. Lou Reed (nominated before, his death might give him another shot)

16. The Cars (just really hoping here, that's all)

Posted by Dezmond on Monday, 09.29.14 @ 23:58pm


Those are great lists, Dezmond & V.F.T.


From your list, Dezmond I would choose the following artists as inductees: Green Day, Yes, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Roxy Music, Lou Reed & Deep Purple. I would choose either choose Kraftwerk, or The Cars as the 7th choice.

From your list, V.F.T., I would choose the following artists as inductees: Deep Purple, Bad Company, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Jethro Tull, The Commodores and Suzanne Vega. I would choose either The Cars, or Judas Priest as the 7th choice.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 09.30.14 @ 09:09am


By the way, Alex Voltaire, i would like to applaud you for your great analysis on your blog. Thank you.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 09.30.14 @ 10:15am


I'm always surprised by the lack of HoF love for Jethro Tull. Not even one single nomination? I wouldn't argue they're the best band ever or anything, but it seems like they certainly have plenty of classic hits, several stone-classic albums, a unique sound (hello rock flute!), and some lasting influence on today's alt-folkie bands on both sides of the pond. And their longevity ain't bad either. What gives?

Posted by Heli0tr0pe on Tuesday, 09.30.14 @ 21:28pm


1. Kraftwerk
2. Nine Inch Nails
3. Green Day
4. Joan Baez
5. Gram Parsons
6. Roxy Music (also Brian Eno as a non-performer)
7. Deep Purple
8. The Runaways (but probably Joan Jett & The Blackhearts)
9. Kate Bush
10. Chic
11. N.W.A.
12. Lee "Scratch" Perry (if not here, definitely non-performer)
13. Iron Maiden
14. Sonic Youth
15. Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble
16. John Coltrane

Also, Giorgio Mordoer as a non-performer.

Posted by Boomstick on Tuesday, 09.30.14 @ 23:14pm


Enigmaticus,

I do indeed have ongoing support for the Moody Blues. It's not outrageous at all for the Rock Hall to nominate both the Moody Blues and Yes during the same year. However I just don't think both will be inducted due to the lack of Prog Rock in the Hall in the past. In which case I predict Moody Blues as I've been doing. I thought about it Heart and Rush they can be viewed as different genres. That is how I came up with Deep Purple being inducted at the same time as the Moodys. Deep Purple are much Harder Rock than the Moodys. I think after the whole Kiss thing the Hall wants to bounce back with totally different Hard Rock act. Now switching to the Doobie Brothers. I predict their first nomination. I do think they won't be inducted though. Doobie Brothers will probably be actually inducted in a few years. I'm taking into account that the Hall will want a Disco act unfortunately. That would be Chic. And also a 90s act. Right now they only induct 6. I see Joan Jett being nominated coming after her appearance last year. Again they'll hold off on the Induction. I came to the conclusion of Carole King because there is usually a Singer Songwriter or mellower singer on a Nominee list. And hey Lou Reed. The Hall missed the boat last year.

Posted by Ben on Wednesday, 10.1.14 @ 05:06am


October has arrived!

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.1.14 @ 06:19am


Green Day
NIN
NWA
Chic
Joan Jett
Deep Purple
Yes
Sonic Youth
LL Cool J
Paul Butterfield
Janet Jackson
Link Wray
Chicago
Johnny Winter
MC5

Posted by Classic Rock on Wednesday, 10.1.14 @ 09:07am


Thank you Ben,

I would definitely support both the induction of The Moody Blues and Yes, if both were to appear on the ballot. Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Graeme Edge, Ray Thomas, Mike Pinder and company should have been inducted long ago. Yes should have followed Rush in, last year. Of course, as long as at least one "progressive rock" act gets in each year from now on, certain individuals will be satisfied.

As far as Deep Purple is concerned, most voters know about 'Smoke On The Water, ' which is quite a shame since they have a deeper catalog than that. 'April' from "Deep Purple" is my favorite Deep Purple song. I also really like 'Burn' from "Burn" as well.

I would not be upset to see Carole King, Carly Simon, or Jim Croce get long over due nominations either. If Chic does not a nomination, this will be their ninth. We may see The Paul Butterfield Blues' Band return again, to the nominees list, as well.

The hall may want to start to address what they consider to be '80's acts,' as well. Right now, one of their most egregious snubs is Duran Duran. Another is XTC. Of course, I would vote for either, or both. I consider both of these acts to be "art rock," but I am not alone in that opinion.

I think that Lou Reed may receive a posthumous nod as well. His widow, Laurie Anderson could get a nomination, also.


Posted by Enigmaticus on Wednesday, 10.1.14 @ 09:46am


Once again, here is my list:

Once again, here is my list of 2015 nominees, with a slight modification:

These are the artists whom I would like to see nominated for the rrhof induction in 2015

1. Duran Duran
2. The Moody Blues
3. Yes
4. Stevie Ray Vaughan
5. Sade
6. Doobie Brothers
7. Carly Simon
8. Chicago
9. Foreigner
10. Electric Light Orchestra
11. Green Day
12. Phish
13. The Meters
14. Deep Purple
15. Ice-T
16. Queen Latifah
17. Lou Reed
18. The Spinners

And as producers:

Todd Rundgren
Brian Eno
Nile Rodgers

And as songwriter: Bernie Taupin

Posted by Enigmaticus on Wednesday, 10.1.14 @ 09:55am


Note to self: I could not really come up with alternates to those artists, plus having two different tablet computers is an asset. My old first generation Ipad has a shattered display screen, but it still works.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Wednesday, 10.1.14 @ 10:07am


What I want to see:

Chad & Jeremy
Peter & Gordon
Gordon Lightfoot
The Zombies
The Moody Blues
Peter, Paul, and Mary
The Kingston Trio
The Youngbloods
The Big Bopper
Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats
Chubby Checker
Herman's Hermits

AME: The Belmonts
EI: Big Mama Thornton

Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 10.1.14 @ 14:42pm


Personally, I think the Rock Hall is starting to move away from 1960s artists at this point. The remaining British Invasion acts that you listed in the previous post don't really have much of a chance at this point (the Moody Blues do deserve a nomination but they have been passed for years and I'm not holding my breath for the Rock Hall to act on this; same with Chubby Checker but his recent comments about wanting an induction might make his chances better than ever at this point, but who knows). I think the Zombies will for sure be the next (and possibly last) deserving British Invasion act to be inducted.

