Earlier this week, the nominations for the 2012 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced and the responses fell into three familiar and predictable categories. 1) Meh. The Rock Hall is irrelevant. 2) Sure, those bands are finally getting their due. Cool. 3) Whaaaaattttt?!?! My favorite band was snubbed again. OMGZZ!Z!Z This injustice must be corrected. I solemnly swear upon my copy of "Alive!" that I will make things right.
Off the top of our heads, here's a shortlist of bands folks have the most beef with the Rock Hall for not including: Kiss, Rush, Moody Blues, Chicago, Deep Purple, The Guess Who, Yes, Cheap Trick, Def Leppard, Emerson Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, and Judas Priest. Of course, there's other bands that have a more legitimate qualm. And, for every guy tooting the horn for Rush, there's some guy out there ranting that it's ridiculous that the Rock Hall continues to snub Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Some fans are more proactive than others in their quest to get their favorite band into the hallowed halls off Lake Erie. The Washington Post focuses on a couple in this feature, specifically a Cleveland man driving the "Get Duran Duran Into the Rock Hall" skinny-tie train.