I would like to the Belmonts get the music excellence award, like the E Street Band got earlier this year. Without the Belmonts, I don't think Dion would have been nearly as great as he is. "A Teenage in Love" is one of their best songs.

Hard to think that Big Mama Thornton hasn't been inducted as an early influence, given that her songs "Ball N' Chain" and "Hound Dog" (Before Elvis' more-famous cover) are still thought of as classics.

Posted by Nick on Wednesday, 10.1.14 @ 15:07pm


I see some people throwing some Bad Company support out there. Why not Free instead?

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 10.1.14 @ 18:23pm


Bad Company most definitely has a better shot than Free. Besides "All Right Now" (Definitely a classic), Free's discography is probably too short for Rock Hall consideration. Bad Company, on the other hand, had a lot of hits in the 1970s. Either way, Paul Rodgers already should be in the Rock Hall because he is one of the greatest lead vocalists in Rock Music history. I would like Bad Company to be concerned, hopefully within the next couple of years. For some reason, I wouldn't be shocked to them appearing on this year's ballot or maybe the 2016 ballot.

Posted by Nick on Wednesday, 10.1.14 @ 22:11pm


Meant to say "considered," NOT concerned. Sorry for the error!

Posted by Nick on Wednesday, 10.1.14 @ 22:14pm


Regarding Joan Jett:

I fully anticipate another nomination.

The "powers that be" likes her, that is clear.

That being said, she was/is nothing more than a marginal 80's artist. Sure, "I Love Rock and Roll" was a big #1 hit, but that, and her small handful of hits, don't make her Hall worthy. Her influence was minimal.

I appreciate that the Hall wants to include more women, and that's a noble cause. They still have to be a worthy artist, and Joan Jett falls short. Let's debate Carly Simon or Carole King or Dionne Warwick or Janet Jackson. Joan Jett was a very, very average act.

Posted by Classic Rock on Thursday, 10.2.14 @ 00:00am


Enigmaticus. Thank you for your great response. I would definitely support both the induction of the Moody Blues and Yes if they were both nominated.I just feel the way the Hall is only one progressive act will get in at best. I will go with Moodys out of tradition for me and they did come first. It would satisfy having a 60's choice. There was no 60s choice last year.

Now as far as Deep Purple. Smoke on the Water is the tune all the Voters know. As you said they have a deeper catalog. I like Highway Star a lot. Super Trouper from Who Do We Think We Are is my favorite Deep Purple song.

I do think Carole King will get a long due nomination. Probably be inducted as well. She was a key Singer Songwriter in the 70s after all. Carly Simon I would not be upset about but I think the Hall will wait. She wasn't really a songwriter and Carole King has appeared many times at Ceremonies.

I think it's almost a lock with Lou Reed. I've been saying that they missed the boat last year. He was not on the ballot at all a year ago. He was alive still at that time. SO now it's posthumous. He figure he will be nominated and Inducted.
I just want to mention I would love to see Chicago and Doobie Brothers get in. I predict them as Nominees. Key 70's acts. But alas there's only 6 spots. I think the Hall will start addressing the 80s more but not just yet. I think they'll still be heavy on the 70s. 80s art Rock like Duran Duran and XTC they may hold off on. We can throw B52s into that mix perhaps. They are New wave anyway. The 80s that has been on nominee lists have tended to be Basic rock like Joan Jett I've noticed. We shall see what happens soon

Posted by Ben on Thursday, 10.2.14 @ 04:48am


Ok. Here is my full list of 2015 nominees. I just want everyone to know that I am including ones I don't even like. I am not a big fan of Bon Jovi and I am not into Rap. I do like at least 10 I will list. These are NOT all artists I would like to see Nominated but I feel will be. Ones like Moody Blues and Yes I clearly if people have read my posts. List is Alphabetical. Here we go. My Nominee list for 2015.

Bon Jovi
Chic
Chicago
Deep Purple
Doobie Brothers
Green Day
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Carole King
LL Cool J
The Marvelettes
The Moody Blues
N.W.A.
Lou Reed
Soundgarden
Yes


Posted by Ben on Thursday, 10.2.14 @ 06:01am


My nominee predictions:

1. Green Day
2. Deep Purple
3. N.W.A
4. Chic
5. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
6. Sonic Youth
7. Yes
8. Chicago
9. Kate Bush
10. Nine Inch Nails
11. De La Soul
12. Janet Jackson
13. Link Wray
14. The Zombies
15. Warren Zevon
(16? Kraftwerk)

Posted by rockstar23 on Thursday, 10.2.14 @ 06:22am


You are very welcome, Ben

By the way, your 2015 nominee list is outstanding. From your list, I would choose the following artists:

The Moody Blues
Yes
Chicago
Doobie Brothers
Green Day
Carole King
Lou Reed

By the way, rockstar23, your list is outstanding also. From your list, I would choose the following as inductees:

Green Day
Deep Purple
Yes
Chicago
Either Warren Zevon, or Kate Bush
Either The Zombies, or Kraftwerk

Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 10.2.14 @ 09:49am


"I appreciate that the Hall wants to include more women, and that's a noble cause. They still have to be a worthy artist, and Joan Jett falls short. Let's debate Carly Simon or Carole King or Dionne Warwick or Janet Jackson. Joan Jett was a very, very average act."

A-freaking-men. I'd rather see any of those in the Hall than Joan Jett. Yes, Bill G., even Dionne Warwick.

Btw, Enigmaticus, you never told me which artists from my ballot prediction you would choose. I posted it on my RHM blog. Did you not click the link to read it, or do you just hate my predictions that viscerally?

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 10.2.14 @ 10:33am


^

Tina Turner (solo), Whitney Houston and Pat Benatar should be discussed before Joan Jett as well.

Posted by Guru on Thursday, 10.2.14 @ 11:12am


Chicago and The Commodores should be on this years ballot!!Chicago had went strong in 70's and 80's!!The Commodores were Motown's first Funk band and gotta get Lionel Richie going as a 2 time inductee for his great career!!

Posted by Robert Henry on Thursday, 10.2.14 @ 11:34am


Good point, Guru. Many people assume Tina Turner is already in, but she is only in as part of Ike and Tina. She should be seriously considered for her solo career as well.

Posted by Dezmond on Thursday, 10.2.14 @ 12:48pm


Adding to my list of British Invasion, folk, and early rock seen above:

The Kingston Trio

Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, 10.2.14 @ 18:42pm


My predictions:

Green Day
Deep Purple
Chic
N.W.A.
Yes
Janet Jackson
War
Lou Reed
The Zombies
Sonic Youth
LL Cool J
Dick Dale
Joan Jett
The Doobie Brothers
Paul Butterfield Blues Band

If 16...I will say Roxy Music

Most of my picks are pretty safe, but I am going to predict that Nine Inch Nails doesn't get a nomination right away. I am a big fan, and they deserve a quick induction, but the Hall has shown a tendency to pass over harder Rock bands early in their eligibility in the past.

Posted by BSLO on Thursday, 10.2.14 @ 19:26pm


1. Deep Purple
2. Stevie Ray Vaughn
3. Grand Funk Railroad
4. Joe Cocker
5. Journey
6. Yes
7. Rainbow
8. Kansas
9. Bad Company
10. Boston
I'll be happy if any of my picks get in but the Purp's should have been in long ago. Jon lord's passing might push the vote more in their favor (regrettably). Paul Shaffer knows how great Jon was. Come on Paul, push harder!




Posted by bondo on Thursday, 10.2.14 @ 23:22pm


http://www.mtv.com/news/1648917/pearl-jam-radiohead-and-nine-other-surefire-rock-and-roll-hall-of-famers/

Pearl Jam, Radiohead And Nine Other Surefire Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.3.14 @ 09:11am


You are very welcome, Ben.

I would rather all see all of the major members of the post 1966 Moody Blues inducted while they are still alive. Of course, it's been an uphill battle since none of the Rolling Stone record guides have ever praised them. But then again, KISS and AC/DC were inducted and they were detested also.

New wave is just a commercial term used after the advent of punk. It actually covers quite a few different genres. I consider the term "art rock" more appropriate, due to the fact that Duran Duran, XTC and others have utilized string sections, or orchestras, in order to enhance their songs, not unlike Rush, Yes, or The Moody Blues.

I would be fine with either Carole King, or Carly Simon being inducted as a performer. Also, the same goes for the late Jim Croce.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 10.3.14 @ 09:59am


I am surprised at the R&RHoF's affection for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts over the Runaways. The Runaways, though all but unknown now, did the woman rocker in black before Pat Benatar, Lita Ford and others. The Blackhearts, as good as they are, had one iconic song, a few other hits, and little else.

Posted by Joe on Friday, 10.3.14 @ 10:10am


Philip, could you please post your list on this forum, or at least post a link to it.

Prince, your list is magnificent. From your list, I would personally choose the following: Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Yes, Kraftwerk, Deep Purple and King Crimson.

Your list is also great, Mike. I will have to get back to you, about your selections.

BSLO, your list is probably the most realistic. From your list, I would choose the following: Green Day, Deep Purple, Yes, Lou Reed and Doobie Brothers.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 10.3.14 @ 10:17am


Decided to update my nomination predictions. Here is my final prediction (assuming that there are 16 on the ballot):

1. Green Day (no brainer for the ballot)
2. Janet Jackson (capitalize on the groundswell of support)
3. Nine Inch Nails (close to no brainer but might scare some of the older members
4. Chicago (if KISS can get in off the supposed "blacklist" anythings possible)
5. Chubby Checker (should've been in by now, might nominate him while he can still perform)
6. N.W.A. (the "rap" nominee, sorry but it might be the way they see it)
7. The Spinners (time to start letting in some more 70's R&B)
8. Deep Purple (with KISS in should get the classic rock vote)
9. Yes (my favorite on this ballot, should get the prog spot)
10. Lou Reed (the "should've nominated him while he was still alive" candidate", could also count as a singer/songwriter)
11. Link Wray and his Ray Men (see #10, Little Steevie's support should help)
12. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (see last year's Nirvana tribute)
13. Sonic Youth (time to start giving props to women in 80's rock)
14. The Zombies (British Invasion candidate)
15. The MC5's (not one of my fave's but insanely influential in the evolution of both metal and punk, plus Tom Morello's support can't hurt)
16. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (blues/ guitar god candidate)

Lifetime Achievement:
Nile Rodgers (to cover his producing career as well as Chic)

Early Influence:
Ella Fitzgerald

Posted by Tom H. on Friday, 10.3.14 @ 11:33am


Tom, Chic already has 8 Rock Hall nominations before this year's ballot comes out hopefully within the next week or so. It would be a really dumb move on the Rock Hall to give a lifetime achievement award to Nile Rodgers when his group (Chic) has consisently appeared on the ballot. After all, there are people that want them inducted which is why they keep appaering on the ballot. The Rock Hall just isn't pulling the trigger and letting Chic become Rock Hall inductees. Personally, I want Chic to get inducted this year (not because I don't want them to appear on more ballots in future years), but because they deserve it. "Good Times" alone is one of the most sampeled songs in music history (Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust," Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and Blondie's "Rapture"---Just to name a few) and they had other hits like "Le Freak," "Dance, Dance, Dance," and "I Want Your Love." There is always that stigma against Disco music with some voters that might explain why Chic hasn't already been inducted. With Donna Summer in the Hall, Chic needs to be in the Rock Hall immediately due to their widespread influenced on contemporary music. The Rock Hall should induct Chic for 2015 and I boldly predict that this will be their year.

Posted by Nick on Friday, 10.3.14 @ 14:11pm


Nick-

Good point and I agree that there seems to be a stigma against disco and dance pop in general no doubt thanks to the older members of committee who were probably chanting disco sucks back in the day.

I really want them to go in and think they absolutely deserve it. I'm just playing devil's advocate here and trying to say that the Hall might do this to try to get around inducting them as a way of saying "Nile Rodgers = Chic therefore Nile Rodgers in = Chic in". Let's face it stranger things have happened.

Posted by Tom H. on Friday, 10.3.14 @ 14:36pm


Glad you agree with me on that; the most obvious example of the Rock Hall misplacing someone in a category is Carole King. She was nominated in 1989 as a performer, but inducted as a non-performer for her songwriting. King should have definitely been inducted as a performer given she had lots of hits on her own. Rodgers getting a lifetime achievement seems wrong like King's situation. This is why King will unlikely ever be a inductee for the performer category because she is already in by her own merit.
Thinking of a future inductee, I wonder if the Rock Hall will inductee Dr. Dre as a performer or a producer/non-performer. N.W.A. will no-doubt be the 5th-ever hip-hop/rap to become Rock Hall inductees, 2015 might just be their years after showing up on the ballot two years in a row. I'm split on this because he did have some impressive songs, but his influence definitely came as a producer. I'm wondering how Tom feels about Dr. Dre and which category he should be considered.

Posted by Nick on Friday, 10.3.14 @ 18:12pm


Nick-

First off I couldn't agree more with your take on Carole King. Yes is a teriffic songwriter and nothing should be taken away from the Goffin & King partnership. At the same time however, this is the woman who gave us freaking "Tapestry"!!!!

!@#$%#@$$

I'll just move on to my next point before my head explodes.

I for one think Dr. Dre may be one of the harder people to place in the Rock Hall. Obviously he's going in with N.W.A and "The Chronic" is considered by many to be one of the best rap albums of all time but I could see him getting the Award for Musical Excellence (especially if he's already in with N.W.A). This would cover his producing career as well as his performing career.

There is precedent for this with Leon Russell who, like Dre, wore many hats over his career (although Dre only ever seems to wear Raiders/Dodgers hats) and cannot be pidgeonholed into one particular category.

Posted by Tom H. on Friday, 10.3.14 @ 18:57pm


For the record I can also see them doing something like this for both Todd Rundgren and Brian Eno

Out of curiousity Nick what did you think of the rest of my picks?

Posted by Tom H. on Friday, 10.3.14 @ 18:59pm


Enig, I was just ribbin' ya, but the link is http://rockhallmonitors.blogspot.com

Posted by Philip on Friday, 10.3.14 @ 20:12pm


Tom, I liked all the predictions you listed. Actually I chose most of the picks you had chosen in a previous posting on this forum several weeks ago. The only ones I didn’t choose was Chicago, Chubby Checker, The MC-5’s and Stevie Ray Vaughn. In my predictions I chose Bon Jovi, Jim Croce, Paul Butterfield Blues Band and LL Cool J instead. I really hope your right about Chicago getting a Rock hall nomination, they really deserve it for their long-lasting popularity from the late 1960s to the 1980s. I think you said it best that if Kiss is able to bypass their criticisms/attacks on the Rock Hall and still get inducted, anything is possible. I think Chicago would definitely be less hostile to the Rock Hall and put their differences aside if they inducted. I think you have one of the more realistic predictions on this forum because I notice that many people tend to pick artists that they “like” rather than artists of more diverse genres/tastes. Like you, I think like a Rock Hall committee member and how they would nominate/induct acts. I really enjoy reading your blog and you have some of the best insights on the Rock Hall that I enjoy reading.
On a side note, Ella Fitzgerald would be a great choice for an “Early Influence,” although the Rock Hall has definitely slowed down the number of “Early Influence” inductees in the last 15 years. So I’m not sure if they will be another one for some time.

Posted by Nick on Friday, 10.3.14 @ 20:51pm


Philip,

I must admit that iI have found your blog to be quite interesting and informative. You certainly have an Interesting perspective. In your 2012 blog entry you had mentioned that Rush would probably pave the way for Uriah Heep, X, ELP, King Crimson, etc.

What I was surprised by was that you had not mentioned Yes, nor The Moody Blues which happen to be two of Rush's biggest influences. Of course nominees, Procol Harum and Deep Purple were also two of Rush's biggest influences, as well. But Rush is not a third generation progressive rock group. They have been in existence for 46 years, although they did not commit any of their songs onto vinyl until 5 years later. Thank you for reminding me that 4 progressive rock-artists were nominated for induction into the RRHOF in 2013.

Anyway, as far as your list is concerned. I feel that I could choose the following as possible inductees from your list:

Yes
Lou Reed
Deep Purple
Carole King
Green Day

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 10.4.14 @ 03:36am


Hey you know what everybody I am modifying my list of nominees for 2015. I listed 15. Last year 16 artists were nominated! Here is my modified and Final list of predictions.

Bon Jovi
Chic
Chicago
Deep Purple
Doobie Brothers
Electric Light Orchestra
Green Day
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Carole King
LL Cool J
The Marvelettes
The Moody Blues
N.W.A.
Lou Reed
Soundgarden
Yes

You will notice the added one. Jeff Lynne has appeared at ceremonies many times. His band may at least be nominated. I will give an honorable mention to Stevie Ray Vaughan. One of the best blues players. Almost put him on the list. I think in a different year The Hall will surprise us and suddenly put him in. I also see Carly Simon being nominated but again not this year. Just a feeling. This is my final list since it is Oct. 4th. In about a week the nominees should be announced.

Posted by Ben on Saturday, 10.4.14 @ 06:27am


Janet Jackson needs to be nominated! She has been in the business for almost four decades

Posted by Kelly L. on Saturday, 10.4.14 @ 09:18am


I just want to clarify. There is often confusion between the Nominee and Inductee predictions. Electric Light Orchestra who I added is an extra Nominee. I do not expect them to be Inducted. Maybe around 2019! There is soo many other artists that will be inducted first I think. As far as Orchestrated and Prog rock I go with Moodys. I will not predict Inductees until Nominees are announced. This way I know who we're dealing with. I just think they may start nominating them. Another key 70s group. Same thing with Chicago and Doobies. As far as Marvelettes also Nominee not Inductee. There's always Oldies on these lists. I think like last year they'll lean to the 70s for Inductees. Just not the ones above. After all L Reed was in the 70s too. I see him as an Inductee.

Posted by Ben on Saturday, 10.4.14 @ 09:39am


Ben,

Thank you. You have created a spectacular list of nominees. From your list, I would choose the following as inductees:

Yes
Electric Light Orchestra, or Chicago
The Moody Blues
Doobie Brothers
Carole King
Green Day
Lou Reed

Tom H.,

Your list is outstanding also. From your list, I would choose:

Yes
Green Day
Chicago
Lou Reed
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
The Zombies





Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 10.4.14 @ 10:48am


Folk/Songwriter: Gordon Lightfoot
Classic Rock: Bon Jovi
Major: Janet Jackson
Urban: The Sugarhill Gang
Alternative: Sonic Youth
Contemporary: New Kids on the Block
Early Rock: Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats
Soul: Lou Rawls
Pop: Jan and Dean
Other: Dolly Parton
AME: The Silver Bullet Band
EI: Big Mama Thornton

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 10.4.14 @ 12:23pm


Since nobody responded to my earlier list (apparently nobody likes Shaun Cassidy, Milli Vanilli, et al) a more serious list:

Cheap Trick
Chubby Checker
Deep Purple
The Doobie Brothers
The Guess Who
Janet Jackson
Joan Jett & the Runaways
Journey
Kraftwerk
Link Wray
The Moody Blues
Ringo Starr
The Sugar Hill Gang
Yes
The Zombies

I am debating whether to include Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, etc.; has their time really come yet?

Posted by Joe on Saturday, 10.4.14 @ 20:48pm


Enig, Carole King wasn't on my list. And you only picked 5, not 6 like with others. My list of 16 was:

1. The Average White Band
2. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
3. Chubby Checker
4. Deep Purple
5. Green Day
6. Janet Jackson
7. Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
8. The Meters
9. Nine Inch Nails
10. N.W.A.
11. Lou Reed
12. Sonic Youth
13. Johnny Winter
14. Link Wray
15. "Weird Al" Yankovic
16. Yes

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 10.4.14 @ 21:27pm


Thank you for the clarification, Philip.

From your list, I would choose the following as inductees:

Deep Purple
Green Day
The Meters
Lou Reed
Johnny Winter
Yes


Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 10.4.14 @ 21:49pm


Joe,

Your nominees list is outstanding. Thank you for posting it. From your list, I would choose the following as inductees:

Deep Purple
The Doobie Brothers
The Zombies, or The Guess Who
Kraftwerk
The Moody Blues
Yes

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 10.4.14 @ 22:02pm


could the MC5, the zombies, dick dale, and/or new york dolls make the nominees list? I hope they do

Posted by chris on Monday, 10.6.14 @ 18:17pm


http://rockhall.com/inductees/nominees/

It's near. The nominees from last year are no where to be found in the Rock Hall page. They might announce it either Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday or next week.

Posted by John R.C. on Monday, 10.6.14 @ 22:09pm


MY FINAL TWO PREDICTIONS FOR THE 16 NOMINEES

01. Mary Wells
02. The Marvelettes
03. Chubby Checker
04. The Monkees
05. Jan and Dean
06. Chicago
07. Deep Purple
08. Yes
09. Chic
10. Link Wray
11. The Meters
12. The Zombies
13. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
14. Nine Inch Nails
15. Green Day
16. N.W.A

OR

01. Chic
02. Yes
03. Deep Purple
04. Chicago
05. Link Wray
06. The Zombies
07. The Meters
08. War
09. Lou Reed
10. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
11. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
12. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
13. Nine Inch Nails
14. Green Day
15. N.W.A
16. LL Cool J

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 10.7.14 @ 10:13am


Shoot, I think they might actually go the route of Willie Nelson and Joan Baez this year too!

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 10.7.14 @ 10:19am


MY FINAL TWO PREDICTIONS FOR THE 16 NOMINEES

01. Joan Baez
02. Mary Wells
03. The Marvelettes
04. Chubby Checker
05. The Monkees
06. Jan and Dean
07. Chicago
08. Deep Purple
09. Yes
10. Chic
11. Link Wray
12. The Meters
13. The Zombies
14. Nine Inch Nails
15. Green Day
16. N.W.A

OR

01. Chic
02. Yes
03. Deep Purple
04. Chicago
05. Link Wray
06. The Zombies
07. The Meters
08. War
09. Lou Reed
10. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
11. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
12. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
13. Nine Inch Nails
14. Green Day
15. N.W.A
16. LL Cool J

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 10.7.14 @ 10:28am


While we're waiting for the 2015 nominees... a proposal:

When making Rock Hall ballot predictions, most of us understand that some picks are much easier to get right than others. For example, you don't have to be Nostradamus to predict Green Day will be nominated. Likewise, a third consecutive nomination for Deep Purple seems inevitable. But correctly predicting an artist that has been eligible for decades to make the ballot for the first time? That's hard.

So instead of just tallying up how many we correctly predicted, how about an alternate scoring system?

* 1 point for a newly eligible artist (like Green Day and Nine Inch Nails this year)

* 1 point for an artist who has been on the 2012, 2013 or 2014 ballot (Deep Purple, Chic, etc.)

* 2 points for an artist who was nominated between 2005-2011, but not since (Bon Jovi, J. Geils, etc.)

* 3 points for an artist nominated prior to 2005, but not since (MC5, Mary Wells, etc.)

* 5 points for an artist who has never been nominated.

This should make things a little more interesting and give some incentive for predicting long shots. Any suggested changes? It shouldn't get too complicated though.

Posted by Future Rock Legends on Tuesday, 10.7.14 @ 15:21pm


Sounds like a good idea, FRL. I am fine with it.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 10.7.14 @ 15:28pm


I agree, this sounds like a good idea to pass some time.

Posted by Nick on Tuesday, 10.7.14 @ 15:54pm


My predictions for this year's ballot:
Green Day
Nine Inch Nails
Deep Purple
N.W.A.
De La Soul
Johnny Winter
Sonic Youth
Carole King
Janet Jackson
Yes
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Lou Reed
Roxy Music
Kraftwerk
Link Wray

But I wouldn't be surprised to see, which I will rate on a scale of 1-10 how surprised I would be to see them being inducted 1 being not surprised at all and 10 being extremely surprised:
Stevie Ray Vaughn 2
The Cure 3
The Smiths 4
he Replacements 3
Depeche Mode 4.5
Pavement 4.5
The Specials 6
Madness 7
The English Beat 8.75 (The Rock Hall Facebook Page posted about them a while ago and they have a ska exhibit with no ska inductees)
Tina Turner (solo) 5
Sade 8
Def Leppard 4.5
Bon Jovi 4.5
The Stylistics 4.5
Chicago 4
Whitney Houston 4.5
MC5 3
Chic 2
Gram Parsons 3
The Flying Burrito Brothers 6
The Moody Blues 5.5
The Zombies 3
Dick Dale 4.5
Jan and Dean 6
Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio 7
Sting (solo) 6.5
Peter Tosh 6.5
Electric Light Orchestra 4.5
The Spinners 4
Phish 6
Bad Company 6
Duran Duran 5.5
LL Cool J 2
Eric B. and Rakim 3

Posted by Ryan on Tuesday, 10.7.14 @ 16:57pm


Good idea. I like the scoring system.

Posted by DarinRG on Tuesday, 10.7.14 @ 19:18pm


Good points system, but if I may offer one adjustment:

4 points to an artist who is being nominated for the first time, but has been eligible for less than ten years (not newly eligible)... example would be De La Soul.

5 points for an artist who has been eligible more than ten years but has never been previously nominated. Such as Paul Revere And The Raiders (RIP Paul)

Would that be an acceptable adjustment?

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 10.7.14 @ 19:43pm


Shouldn't we have a limit on the number of predictions?

Posted by Gassman on Tuesday, 10.7.14 @ 20:25pm


It should be 16 nominees (the absolute max) for everyone because there were 16 nominees last year.

Posted by Nick on Tuesday, 10.7.14 @ 20:35pm


The only thing wrong with FRL's proposed scoring system is the fact that the Hall loves to nominate repeat candidates year in and year out. So getting 10 out of 16 correct, but having them all be obvious newly eligibles (i.e. Green Day) and ballot returnees such as Deep Purple or Chic would only net a user ten points.

Whereas someone could post an idiosyncratic "expected ballot" that only favors sixties artists, get 2 of 16 correct, and also end up with ten points. If anything, you might as well just predict 16 names that have never been nominated before.

Perhaps it should be....

1 point - newly eligible act
2 points - previously nominated act
3 points - never nominated act

We still have a points discrepancy regarding newly eligibles. Everybody knows Green Day is going to be on the ballot, so that's a free point, but nailing NIN would only lead to a single point, even though they're hardly a lock. Maybe two points for a newly eligible act that has never performed at an induction (I don't think Reznor has)...

Posted by Casper on Tuesday, 10.7.14 @ 20:54pm


How about we base it on number of prior nominations?

Four points - Never before nominated
Three points - 1 prior nomination
Two points - 2 prior nominations
One point - 3 or more prior nominations


Posted by Casper on Tuesday, 10.7.14 @ 20:59pm


It is almost the time of year when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominating Committee announce who is being nominated for the newest inductee class; this one for 2015. For myself, this year's predictions and prognostications for whom will be inducted and/or nominated is less focused than in previous years. As many fellow posters know, it had become a tradition, so to speak, for me to predict and hope for an induction of an artist that I had thought well deserved an induction. Well, two years ago, Donna Summer was inducted, albeit just after she died. And last year, Peter Gabriel was inducted. So, who would I next advocate for an induction until they get in?

Well, first let me present the 16 artists that I think will be nominated this year. By the way, each of these artists have already been inducted into the Revisited/Projected Rock Hall Project.

1. Yes
2. Chic
3. Deep Purple
4. Kate Bush
5. LL Cool J
6. N.W.A.
7. Nine Inch Nails
8. Green Day
9. Electric Light Orchestra
10. Janet Jackson
11. Chicago
12. Depeche Mode
13. The Zombies
14. Eurythmics
15. The Runaways and/or Joan Jett
16. Kraftwerk

This is by no means a guarantee that all 16 will be nominated. This is only whom I believe will garner a nomination. From these 16, I infer the 6 artists at least will be inducted are:

Yes
Chic
Kate Bush
Green Day
Nine Inch Nails
N.W.A.

Yes fits the art rock genre. Chic fits the R&B genre. Kate Bush fits the singer-songwriter genre. Green Day fits the rock and punk genres. Nine Inch Nails fit the alternative genre. And N.W.A. fits the Hip-Hop and Rap genres.

Well, those are the artists I think will be nominated. Fortunately, these past two years have benefited the RRHOF quite well. Let us all hope this coming induction will be amongst their best.

Time is now more relevant than the year it was finished,

Lax31

Posted by Lax31 on Tuesday, 10.7.14 @ 21:44pm


Once again, my serious wish list, I know that just about all of these will pretty much never be nominated or inducted, ever, at least in my lifetime... :D

1 Electric Light Orchestra
2 Phil Collins
3 The Alan Parsons Project
4 The Doobie Brothers
5 Chicago
6 Three Dog Night
7 Foreigner
8 Journey
9 Bachman-Turner Overdrive
10 The J. Geils Band
11 The Cars
12 The Spinners
13 Blood, Sweat & Tears
14 Joe South
15 T. Rex

16 Olivia Newton-John
17 The Pointer Sisters
18 Fanny
19 Paul Revere & The Raiders
20 Don Covay & the Goodtimers

Non-Performers

Casey Kasem
Giorgio Moroder
Reinhold "Mack"
Bill Bottrell
Hipgnosis
Ira Robbins
John "Kosh"
Richard Avedon
Don Arden
Paul Williams (ASCAP)
Hugh Padgham
Phil Ramone
James William Guercio
Bernie Taupin
Thom Bell
Ted Templeman
John Farrar
Richard Perry

Early Influences

Andy Williams
Cab Calloway
Irving Berlin
Lena Horne
The Four Aces

Side-Men

SuMagNa (Susan Collins, Marge Raymond & Nancy O'Neill)
Daryl Stuermer
Leland Sklar
Jim Keltner
Jim Horn
Chester Thompson
Ellie Greenwich
Billy Preston
Bob Babbitt

Posted by Rick Vendl II on Wednesday, 10.8.14 @ 02:45am


My actual 2015 Rock Hall Nomination predictions...

Chic
Chicago
Deep Purple
Electric Light Orchestra
Green Day
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Johnny Winter
Link Wray
Lou Reed
The Meters
New York Dolls
Nine Inch Nails
N.W.A
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Sonic Youth
Yes

Posted by Rick Vendl II on Wednesday, 10.8.14 @ 03:03am


Look for the nominees within the next 18 hours or so.

Posted by FRL on Wednesday, 10.8.14 @ 14:08pm


My predictions:

Bon Jovi
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Chic
Deep Purple
Green Day
Janet Jackson
Joan Jett
Kraftwerk
The Meters
Nine Inch Nails
N.W.A.
Gram Parsons
Lou Reed
Roxy Music
Sonic Youth
Yes

Posted by Gassman on Wednesday, 10.8.14 @ 14:47pm


When that game was posted last night on this forum, I had a feeling the nominees were gonna be released on Thursday for some time (I'm kicking myself for not posting this last night like I was gonna do). Like everyone else, I cannot wait for the nominees list to come out. Here are my final predictions of the 2015 nominees:

Bon Jovi
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Chic
Chicago
Jim Croce
Deep Purple
Green Day
Janet Jackson
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
LL Cool J
Nine Inch Nails
N.W.A.
Lou Reed
Sonic Youth
The Spinners
Yes
The Zombies

Posted by Nick on Wednesday, 10.8.14 @ 16:00pm


I may be way off on this but once again here are my final nominee predictions

1. Green Day (no brainer for the ballot)
2. Janet Jackson (capitalize on the groundswell of support)
3. Nine Inch Nails (close to no brainer but might scare some of the older members
4. Chicago (if KISS can get in off the supposed "blacklist" anythings possible)
5. Chubby Checker (should've been in by now, might nominate him while he can still perform)
6. N.W.A. (the "rap" nominee, sorry but it might be the way they see it)
7. The Spinners (time to start letting in some more 70's R&B)
8. Deep Purple (with KISS in should get the classic rock vote)
9. Yes (my favorite on this ballot, should get the prog spot)
10. Lou Reed (the "should've nominated him while he was still alive" candidate", could also count as a singer/songwriter)
11. Link Wray and his Ray Men (see #10, Little Steevie's support should help)
12. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (see last year's Nirvana tribute)
13. Sonic Youth (time to start giving props to women in 80's rock)
14. The Zombies (British Invasion candidate)
15. The MC5's (not one of my fave's but insanely influential in the evolution of both metal and punk, plus Tom Morello's support can't hurt)
16. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (blues/ guitar god candidate)

Posted by Tom H. on Wednesday, 10.8.14 @ 16:16pm


I could be off a bit but here are my nomination predictions once again.


1. Deep Purple
2. Janet Jackson
3. Chic
4. Green Day
5. Link Wray
6. Fela
7. Carole King
8. Roxy Music
9. Chicago
10. Harry Nilsson
11. Sonic Youth
12. The Spinners
13. Chubby Checker
14. Yes
15. N.W.A.
16. Lou Reed

Posted by Greg F on Wednesday, 10.8.14 @ 18:25pm


https://www.youtube.com/user/rockhall/videos

Waiting for the nominees video

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.8.14 @ 19:08pm


http://www.youtube.com/user/rockhall/videos

Waiting for the nominees video

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.8.14 @ 19:10pm


My final predictions will be:

1. Green Day (Pretty much a given.)
2. Nine Inch Nails (Not so much a given, but close.)
3. Janet Jackson (The online effort may make her nomination an example to others.)
4. Kate Bush (I'm still holding to this one.)
5. Deep Purple (Repeat ballot.)
6. N.W.A. (Big support from current members.)
7. Yes (If the "20 votes" line is true...)
8. Chic (They're going to keep trying with them.)
9. Suicide (If the Boss has as much pull over nominee consideration as I believe he does...)
10. Chicago (Them being the last cut before last year's nominees make me think this will be the year.)
11. Lou Reed (Posthumous "where did we go wrong" nominee.)
12. ELO (A wildcard.)
13. Link Wray (and the Wraymen) (I think he'll make it a second year.)
14. Kraftwerk (EDM craze of this year may help them.)
15. The Zombies (Obligatory 60s nominee.)
16. The Spinners (Likely soul nominee.)

Posted by SotN on Wednesday, 10.8.14 @ 19:20pm


Nominees are out!

Deep Purple and Yes are snubbed. But The Smiths (!!!) and Stevie Ray Vaughan are in.

The rest are like, the usual suspects + Bill Withers!

Posted by rockstar23 on Thursday, 10.9.14 @ 06:19am


rockstar23: I genuinely got floored when I saw the Smiths as one of the nominees. I wasn't thinking the Hall of Fame would even consider them. Pleasant surprise, that.

Posted by SotN on Thursday, 10.9.14 @ 06:23am


Here are some of my thoughts on the 2015 nominees that were announced this morning:

Very excited about the Smiths getting nominated this year. If we thought the Kiss controversy from earlier this year was wild enough, the Smiths would make that evening really interesting---with all the fighting within the band. I wonder, seriously, which band members (if any) would show up if they were inducted.

Also, very happy about Stevie Ray Vaughn finally a much-deserved nomination. He will definitely be near the top of the fan ballot poll on the Rock Hall website.

I will eat crow on Bill Withers' nomination; I didn't think it was gonna happen but genuinely surprised by it. A worthy singer-songwriter act, although this year's list of nominees is too stacked for Withers to get inducted (sorry, just being realistic).

I will admit that I'm very surprised that Deep Purple and Yes didn't make the final cut; I thought Yes would have got inducted in 2015--now that's out of the question.

It seems like Green Day is a shoe-in at this point as the next first-ballot hall of famers. I think Nine Inch Nails has a good shot this year, but I'm not holding my breath on that one (although I think they deserve it).

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts seem like a lock at this point, given that she is the only female act nominated this year beside the Marvelettes (Bill G. must be very happy, I am too because they need to be inducted soon). Jett's performance of Nirvana's "Smells like Teen Spirit" at the Rock Hall made the committee rightfully revisit her. Likewise, this might just be the year for Chic (let's hope so, they need to be inducted as they are one of the most influential acts not inducted into the Rock Hall). Finally, with N.W.A. being the only hip-hop/rap nominee, I think they are a lock at this point because they have a lot of support from the Rock Hall.

Lots of repeat nominees this year: Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, Marvelettes, N.W.A., Lou Reed, Spinners and War.

The biggest question/curiosity is Sting's nomination as a solo artist. I am very surprised by this nomination, mainly because I didn't think Sting had enough depth to warrant nomination as a solo artist. The Police is one of my all-time favorite groups, so I have nothing against Sting but his solo career definitely lags when compared to the Police (As opposed to someone like Peter Gabriel who became a bigger star as a solo artist after he left Genesis). I really hope Sting doesn't get inducted on name recognition alone.

Posted by Nick on Thursday, 10.9.14 @ 06:48am


We got nine right (using 16 picks for 15 slots)... Did anyone get more than that?

Under the proposed scoring system (with Philip's modifications):
Green Day - 1 point
Nine Inch Nails - 1 point
N.W.A - 1 point
The Smiths - 4 points
Lou Reed - 3 points
Sting - 4 points
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - 1 point
Kraftwerk - 1 point
Chic - 1 point
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - 1 point
The Marvelettes - 1 point
The Spinners - 1 point
Stevie Ray Vaughan - 4 points
War - 1 point
Bill Withers - 5 points

Under this system, our score is 16 (30 is the maximum).

Here is where the system is described:
http://futurerocklegends.com/2015_Nomination_Predictions.php#340178

Posted by FRL on Thursday, 10.9.14 @ 13:54pm


For 2014, I would love to see Sting, Chic, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lou Reed and War inducted! Bill Withers is super-talented vocally, but it's amazing where I read in the late 70's JET Magazine that he was unfortunately physically abusive to his ex-wife, actress Denise Nicholas of the famed 227. He later remarried and seemingly had a successful marriage with two children. For 2015, definitely Janet Jackson!

Posted by Kai on Thursday, 10.9.14 @ 22:40pm


For 2014, I would love to see Sting, Chic, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lou Reed and War inducted! Bill Withers is super-talented vocally, but it's amazing where I read in the late 70's JET Magazine that he was unfortunately physically abusive to his ex-wife, actress Denise Nicholas of the famed (Correction: Room 222 series). He later remarried and seemingly had a successful marriage with two children. For 2015, definitely Janet Jackson!

Posted by Kai on Thursday, 10.9.14 @ 22:41pm


Stevie Ray Vaughan was nominated. They did NOT nominate Double Trouble. They corrected nominated Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, though. How disrespectable to Double Trouble!!!!!!

Posted by BK on Friday, 10.10.14 @ 14:40pm


http://tomlanesblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/2015-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-nominee.html

Props to Tom Lane for arguably making the best predictions this year. Tom got 9 of the nominees right, and under the new scoring system got 19 points, thanks to his Smiths, SRV and Withers predictions. Well done.

Also notable: Prince's predictions made on Aug 23. Nine right and 14 points. Dezmond had eight right and 16 points. One of Roy's many ballots had nine right with 14 points.

Posted by FRL on Saturday, 10.11.14 @ 23:38pm


You guys need to put the doobie brothers and bad company in. They should've been in years ago over rappers

Posted by jerry quinonez on Thursday, 11.20.14 @ 15:17pm


What about The Cars

Posted by rob on Monday, 11.24.14 @ 19:02pm


Motley Crue should be on the ballot

Posted by Kevin on Tuesday, 12.30.14 @ 17:51pm


DEVO gets to be on the list. They have a big following ... AND EVERYONE knows who they are ...easy.

Posted by neil on Sunday, 01.4.15 @ 23:47pm


how in the world can you overlook some of the artists and bands that ---you do?

Posted by mike knapik on Thursday, 04.16.15 @ 11:41am


You need to induct Wolfman Jack, the original Funk Brothers Band [all of them]and Casey Kasem into the HoF. Early Influences - John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker n Count Basie for Cool Jazz,Bebop, Boogie. to Rock n Roll

Posted by John Morison on Wednesday, 04.22.15 @ 17:09pm


Here's my 16 for 2015 RRHOF nomination. Had to chop it down from 21 to 18 now 16.
1.Duran Duran
2.Nine Inch Nails
3.Deep Purple
4.Kool & The Gang
5.Judas Priest
6.Lionel Richie
7.Def Leppard
8.Stevie Nicks
9.War
10 Smashing Pumpkins
11.Tommy James & The Shondells
12.Moody Blues
13.Willie Nelson
14.Janet Jackson
15.Roxy Music
16.NWA
Had to cut off Steve Miller, Chicago, Pat Benatar, Peter,Paul & Mary a few others. Like to see the Belmonts get in as one of the backing groups. Maybe Brian Setzer and Paul Rodgers Musical Excellence. KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 06.5.15 @ 23:44pm


Interesting choices, KING. I'd love for that to be the ballot, but will the Nom Com have 12 first-time nominees on the same list? It could happen, but it defies everything we know, historically.

As I posted at the Northumbrian Countdown, my preliminary picks (I'll post the final ones in August or September) are:

1. Nine Inch Nails
2. Deep Purple
3. Yes
4. The Meters
5. Chic
6. J. Geils Band
7. Ben E. King
8. NWA
9. MC5
10. Sonic Youth
11. Big Star
12. Willie Nelson
13. Warren Zevon
14. Peter, Paul & Mary
15. Janet Jackson

Posted by PopeCharming on Saturday, 06.6.15 @ 06:53am


01. Joan Baez
02. Willie Nelson
03. Dionne Warwick
04. Mary Wells
05. The Marvelettes
06. The Spinners
07. Chubby Checker
08. Jan and Dean
09. The Monkees
10. The Moody Blues
11. Deep Purple
12. Chicago
13. Chic
14. War
15. The Meters
16. Yes

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 06.6.15 @ 07:03am


KING,

I like your list the most. From your list, I would choose the following artists: Duran Duran, Moody Blues, Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music and Lionel Richie as inductees.

Roy, I also like your list. From your list, I would choose the following artists: The Moody Blues, Chicago, Yes, The Spinners and The Meters.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 06.6.15 @ 10:43am


Of course, I still like my list the best:

01. Duran Duran
02. The Moody Blues
03. Yes
04. Electric Light Orchestra
05. Sade
06. Carly Simon
07. Doobie Brothers
08. Foreigner
09. Smashing Pumpkins
10. Nine Inch Nails
11. The Meters
12. Mariah Carey
13. Chic
14. Deep Purple
15. Willie Nelson
16. Jim Croce
17. Kraftwerk
18. Queen Latifah

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 06.6.15 @ 10:52am


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